27.02.2013 - 27.02.2013
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So the cockroach first...last night a huge cockroach (the biggest we've seen yet on our travels) fell from the ceiling and landed on Jo's face! After some screaming and a little histeria I located a 'weapon'; some giant Angry Bird flip-flops which were in the corner of the room. After throwing both, the cockroach was immobilized so I pushed it into the corner of the room out of sight assuming it was dead. No such luck. We awoke in the morning and it had somehow made it's way into the middle of the room (they really are resilient!). After some more screaming and a few more goes with the flip-flops, the cockroach was no more! Phew.
We arranged yesterday for a friendly local remork driver called Ploy to pick us up at 8am this morning to go and see the Irrawaddy dolphins. So off we went! The place where the dolphins can be seen is 15km north of Kratie in a place called Kampi. Once there we hopped in a boat with a couple more tourists and went out on the water. The boat took us out for about half an hour and we saw several dolphins in this time included a mother and her baby. We count ourselves very lucky to have seen them as they are critically endangered (only around 75 left in the wild) so are sadly at a high risk of becoming extinct soon.
Ploy then took us to some rapids upsteam where we lazed in hammocks in stilted bamboo huts. It was lovely and peaceful and whilst we would have loved to go swimming (the temperature was in the high thirties today) the rapids were a bit too rough. We dangled our feet in though which was refreshing!
On route back to Kratie, Ploy took us to some random "mountain". This was a hill with steps leading up to the top to a meditation retreat. We seriously did not want to climb up all the steps because of the heat but we felt we had to as Ploy had so kindly taken us there. So up we went, had a quick look around then swiftly climbed back down to get back into the breezy remork!
After getting back to our guesthouse we grabbed the laptop and walked along the river to a restaurant. Walking in the midday sun for half an hour was a bad idea!! Hot and bothered we collapsed at the restuarant for several hours where the lovely staff gave us our own dedicated electric fan to cool us down (nowhere here seems to have air con!) and served us ice cold drinks whilst we caught up on our blogging entries!
We're up early for the 7am bus to Siem Reap which supposedly will take around ten hours (eugh!) so we'll have an early-ish night and keep our fingers crossed that no cockroaches land on us tonight!