Amazing Thailand Gardens & Cambodia’s Angkor Wat
(Including Chiang Mai Flower Festival)
January 28th – February 9th, 2011
 


3 Feb 2011

This was our last day in Cambodia and again jam packed with unforgettable sights…this morning, our guide will accompany us for an unforgettable visit to the Roluos group of temples. The Roluos temples pre-date the great temples of Angkor by 300 years and are rarely seen by visitors to Siem Reap.

After viewing the temples visit a nearby orphanage which houses and trains orphans in the ancient Cambodian art of leather puppet making. An orphan will personally “train” you by helping you design and make your own puppet. The group really enjoyed this time with the children. It is a wonderful place to visit and we encourage anyone going there to spend some time with them. Everyone bought something and most has their pictures taken with the little one who made it. I loved seeing the look of pride on that little girls face who proudly held the pot lid of that huge wok of rice. She does the cooking for the boys. You can see where they sleep and where they take their school lessons. Thankfully, even the local dog is happy with no ribs showing.

Lunch is at Madame Butterfly

We made a special visit to a temple to make some offerings – it was again another highlight and as you can tell by the looks on their faces, the monks enjoyed having us there too! All those baskets wrapped up with goodies inside are what we brought to them.

In the afternoon, drive to the rural outskirts of Siem Reap, about 35km from town, where we got on oxen carts to visit Banteay Srei, also known as the Citadel of women. This temple is considered to be the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture. It is a small temple but its pink sandstone carvings are impressive. You will also visit Banteay Samre, a 12th century temple built by Suryavarman II and decorated with scenes inspired by the Ramayana.

Dinner and show at Angkor Village hotel Aspara Theatre. Dancers, singers and musicians will bring ancient Khmer culture to life in spectacular surroundings while you enjoy the very best in Cambodian cuisine. We could not use flash so I have just left one picture for you to look at. http://www.angkorvillage.com/theatre.php

What a day!! Beautiful, warm, giving people here in Cambodia. We are indeed humbled because of our time here.

(the first few pictures are of the hotel swimming pool where this morning a Chinese New Year Celebration took place.)

 

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