Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
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We decided to get up for sunrise over the temples. Angkor Wat is a massive complex of temples left over from the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th century. They cover over 400 square kilometers. The most famous temple is Angkor Wat, where we watched our sunrise. Along with our guide Dat (and a few hundred other tourists) we arrived in the dark and sat watching the sun rise over the temple. Then we began to explore the ruins
Next we headed to "Ta Prohm" better known as "The Jungle Temple from Tomb Raider." In is in a state of disrepair, and has trees that have grown into and changed the structure of the temple. The result is a stunning combination of wood and stone.
Then we explored Angkar Thom, including the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the Baphoun temple. Our last stop of the day was the Bayan Temple, which is famous for the 216 HUGE faces decorating the temple's towers.
We decided to take a break from the temples the next day, and we spent the morning in a khmer cooking class. We learned to make Banana Flower Salad (our favorite). Fish Amok, and mango with tapioca. There was even a lesson in fruit carving, but we all failed it. That afternoon we went to Happy Ranch, and took a 3 hour horse ride through the rice paddies and temples during sunset. This time Lindsey managed to stay on her horse, but Sarah's horse was crabby and kept trying to sit down in the sand. Eventually we had to swap him out for a new horse
We then headed into town to explore the nightlife. Lately, the biggest thing to hit southeast asia is "fish massages." There are tanks everywhere filled with tiny teethless fish. Once you stick your feet in, they will attach and suck off all the dead skin. It feels like a million little vibrations and it leaves your feet very smooth, but feels really strange, and looks creepy. We also explored the night markets.
We spent ouf last day at Angkor Wat visiting a few more temples. We went to Banteay Srey, located north of Angkor Wat. This red colored temple is well known for its intricate carvings. Then we went to Preah Khan, a temple that is in similar shape to Ta Prohm. Finally we watched sunset over the rice paddies. That night after dinner, we sent mom to bed and went out on the town. First we met some crazy russians, who couldn't speak any english, but liked to hold our their arms and make kissing noises at lindsey. We had to quietly slip away from them, and run into the bar across the street to hide. The bar, Angkor WHAT? was crazy. They are practically giving the alcohol away. Looking at a price for a drink, it seems to be similar prices to a chepaer bar in the US, but then you realize that the drinks are actually huge pitchers that serve 4-6.
We met an American guy teaching in Korea who had been a dancer in LA (NOT a stripper)
glums and glows
glum- mom being a slave driver waking us up early every morning
glow- the temple of Ta Prohm
glum-forgetting the address to the hotel
Glow- sunrise at angkar wat
Glum- sooo m
glow- horse back riding to the temples