Holiday In Cambodia!!!

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Angkor Wat.
One of my favorite songs is "Holiday in Cambodia," by the Dead Kennedeys.  So....I've wanted to go there for quite a while.  As I was recently traveling through Thailand anyways, I decided to head out to Cambodia and Laos towards the end of the trip...

While hanging out on Koh Phangan, waiting for the Full Moon Party, I made friends with a few Aussie kids who'd been through Laos, and highly recommended it.  I had already thought about Cambodia, and it made perfect sense at the time to fly from Bangkok to Vientianne, then make my way to Siem Reap, and then head back to Bangkok for my final flight back to Los Angeles.
..Didn't exactly work out that way though...

Also while in Koh Phangan, I met up with a friend of a friend named April.  She's an American girl whose family moved back to Thailand, and she was moving out there to join them for a little bit.  She and I hit it off quite quickly, and she said that she would like to do Laos and Cambodia as well.  Thank God that she wanted to, as she saved me from some serious drama later.....

April, our buddy Randy, and I made our way to Koh Phi Phi eventually.  She stayed there for a couple of days, and then went back to Bangkok to hang out with her family.  After about eight days more in Koh Phi Phi, I was beached out!  I made my way back up to Bangkok, and then started planning for the rest of the trip...Unfortunately, I waited a bit too long to start planning.
Angkor Wat.
  I love flying by the seat of my pants, and just going where the wind might decide, but I'm heading into countries without too much infrastructure.  It wasn't easy to say the very least.  I booked tickets into Laos, and told some other friends (Peter and Brenda) to do the same.  I thought that we'd buy tickets out of Vientianne after we arrived in Laos, and things would work themselves out once we got there...Nope, not so much. 

There are very few flights into and out of Laos daily, and after a little research, I found that they were all booked up for many days.  Flights routed through Vietnam, Malaysia, and even back through Bangkok were all booked up for over a week.  So, I thought that while we'd hate doing it, we'd just have to suck it up and take a 10-hour sleeper bus from Vientianne to Siem Reap.
Spring rolls and beers...
  Again, no.  The bus takes 30 HOURS!!!  Soooo.....Yeah, no.  No dice.  I had already boked the original tickets to Laos, and it looked like I was going to have to eat them.  This is when April came through...She was able to call the travel agency who I had booked the tickets through, and get us a full refund!!!  The ladies at the travel agency were really nice, and it helped a great deal that April speaks Thai.  So April saved the day, and we were then off to Cambodia!!!

We arrived in Siem Reap around noon, and it was HOT!  We were coming from Thailand which isn't exactly temperate either, but wow it was hot.  Right at the airport you pay a 25 USD fee for a visa.  Funny thing is that the ATM's spit out American Dollars, and Cambodian currency is based on the dollar as well.
Yep.
  Makes things pretty easy.

Once through customs, we found a Tuk-Tuk Driver who took us to the guest house we wanted to stay at.  It's named Peace of Angkor, and is owned by a British couple.  The place was very clean, the staff was great, and it only cost $20 a night.  We immediatly set out exploring town.  We went to Pub Street and walked around for a grand total of like...4 minutes.  Why stop?  Because there was a sign.  A sign for beer.  Fifty cent beer.  Yep.

We sat down and helped ourselves to a surprising number of barley flavored sodas.  I asked for a menu and ordered some spring rolls, and thy were the best I've ever had.  We ended up eating eight spring rolls, and drinking about 10 beers.
  Grand total for the bill....$7.50!!!  I loved Cambodia. 

Then we set out for the Temples...We saw temples by sunset.  We woke up the next day at 5:15 and saw the sun rise over Angkor Wat. (If you go, you don't need to get there any earlier than 6.)  After the sunrise excursion, we set out for Angkor Thom.  We toured about exploring temples, taking pictures, and the such till we were quite sick of it.  From 5:15 till 3 p.m. it's all we did.  I loved it, the pictures and the sights were amazing,  but we were quite "Templed Out" at this point.  The heat was intense, so I had to carry a towel around for my profusely sweating face, and I bought a Vietnamese Rice Hat to shield my face. 

The next day we chillaxed a bit and did some shopping, for the following day we were in for a treat.
Ninja status.
...

More to come, but here's a little Dead Kennedys "Holiday In Cambodia."

So you've been to school
for a year or two
And you know you've seen it all.
In Daddy's car
thinking you'll go far
Back east your type don't crawl.

Playing ethnicky jazz
to parade your snazz
On your five grand stereo.
Braggin' that you know
how the niggas feel cold
And the slum's got so much soul.

It's time to taste what you most fear
Right Guard will not help you here.
Brace yourself, my dear...
Brace yourself, my dear...

For a Holiday in Cambodia
It's tough, kid, but it's life.
It's a Holiday in Cambodia
Don't forget to pack a wife.

You're a star-belly sneech
You suck like a leech
You want everyone to act like you.

Kiss ass while you bitch
So you can get rich
While your boss gets richer off you.

Well, you'll work harder
with a gun in your back
For a bowl of rice a day.
Slave for soldiers
'Til you starve
Then your head is skewered on a stake.

Now you can go, where the people are one.
Now you can go where they get things done.
What you need, my son...
What you need, my son...

Is a Holiday in Cambodia
Where people are dressed in black.
A Holiday in Cambodia
Where you'll kiss ass or crack

(instrumental break)

(chanting)
Pol Pot, Pol Pot, Pol Pot, Pol Pot, etc.,...

It's a Holiday in Cambodia
Where you'll do what you're told.
It's a Holiday in Cambodia
Where the slums got so much soul
Pol Pot.



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Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat.
Spring rolls and beers...
Spring rolls and beers...
Yep.
Yep.
Ninja status.
Ninja status.
April Surfing the Ruins.
April Surfing the Ruins.
April the studious one.
April the studious one.
Yo.
Yo.
Little guys all tuckered out.
Little guy's all tuckered out.
Yeah, me with the rice hat.
Yeah, me with the rice hat.
Notice the towel.
Notice the towel.
April doing her best Angelina Joli…
April doing her best Angelina Jol…
This little girl could name all 50…
This little girl could name all 5…
The food was AMAZING!!!
The food was AMAZING!!!
Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat.
We really loved Cambodia.
We really loved Cambodia.
Monkey, and temples...
Monkey, and temples...
Monks.
Monks.
The ninjas back.
The ninja's back.
April...
April...
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