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24.10.2010 - 24.10.2010 32 °C
On the 23th of october, in the morning, a new adventure started. A new country, a new experience: Cambodia!
I was ready just before 8.00. The bus would leave from the travel agency. Just a bit later, a man guided me towards the bus stop, where some more people were already wating. I was there with my backpack, daypack and a delicious yoghurt (by mr Yin), fruits and muesli.
The start for a long ride. Totally, including lunch and stop at the border was about 12 hours. It didn't feel this long though. Maybe I am getting used to long rides like this. After the border into Cambodia, I and some others were dropped off at a station. From there we could either take a taxi, or go for free to Siem Reap if we booked a hotel. All the time people were trying to sell a room in the green banana guesthouse for 400 baht. (10 euro). But all the time me and some others were waiting and not taking the bite yet. When I got it offered for 250 baht (6,25 Euro), I took it. So I booked in 4 nights in the Green Banana Guesthouse in Siem Reap. The room has hot water, two beds, a fan, free internet and a ride from the border to Siem Reap (200 km). Late in the afternoon I arrived. Time for some food and sleep.
In the evening I met up with a couple from Sweden. We decided to explore Angkor the next day together and share the cost of a tuktuk.
It's funny that the tuktuks here are different from the ones in Thailand. In Thailand the tuktuks are made out of one piece. A 3 wheeled kind of scooter with the seats for the guest attached to it. In Cambodia the tuktuk consists of a scooter that is a little bit modified to either use as a scooter, or to attach a kind of cart behind it, that is the tuktuk. Probably some day someone thought of this, and now all tuktuks in Cambodia are modified scooters.