Saturday morning – we hit the sights

Had a terrible nights sleep, so had a bit of a lie in, but was up in time to hear the start of what sounded like a very amplified ice cream van, or plinky plonky music as its become known.

The neighbours of the guesthouse had a family member die last year and a year on they commemorate this and something to do with helping the ghosts by playing loud music all day for 2 days and apparently having a bit of a party in the evening. The music was loud, but strangely hypnotic after a while!

Rhiannon has just been chilling out here for a few days so we made today a go out and see stuff day! First though I needed sunglasses, wasn’t sure where mine were, but had a sneaking suspicion that they were in the bag I gave to the ladies at the laundrette.

Never has it been harder to find sunglasses, but I managed to lose mine in such an untouristy place there was only 1 shop selling them, but they had the trusty RayBans and for $2 they were mine and purple!

Next up, find a tuk tuk. You’re normally surrounded by them, they all ask ‘you want tuk tuk lady?’ Today there were none! We headed for the main road but still none in sight, so we got a map out and pretended to be lost! Eventually it worked, but never have they been so scarce!

Our driver was lovely. He wanted $12 for the day, we were expecting $15 so were very happy! He spoke great English, would stop and show us little bits and pieces, couldn’t have asked for a nicer guy.

First on the agenda was the bamboo train (or nori ride). This was my reason for wanting to come here, so I was very excited!! It was quite a way out of town and we were greeted by a tourist policeman who shook our hands, asked our names and us neither of us had a $5 note only $10, so he decreed to me that ‘your friend will pay!’ We had to wait while a bunch of free people got themselves sorted and then it was our turn!!

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The train is essentially 2 axles with a bamboo bed over the top and an engine – simple yet effective!

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The journey took 20mins ish as we whizzed through the countryside, we saw rice fields, hills, cows, loads of butterflies and at some point there was great excitement from the drivers about a snake!

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Our driver was fab he’d let the French guys get far ahead and then we’d go super fast for a while until we caught up – no idea how fast, but fast enough considering the buckled tracks and misaligned rails!!

When we got to the end (though it didn’t really end the track carried on) we were harassed by stall holders and children trying to sell us stuff, instead we wandered off and came across a place making bricks and some v cute baby chicks!

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The journey back was just as fun, but this time we met people coming the other way – they had to dismantle their trains to let us through!!

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Our driver suggested it was a bit early to head out to the caves we wanted to see, so we went back into town to get some lunch until 4.30.

Not before we were shown Mr Battambang  – Mr Lost Stick

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After lunch I popped to get my laundry, was just paying as the lady opened her handbag and there were my sunglasses! Happy smiles all round – such lovely people

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