Trip Start Feb 07, 2007
38Trip End Mar 20, 2007
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After lunch we boarded a small coach (the first time we had used this mode of transport I'm glad to say) and went to a 12th century Angkorian temple complex which gave us a little taste of what's to come at Angkor Wat. After that we visited the twin Man and Woman hills. This is a favourite spot for the locals to gather and there are lots of monkeys everywhere. Unfortunately the local people bring them food as offerings and this has made them quite aggressive so we were advised to give them a wide berth.
Our final visit was to an orphanage at Kampong Cham. The Pandaw Company, with the help of its passengers, sponsor several projects in the countries they operate in, this was one of them. We stopped en-route to buy pencils, notebooks and a few sweets to take them and were greeted with such enthusiasm. It was great to see how well behaved they were. All the gifts were piled onto a table to be distributed by the headmaster later, after we had a tour of the complex. Living conditions are very basic but these are children from the poorest families. In some cases they have been left to be brought up by grandparents, who are too poor to support them and some have been orphaned through disease
Back on board we just had time for a shower before dinner. The food on board has been very good. The buffet lunches always include a soup, a great selection of salads plus one or two hot main courses and fruit. Dinner consists of a starter, soup, main course and sweet and ranges from traditional local foods to more international choices. Tonight dinner had an Indian theme with curried fish and chicken massala.