22.08.2012 30 °C
Here's a short update on where we have been and what we have planned in the next couple of months.
We arrived in Siem Reap (literally meaning 'Defeat of Siam' - Thailand - referring to the centuries-old conflict between the Siamese and Khmer peoples) yesterday having slowly retraced our steps following our unscheduled visit to Phu Quoc Island (new entry on that coming soon). We broke up the return journey by stopping for a few days in Kampot then Phnom Penh before getting the bus to Siem Reap.
We will be spending around two weeks in Siem Reap before travelling overland to Thailand where we will get a new 15-day visa at the border. This should give us just enough time to visit the Andaman Coast in the West (Krabi, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi) which we didn't get to the last time we were there.
On 1 August, the ICC released some more tickets for the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. I spent a laborious two hours on the internet trying to get tickets for England's matches and, after much waiting, managed to buy tickets for all their games and potential games up to and including the final (but not the opener against Afghanistan!) for a grand total of $16 for both of us! That's one qualifier against India in Colombo, two Super Eight matches in Kandy, two semi-finals and the final back in Colombo. Flights from Bangkok to Colombo were cheap so we are going to spend a month in Sri Lanka before finally returning to India.
We have got loads of time to see the temples at Angkor so we are in no rush to go yet. We'll probably hire bicycles and ride around the various sites. It's a huge area to cover so we need to carefully select which ones to see. Apart from Angkor Wat, there are important 'must-see' sites at Angkor Thom and Bayon. Admission isn't cheap - $20 for one day, $40 for three days or $60 for seven days. We'll probably opt for three-day passes as I suspect we will be 'templed-out' by then!
We haven't been here long but, unsurprisingly, Siem Reap must be one of the most touristic places we've visited so far. The tuk-tuk drivers are also some of the most persistent we have encountered. We don't want to be rude by ignoring them (after all, we are guests in their country and they are only trying to earn a living) but it can wear a bit thin after a while having to constantly decline their offers of a lift!
More on the temples soon.