02.01.2010 33 °C
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
We are sitting in the lobby of our Bangkok hotel (a real one this time, not Anita’s friends place) having just checked out after spending two nights.
Our last couple of days in Sihanoukville were as exciting as the previous week, lots of sitting by the pool and reading. On New Years Eve we took a bus back to Phnom Penh and stayed in the same place as before – they know us by sight now. This time they gave us an ‘apartment’ instead of a room, so we had a kitchen-ette and two rooms – a lot more space (mainly because the second room had no furniture in it). The extra space was well used by me as my pack exploded all over it (I call it ‘packing’) and they charged us just the standard rate too! If the room hadn’t been on the 6th floor, or if they had an elevator, it would have been perfect! Instead we had 86 steps to climb to get to the room. We are unfit.
New Years Eve we stayed in the room until late-ish and then headed out to the ‘FCC’, a bar/restaurant by the river. There were lots of ex-pats there and some cheesy music to begin with (it turned into crap RnB later) and the drinks were not too bad! We stood around making fun of other people (our favourite pastime), met a couple of random people, celebrated the New Year and then left about 1am after they ran out of vodka! That was probably a good thing though, as we were up nice and early the next day to get our flight to Bangkok.
We decided to spend a couple of nights in Bangkok before our flight to Oz so we could do some shopping for things that we might ‘need’. But found out that our shopping skills have deteriorated somewhat over the past few months of being on a budget! It took two malls and a number of hours before we got into the swing of things and actually did some real purchasing – the Billabong store we were in must love us. In the end we didn’t buy too much.
And now we are waiting in the lobby to waste some time before we head out to the airport. Well, not wasting exactly, as I have a £3 apple to eat. It’s huge. And cost £3! It better taste like it!
Sydney is the next stop, arriving on Monday morning. We have not booked any accommodation yet (silly us) but we’re confident we will find something. The Hilton is bound to have a budget room available…