After a last minute visit to the Russian Market in Phnom Penh and a couple of days staying in a different area of the city, we are ready to head to Siem Reap. Abiding by the 10 Commandments of travel in SE Asia, we duly head to a travel agency to book 2 seats on the Giant Ibis bus, for the 6 hour journey to Siem Reap.
Tickets were $15 each, includes water and a snack, 3 stops along the way for breaks, wifi, extra leg room and a slower, safer trip. Sounds like a plan to me!
We are collected on time the following morning and taken to the station to join the large bus. Yep, it is in good condition, the driver looks in good condition also, so I am a happy camper. I have to say, we enjoyed this trip very much, the air-conditioning worked well and it was a smooth and stress free trip.
We arrived much earlier than we thought, the bus company already having organised tuk tuk transfers for all onboard that required it. Off to our accommodation, which is fine for the bargain price we paid, and we were safely in our room just as the heavens opened and the rain pelted down.
Later that evening we headed into the iconic Pub Street and I have to say I was a little disheartened at the tackiness of it all- tourists, noise, touts and western restaurants made for a Cambodian version of Kuta. As it was our first night and we didn't have the 'lay of the land', we ate at a Mexican restaurant and the food was delicious.
We are staying close enough to the action, but far enough for peace and quiet, so we were very happy. Tomorrow we would be exploring all this lively city has to offer.