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Cambodia - Siem Reap
Sunday, May 25, 2008

So on the 23rd May, we finally left the Jungle Club!  The early start (8am!!) was harder than you think, and started with a minivan, followed by a bus, a ferry, another bus and then finally a flight to bangkok.  When we got to Bangkok we took the express bus from the airport because the taxi drivers at the airport are rip-off artists... they charge atleast 4 x the going rate for a cab to the city, compared with 200baht ($4 nzd) each.  We stayed at a dive called the 'Atlanta' - one of the oldest hotels in Bangkok, even royalty used to dine there back in the day - not that they'd be caught dead there now...  'Old' apparently means it's ok to be dirty... piss from the previous guest on the toilet seat was pretty unpleasant after travelling all day.  Anyway, we gapped it the next day anyway, caught the 11.30 bus to Poipet (the Cambodian border town).  On arrival in Poipet, it was pretty confusing - the border isn't as straight forward as we thought and got lost a couple of times but made it through eventually and into the slum that is Poipet. 

The lonely planet guide advises you get out as soon as you arrive, but we didn't fancy taking another 5 hour bus journey on the same day so we walked to one of the many casinos (The Tropicana - but alas, drinks were not free! also there was no pool with george michael floating in it) and stayed the night (Gambling is illegal in Thailand, so the border town caters to rich thais who cross over specifically to play in casinos).  We had a pretty nice room, with a wonderful view (complete with smells when window was opened) of the slums neighbouring our casino.  The next day we went and found the bus station, and ended up waiting 2.5 hours for the next bus to Siem Reap.  When the bus finally turned up, it was pretty small and the seats had very little leg room - making the 5 hour journey (despite only being 165km away!) on shitty, pot-holed roads pretty uncomfortable!!

We've now been in Siem Reap for 4 nights, and have spent the last 2 days exploring the Ankor area temple ruins.  We hired a tuk-tuk and driver for the day (only $15usd!) to take us around the different temples - even managed to get up at 4am for sunrise at Ankor Wat!  We'll put the photos up in the next few days...  Off to Phnom Penh tomorrow!

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