Last full day in Siem Riep

Trip Start Jun 13, 2005
Trip End Jul 27, 2005

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Sunday, July 3, 2005

Today is our last full day in Siem Riep. We woke up, grabbed some breakfast, headed back to the room and probably both spent an hour stretching our sore muscles from all that insanity yesterday. Weve decided we will muck about town this afternoon, picking up postcards, shopping, and obviously interneting. Then we will catch a tuk tuk to Angkor Wat for sunset. Hopefully our tuk tuk driver will drop us Bayon II, where for 10$ well get an all you can eat Khmer buffet and traditional thai dancing. Ive heard it is a must do while in Siem Riep. Weve already booked seats on a bus leaving tommorow at 12:30 which is supposedly very nice, large and airconditioned. Weve also heard the roads between here and Phnom Phen are much better than the road from Poipet, honestly its not like it could be any worse. Also, i had a rather informative conversation with the man who runs the travel agency here we booked our bus through. We began discussing the roads, and how upsetting it is to him that his government keeps promising upgraded infrastructure, but they are so corrupt that the money never gets to where it is desperately needed. He seemed so frustrated that as a travel agent he couldnt offer any options for comfortable travel, and there was nothing he could do about it. Sounds like the same old story... governments in these poverty stricken nations who really have a chance for recovery end up stealing from their own people to cushion their own lives, and end up causing complete economic stagnation, and resentment by the people who thought, just for once, this time it might be different. It is disgusting. Now that ive finished ranting (as im sure you have now recognized i have a tendency to do), time to move on to future plans.

Thus far we will be travelling tommorow to Phnom Phen, where we will find a guest house (hopefully near the bus station), and stay the night. We have to book the bus to Ho Chi Minh, which departs in the morning. Im not sure exactly how long that journey is, i seem to remember somewhere in the 5-7 hour range though. We are currently researching possible destinations in Vietnam, but we will be taking advantage of a hop-on-hop-off pass 22$ which will allow us unlimited stops between Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. We will pre-arrange travel into China from Hanoi, though we are not yet sure whether air or overland will be our best bet. We then hope to meet up with my family friends The Dunsmoirs, who go to China every summer to teach english. And also hopefully my friend from Taos, Megan, who will have just moved to china for studies. Well certainly keep you all posted as we make further plans.
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