05.01.2014 - 05.01.2014
We woke up this morning all excited and motivated to go for an elephant ride at the Ankor Wat Temple. We weren’t sure what we were doing so the lovely Davy organised a driver to take us to the temple. He was a lovely guy but couldn’t speak a word of English. This fact is important for later! We get to Ankor Wat and are immediately beset by people offering to be tour guides. We ask one lady where we go to ride elephants and she tells us it is at the other temple and we need to catch a Tuk Tuk to get there and of course she has a friend who can help us out. He drove us for miles another part of the Ankor Wat temple.. it is huge!
I had no idea how big it was. About half way there the tuk tuk driver tells us that he thinks the elephant rides are finished for the day! I was like oh now you tell us LOL. We get to the place where the elephant rides are and see the beautiful elephants but are told by the very amused attendants that you need to book at least a week in advance to ride the elephants. They gave us their phone number and I will get the beautiful Davy to organise it for us before we leave. On the way back from the elephant ride place we noticed some roadside markets and so asked the tuk tuk driver to pull over so we could check them out as we have fallen in love with the very comfortable “happy” pants that all the tourists wear over here. Everything is so cheap so we bargained happily with the stall holders and bought some clothes and carried on back to the main temple. By this time we were hungry and so asked our tuk tuk driver a good place to eat. He took us to a great restaurant where we had a beer and some yummy food. The food in Cambodia is awesome I am going to get so fat if I don’t do any exercise!!
After lunch we decided that we had pretty well wasted most of the day and as we had bought a 7 day pass to the temple we would come back another day when we had more time to explore it properly and to go back into town and get a massage and have a look around. We were about to get our new tuk tuk driver friend to drive us in when I looked up and saw our driver from this morning looking very worried as he couldn’t find us! Oops we thought we had made it clear that he could go home and that we would work our own way back but the language barrier meant that he stayed there the whole time waiting for us! So we said goodbye to our tuk tuk driver who upon finding out that we were not just tourists but volunteers gave us his phone number and told us to call him when we were to come back to the temple and thanked us for being volunteers. It was very sweet. So all in all our day of being a tourist was a bit of a failure.
We managed to communicate to our driver that we wanted to go to the market and when we pulled up he asked a tuk tuk driver on the street to interpret for us and we told him that he could go home. Poor guy I think he looked relieved. As it happens we pulled up right outside one of the nicer massage places so we wondered in and got an appointment for an hour long aromatherapy massaged for the princely sum of $22. This is quite expensive for Cambodia but so worth it. First they scrub your feet and then you go upstairs and have a nice hot shower before getting a full body massage that was just divine. After the massage we went to a local mini market to pick up some snacks and drinks. Bottles of beer $1 Vodka cruisers $1.40 each, Pringles, coke, magnum ice-blocks.. there is everything here you could possibly think of. Siem Reap is built for tourists and is nothing like the rest of Cambodia.
We grab a tuk tuk back to the guesthouse and then put our laundry in to be done down the road $1 a kilo! And grabbed a simcard for our phones as the wifi is good but we would like something for when we are out and about. We got heaps of credit from the local guy for $11. He gave us the locals rates instead of the usual tourist rates. We teased Ashlee it was because he thought she was beautiful. He told her that she looked like a Hollywood movie star haha.. poor Ashlee was so embarrassed. We then had showers and got dressed had a beer before heading in to town for dinner. We decided to go to the triangle bar as you could go upstairs on a balcony and see the whole street and Lauren wanted pizza. It was a great place, again the food was delicious and the drinks were cheap. I ordered a jug of beer ($3) and Lauren got a Singapore Sling. The manager came out to make sure that we were being looked after as Sophie had ordered a cocktail in a coconut and he was so lovely and talked to us. The staff were friendly and fun. I took a photo of the manager and one of the staff tried to photo bomb the photo – we all cracked up. Lauren is so little that after one cocktail she was tipsy.
After dinner Lauren and Ashlee told us about a bar called the Yellow Submarine which was a Beatle’s themed bar so we decided to check it out. We quickly figured out it was a gay bar but the guy who was the manager seemed thrilled to have some girls there and was very quick to make sure we were ok. The highlight was when Lauren said why is this bar gay the beatles weren't gay hahahaha we all cracked up. I had a few more cocktails and we had a lovely time talking and laughing and in between I went shopping with Tara and bought a dress hahaha for $5.. everything is so cheap here it is ridiculous. After drinks we had crepes. Lauren and Ashlee had enough and went home but Sophie, Tara and myself were keen to have a look around. After a while we decided to try walking back to the guesthouse, we spotted a bottleshop on the way and Sophie and I grabbed a roadie. Tara was pretty confident she knew where to go I on the other hand had no idea! After a while we began to second guess ourselves so flagged a tuk tuk driver to take us but he had no idea either and took us into a dodgy looking part of the city we were trying to get him to stop and Sophie was prepared to defend herself with her beer bottle but we finally got through to him to stop. He then had a pee break and took us to our guesthouse. It turned out Tara knew what she was doing and we were so close to home that it was ok