Saturday, March 13, 2010
It's lunchtime Saturday and with my pc having lots of problems connecting to wireless in various places I've popped into an internet cafe to fire off an update, whilst I'm in Siem Reap. I intended to get out to Kompong Phluk for the morning but a $16/per boat price and the local mafia who have taken over access to the village put me off (and pissed me off), so instead Now and myself just pottered around the countryside between Roluos and Siem Reap, stopping off where the fancy took us including a pagoda, which the locals called Wat Prin in Chreav district and where there was a mound of laterite building blocks that was obviously the site of an old temple/prasat. I uncovered a partial lintel from the rubble as well as a small pedestal, an antefix and other bits and pieces. Nothing earth-shattering but a nice unexpected find nonetheless. This afternoon I'm heading into Angkor for a few things that are on my to-do list. Yesterday was my hotel day, with visits to about ten hotels, meeting the sales managers and a couple of hotel inspections rolled into one. Those very nice people at Hotel de la Paix, Christian and Marpha, treated me to a very pleasant lunch. It's hot and humid, the cool spell of a few days ago has disappeared, and though I can see hordes of tourists around the place, everyone is telling me numbers are down and the high season isn't as high as everyone had hoped. Apologies for the paucity of posts but I always seem to have internet connection problems when I visit Siem Reap, and this trip is no different. Grrrr.