Did someone say margarita?
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March 22nd, 2010 – by: lozjones
Stepping out of the super-slick, air conditioned arrivals gate, is rather like running full on into a brick wall, how on earth could it be so hot, and at midnight.
Hollie joined me in the morning and a few more friends were in tow - Biker Ben and Nepal Aaron. I think Hollie and I were a little dumbstruck that day at the change of scene and over indulged in shopping, cheap beauty treatments, reasonably priced margaritas and Boots the Chemist - we were giddy by it all. The following days were a western bubble of face packs, Ray Bans, Starbucks and rude shop assisstants - it was almost like being back home.
The journey was... interesting...Cambodians and Thais combining effortlessly in a proscrastination and non-communication showcase. My first land boarder crossing was not one I'd want to repeat.
Siem Reap is an old colonial, beachy-feel town with old French architecture, squares with food vendors, alleys packed full of chairs spilling out of restaurants, bars and night markets. It was a surprisingly nice place. The following morning and it was another sunrise - at Angkor Wat. Needless to say it is truly beautiful and has a mystic feel to it at that time of the morning (it's a shame there were quite so many others there, but still!), well worth the early start.
Next stop - Phnom Penn. A mixed bag of reviews for this city meant we had to investigate for ourselves. It was a buzzy city - lively, a little grotty in parts, but a good feel about it. We took in to obligitary site - Royal Palace (from outside), S-21 Genocide Museum (eye opening and unreal) and walking the streets and markets. We decided against a trip to the Killing Fields - not out of ignorance, but there are somethings you don't need to see to know they are there and what happened; we didn't want to have an entirely negative spin on our time in such a great city.
That aside, Hollie and I, and new roomie Sarah from Bath, had a nice time. But it was onto some wuiet time on the beach with Hollie... she is the beach queen and did all the research in preparation for our trip to Sihanoukville - Otres Beach. Wow. Wow, wow, wow. It was beautiful - fairly remote (we could only get there by motorbike), hardly anyone there, beach and shoreline on our doorstep and as much fresh fruit and fish as you could manage... paradise, thank you very much. And that was us, for the remainder of our time in Cambodia - switching off, kicking back and enjoying the cocktails and food. We ventured out into the local town - I turned my hand at shift gear scooters (sorry Mum, I was VERY careful though), we explored the local markets, selling everything you could imagine, and riding the coast road.
And so it was onto Vietnam... (and Katie visiting!)
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