Walked to the airport and checked in at 6.00am. Arrived in Siem Reap at 8.00am. Customs offical asked Fiona if she could read?? Another Stripey Bag inspection at customs in Cambodia.... they even unzipped and wanted to look inside!
Tuk Tuk was there to pick us up but they only had two tuks tuks for 5 people and 11 pieces of luggage but typical of Cambodia it all fit on!! YAY we made it all luggage arrived in Cambodia also!!
Horizons is great and the staff are very friendly and cant do enough for us.
After a very yummy breakfast we started our first busy day in Siem Reap
Senteurs d" Angkor is an amazing place. It has a great garden and craft centre. We saw weaving, candle making, and balms/creams/soaps all being done in front of us. The shop was awesome and we brought a few bits and pieces. Tried some nice teas as well. Some of the girls working there were amazed at Fliss and Sophias ages and said they were very beautiful and if they lived in Cambodia they would be movie stars.
Next stop was the Khmer Ceramics Centre were we "played" in the clay!! Unfortunately none us showed any great promise!! Trish was keen for a Patrick and Demi moment "I love you" Ditto!! This was lots of fun.
Butterfly Garden Cafe was were we had lunch .... it all sounded so good we did not know what to choose.
Fresh and fried spring rolls, sweet potato chips with curry mayo, cashews with lime and chilli, tofu with ginger and corn cakes with aoili.
Watermelon and lime juice, lemon grass tea and orange juice.
We then went back to Hotel and waited to be picked up the Tara River Boat Cruise. More on that later......have to eat again.
I am back to update the River Boat Night....
We were picked up Mr Solpon who spoke very good english. We travelled out of the main Siem Reap area towards the Tonle Sap lake area. The living conditions drastically declined as we went further out. Many of the homes are boats and they move around with the weather. Many are stuck now until the rain comes. (We have had no rainy days so far). The over fishing of the lake has made many poor people poorer. Any many fish species almost wiped out. One type of trap has been banned and we saw of few on the top of the police station where they had been confiscated. The fishing families used to catch water snakes to feed to the crocodiles in the farms but due to lack of fish now eat them. None of the water snakes are poisonous. January is also Wedding time in Cambodia and we saw/heard this on our tour the music is loud .... very loud!! Tara said that the wedding party goes on for two days and two nights!! Maybe we will buy a cd of this music for Lydias Wedding ha ha. We travelled along the river where lots of Cambodian families live and then there was a gap and the Vietnamese community started the two nationalities do not get on. Little boats came up to us with children with dead snakes wrapped around there necks for photos and one dollar one dollar!! After zooming along the river we went to a floating market and had a hold of a real snake which was very much alive. Fliss could not believe that Fiona held it. It felt very weird nothing like we all expected. We finally arrived at the Tara River Boat which is a bit like a old steam boat. The sunset was awesome and we enjoyed watching the changing sky, I am sure the photos will not do it justice. We enjoyed dinner and a few drinks and then returned to the van.
Although we had had a huge day we set off to the night markets and had a Fish Massage --- Well most of us did -- Sophia still owes a bet to Fliss. It is the most unreal feeling to have little fish nibbling at you feet and takes some time to "get into it"!! We had a quick browse at the beautiful items for sale and then enjoyed a Foot Massage for $3.... what a great way to end a fantastic day!!