Welcome to Cambodia, country number 16 on this trip. The border guards seemed more concerned with their $1 bribes than fining me for overstaying in Laos by a day which was fine by me. After 12 hours and three cramped buses neither of which met the description of air-con luxuary given when I purchased the ticket (no surprise at all) I finally made it to Kompong Cham, Cambodia's surprisingly small and quiet 3rd city which rests on the Mekong. En route I met a second Dutch/Colombian couple in the space of a month - wonder what the chances of that are?
First impressions of Cambodia include being surprised to see the number of ox-carts and horse-drawn carts on the roads, food is more expensive than Laos and the latest fashion for women appears to be pyjamas.
I was due to meet up with Ian and Elaine but they've just emailed me to convey the sorry news that Ian's picked up Dengue fever and Elaine is recovering from 2 weeks worth of flu hence they're resting up in Bangkok, so I spent my first full day on a scooter to take a look around Kompong Cham and its environs. The guidebook describes one of the highlights of the area as "meeting the super-friendly locals" and they certainly are, everywhere I went I was greeted by endless hello's and waves, all a bit embarassing really.
I'm off to Phnom Phen tomorrow, there's no need for an alarm clock if today's early morning noise is anything to go by.