We leave Cambodia two days earlier than anticipated and take the bus into Thailand as there is no train network in Cambodia. The Thai bus company is appalling but luckily we meet some nice people on the bus to reduce the irritation caused by the bus journey taking 12 hours instead of 6, making all the heartache worthwhile!
There is no boot space whatsoever on the bus to the border and therefore the luggage takes up seats. The view is not good
In one case we stop at a building with a sign on it saying 'International Border Terminal for Foreigners', which actually turned out to be a crap cafe.
This sign should deter drug trafficking, but could easily be mistaken for a theme park advertisement - maybe something like the Vampire Ride in Chessington. We consider starting a heavy metal band called 'Death Penalty', but decide that heavy metal is a bit 90's.
No mans' land between Cambodia and Thailand is a strange street with a number of casinos - as apparently gambling is illegal in both countries.
We have definitely arrived in Thailand.
The shambolic bus company packs our second bus after the border with too many people. Their luggage takes up our two seats, meaning we have to wait another hour and get delivered to a different location, having to sit in the back of a pick up truck probably normally used for transporting pigs.
Just before getting to Bangkok the bus stops for petrol and we have a chance to buy deep fried insects. Suddenly everyone joins Stephen and becomes vegetarian.
Temperature -31 degrees C
The ruins of Angkor are located amid forests and farmland near where we are staying, in Siem Reap Province, They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples of the Angkor area range in scale from nondescript piles of brick rubble scattered through rice fields to the famous Angkor Wat, said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. A huge source of ride for the people of Cambodia and revered worldwide, we go to see if it can possibly live up to its hype!
Here is a slideshow of our photos from the Angkor Archaeological Park.
We take a bus to Siem Reap, North West of Cambodia and gateway to the Temples of Angkor!
We hit traffic, but luckily it is soft!
The only time that the driver is careful...
The landscape is tropical!
Some areas are flooded to allow for a certain kind of rice crop
After 7 hours we leave the bus for the fresher air of a tuk-tuk ride!
We leave Ho Chi Minh City by bus for a 7 hour drive across the border into Cambodia towards the capital, Phnom Penh.
Instantly the people look different, the land looks different and the language is different! Stephen gets reprimanded at border control for saying “thank you” in Vietnamese and not the National language of Cambodia – Khmer. We escape a shock when the bus almost leaves without us on the border…
We are last through the border control point and find that our bus has driven away. Eventually the bus conductor realises and stops the bus driver from continuing off as we chase it down the road.
The land is very flat and very green!
People work out in the blistering heat.
There is a lot of rubbish around but the poor animals don't seem to mind 😦
Our bus boards a ferry to cross a section of the famous Mekong River, which stretches from Tibet to Vietnam.
As we near Cambodia's capital, it gets more dense but still as makeshift!