A slower paced Cambodia......
Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
261Trip End Dec 20, 2011
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Road trip!!!!! Lateish start, decided we would try and beat the system - didn't book through ticket agent, made our own way to the central bus station, not that it really was one and we still had to go through a private company but still, the bus was all cambodians minus us and at long last we didn't feel part of a tour group!!
It didn't take long to get outside civilisation, or westernised Phnom Penh, we went through the suburbs which tells a slightly different story, as with most suburbs I guess???
Thought it would be a slow journey but it made good time, only six hours or just over to do the northwest trip to Battambang. We got to see more of the landscape the whole way so kept well amused.
It's very flat!! Long straight single carriage roads make up their main artery highways and you really can see for miles in all directions, lovely jubbly.
Speaking of which, we have heard that said to us more than we hear it at home, whilst we've been here, along with lots of other silly London cockney garb, bob, quid, apples n pears and more - bit shocked when you hear it, turn around and see it coming from the mouth of a cambodian - they imitate the accent really well!! We met a few in India as well!!!
Where were we, yes, arrived - still light, met by the drivers all fighting for business, and they do hustle n bustle here - like India....ahhhhhh... Found ourselves a nice room and flopped out on the bed only to move for dinner!!
Day 159 ;
Battambang, well we came here for no other reason than just because, maybe a waste of time, but something a little different. Described as something like this ; provincial capital, one of the biggest cities in Cambodia,
Someone also told us something along the lines of, Phnom Penh came after Battambang, kind of where Cambodia grew its roots from type thing, something like that anyway....
But a million miles from the hustle and bustle, it truly was laid back. Horizontal. But it was just nice to see a real cambodian city, the way they are.
We got into the laid back feel and did a small walk up and down, checking out the two main temples the city has to offer, tried to arrange some cooking lessons but had to book one day in advance, hopefully we will sort some when we get to the beach.
The place we were eating at was great, just a few doors up from the room, and one of few choices, but it didn't matter the food was some of the best we've had in a while, just simple, but really good, tried some Khmer style noodles - lovely, both times, and Khmer rice dish also.
Again another touch of those nice things they just don't have to do ; free cake one day, and s free fruit plate the day after....
The people are genuinely friendly which makes a change and after an early dinner we booked the boat and called it a day.
Maybe a pointless journey, off the route but glad we went, was nice to feel so far away from the likes of the Vietnamese tourist industry.....