Our hotel is a vast improvement on last night's but by no means the best we have booked for this trip. After getting ourselves sorted we went out for an explore.
Siem Reap is not a huge city and we are very central. It reminds us more of India than China. It is very hot and humid so it was a case of keeping an eye (one that works!) on our watches until it was a vaguely respectable time to have our first Cambodian beer - followed very rapidly by our second!
We had a lovely couple of hours relaxing by the pool then braced ourselves for the haggle to get a moto (the Cambodian version of a tuk tuk. It's a motor bike towing a small chariot.) It is fun but the sheer number of them accounts for a lot of the air pollution. Anyway I digress. We got the moto to take us to the bus station to buy our tickets to go to Phnom Penh on Sunday. Thanks Jane and Salad for the tip. Fantastic - we got 2 seats right at the front upstairs in an airconditioned bus with a toilet! Hopefully this will not be one of the worst 6 hours of our lives as it was for you. Although we bought it at the bus staion it was hardly a ticket office and our tickets look decidedly second hand! We paid 5 dollars (everything here is priced in US$) for our moto round trip to the bus station and our tickets in this posh bus - similar to the X77 to Ayr - were US$8 each for the 6 hour journey. Hmmn we'll see!
We have booked a car and driver for the day tomorrow. He is picking us up at 5.10 so that we can be at Ankar Wat for sunrise. Did someone say to rest and relax on this holiday? Given our early start and our current sleep deficit we have decided to have dinner in the hotel tonight.
|Just what the doc would have ordered.|