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sunny 30 °C

We're now in Bangkok & loving it here, I wasn't sure if I'd hate it & it would be too seedy but the brilliant cheap food & shopping makes up for it & I think I'm less shockable now.

Although I did just make a mistake & call someone a he when apparently they are a she...

We spent our last few days in Cambodia in Sim Reap visiting Angkor Wat. We just went for one day as after 11 hours there we had really seen enough temples. We got there for sunrise which if I'm honest wasn't as spectacular as I'd expected, it was too cloudy & instead of a sunrise it just got gradually lighter.
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I think that my favourite temple was Bayan which is the one with all the faces as they're so detailed & really well preserved.
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There are really steep steps up to some of the temples, as usual I was pretty scared going up there but managed to climb up... and then not know how to get back down!
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We caught a bus to Bangkok from Siem Reap, apparently it would take 7 hours and 12 hours later we arrived in Bangkok, although a lot of that was spent sitting at the border waiting. We ended up in a minibus the Thai side, we were expecting us to just take us to another bus but an hour later we realised it was actually taking us to Bangkok, but no blowouts or breaking down so a good journey!

To get to Siem Reap we caught the boat from Battembang, again we were told 7 hours & it took 11 hours... sounding familiar? We just double the time they say & if we're in earlier it's good. It really was a beautiful boat trip going slowly through rural Cambodia & everyone came out to wave & shout hello as we went past.
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We stopped halfway for them to weld something on the boat which obviously didn't work as we broke down about an hour later & had to be towed all the way to Siem Reap.

It's Chinese new year here so we're looking forward to some big celebrations there tomorrow. It's the year of the rabbit so I might dress up like Nibbles :)

Posted by katcharles 07:41 Archived in Thailand

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