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Published: January 20th 2008
Elephant on his way to work!
This was taken from our balcony this morning. You can get elephant rides at Wat Phnom.
Well it took us the entire time that we were in Phnom Penh to get our heads around the place. I am not a city boy at heart so found it difficult but also very interesting and entertaining. The temples fantastic. The palace is something else, the architecture is wonderful but it is an oasis of opulence in a desert of poverty.
The day before our leaving we had to convince the girls to take their malaria tablets. If it was me watching and not doing it would have been hysterical. It was almost a scene from a sitcom. The amount of fuss made over a couple of tablets, you would have though that we had asked them to eat fried spiders or something!!! Ellie threw her fist one back up because she decided that it would be a good idea to crunch it up with a piece of pineapple, big mistake. The second one went down eventually. Aisha kept spitting hers out. She eventually ate both of them. It was at this point that I realised that we had no where near enough for them. Oh well need to get some more in Siem reap.
Spent our last day wandering
This was taken from our balcony this morning at 6.45am
around the russian market. Big mistake. Taking Chloe around a place full of fantastic silk stuff and not expect to come out with something. Our bags are a lot heavier now!!
This morning was a bit easier with the malaria tablets with the girls. Sat in Phnom Penh airport with a pot of yogurt for Ellie and her tablet, didn't work. She did it on the second attempt with water. Aisha took four tablets to get two down.
The flight here was great. It was a turbo prop and my it was very a quick flight. Ellie has now decided she likes the planes with the roundy roundy things on the wings!!!!
Baggage carousel, hah they are for wimps. The airport is slightly better than a shack. The girls thought it was great fun to walk across the runway to the airport.
We got our pre-arranged Tuk Tuk from the airport back to the guesthouse. It was entertaining with that much luggage and four of us on board. I thought the bike was going to explode with the amount of weight the poor thing had to pull. Although they pull some very strange thing around Phnom Penh with them!!!!
Taken last night. This is the street light outside our balcony.
you are ever in Siem Reap try the Two dragons guest house its great. Its clean, cheap and the water is hot. Better than can be said for the vauguely tepid stuff in Phnom Penh.
We had a bit of lunch then went and got a few supplies. Ellie then spotted a quad biking leaflet. Chloe was dead set against it so I decided that I would take Ellie on my own. Aisha decided that wasn't fair and that she wanted to go to. The guest house rang them for us and said that we should get there for about 5. We arrived to find the place empty. After waking up the owners wife up she said that he was out with some other people and would be back soon and to take a seat. Our Tuk tuk driver hung around to find out what time to come back to get us. The owner arrived, a french guy called Henri, and showed us the ropes and off we went. Chloe was a little unsure about the whole thing. Even through the mask, for the dust, she had on you could see she was doing a very good impression of a
cheshire cat.. The route we went on was fantastic. We wound our way through, well I have no idea but it was countryside with not a drop of tarmac in site. Lots of small children waving and jumping up and down shouting hello. We even drove past a wedding at one point. Henri even stopped the traffic to take our photo's. We drove over a little wooden bridge that was only just wider than the quad. I could see Chloe trying to line it up then, bang she went for it. Full throttle over this tiny little bridge, I honestly thought it was going to collapse. All part of the fun!!
When we got back we were talking to Henri, who looked a little tired, and he then told us that he had left Bangkok at 2am this morning in a taxi. He arrived at 11 to find two punters who wanted to go out for four hours, then we turned up. We left him to go to bed.
We have arranged with our tuk tuk driver to be picked up at 6am so going to bed now but will fill you all with envy with loads of photo's of
the temples in our next exciting instalment...............
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