On the morning of day two we were straight onto a private minibus and began the 7 hour bus journey to Siem Reap, in Cambodia.
Siem Reap used to be the capital of Cambodia before it moved to Phnom Penh. It is the location of the famous Angkor Wat temple, another wonder of the world that’s on my bucket list.
I’m not going to bore you to death with blogging about the 7 hour bus journey. It was long and we made the best of it!
Once we got to Siem Reap it was almost time to dinner so we went to a local place called New Hope which was a school. It’s been funded in part by Planetera, the charity that GAdventures work with, to provide an education to local children and teenagers in the hope they will go onto University or other professions.
It was good to see some of the money we spend on the tours being put to use to support the community. The school were able to build their own restaurant using some of the money and funding which allows them to train people as chefs and bar staff. It was really cool to see!
On top of this we got to go and spend time in one of the classrooms and help the children with 20 minutes of their English lesson. The kids were very happy and were laughing and joking amongst each-other. They didn’t have smartphones but were more than happy spending time with their friends and laughing and joking. I’ve not done any charity work to date but it felt nice to be able to help and give something back. Humbling experience.
After the lesson finished our tour group was invited to the restaurant where a dinner was cooked for us. This is where I tried the locally delicacy, roasted Cricket. I’m not going to lie – it didn’t look appealing at all but I guess you have to try it when you are abroad! It just tasted of soy sauce and was a little bit crunchy. Our CEO was telling us there are loads of other interest insects and creatures we can eat on the tour; including spiders (tarantulas), cockroaches and scorpions. Not sure which ones I’ll be keen on but let’s see!
Not a bad day two!