Day 55 – Siem Reap Cambodia to Sa Nion Thailand - Fri 19 Apr
Very humid morning, with mosquitoes at breakfast
– a reminder to start anti-malaria tablets in readiness for Laos. Final items
in hotel room removed whilst we were eating, backpack emptied, kangaroo mascot
removed – retrieval was a painful item by item process (we tired of the game first).
Cheered up when man at fruit stall asked "What's in back? You got
kangaroos in there??" Open, unfenced land at extremities of Wats looked inviting for camping but Guy
and Cheryl were told "snakes at night" (meaning bad people, unsafe).
north to small border crossing after Anlong Veng in better condition than most
of other roads in Cambodia. Lots of timber cutting/ hauling.. At
border town , found inconspicuous sign leading to Pol Pot’s cremation site.
Crossed back into Thailand at small border post at Choem (details will be
posted elsewhere!) Over two hours they learnt on us how to export-import
only a drive through the north of the country this time, leapfrogging into Laos
tomorrow. T’was nice though to be back to LHD and thankfully more conservative drivers
(well, relatively speaking). Drove through two police blocks (boy soldiers with semi-automatic
rifles) more interested in seeing truck than papers; BoyRob took his life in
his hands when he squirted the leader with the outdoor shower!
Ah, back in Thailand - better roads, gardens - and smoke! Scarecrows/ crude
hangers out front of places as pass through Lalom all wearing red shirts
(supporting political faction).
Turned towards Ubon Ratchhathani, past Huai Ta Mai Reservoir and its fishing
boats, islands and navigational bamboo poles in water. Rich volcanic soils,
recent harvest of cassava and new plantings. Much more developed agricultural
industry compared to more subsistence Cambodia - tractors, harvesters, tilling
machinery etc. heaps more cars than motor. Chose campsite on a flat overlooking
rice paddies with a border of gum trees; broke off branch to take smell with