P.S Apparently I'm really bad at writing regularly
20.06.2013 - 24.06.2013
We arrived in Phnom Penh around midnight, luckily for us, the wonderful Gareth had arranged us a taxi from the airport, leaving us only the cryptic clue saying "the driver will hold a name card, but it won't have your name on it.... But you ll just know"
A little bit wary, we grabbed our luggage and walked towards the drivers holding name cards, and sure enough there it was.
The words Tony Stark typed onto a piece of paper, we both had a chuckle and walked towards the driver "Ah Tony Stark?" He said "Welcome to Phnom Penh".... Welcome indeed, thanks Gareth!
[Just as a side note for anyone who doesn't know, Mike and I have a slight obsession with Iron Man and generally geeky comic books stuff, although I might add that Mikes enthusiasm is a bit stronger than mine. But when we had a kitten for a week we named him Tony Stark.
The first thing we noticed when we left the airport was the sheer lack of noise! Barely any cars and most of the buildings had their lights out.... Very different from the fluorescent glow that surrounds Wuxi all night long. And with that we found our hotel and slept.
The next morning we awoke to a very different scene..... We were still walking down the stairs of the hotel, not even on the 2nd floor and about 20 tuk tuk drivers saw us coming and immediately launched their attack! "Where you from my friend?" "You want tuktuk?" "What's your name?" "Where you want to go? Killing Fields? Rifle Shooting I can take you anywhere"
Now, I'm quite a calm person I these situations and just politely say no Thankyou and walk away, somehow Mike ends up in conversation and we then have to apologise for wasting their time and explain we just want to walk around and explore
So, that's what we did, mooched and walked, had a look round the immediate vicinity and then found the legendary Freebird bar that Gareth and Nuala had been raving about....