Goodbye Mekong Prestige II Hello Siem Reap
Up very early this morning for breakfast at 6.15 am. Bags already packed last night.
Time to say goodbye to all the staff on the boat who had looked after us so well. It was a lovely experience, but time to move on.
To cross the Tonle Sap lake takes about 4 hours by speed boat and you can't see land either side for most of the trip. So we settle down in the air conditioned cabin for a doze. Some brave souls including me, go out on deck for a breath of fresh air and a photo opportunity. There is only a low handrail to save you from the murky depths. Having just read about the British woman who drowned when a tourist boat sank on the Mekong River in Laos I can't wait for the journey to be over!
We arrive at Siem Reap just before 12 noon and are taken to our base for the next 3 nights the Tara Anchor Hotel. First impressions are good. We are greeted with glasses of iced tea with a stick of lemongrass for a straw and chilled hand towels to refresh us after the journey.
Our new local guide whose name I can't pronounce or spell is very efficient. Although it is only just 1 pm and we are not due to book in for another hour he persuades reception to get us in early. We unpack the basics and head for the pool which is quite peaceful until the 6 of us turn up! First stop the pool bar for a beer (soft drinks for the girls) then all in the pool. A snack on the pool terrace is very welcome. No sooner have we returned to our sun beds the heavens open for the first tropical rain since we began our trip 🌦 It only lasts 10 minutes and in half an hour you would never know it had rained. Time to rest and regroup before we hit the town.