January 14, 2014
Hotel breakfast box again. Pick up by Son 5:00 am in a 4 wheel drive Land Cruiser. Very comfy car. Driver Mr. Rate. We are heading north to visit some remote sites. This was supposed to be a 2 day, 1 night trip but had to be scaled back due to our losing 3 days time in SR. We cut out Banteay Chhmar and the overnight in Anglong Veng. We stop first in town to register that we are going to PREAH VIHEAR. Had to show our passports. Stopped in ANGLONG VENG for coffee and to eat our breakfast. Tons of fruit and so many pastries to share. Coffee $1.50. I tried to get pictures of scenery as we drove but most ended up blurry. It is a pleasant ride.
|Register forms for Preah Vihear|
|Our vehicle for this trip|
|Where we stopped for breakfast in Anglong Veng|
|Passing scenery on the way to PV|
PREAH VIHEAR-MOUNTAIN OF THE SACRED MONASTERY Arrive around 9:00 am. Faces north instead of east. Lots of military due to dispute with Thailand even though World Court has decided the temple belongs to Cambodia. I didn't take any pics of the military but they were all over the place. Got a water blessing from a monk. Very few tourists here. Dedicated to Shiva. Imposing. 2 hrs. here.
|This is the view looking down to the beginning of the walkway up to PV|
|Us at Preah Vihear ruins|
|Churning of the Sea of Milk??|
|Detail on carvings|
SRAS EM We drive through this small town that is close to PV.
KOH KER Grand complex. Prang-7 tiered pyramid similar to Mayan. Powerful images (we will see some in the National Museum in Phnom Penh) All landmines not cleared so stay on the paths and in the designated areas. Only get to have 45 minutes here.
|I've gotten the tickets|
BENG MELEA-THE LOTUS POOL Arrive 3:00 pm. Sprawling; jungle temple. Adventurous feeling. Climb among the stones very carefully. No bas reliefs and few carvings. Enormous. Poor condition. There are some wooden walkways. 1 1/2 hrs. here.
|My husband Richard "Indiana Jones" at BM|
|Wooden walkways throughout the site|
We return to our hotel around 6:30 pm. Cost for the day $200. Son's website www.angkorwatservice.com Entering our room, we find our laundry has been delivered. It's on the bed all neatly folded in plastic bags. Can recommend LAUNDRY LIKE HOME.
|Richard, Son, Mr. Rate, and me|
Dinner-reservation at RAFFLES CAFE D'ANGKOR-a place for fine dining, very elegant. I have the grilled corn fed chicken breast with grilled mushrooms, asparagus, chorizos, & truffle cream sauce and my husband has the roast salmon with warm potatoes, seeded mustard and watercress. We have rose wine and for desert-macaroon tasting plate with coffee ice cream and chocolate gateau with grapefruit sorbet. Impeccable service and very good food beautifully presented albeit a bit pricey. Cost $113 which included 6% service charge. More than we have spent on our other dinners but about what this same dinner would cost us back home. A nice splurge. Tuk tuk Narak $6 round trip.
|Grilled corn fed chicken breast|
|Macaroon tasting plate|
|Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor|