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Published: February 5th 2018
Leisurely day today, no deadlines. We wake early but linger in our room, going down to breakfast at 0900 for our eagerly anticipated Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florantine. Never happened. After around 20 minutes and a whole pot of tea later, the waitress eventually came to our table to explain, "Sorry they are finished" presuming it must be due to a lack of ingredients, we say OK, just Poached eggs. 20 minutes go by, other guests arrive, order and are served. We have kept our patience splendidly and are rewarded with honesty. The waitress explains, "Sorry Sir and Madam, nbr 2 Chef try, cannot poach Eggs" suggests we try something else. Hiding our mirth, we say scrambled with bacon would be fine. Finally it arrives and it is very nice ,supplemented with the Buffet additions that you normally get in the west. We still rate it as the best breakfast we have had in Cambodia, and would not hesitate to recommend the hotel for cleanliness, value for money, food and service.
After this longer than expected breakfast time, we finally emerge from the restaurant at 0950, to book our hire bikes to venture forth, to the Famous Tonle Sap Lake,
a mere 12 km from Siem Reap town.
We are confident that we can get there without the aid of map. The surrounding countryside here being river delta, is very flat and ideal for cycling, so we follow the river south as it feeds the lake, can't go wrong, or can we ??? After a very pleasant hour, passing villages and hamlets, the track becomes rougher, and rougher, undulations would be an under-statement! A few farm vehicles pass us from time to time and we didn't really believe we were on the track to anywhere. We dismount many times as we are nervous of negotiating the ridged mud tracks. Broken arms and legs are firmly off our agenda!
Eventually, feeling the day's heat increasing, we reluctantly turn around and retrace our steps. We are not really disappointed though, as we went out to discover the real Cambodia and we found it! The views were lush, green, tranquil, and the Villages fascinating. The children and local people, as always friendly and welcoming and unlike the Cities, no begging. Having plenty of water and hats, the heat does not bother us much, but are both relieved as we re-enter town
after a ride of around 18kms.
Back to town, we pay 0.50 cents for a guy to mind our cycles , numbered C17 and C21 (you have to remember these things when parked next to 3 thousand similar machines), while we visited a Pharmacist to stock up on Imodium and 50%!d(MISSING)eet anti mossie spray, as Paula needs copious amounts of both 😟.
Back to hotel, beer and afternoon nap to ease our aching muscles after our three hour cross country adventure. Airport transfer arranged for tomorrow, chill out time until dinner
calls. It is our last evening in Cambodia, so instead of our usual 20 minute stroll into town, we decide on a Tuk Tuk to visit the night markets and then dinner. As usual, it is very bright, lively and full of life. Kampot pepper purchased, a nice local meal at Karo Restaurant, then a Tuk tuk back to our hotel, good day and good evening . Goodnight Cambodia ! We have had a varied and interesting, enlightening and amazing three weeks, thank you!
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