Postcards from Abroad

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Captivating Cambodia by James and Cate Fraser

Dramatic view at sunset of Sous-Dey (hello) from sunny and warm Cambodia.Siem Reap and Phnom Penh are both charming, energetic cities with tree lined streets and riverside promenades. Our schedule however has been relentless and time has passed in a whirl since arrival.

 

 

Angkor Wat was incredible but our sightseeing was conducted in somewhat of a state of shock!

Angkor Wat

We spent probably too long one day looking at temples, not sure J's mood was that positive at the end of it all, nor mine; tired, hot, wet with sweat and grumpy. We think perhaps on reflection 2 half day tours at Angkor Wat and other temples, and 2 half days at Angkor Thom etc would have been better as we both felt 'templed out'. It was confusing as many are very similar and pronunciation is difficult so one had to concentrate fully. Although I took some notes we needed time to assimilate the information. I spent an evening studying a book that the hotel lent us trying to embed names, dates, styles and unique features of each temple. Not sure how successful that proved to be but at least I feel slightly better informed. What J and I found really difficult was the sheer numbers of tourists compared with Laos.

Angkor Wat was very busy, it is on everyone's bucket list and you can imagine with the introduction of the selfie stick, it was frenetic.

The Bayon temple, much fewer tourists, seemed the most enigmatic, the face towers created a mountain of ascending peaks and the effect was overwhelming. You felt you were being watched wherever you went.

Bayon

Ta Prohm, the quiet sprawling monastery made famous by the film Tomb Raider was fascinating. The most distinguishing features are the trees that have spread their gigantic roots over stones, probing walls and terraces apart as their branches intertwine to form a roof over the structure.

Ta Phrom

The sobering visit to the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Museum known as Security Prison 21 provided a stark reminder of the atrocities committed under the Pol Pot Regime. It was all quite harrowing.

Cambodia

Our boutique hotel in Siem Reap was an oasis of calm and one of the nicest we have ever stayed in - room, staff, food and 2 pools excellent!

Pavilion D Orient Siem Reap

The Phnom Penh hotel was perfectly placed for visiting the National museum, the Royal palace and restaurants. The rooftop pool was a cooling respite from the hot weather and provided wonderful views over the city.

Today we move to tranquil Kep beside the sea to swim and reflect on our wonderful trip before flying back to freezing Blighty .................never a dull moment, brilliant!

J and C

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