Just four days ago we were multi-millionaires. We had 2.6 million rial in our pockets, but recently we spotted it was going down awfully quickly.
This morning after our 5AM start at Angkor Wat we headed to another temple for an early-morning viewing. On the way out my Mum stopped to pick up a pineapple from one of the road-side sellers.
It was only after we'd bought the pineapple when I asked for 2,000 rial ($0.5) for a can of coke. My Mum handed me two 10,000 rial notes... around about three quid. When I queried this she said that's what she paid for the $1 pineapple with!
In the end it turned out that we'd paid about twenty times more than we should have! A pineapple should cost about $0.5, but my Mum isn't much good at bargaining so she got it for $1 or 4,000 rial... but what she paid was 40,000 rial... about $10 instead!
The seller lady kept very quiet about it but once we realised she did admit it and offered us a "refund". Instead we picked up a second pineapple and let her keep the change :)
Everybody stood around found the whole thing pretty funny... no doubt it will continue to be a source of much amusement for weeks to come!