Bus trip to Phnom Penh

After spending too much time in Siem Reap we were off  to Phnom Penh. The bus ride was about six hours long, the roads were bumpy and they bus wasn’t as nice as the buses in Malaysia (oh, how we miss the buses from Malaysia). A while back we found the best way to kill time on the road was to listen to a podcast. While  have heard many podcasts in my day, I thought this one was particularly good.  So if you have an hour to kill here is the link:

http://www.cjly.org/deconstructingdinner/020509.htm

The podcast is from a weekly show called Deconstructing Dinner. The purpose of the show is to ask more quesitons about our food  (how is it made, where does it come from, what impacts our purchases make on other people and current food topics). This show is from UofA Internation Week, The speaker is Frances Moore Lappe and the title is Ending Hunger, Feeding Hope.

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Wat I saw: Angkor Wat, Part 2

Angkor Wat, from inside the outer wall

After two days of looking at temples, not really getting too many shots I was too happy about, I went on the Internet and searched out what the best may have in store for us. I quickly saw how cool this place could be and got a little giddy. I committed myself to wake up a 4am and catch the sunrise the next morning. Tanya (who is not a huge fan of mornings) stayed in bed and I went out to check out the temples.

Some of the faces of Bayon, modeled after the ruler of the time.

I was the first one to arrive at the Angkor Wat, however this didn’t last long. After I had my fill, I walked around back. The place was deserted, not only that, it was a fresh new perspective, enjoying the quietness, and the greenery I snapped some shots. Next it was off to Bayon. Another great place to take some pictures. Ta Prohm was my last stop and my favorite, it was by the coolest, mainly because the forest had taken over and the temple had a neat feel to it. These three temples are the best and are worth seeing. Here are some pictures of them.

Later that day, Tanya and I returned so that she could see the sights. We both agreed that the last sight (Ta Prohm) was the best. We went around 5pm to Ta Prohm and it was deserted, there was only one other couple in there, which was great, no tour groups, no hassels, just us and the super humid air (it had rained earlier that day).

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Angkor Wat: Part 1

While in Cambodia, one must go to Angkor Wat. So we did, we had the hotel booked for a couple of days so we opted for the 3 day pass. Using the strategy of saving the best for last, we say all the outer temple first, slowly making our way to the crown jewels of the World Heritage Site. This is a great way to see the temple as you start on the smaller less impressive ones and they get better and better as time goes on. There will be three posts on this, and this is part one.

 

The temples here are in various states of condition. From completely overrun by plants to restored, each temple has a different feel to it

Day one and day two: without going into boring detail of the names of the temples we went to, I’ll just say that we visited the outer most temples first. Seeing a lot of sandstone buildings worshiping Hindu and Buddhist gods. It was pretty pleasant and the crowds were low (because most people don’t see these temple).

Temple hopping is pretty enjoyable here, you get a tuk tuk, which has the most wonderful airflow, to drop you off at each temple entrance. There kids from the age of 4 try to sell you postcards and books, which is quiet humourious. Just say no about 7 times and smile at them. The kids give up and then ask where you are from. The people here are so friendly. We would walk around the temple seeing what it had to offer and then head back to our tuk tuk.

 

Great Detail

By the time you are done walking around these ancient structures, you shirt is covered in sweat and you are quiet hot, this is where the open air tuk tuk is great. As you move to the next temple you quickly cool down and repeat.

If you only interest is to see some temples (not try to get a ton of photos) and you have spent 5 months in India, only get a one day pass. The temples in India are for the most part bigger, in better shape and more memorable. Saying that, if you haven’t seen your fair share of temples, getting a three day pass for Angkor Wat is well worth the cost and experience, I would just recommend the saving the best for last strategy.

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