Off to Cambodia
Battambang Travel Blog› entry 3 of 11 › view all entries
We left Bangkok early saturday morning by bus to the Thai / Cambodian border at Aranya Prathet. The border crossing went smooth, however, the border guards seem to be adding there own fees to the price of visas (corruption is supposed to be a big problem in Cambodia). On the Cambodian side of the border we hired a cab which took us from Poipet to Battambang. The drive took almost three hours and we thought we were going to have a collision with one of the many motos on the road. Also no seat belts in the car always ads to the experience.
Battambang is the second biggest city in Cambodia. The streets are filled with motos (many of them trying to track down the handful of tourists for rides). We spent the day wandering around the city and checking out the markets and shops. Things here are really cheap (we had dinner tonight for $4.25 with beer and fruit shakes). We went to a temple (wat) today in town and one of the young monks came and chatted with us for quite a while which was awesome as we could ask him all kinds of questions about Cambodia and buddhism. After the we went to the market. The fruit is of course delicious here. We went to the market and bought oranges, dragon fruit, rambutans and a new one I'd never tried before which is my new favorite- they told us the name in Khmer and I have no idea what it's english equivalent would be.
Tomorrow our plan is to hire a moto driver to take us for a tour outside of town in the countryside to see some interesting wats up on a hill and to go for a ride on a bamboo train (some kind of little local train that runs on the regular tracks that the moto drivers have been touting- you just hope a real train doesn't come along) This part of the country is also where a lot of the khmer rouge hid out after the vietnamese invaded. There is apparently a cave near the wat we're going to tomorrow where many people were killed by the khmer rouge and their skeletons are still there today.