Wednesday, January 29, 2014

JANUARY 11, 2014: ANGKOR SITES


January 11, 2014

     After another lovely breakfast we meet Chhon, our tuk tuk driver, at 8:00 am.  We head over to the Angkor site for a day of temple exploring.

     BAPHOUN Climbed all 3 levels; large temple mountain recently restored.  2 hrs. here.



















     PHIMEANAKAS Impressive laterite and sandstone pyramid that is the tallest scalable temple in Angkor Thom.  Nice views.  Around 1 1/2 hrs. here.








     TERRACE OF THE ELEPHANTS, TERRACE OF THE LEPER KING Lots of carved elephants and garudas; carved nagas/demons/other mythological beings.  Double terrace wall.  Around 1 hr. here.

Terrace of the Elephants









Nagas and deities of the underworld

Terrace of the Leper King







     TEP PRANHAM long walkway with Buddha figure at the end.  10-15 minutes here.

     PREAH PALILAY Small but interesting.  30 minutes here.
Encroaching trees have been trimmed down to stumps.


     CHAU SAY TEVODA Minor temple restored.  Has an abandoned feeling to it.  30 minutes here.








     Back to our hotel by 3:00 pm.  Tuk tuk cost for the day $15.  Spent 2 hrs. relaxing by the hotel pool.  Bought some postcards from the hotel gift shop and after dropping a few lines to family will have the hotel send them out for me.  Took the hotel shuttle to town around 6:00 pm.  Did some shopping in the OLD MARKET  area.  Dinner-the BLUE PUMPKIN.  Food was average but the ice cream-WOW!  Yummy.  We will return here on another day just for ice cream.  Ate in the upstairs room.  Had green chicken curry, side salad, margherita pizza.  Rock road and carmel cashew ice cream.  A perfect way to end the meal.  Cost was under $17.  Tuk tuk back to our hotel $3 even though the guy quoted something like $5 or 6 at first.


Side salad
Margherita pizza


Green chicken curry


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