17.04.2013 35 °C
No update yesterday thanks to the internet working properly, which was probably due to all the rain yesterday. Thanks to the rain I didn't really get to do/see all things I had planned to over here in Battambang, but that gives a good excuse to visit the city again. I did manage to get out to try the bamboo train and to go and see Phnom Sampeu in the middle of the day when it didn't rain for a while. Phnom Sampeu is in general known as the killing caves and was used during the Khmer Rogue for interrogations and executions, more on the Khmer Rogue when I get to Phnom Penh.
The Bamboo train was a nice experience, basically a bamboo raft with wheels under it with a motor in the back. Didn't get any oncoming traffic though but if we would have the procedure is that one raft is just dismantled of the track and put together behind the oncoming vehicle. Met a stubborn cow during the trip though. The aim of the trip is a brick factory which maybe wasn't that impressive but the ovens were quite huge.
It started raining on our way to Phnom Sampeu but the views on the hill after climbing 500 steps was very impressive.
Even though things didn't really go as planned here in Battambang it enjoyed my stay here, much thanks to the hostel Here Be Dragons. A hostel that opened last autumn but has already established themselves as the backpacker place in Battambang. It is quite small but this gives the place a homey feeling and they are also equipped with their own hostel dog, Barney or BarneyDog or No Barney! depending on which mood he is in.
You'll probably get another update later today after I've arrive to Phnom Penh.