February 29, 2012
Cambodian Free Massage
In the process of booking our tour to Cambodia, the tour company asked if we'd like to transfer from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by air or ground. We inquired about the road conditions and were assured that the road was "the best road in Cambodia." Once confirmed by a friend living in Cambodia, we made our choice.
Day Three: Six hour transfer by bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.
The road was great, at least for the first 45 minutes. Then the road took a turn and the tour guide said, "For the next 5 km you'll receive a free massage."
That "free massage" lasted for about one hour (and probably 50 km) as we bumped down the road. One side of the road was paved and the other side was dirt. Potholes covered both sides of the road. The holes were huge and provided quite the massage. We rejoiced when the tour guide said, "That's it. No more free massage."
After our massage, we snapped tons of countryside pictures: houses on stilts, water buffaloes, rice fields, fish farms, and cheap Vietnamese gasoline sold by the liter in old glass soda bottles.