Siem Reap. 36C

Trip Start Jan 28, 2017
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Trip End Mar 07, 2017


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Flag of Cambodia  , Siem Reap Province,
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Susaday (hello in Cambodia)

This is our last day in Siem Reap. Tomorrow we head for the ship. Yay, however it will be very sad to leave this very beautiful Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra resort. Walking into the resort we experience beautiful essential oil smells like lemongrass and hear Asian instruments in the background. All the staff hold their hands together and bow to greet. The restaurant staff give the best service. Here in Cambodia they greet you with their hands together in prayer pose, depending on how much older you are in comparison to them the hands go higher. I watch and hope the hands don't go up to eye level - that would mean they think I am old.

Our day began with a walk after Breakfast around the resort. Beautiful butterfly's and birds singing. Lyndon has been having two breakfasts every day and is glad the bathroom scale is "out to lunch" at least that is his story....

Boarded our bus again for a few more Wat tours. The 1st one we went to was called Angkor Thom. It had many temples and carved faces and heads. Hard to believe they could carve and build such beautiful temples with no modern equipment.

Next was Bayon. It also was so beautiful and the roots from trees grew into the stone and over the stone. This Wat has not been cleaned up like the other ones we visited. Even a tree root can take weeks to take out of the stone. This is where the movie Tomb Raider was filmed. All of these different Wats were built by the reigning king and once the king died construction ceased and the next king would start over building his own. The Khmer empire was said to be the biggest and strongest in the region in the 9-10 century.

When it was time to use a restroom our guide would say "family there is a happy place over there".

In the afternoon we sat by the pool. Lyndon had a beer and pizza, then a massage. We had a Tuk Tuk driver take us to some jewelry stops in hopes to find a nice ruby. No luck this time.1 hour of Tuk Tuk was 5$, driver would take us where we asked and wait for us, you would not believe how traffic flow works here. Every time we engage it from the parking lot we thought we were going to get T boned and die. But all the other drivers just adjust and let you in. There was a really nice buffet dinner outside at the hotel and a live Cambodian dance show. It is interesting to watch the style of dance. Their toes and fingers bend way back and their movements are slow and smooth.

Bye for now!
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Jack on

Sounds great M&D!

Checked on your house today and everything looked good... actually smelled like some of your hippie voodoo oils in there so I put my feet up for a few and took it all in. Also noticed your pretty healthy wine stash in the cold room... yoink.
Also was making mad tracks in your driveway and almost hit a tree so hopefully none of your neighbours notice that.
Talk soon.

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