|Cycling around Angkor Wat|
We had heard our fair share of horror stories about the border between Thailand and Cambodia, namely in terms of people being scammed out of quite a lot of money. We caught a tuk tuk from the railway station to the border, and were perturbed to realise that all the white people were being taken to a different place to the locals. As we exited the tuk tuk, to shouts of “where you from, England? Ah lovely jubbly hahaham please come with me now to fill in your border form', we slunk away up the road and away from the maniacal scammers. To be fair to them, as they realised we weren't going to be duped, they shouted after us to turn right at the top of the road and that was the border. Cheers! We later found out that lots of people had been taken in by it and were paying $50 to fill in a bogus border form. The girl who'd almost been duped told us that the guys working there were just unable to lie, so when she asked “ is this actually necessary? Is this actually the border?” they just looked at each other guiltily. This scam has apparently gone on for years, and the only reason it carries on can only be with the co-operation of the local police and border officials, so you do have to worry that if there is such blatant corruption at a low level, what on earth goes on higher up?
|Siem Reap & Phnom Penh, Cambodia|