28.02.2013 - 28.02.2013
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By the time we get home a two hour train ride will be looked upon in the same light as we used to look upon a 15 minute bus ride! Today we had to take a 10 hour bus from Kratie to Siem Reap. The most eventful thing to happen on this trip was our change over to a different bus in the middle of nowhere. Had we missed this then we would have ended up back in Phnom Penh AGAIN! Despite the quiet voice of the bus driver when announcing the change, and the lack of any other tourists getting off the bus (bar two Western men) we managed to make it onto bus number two to Siem Reap. We discovered that we can now while away almost 10 hours doing absolutely nothing except listening to music and day dreaming - quite a talent we think!
We got to Siem Reap at about 5pm, were immediately accosted by remork drivers and headed to our hostel. Having filled out some forms we were taken up to our room. Then followed the main issue of our day - our room didn't have aircon! Don't get me wrong, aircon is not something we're particularly accustomed to. But the heat here in Cambodia is stiffling, and we picked this hostel specifically because we could afford the aircon room. It turned out that the manager had mixed up the bookings and given our aircon room to someone else. He suggested we went out for a couple of hours and by the time we returned the situation would be rectified.
We spent a lovely four hours in town, eating, drinking and shopping (what else!) but when we returned to the hostel the people in our airconditioned room still hadn't come back from their sighseeing. By this time it was getting late, so we gave up and took the fan room for the night free of charge. It is sweltering hot here though and our room is like a little sauna! But we keep reminding ourselves that we are lucky to have even a fan...... Cambodia's electric supply comes from Thailand and Vietnam and a few days ago there was a bad traffic accident near the Thai border, which has meant that nowhere in Siem Reap without a generator has any electricity at the moment, and probably won't have for the next week or so!
So it's goodnight here, from a very hot and bothered Jo xxx