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Published: June 16th 2009
Temple where some Tomb Raider scenes were filmed!
Alright so it’s been a while since I last wrote an entry! So last time I wrote we were just leaving Siem Reap, well we then spent a good number of nights in Phnom Penh. On our first day in Phnom Penh (Steve’s birthday!) we went to the Tuol Sleng museum which used to be a school which was then transformed into a camp where prisoners were kept and tortured and the killing fields (Cheung Ek) which is where more than 17,000 victims most of them from Tuol Sleng were killed and then buried in mass graves. There is a big glass tower at the Killing fields where more then 8000 skulls are on display.
That night when we returned to our hotel (which btw was great, it had a swimming pool!) I felt terrible my stomach was uneasy and I had a fever I stayed in bed for three days in very close proximity to the bathroom!! We think I got it from drinking a glass of water which a restaurant had given us with ice in it, Steve didn’t have much of it but I pretty much gulped the glass down. (Learnt my lesson!!!) We waited till I was feeling better and then on Saturday the 13th we got a bus at 8 am well actually we were supposed to get the bus at 9 30 am but we were woken up at 7 am on Saturday and told that we were actually going on the 8 30 am bus! Anyways we got on the bus and started of towards the Cambodia- Vietnam boarder.
Arriving at the boarder things happened really smoothly and easily first our passports got checked a quick photo taken, then a doctor came on the bus to check temperatures etc (swine flu) I’m a little bit confused though because the doctor checked my temperature but he didn’t check Steve’s I guess I look sickly!! Finally the last step was to take our backpacks to get scanned and then quick stamp in passport and back on the same bus and that was it we were in Vietnam! Another couple hours on the bus and then we were in Saigon!
On Sunday we did an organized trip to Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Great Temple.
The temple was so amazing it’s very colorful and we went during mass so it was a great experience!
Yesterday we had a relaxed day walking around Saigon, it rained pretty much all day so there wasn’t much to do!
Today we went on an organized trip again to the Mekong Delta, it’s supposed to be really pretty there and it’s where the most of the rice comes from unfortunately we were a bit disappointed with the trip because it was very fake. They drove us along the floating market in the boat but we didn’t go in the market so we didn’t get to see much and then we went to see how rice paper, coconut candy and other goods are made but they had set up this place for tourists it wasn’t like we went into the village and saw the real thing so it was a little bit upsetting.
Anyways I guess that’s to be expected with organized tours, tomorrow morning we set of bright and early (7am) to take a 7 hour bus ride to Dalat which should be gorgeous and also a lot cooler!
Internet should be ok there so hopefully I’ll be able to post a new entry soon!
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