Trip Start Nov 25, 2010
10Trip End Mar 11, 2011
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So after a VERY long journey (35 hours in total) and an eventful 2-3 hours spent at the border, no longer in Thailand and not yet in Cambodia in no mans land without our passports, (great fun as you can imagine) we arrived in Siem Reap. When we arrived it was about 10pm absolutely knackered and both needing sleep!! Our little tuk tuk driver drove around trying to help us find a bed which really didn't seem like it was going to happen.......then just about as Ben was going to lose it from being so fed up, and me have a tantrum from tiredness a final place had a room, to be honest we would have slept anywhere!!??....... I have never slept so well.
On our first day we decided to get our bearings and have a look around so just soeant the day walking around. We had a fish predicure????..."What?" I hear you ask....you sit with your feet in a tank of fish and they eat at all your dead skin
We had arranged to meet a couple we met at the border in the famous Raffles hotel for a cocktail that night so we headed there and pulled into the long gravel drive way in our little tuk tuk......Embarassing is an understatement it was so posh!!!! Talk about the Riff Raff turning up whilst people wround us were in their evening dresses pulling up in the chauffeur driven cars....ha! We had a famous singapore sling cocktail and a few more .......(now thats the kind of hotel I should be staying in) We then left again in our very classy Tuk tuk off to eat at the Red Piano ( where Angelina Jolie ate whilst filming tomb raider).
We decided on seeing Ankgor Wat at sunrise the following day with 2 friends we had made another couple Michael and Beckym, so were up at 4.30........(madness) was beautifull seeing the old ruins at sunrise. So we spent the day at the many beautiful temples and got lots of great pics (as you can see). we also visitied one of the floating villages and was amazed at the way they live literally on floating houses.....the school, church, restuarants are all on the water CrAzY!!! It was really sad as Mothers with very small babies, and little children were coming up to the side of the boat as we were sailing through the village, begging saying they needed food and were hungry, it really was very upsetting!!
We also visited the landmine museum set up by an amazing man Aki Ra. He used to be a young soldier (at the age of 4, when his parents were killed in front of him by the Khmer) in the Khmer Rouge which was the cambodian army. He basically now detonates the thousands of unlocated landmines that were set in the the 70's when the country was at war. He does it all by hand and when we saw the filming of how he finds them ....he uses a normal basic wooden stick!!! no metal detector or anything! The reason he can do this is he was one of the many that used to set them in the 1st place thinkinh that was he was doing at such a young age was right as he had been trained to do this! There are still so many people that are injured by them even today. His wife and him now have an orphanage where they look after all children injured by the mines. was certainly an eye opener to what the country has been through and the people are still having tp deal with.
check out this link will explain more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodian%E2%80%93Vietnamese_War
We spent the next few days around the pool in the hotel, before catching another bus to Phnom Phen to fly back to Thailand.......And you will NEVER GUESS who was on our flight ??????