Siem Reap (2)

12 11 2009

Wednesday 11th November 2009

Twisted rootsWe shouldn’t complain about being hot, after all we are in the tropics and we were bragging about enjoying the heat just a few weeks ago but the last few days have been well beyond our experience and outside our comfort zone. There is no wind here at all and the humidity is extreme putting the ‘heat index’ well into the mid 40’sTemple steps. (If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘heat index’ read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_index )

It’s like living in the sauna; today we must have already drunk 4 or 5 litres each and our clothes were clinging to us so much during the day it was like climbing out of a swimming pool fully clothed.

Snake

we saw this next to the 'Tomb Raider' temple.

We finally did the temple tour today – well as much as we are going to do anyway although it is actually impossible to see more than a quick overview in one day. In spite of all we have read and heard we were still unprepared, in fact gob smacked at the size and extent of the temple sites.  Photos just do not do them justice; you’ll have to come yourselves and see!

Handling the heatThe Angkor region was the centre of the remarkable Khmer civilization whose influence as a superpower in Southeast Asia dominated from the 9th to the 13th centuries. During that time a succession of Hindu and Buddhist kings created these astonishing temples in stone.Temple steps

I won’t spend time here describing what you can read elsewhere if you are interested. See:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siem_Reap if you want to know more.

Tuk-TukWe hired the Cambodian version of a Tuk-Tuk for the day having heard of a driver who has recently become a Christian, and did the rounds. The local Tuk-Tuks are small motorbikes towing a cabriolet like trailer. Entry to the temple sites cost us $20 each, which seems expensive when the place where we are staying – a 3½ star hotel with swimming pool, private balcony, breakfast and free wifi (when it works) thrown in, costs $30 and top class restaurant meals less than $15. R & MBut the environs were superb! Obviously a good deal of the entry fee is being spent on the many kilometres of roadways and thousands of acres of trees, grass and parkland, vast waterways, paths etc., which made the whole area delightful. All in all we had a very enjoyable but HOT day.

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12 11 2009
betty

What a woderful experience despite the heat you must truly be impressed with it all, I have always thought the tree roots alone would be something to see, as for your slithery friend! no thank! you keep on enjoying your trip love mum

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