Our journey took us from the capital Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (base for Ankor exploration) and then to Battambang, Cambodia's second city. The map is from here.
The trip from big brother Vietnam, HCMC, takes around 5 hours to the Cambodian capital (by bus). Comparison of the two cities is futile, Saigon being a sprawling bastion of a booming economy whilst Phnom Penh still resembles a provincial town around goldrush time. For a few kilometers after the border huge Casinos line the road, a legacy of the illegality of gambling in Vietnam. If you really want to ruin you and your family's life, Cambodia gives the foolish man a chance to jump across the border and do so. The Casinos even got together to build a bridge in the locality for players to jump off once they lost everything -- or maybe it was there beforehand anyway.
Enough! As you would expect PP oozes colonial-ness, a prime example being the old Raffles Hotel.
There is one word I can use to describe the temples of Ankor - circus. I remember my one previous visit to Siem Reap and Ankor Wat in June 2003 being a much more peaceful experience. The town has changed into a night time freakshow with thousands of tourists strolling around 'pub street' and it's adjoining alleys, whereas before there seemed to be little or no nightlife. Around the temples, coaches, motorbikes and tuc tucs transport tourists between various sites, most of which you can't move in for loud tour groups. The temples of Ankor should be a place of quiet and reflection -- this is almost impossible. The only hope is to give up the main attractions and find the smaller less popular temple ruins. However, Ankor Wat itself is unmissable.