Wednesday, January 29, 2014

JANUARY 17, 2014: ANGKOR SITES


January 17, 2014

     Really loving the breakfast buffet at this hotel.  Savuth picks us up today at 6:30 am.  This is our last day with our passes and it's a good thing as my husband is "templed" out!  Since it's early we stop at the main ticket office to get the last punch in our pass.
Main ticket office

     TA PROHM Beautiful state of ruin.  Intentionally unrestored.  Strangler figs and silk-cotton trees interlaced among the ruins.   Tomb Raider temple.  Jungle atmosphere.  2 hrs. here.





Earth goddess Bhumidevi wringing her hair























My husband is 6'2" but he looks small next to this tree























     TA NEI Small.  Semi-ruined jungle temple.  No tourists.  30 minutes here.









Armed figure on horseback 






The central Buddha figure from this pediment was defaced

     TA KEO-TOWER OF CRYSTAL Sandstone.  Towering.  Plainly decorated.  High, steep climb but worth it.  45 minutes here.









Nandi








     THOMMANON Small, elegant.  Fine devata carvings.  35 minutes here.



















     I ask Savuth to take us back to the TERRACE OF THE LEPER KING.  For some reason I thought I hadn't seen the inner walls but upon arrival I realize that I had seen them.  Back to our hotel by 12:00 pm.  Cost for the day $15.  (I should have asked him to take us to Banteay Samre, the one temple we missed seeing on my list due to Kbal Spean.  We would have had the time and I would have had no problem paying more to go out there.)  We are happy we have had these 2 days with Savuth.  He is very nice and his English is excellent.  He's always on time and he's very knowledgeable about the area.
Savuth and us


We relax by the pool for 3 hrs.  Sweet!  I think my husband is glad I didn't think to ask about going to Banteay Samre as it would have meant no pool time.  Our hotel has gotten our tickets for the boat to Battambang for January 19th.   The tickets include a pick up in town and transport to the ferry dock Tonle Sap Lake.  Cost $35 pp.  Our hotel will have the hotel's van take us to the town pick up spot-no charge.  This hotel is super nice.  I make a reservation for the Apsara show and dinner for tomorrow.

Dinner-HAVEN  7:00 pm reservation.  I have been e-mailing with Sara back and forth not realizing that this restaurant/program is her dream to help these teens/youths in the area.  She's amazing as are the others involved in this project.  Fortunately we have a reservation as the place is packed.  Sara greets us and we exchange warm greetings once we realize we've been corresponding.   While sitting at our table we observe some angry/upset people who are being told by Sara that they can't be seated for dinner as the place has been fully booked.  This is definitely a place where you need a reservation-especially for dinner.  We are hungry after all that pool time so we order appetizers of deep fried spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce-yum!  I order the chicken with cashew nuts with steamed rice and a veggie mix of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and onions.  It is delicious!  My husband has soba noodles with shrimp and says it is excellent also.  No room for desert but we are wishing we had come here for dinner more than just this one time.  Have a meal here.  You will not be disappointed.  The service and the food are outstanding.  Cost $18.50 and that included beer, mineral water, and coffee.  Tuk tuk Narak $6 round trip.





Chicken with cashew nuts

Soba noodles with shrimp

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