Battambang 02/11/2011 - 04/11/2011
It was a very long day traveling from Ko Samet to Battambang, we had to get a boat back to the main land, a local bus to bus station, another bus for five hours and then we caught a tuk tuk to the border and finally a taxi to Battambang. We were a bit worried about crossing the border by land cus we didn't know what to expect but it was really easy.
As soon as we got into Cambodia people were just staring at us and stopped what they were doing- don't think they see many westerners at this border crossing.
We picked a good hotel and the staff were really friendly. The next day we went on a day trip to a couple of temples, a killing cave, winery and on bamboo train.
The bamboo train was basically a platform made out of bamboo with a two stroke engine attached and a bit of wood as a brake. When another train came the other way you had to jump off take it apart and lift the train off the track to let the other one pass!
Siem Reap 04/11/2011 - 07/11/2011
To get to Siem Reap we decided to get take a boat there, it went through a floating village. The next day we saw the famous temples and stayed till sunset, we hired a tuk tuk for the whole day about 7 pound. We had to go out a few nights when its 30p a pint!
Ash was ill so we stayed an extra day then we planned.
Phnom Penh 07/11/2011 - 09/11/2011
We had another coach trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodians love to spit! On the coach they hand out clear bags for people to spit into, all the way people were making noises - not nice!
The next day we saw the killing fields and S21 museum, it was quite an emotional day!
Sihanoukville 09/11/2011 - 13/11/2011
We arrived in Sihanoukville and found a decent hotel and headed to the beach. There are loads of backpackers so it was a nice vibe. The beach was nice with loads or bars and restaurants. We got to know a few locals there.We had a couple of nights out there too and had a go at face painting.
We both really liked Cambodia, the people are so friendly and helpful. There was lots to do and loads of history. its quite upsetting to see so much poverty in this country, little kids working , loads of begging from disabled people and the local people would sleep anywhere, on the floor of hotels and in their tuk tuk with just a mosquito net. Its a very interesting country and would recommend it.. .