We had a long day of travel to get to Siem Reap, Cambodia – our day started at 6am when we went to the airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka. We flew to Chennai, India, where we spent the day waiting for our next flight – unfortunately we were not allowed to wait inside the terminal, so this was a hot and unpleasant wait! We flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, arriving at midnight, and grabbed a couple of hours sleep on the floor before flying to Siem Reap – arriving about 7am and making it our fourth country in 24 hours. We went straight to our guest house and crashed out for a couple of hours! The main highlight of Siem Reap is the fabulous temples at Angkor Wat, where we spent three days exploring. (This gets its own post, as truly was incredible.) The actual town of Siem Reap is quite small and has a fun centre of town where you can get cheap massages, manicures, food and drinks around the aptly named Pub Street.
We met up with two lots of friends from New Zealand – we had Cambodian barbecue with Anna, Matt and Mels and even tried grilled frog! (It was a little chewy but could easily have been chicken…not too bad. ) We also spent time with our friends Martyn and Wendy, who were volunteering at Homes of Hope. Cambodia seems to have so many NGO’s – it was good to spend time visiting one in more detail and understand some of the need for the families of Siem Reap.
We wound up staying longer than planned in Siem Reap as our next destination was flooded, but we didn’t mind as it was such a fun, relaxed place to hang out (and eat a lot of good food…highlights included fish amok, a creamy coconut curry, fresh spring rolls and ice cream at Swensens!)