Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom , and the night market
our day started with a six o'clock wake up call and then on the bus to see beautiful Angkor Wat. it was originally a Hindu temple built in the early 12th century but later became aBuddist temple. I can see why people flock from all over the world to see and experience this magnificent place. Our guide, Tek was a wealth of information. you enter the grounds along a wide stone pathway that runs through a moat. we were looking forward to climbing the steep staircase to the upper level of the temple, where shoulders and knees must be kept covered, but it was closed for maintenance so we returned next day. more on next blog entry about that
after Angkor (which means Holy City) Wat, it was on to Angkor Thom, smaller but no less impressive. this temple was built in the Bayon style as a Buddhist temple with many beautiful faces carved on all sides of the temple walls
after hours of temples it was time for lunch then back to the hotel for a snooze before taking a tuk tuk to a balloon ride to watch the sunset and have a great view of Angkor Wat. our driver waited for us while we rode up the tethered helium balloon then took us back into town to enjoy a fantastic and dirt cheap Khmer dinner
after dinner we walked around town enjoying the night market and all the colourful neon and craziness of some Reap. fish massages every block where you sit with your feet in a tank of water while tiny tilapia fish nibble the dry skin off, and pedicures on the street for one us dollar.
Some Reap means Siam (Thailand) Defeated