Bangkok Travel Blog› entry 6 of 14 › view all entries
January 14th, 2006 – by: Chelsea
I'm back in Bangkok now - its funny how different cambodia feels to Thailand. After a few days in Siem Reap (Cambodia) we took the boat down the tonle sap river/lake thing to Phnom Penh. We spent about a day there. There's not much to do other than seeing the museums and the kiling field. We only went to one museum and it was sad enough that we didn't have to see more really. There are lots of random markets scattered throughout phnom penh - lots of fake louis vuitton and polo and rolexes and shoes and things. Not everything is super cheap though because they use US dollars as well as their local riel.
Well anyway it was so hot that we decided to go back to the guest house in the afternoon. We stayed at a place called Happy Guesthouse which was overlooking the smaller lake in Phnom penh. It was nice cos u could see the sunset from there and they had a deck with couches and things. the best thing was that the room only cost US $2 a night.
The next day we took the bus from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville which is on the coast. the trip was around 4 hours with some nice scenery of the Elephant mountains. Then a moto ride to the jetty (which cost us the same as the bus ride ($4.00), Then we took a boat from Sihanoukville to Koh Kong (If any of u hear from Al he'll probaby be calling it King Kong like he has been for the whole trip..) That took about.. 4 hours - they said it' be bumpy but it wasn't bad at all. The coast looks nice, i can't wait to get to some tropical islands!! So then we took another moto to the Thai border that features the slowest immigration officers in the world. just kidding, it wasn't so bad but they weren't fast - at least compared to singapore or australia!! but at least they were thorough. so after the border we got a mini bus to a town called Trat (which Al has been calling Troy... ) spent a few hours there with 2 German girls who were really cool called Mikael and Vera that we met on the mini bus (and a random old Austrian guy) and got the 11pm bus to Bangkok. That took just less than 5 hours, so we got to Bangkok in the wee hours of the morning. Had a snooze while Al was reading and trying to keep the local cats from curling up next to me, had breakfast, changed some money (we barely had enough baht to get to trat and to have breakfast!) and now I am sitting here typing this.
It was kind of sad to leave Cambodia, especially now that i actually have a book about it that i'm reading. wish we had more time to spend there, but fortunately or unfortunately there are too many other nice places to see. We are on to Chiang Mai next, if we can get on the train. They have beds so that will be nice. That's probably where you'll b hearing from me next, if not Bangkok again. Off to go explore! Hope all your holidays are going well.
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