12.10.2011 - 27.10.2011 31 °C
After spending some days in Battambang we decided to head on to Siem Reap. We went looking for buses and found one leaving 10:30 the next day. However, when we went there next morning at 10 o\ clock to buy tickets, we were told by the salesperson that the bus already left because it was fully booked. Instead the bus company arranged a cab for some dollars more which we took. It took some time until we started and as more and more people tried to get into this taxi, which was already overloaded with luggage and 5 other people, we instead stepped out and decided to stay one more day in Battambang. In the afternoon it was raining so much that the streets filled with water which reached well above our ankles (to me it was sometimes knee-high which led Erik to carry me through some parts) that we were forced to walk through, nevertheless it was a nice afternoon. The next day we went with our prebooked tickets to the bus station and finally left for Siem Reap.
Once there we went to a German managed guesthouse which we found on the internet. Naturally, we wanted to see the famous Angkor Wat and on the next day we rented bicycles with which we explored the big temple area. It took us a whole day to see three of the temples and during the whole time we had sunny weather but as soon as we had finished the visit it started raining a lot. We had never seen so much rain at one moment, it was unbelievable, within 30 seconds we were completely soaked. We were biking on flooded streets through a thunderstorm for one and a half hours until we finally arrived at our guesthouse (we have no photos of this for obvious reasons). The following day we wanted to visit the children hospital but we were not allowed to go in. We were told by the guard that the doctors were to busy that day, so instead we went on to visit a nearby school for children with hearing and visual impairments.
After Siem Reap we continued to Cambodias capital, Phnom Phen, where we among other things witnessed the annual boat race and and the Red Khmers prison and interrogation/torture camp which is now converted into a museum.
Today is Thursday the 27th and we are currently located in Sihanoukville, a really nice and small place on the south-east coast of Cambodia where we've already been for one week and will stay one more. So far we have seen the beautiful seaside as you can see on our pictures. For tomorrow we have booked a boat tour to three uninhabited islands where we will do some trekking and snorkeling. Photos from this will follow in the next update before we leave Sihanoukville for the Vietnamese border.