Epic journey to Cambodia

Trip Start Jun 25, 2013
Trip End Jan 18, 2014

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Flag of Cambodia  , Angkor Wat,
Saturday, June 29, 2013

What a ridiculous idea to go out until 4am and get up at 8 to do a trek to Siem Reap not cool. My hangover isn't even funny ( 8/10 for notions to vomit) and is all down to a west midlander who pours rum like he is Caribbean.
The journey begins to Cambodia on a minibus (not well air conditioned) for what we were told to be four hours but 5 hours later including two convenience stops, where it seems getting off the bus to refuel is the done thing in Thailand. It can't be a safety thing because its perfectly ok to use your mobile and have a smoke whilst being on the forecourt.
The poipet boarder cross is just something else. Firstly the Thai try to scam you by getting you to book a taxi for the other side of the boarder (some poor French girls feel for it a $50 lesson each). Id like to know if it ever did show up. Your seeming then left to walk around this no mans land trying to find immigration which is a random building to the side of the road. The plus side is the as soon as the Cambodians recognise "you from UK?" It's immediately followed with "lovely jubbly" a phrase I'm no doubt never going to want to hear again by the end of my time here. At least you get help off them then though.
After that its like a cattle market of Cambodian children running through the streets chasing each other with grass hoppers (I was so delighted to see children aren't any less annoying in Asia). Given my current hangover rating of 6/10 I was not entertained. The visa office is again no where to be seen but a friendly local hosting the phrase "lovely jubbly" showed me to another small building on the side of the road. Considering the locality and standard of building I was highly surprised when I was forced to be a part of what seemed like a sci-fi scenario of retinal scanning and finger print production. I thought they would ask me for a blood or urine sample next.
I then found the shuttle bus to the bus terminal where there were other fellow travellers wanting to get to siem reap so I followed the crowd and jumped on a bus (hangover rating now 7/10, feeling pretty nauseous) which again had a convenience stop where you were expected to buy food and drink. Ill give it to the Asian community they know how to rob the tourists working together to make as much money as they can, fair play.
Hopefully it won't be took much longer until we hit Siem reap and I can crash out and sleep after a day of feeling crap and carrying around my best friend (rucksack of 16kg, who needs a name I think) I'm about ready for it.
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