Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thursday, Feb 3rd, Siem Reap

Siem Reap is the old capitol of Cambodia.  From the 9th to the 13th centuries, the Khymer civilization built temples in this area, the most well-known of which is Angkor Wat.  But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.  We’re getting up at 4am tomorrow morning to go and see it at sunrise, and five other Angkor ruins throughout our last day in Cambodia.

Today, we flew up here from Phnom Penh, checked into our hotel, and visited the second largest fresh water lake in the world.  It’s home to lots of fishing families who live on the lake, and the fish from the lake are a huge part of the Cambodian diet.  But let’s face it, it’s also home to trees displaying every used plastic bag in Cambodia.  And if you’re waiting to see one of the wonders of the ancient world, it’s not a pretty sight.

But every day can’t be wonderful.  We visited local markets, had some good meals, and were entertained this evening by some great young Khymer dancers.  Tomorrow, we’re going to see carvings depicting the dances that have knocked the socks off every ruin lover.

To see the complete set of photos for today, click on: Thursday, Feb 3rd, Siem Reap


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