At first sight we all fell in love with Cambodia.
Less touristy than Thailand and more authentic. Until we discovered the persistent Tuk Tuk drivers and the clingy vendors on the night market around the corner from our guest house "Ivy 2". The guest house is $14 for the 3 of us per night and we have our own bathroom with a toilet and shower. The walls are thin and the air is filled with mosquitoes and crickets.
We were told Cambodia would be cheap.
In the supermarkets the prices are almost as back in Sweden. Cambodia have Khmer and US dollars, the latter being the main currnency. If you're supposed to be given 50 cent change at a shop or marketstall you'll most likely get 2000khmer instead. Imagen my surprise!
I have to admit that I miss Thailand.
Cheaper, fresh fruit everywhere.
Even the $1 watered down smoothies here can't be compared to the 35b generous ones in Chiang Mai. Also the streets here in Siem Reap are dangerous. There's barley any street lights and you have to fight yourself through a crowd of fast scooters and TukTuks to get past the broad streets.
Apparently most people come here only to discover the acient city to see Angor Twat.
A 3 day access pass is $40 and if you're a mad Tomb Rider fan I'd suggest you go for the 7-days $70 one. It comes laminated with a cute sting to decorate your neck.
We took a Tuk Tuk from outside our Guest House and he said he'd charge $15 for a 8 am - 6:30 pm shift by driving us around the acient city while taking siestas as we're discovering our inner Lara Croft and Indiana Jones's.
If you would like to see the sun rise at 5:am he'll charge you $5 extra ..
Spending most of our day discovering hidden rooms and sacred artefacts in 37°c and a stingy sun me and Gabri got back with resistent head aches. I'll try to get some sleep now in a matter of fact.