19.05.2010 - 24.05.2010 37 °C
So after Angkor Wat...... Matt and I decided that we needed a day off in between each temple day. The heat is intense and you go home exhausted!! So we try to explain this to out tuk tuk driver. He accepts that if he wants any further work from us he is going to have to work with us.
The days off were fantastic and usually went along the lines of .......
Sleep in, have nice long breakfast with the Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia has amazing French breads), wander around the markets and the river, when is gets too hot head back to the room for a mid afternoon nap and then come out for dinner and nightlife.
We are really getting into the hang of this whole holiday thing.!!
Our second temple day - Sai picked us up and we headed back out to the Angkor region. We were doing a different circut (I forget the names of all the temples) and we soon arrived at the first. We head in.... To get to the temple you have to walk down past a number of stalls. The young girls jump on you the moment they see you. We kept walking and saying that we will see about buying something later. One little girl pressed a bracelet into my hand and said 'Free for you, for good luck' I tried to refuse it but she wouldn’t take it back. I kept it but I said that I this does not mean that I would buy something. It turns out that Matt also got a 'Good Luck' bracelet from another girl. We head into the temple and we are met by a young man. He asked if we would like to know the story behind the temple. As no price was mentioned we figured it would be the same deal as Angkor. Pay what we thought was appropriate on the way out. Not so much. When the tour was over we went to give him money and he said 'No, You give me more'. He wanted about triple what we were willing to pay. As you can imagine Matt handled this very well..... It was a bit high stress but we stuck our ground and paid him what we thought was appropriate for the tour we received. We walked out a bit frazzled and come across the little girls again. As we had bought a temple rubbing inside the temple there wasn't anything else that we wanted. We needed water though. We walked over to the stall that we thought was the girls and bought some. As we were heading out the gate they chased us down
'Why you not buy from me?’ I waited so long for you to come out and I remembered you Australian lady'
We tried to explain that we bought something from them - the water. It wasn’t their stall. They were getting them selves worked up and started crying and getting hysterical. I was getting upset and then they started yelling. They were vicious. I pretty much grabbed Matt by the arm and started running towards the tuk tuk. The girls wouldn’t stop. They were trying to grab at us and screaming out you are a stupid Australian man and a horrible Australian lady. You are both ugly and I hope that you break up'
I was shaken. We have dealt with the persuasive kids, the demanding kids and the persistent kid but nothing like this. It put a bit of a dampener on the day. I didn’t want to have to deal that again. We decided that we were just going to say a flat out No instead of maybe.
Other temples were great too. I would explain them all in detail but I really can’t be bothered. Although there was this one that was overgrown a bit and it was gorgeous. My favourite by far.
We ended up changing guesthouses half way though the week to one a few doors down. It was much nicer and had a pool which is a huge deal when its soooo hot. So we checked out of our place and moved in next door. We had to get up the next morning to go out to Beng Maelea. We had no way of contacting our driver so we wandered back over to the old guesthouse to meet him. He saw us and marched over to us. He looked furious.' You check out of here! Why?? How much you pay at the other place' I didn’t have anything to hide so I told him. It was just better then where we were.
He calmed down a bit and we headed out to Beng Maelea. It has the same floor plan as Angkor Wat but it has completely been left to the elements. It is a real Indiana Jones temple. It was a bit unrecognizable as alot of it had caved in but it was a real adventure. We met some sneaky little guide boys who I am pretty sure were trying to hatch a plan to steal out things and the most adorable little Cambodian girl who was there with her father. She seemed to take a liking to me and stuck to me like glue until Matt and I headed off in a completely different direction.
I was an awesome day in which we got to ride a tuk tuk through a storm drinking beer and see amazing temples.
We spent the next few days in the pool, beside the pool and in restaurants. It was pure holiday bliss. We met a nice Australian couple and had a few drinks with them. Went and watched Aspera dancing over dinner, went shopping and just wandering around. We found the dodgiest looking restaurant and went in for the cheap beer. I wasn’t hungry but Matt ordered a beef dish and it was amazing. The first time we have eaten meat and really enjoyed it.
We ended up having a few more drinks that turned in whiskey..... We were talking to one of the waitresses who was telling us about the place. How the owner takes in girls that no one else will hire because they are too young or don’t have experience. How they help them with finding a cheap room. Apparently they send most of their money back home to the country for their families.
Matt was a bit drunk by this stage and wanted to give this woman all of our money. We settled on $5 tip. Which is pretty big since that was more then we paid in food and drinks. We had photos taken with them and they sent us home around 12.
As of now we are sitting in an internet cafe in Phnom Penh. We caught the bus down yesterday which was surprisingly stress free and settled into the world’s diviest looking place. We accidently left the light on in the room when we went out and when we came back noticed that there is a hole that has been drilled into the door looking directly at the bed. I covered it up with tape. Matt then pointed one in the ceiling out to me. I am completely freaked out and want to move immediately.
I will continue our story another time...