After taking a 6 hour train from Bangkok in the early hours of the morning all the way to the Cambodian border, I wasn't in the mood for the scams and lines that awaited us. Dropped by our Tuk Tuk driver at the "Visa Application Office" we had to walk a further 500m to the real border and queue for half an hour to have our passports stamped. From here it was another 6 hour trip in a taxi with two Poms we enlisted for the journey to Siem Reap. Thankfully post earthquake Christchurch had prepared us for Cambodian roads and we bounced and weaved happily along dirt, shingle and broken asphalt all the way to the Panda Guest House. Angkor Wat is the main attraction in this mini metropolis of dirt roads and bare foot children but the people are awesome and the cocktails very cheap also. We hired a Tuk Tuk for the day and headed out to see some temples the next day. At $12 for 6 hours and a 20km round trip, it's a pretty good deal. The temples are pretty incredible and I got my Lara Croft on jumping down stairs and exploring the ruins of Ta Prohm. The journey to Phnom Penh was in a beautifully air conditioned mini van along more of the crazy highways (dirt tracks). We spent the night missing AC just a little bit but we hardened up and got some sleep in the end. The Killing Fields the next day were a sobering reminder of just how awful things had been in Cambodia not so long ago. We visited S-21, the old prison from the Khmer Rouge and now the Genocide Museum depicting the atrocities that were carried out there. 20 000 were sentenced to execution over a three year period just in this compound alone. We spent the rest of the day sampling the local cuisine, followed by more cocktails - it'd be rude not to.
Rachael and Jeremy