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February 6, 2005 Leave a comment
Jen at Angkor Wat

Jen at Angkor Wat

Jen at Angkor Wat

Jen at Angkor Wat

Climbing down from the central prang at Angkor Wat

Climbing down from the central prang at Angkor Wat

Me at Angkor Wat

Me at Angkor Wat

Jen at Angkor Wat

Jen at Angkor Wat

Bayon

Bayon

Jen at Bayon

Jen at Bayon

Prasat Kravan

Prasat Kravan

Jen at Prasat Kravan

Jen at Prasat Kravan

Carvings at Bantey Kdei

Carvings at Bantey Kdei

Niem, caretaker at Ta Phrom and cover model of the current Lonely Planet.

Niem, caretaker at Ta Phrom and cover model of the current Lonely Planet.

Sunset at Lakeside, Phnom Penh

Sunset at Lakeside, Phnom Penh

Crocodile pit next to our guesthouse in Siem Reap

Crocodile pit next to our guesthouse in Siem Reap

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February 6, 2005 Leave a comment

Well, we’re still in Cambodia. Tomorrow we’re getting a bus to the “wild west” town of Poipet and crossing over into Thailand. With luck we will arrive in time for a train back to Bangkok.

Still trying to put into words the way in which this country affects me. I’ve never been somewhere that has such a sad history. Then of course there’s the ancient splendour of the temples around Siem Reap. Angkor Wat is the best known of these, and I have to say that it truly is an incredible place. It was built in the late 1100s as a temple to Vishnu, and served as a Buddhist monastery in the 16th century. There were hundreds of tourists/travellers there when we visited three days ago, but even so it’s so peaceful there it’s like another world. There are about 800 meters of old bas-releif carvings depicting scenes from history and Hindu mythology. Climbing the stairs to the central tower would have Sir Edmund Hillary thinking twice. To be in a place so old when my country is so young is quite an experience.

Another experience, far less fun, is cycling 12 kilometers in total darkness. Well… it wasn’t total all the time. :) I had 2 tyre blowouts yesterday, the second one taking place about 5 minutes to sundown. It cost US$2 to have a new tyre fitted, but then we had to ride back in the dark. Fortunately we had an escort for several kilometers, 2 local blokes on a motor scooter kindly shared their illumination with us until we got to a road with some streetlights.

Jen and I moved house to the lodgings annex of the Dead Fish Tower restaurant. And there are more crocodiles there! Much smaller, but more active. One jumped and hissed at me as I strolled past the pit, and I nearly leapt into orbit.

My trip is drawing to a close. :( But we still have a few days in Bangkok before I fly out for a night in Hong Kong.

That’s about it for now. Take care.

Cheers,
Paul C./Karsoe