20.02.2009 35 °C
So since the last entry we have seen a few more islands in the south of Thailand - which were all very beautiful, as you can see by the pictures. We splurged and enjoyed a true honeymoon in Koh Samui - WOW was is ever nice. From there we flew back to Bangkok to get our Vietnam passports, which to our surprise happened within 8hrs. To kill those 8hrs we tryed our luck with the BKK skytrain which is awesome...we had so much fun - we went to a mall that made west Edm. look like a small walmart. Seen some other crazy stuff on the side streets of downtown. Spent the night at a small little guesthouse and than decided that we wanted to visit Cambodia before making our way to Vietnam.
We now made our way to Cambodia which is MUCH different than Thailand, we landed in a city called Phnom Pehn - spent 3 days there visiting some very historical sites - "the killing fields" and "S-21" which is a prison/museum now - I would have to say it is a site to see BUT WOW is it ever sad. the poverty is like nothing you can imagine. Children everywhere begging for money, families living on the streets and i do not mean a few families I mean 100's. I guess we spoke about seeing these BUT once you actually see it first hand I do not think it is possible to prepare yourself for it. All and all it is great that we are having the opportunity to experience this. From Phnom Pehn we made our way, by boat (lol) to Siem Reap, which was to take 5hrs BUT seeing as we got stuck in the low part of the Mekong River that added an extra 2hrs - what a trip! That boat ride was by far the an amazing, somewhat scary at points, ride we have had yet to date - WE LOVED IT!!!!
Siem Reap from what we see is much more clean, at leat in the area we are at. We went and seen the sunset at Angkor Wat, we have experienced something that words can not describe... Sim Soy (Steve) you would have been in heaven - the photo opportunities (landscape and nature) are a photographers dream. The next morning we made our way back to see a few of the temples - this site (Angkor Wat) is approx. the size of all of Airdrie - there are many many temples and there have been a few movies shot there - the most popular being Tomb Raider. We spent about 6hours or so going from temple to temple, you need a tuk tuk driver to bring you from site to site and even than once you start walking through the sites one would have never imagined they have that many sweat glands. I guess walking in 37C weather will do that - ah well we are getting fit! We put today aside to send emails, upload pictures, write a blog entry and walk around the markets and downtown Siep Reap. We leave tomorrow for South Vietnam (Ho Chi Min City/Saigon) and will go from South to North Vietnam VIA bus, train and the best part motorcycle...we would like to work our way up to Sapa which is a small town in the mountains of northern Vietnam. We are putting 2 weeks aside for Vietnam, which is still probably not enough BUT I am sure we will get the just of it. From there we get back to Bangkok to meet Mom and Dad (Freddy-Cakes) and will make our way to the very very southern part of Thailand and work our way back up - this will be an experience for all us us and Angie and I have left a lot of islands aside to travel with Mom and Dad.
So that's that we hope all is well with everyone back home. We look forward to people sending us messages and comments on the pictures - we really do like hearing from you all.
Jeremie & Angie