11.05.2010 37 °C
Headed to Siem Reap, Cambodia on the 9th as my visa for Thailand expired and we needed a change anyway, the partying in Pattaya was taking its toll.
Crossing over the border was much as Joy from Pattaya had described, you can see the wealth difference straight away. There are weird tractor like vehicles, bikes everywhere instead of cars and the ''petrol station'' we filled up at was a guy with a gas cannister in a front yard!
Quiet night yesterday as we were up at 5am today to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. There were quite a lot of people there and you can see why, it was pretty spectacular. Also saw Bayon & ? temples. Lost my pass after that so I wanderd around while J visited a few more including Angkor Thom from Tomb Raider. As interesting as it was, I don't know how some people get 3 days or even a week long pass to visit the temples, a good morning session was plenty for me.
One downside of here is the pollution & it's understandable why so many of the locals wear the face masks. The road leading to our hotel (tropical breeze, 10 dollars pernight for a triple air-con room) is especially dirty/dusty/smoky. The friendliness of the locals compensates somewhat for this, though.
Wasn't expecting to party quite as hard as in Pattaya, and we probably didn't but again drank too much and stayed out too late! As J said ''we're party guys''. Didn't take long for us to find the main 'pick-up'' place in the main drinking area, bar street.
Had a little chat with a very hot girl called I in a restaurant we visited where all the girls were gorgeous, with her the most so. She said she usually goes to temple bar after work most nights and sits and drinks alone, so I said me and J would see her in there. J met up with his lady 'C' from the night before, so upon seeing her sitting alone (the drink belonging to her friend was quickly finished by him as he had to work or leave for something) I joined her for a chat. Got on really well and she came with me, J and C as we headed elsewhere for a few more drinks. Ended up spending the remainder of my nights there with her, and most days too (mainly in bed!) Her favourite haunt to visit after Temple bar seems to be X bar. She seems to really want to hook up long-term with a Western man, probably why she goes Temple/X bar a lot, there aren't shortages of them in either place.
Didn't do much more of the culture thing unfortunately after seeing the temples, although I think everything to do is pretty much centered aroung them. Weather is still hot and the only sign of rain was on the penultimate day for a few hours in the morning so I didn't see it anyway, as most days we were rising at 4 or 5pm.
I Really enjoyed I's company as she is beautiful, clever and feisty and I definately want to see her again soon. Me and J had some good fun with her and C, who is a real little livewire! What a result for me that she much prefers Western guys to Cambodian men!