Siem Reap, Cambodia – Day 1
After setting off early from Bangkok we had a long drive to cross the border into Cambodia. The border crossing point is utter chaos with throngs of people selling things, casinos, overloaded trucks and of course endless motor bikes. After a relatively easy crossing we were into into Cambodia. The first thing to do was to eat some frogs, silk worms and crickets. For some reason I didn’t manage to get any photos of the border crossing which is a shame as it was so mad!
The silk worms weren’t too bad… A kind of creamy texture, I don’t think I would rush back for more though!
After checking into the hotel we heading off on a tuk-tuk to a local village home stay for dinner. You can pay in so many differences currencies here, they have their local currency, but most things seem to be in US dollars. I loved being driven through the countryside here, there is always something interesting to see and/or something burning…
A traditional village house
This is a mushroom growing room
The local Cambodian food is amazing! All the food is very fresh and the hosts were very friendly. The home stay helps children to get a education and provides short trips for kids who would otherwise probably not leave their village/province. The kids all spoke very good English and were very happy, singing various songs in English. Life is tough out here for them with most people still being simple farmers they are unable to send their children to school.
The next day we got up early to go to the famous Angor Watt temple and the other temples being slowly reclaimed by the jungle. More soon!