Breakfast at Angkor
Trip Start Mar 17, 2008
12Trip End Mar 29, 2008
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Woke up from a great sleep last night and to a cooler day. The clouds are out this morning, but at least not rain clouds. Had breakfast at the hotel, which consisted of your normal buffet breakfast, egg bar, rolls, fruit, has browns etc.
Our guide Sam picked us up at 8:30 to leave for Angkor Wat..a temple I've wanted to see for years now. (It had nothing to do with Tomb Raider movie)...It did not disappoint. It is a huge complex with reliefs everywhere. I took about 150 photos here including which I hope are some good reflection shots of the main temple comlpex with the lake. There were eight different weddings going on here today, which made for some great bride and bridesmaid shots
The next stop was Banyon Temple (1190 A.D.) where we saw elephants walking down the road (commercial venture) and more locals fishing and doing daily tasks. Banyon is the temple complex where you see the faces looking outword on each side of the towers. There are about 50 different towers here, all different sizes.. I think I took at leat one photo of each of them of course....By the end of touring this area the heat was starting to affect Carol more than me...I drank more water earlier..
On the way back we stopped for lunch at a local cafe down the road where I had the Chicken with green chilis...very good indeed, and I'm getting my grove back on the chopsticks again. Between the 2 large beers and lunch, it ran about 6 USD...great deal!
Now it's 1:30 and time to go back for a shower at the hotel... Carol ordered room service since she was too hot to eat at the cafe...nothing local here...she had grilled ham&cheese with Angkor Beer. Well at least the beer was local. After a quick shower it was time to hit town to see if we could find here pendant from Cambodia, so we rented out a tuk-tuk and headed for town
This is were we stand now..We just returned back and know I'm telling you about our day so far. We have a special event this evening; we have been invited to eat dinner tonight with our guides friends and family..We were very honored to get this opportunity to spend time with his family in a nearby village away from tourists..Can hardly wait!
Sam picked us up at the hotel around 7pm and we headed out to his village, were we met up with more friends at a local eatery. It was much different than ones found in downtown Siem Reap. It was very basic with plastic chairs and tables, open on 3 sides to the outdoors and one concrete wall. When we ordered beers, it was quite different..we got a six pack wrapped in the box and surrounded by plastic. For dinner they set up a gas stove in the center of the table and brought out fresh seasoned beef on 2 plates, then 3 very large plates of assorted vegetables. They poured a broth of some short into the stove area and started cooking the vegetables..the meat stayed on the top area of the burner.
The meal was delicious, and the atmosphere very local...a great change of pace and one I will remember for a long time. By this time it was now 10pm...time to shower and rest up for the temples on my birthday!