25.04.2009 38 °C
A lot has happened in our first few days, as I write this there is a wild, mangey dog licking my calf. Nice!
We lived the high life, arriving in Bangkok and going straight to our 4 star hotel for the night. Amongst ham and cheese croissants, ordering room service and swimming in the massive pool we tried hard not to get used to the lifestyle!
We left Bangkok early next morning to get a sketchy plane ride to Phnom Penh in Cambodia. The pilot didn't appear to know when to put the landing wheels down as they whirring up and down like nobodys business! Upon safe arrival phil nearly pooed his pants for not having a visa photo but hussled a small fee.
Taxi to the hostel was ludicrous, as a 15 minute journey turned into a 3 hour one due to the torrential downpour previous to our arrival. THe traffic was entirely gridlocked so after abandoning the taxi we went solo and navigated our way through knee high road-width puddles whilst all the Cambodians were laughing at us. Character building!!
Being stubborn and British we braved another trip to the Mekong River, walking through local markets in the intense 37c heat. Coops had a rubbish HOT jasmine tea to quench his thirst. What a muppet, oh and hes scared of falling off hammocks. We walked round the Royal Palace and saw about a hundred silver Buddhas and chilled in the shade.
The torrential downpour today is incredible and the thunder is monsterous. We were going to go to the genocide killing fields but we are now stranded in our muggy hostel. There's worse places in the world to be stranded though, its pretty cool.
We're going to try and get our Vietnam visas tomorrow morning before heading to Siam Reap while they are processed, all looking forward to seeing Angkor Wat (WWWWAATTT!)
Love, hugs (not gay) and caring
Nick, Coops and Phil x