Siem Reap

10th Mar 2016 – 13th Mar 2016. 3 nights.
13,472km travelled. 2,262km travelled excluding flights.

I got the bus from Bangkok bus station. It was about a seven hour bus journey. Both the bus company staff and the visa officers were trying to scam a few dollars off people who didn't already have a visa.

The hostel was called Bliss Villa. I got bumped up to a 3 bed private room from a dorm. It was 35 degrees all day every day. It was the first time I saw lizards, they were inside the rooms and outside. There were lots of bats flying around at night as well.

It was a very poor country. They mainly use US dollars but give you change of less than a dollar in the local currency (which can't be converted outside of Cambodia). You could get a beer for 50 cents or I saw a massage for an hour for 4 dollars advertised. The main roads were paved but there was basically no footpath.

I don't believe there are any traffic laws being enforced in Cambodia. Most people drive motorbikes. You see a lot of people sitting sideways on the back, school kids driving bikes, no helmets, three or four people on bikes, children sitting in front of the driver, two adults and two or three children all on one bike. It's used like a family car and also a transportation van. This is the same in most countries I been to so far.

I paid a tuk tuk driver 15 dollars to drive me around to the major sites and wait outside while I looked at them for about five hours. Angkor Wat is the big one. It has a moat, an entrance building, the main building as well as several other smaller buildings such as the North and South Library. There are some quite steep steps to get to the top. The whole thing is very impressive.

Angkor Thom is nearby. It has a moat surrounding a larger area. Once across the bridge you go through the Elephant's Gate. It's in slightly worse condition. Apart from the main building (Bayon) there are the Leper King Terrace, Elephants Terrace, Phimeanakas and Baphuon. There are are more steep steps.

Ta Prohm. You can see how this might have been inspiration for various movies and games.

Banteay Kdei

There were some good explanations around on the history and restoration work done on the different sites.

This is what traditional Cambodia food looks like.