Tourist assualt and sunset
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
297Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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My visa lasts 10 more days so I have plenty of time for more Tomb Raidering before going to Laos. The hotel took me to the 'office' where the Capitol bus would pick me up. The 'office' was a barbers shop, where i sat and melted. My bus this morning was an hour late, and the underneath packed with not only bags, but boxes and bags being transported. I was a little worried when my ticket said kampong Thom to Phnom Penh, but the man in the barbers shop said with a big grin on his face "don't worry! Doesn't matter!"
I boarded the bus for the shortish and easy ride to Siam Reap. On arrival I have never been quite so tourist assaulted as this before. I wish I'd taken a picture of the 20 men, literally jostling each other at the door of the bus when they spotted me, and shouting so loudly. I had to ask them to step aside as I tried to get off the bus, then with laminated cards saying "$1 to any hotel" being thrust in my face, I shouted "whoah, whoah! Just give me 5 mins to get my bags!" it didn't work. A guy working on the bus told me there was a free shuttle bus to another area of town and a cheap guesthouse, so I took that option instead, escaping the hordes and went to look at the guesthouse.
The guesthouse turned out to be pretty nice as for $6 with a free breakfast, wifi, double bed, fridge, tv and hot water.... It was a steal. Ok it was fan only but it's fine. The guy who worked on the bus who told me about the guesthouse, Moori, also said he'd be my driver for the next few days an we wasted no time in getting a 3 day ticket and going to watch sunset on one of the temples. It was a great view over the land and a fairly decent sunset. We returned to the hotel around 7 and without dinner I had an early night as my alarm would be going off at 4.40am to see sunrise at Ankor Wat.
Best: my first glimpse of Ankor Wat
Worst: delayed bus
Beautiful: sunset from the top of the temple