Tourist assualt and sunset

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

13:35 Ah, Siam Reap today and the Internet returns to my life again. I am sad to hear that my dear friend and lodger, Andrew's cat, Mojo, who also lived with me, has died. He was very young and a lovely wee playful cat, I especially liked the game that involved him sitting in a plastic bag and clawing his way out of it, oh and him crawling under the coffee table and a little paw leaping out to grab at the pen you flicked side to side. Poor little Mojo, he will be missed :(.

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 was glad because i knew in most countries it would be a flat out "no, the ticket says PP so that's IT!".

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
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Caroline on

Brilliant photo of the pink disc sunset, Zoe. Another to think about getting printed onto canvas when you get home? xx

Andrew D on

Hi Zoe!

Thanks for the little mention there. Mojo is very much missed... he was such a big part of our lives, and a little bundle of love and fun. He's with us again now though - we got his ashes on Thursday and we have them in a beautiful box. It's taking some time to get used to him not being around anymore.

Hope to chat to you again soon... hopefully when you find a place that has a decent signal! :-)


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