We quickly learned that, despite their similarities (at least from our perspective), Cambodians and Thais hate each other, so we've decided to save our comparisons of the two for the privacy of internet cafes (our code word for Thailand is Denmark).
Immediately after crossing the border, we could feel that we were in a new country. The main highway was mostly dirt and gravel, the streets were cluttered with begging children, and wherever we went people followed, persistently wanting something from us. The harsh contrast between the expensive mega-hotels for tourists and the poverty on the streets in front of them was shocking. Even more surprising, though, was the friendliness and hospitality the people still have, even after the great atrocities of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge only 30 years ago.
At 5am on our first morning in Siem Riep, we jumped in a tuk-tuk (a 2-wheeled carriage connected to a moped) and headed off to watch the sun rise over the famous Angkor Wat. After 8 hours of ancient ruin hopping, we went back to our guesthouse to collapse from the heat.
We're now at Savong School where we're teaching English 6 hours a day. Will post about that soon...
Note the wise sage at the top.