Cambodian inertia

The Nha Trang effect has struck again- 4 or 5 days in Siem Reap has turned into a mammoth 11-night stint. Our original plans to head up to Laos once our parents left from their two week holiday were immediately thrown out when we saw the horrendous journey we’d have to take: 10 or 11 hours on multiple buses just to get to the border, far away from where we needed to be. Instead, we decided to wait it out here until our Thai visas started…

We ran out of things to do after the fifth day. The temples of Angkor Wat were stunning, even if our feet killed after 3 days of temple-traipsing with our parents (4.30am start for sunrise, sunset also checked off).

Monks outside Angkor Wat

We also checked out the crocodile farm down the road, which houses just a selection of the thousands of crocs which, until the government decided to protect them in 1996, would lounge along the banks of the river where today children play. Another day we took a (long!) tuk-tuk ride to the Landmine Museum, which was worth seeing, if not slightly far away. And after that, well… we pretty much fell into a routine of nights at Angkor What? bar with our friends, and hungover days eating and getting $1 foot massages. Far too easy to fall into this routine out here! As much as I’m in need of a detox, I highly doubt it’ll be a viable option in our next destination: Bangkok.

We’ve finally got round to booking a bus out tonight, and will be getting a night bus at 2.30am to the Poi Pet border. Hoping to avoid the overcrowded minibuses which the tour companies pack everyone into after the border by getting a public bus to Bangkok- with a bit of luck we’ll be in Bangkok before midday. Fingers crossed…

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