19.12.2016 - 19.12.2016 35 °C
Monday, December 19
We spent a lot of today on the bus travelling from Bangkok to Siem Reap by bus. At the border into Cambodia, we bid good-bye to our minivans and walked through a grubby market area to the Immigration counter. We officially departed Thailand and walked across the border into Cambodia. The architecture is strikingly different: lots of colonial French architecture which is prettier and more decorative than colonial British architecture. Unfortunately this picture doesn't show the fancy painted railings and ornamentation that some of the buildings have.
Beside these run-down fancy buildings, there are typical scenes you find in any developing country. The typical Cambodian home is made of wood, raised on stilts, and we've noticed that many of these have tarps in front of the home with rice spread out to dry.
We’re back to a country where the traffic drives on the right side of the road. We haven’t seen this since the Arab countries. Lots of motorcyclists drive around with surgical masks or scarves covering their noses and mouths. It's dry season and some of the roads are pretty dusty. The roads alternate between pavement with deep potholes and dirt roads.
We’re staying at the Mekong Angkor Hotel which has a lovely refreshing pool! Tonight, we enjoyed supper at the New Hope Orphanage where former street kids are getting skills employment and language training for working in service industries. G Adventures supports some local businesses through an association with Planeterra (https://www.gadventures.com/about-us/sustainable-tourism/). One of the appetizers was tasty fried crickets!