First temple stop on this short tour.
|Here's what it looks like.|
|Old and new.|
|Another one of those things! I think this is the base of the linga? Or something to do with it.|
|Writing in the doorway.|
|Fake door, and rock stacks!|
|Hun, meet everyone!|
|This is it, where he teaches. In the back there behind the posters is the small library.|
There are donation boxes all around this temple to pay for food or other items for those that live there. But there was one other one that I noticed (well, hard not to).
Just near the stairs on the way in was a donation box for the nearby orphanage. Next to it were two very cheerful girls who would say hello to everyone coming in, they handed me a pamphlet on who they were. One who watched me curiously as I cleaned my filter and lens. Anyway, the orphanage is called PACDOC, and here is their website which has a bunch of other information that I can't be bothered repeating. I only donated $2 though, Hun got more cause he had a story and a tour (but then why do I feel I need something in return to donate?).
Now briefly back to more temples.
|Here is the temple, and a tour group that arrived at the same time.|
|Four of the towers and two Nandis!|
|Old false door.|
|Nandi! (I'm calling him nandi now because that's how the museum was spelling it)|
Last stop for this mornings touring.
|A view over the moat.|
|The temple, sort of on an angle.|
|Ah the temple!|
|Elephants, looking out.|
|Reliefs. Possibly mixed up blocks?|
|Down the stairs past the stapled singha and out again.|
|Looking back up at one of the singhas.|
Also up the top were a couple of girls in school uniform going after tourists just repeating "one dollar" over and over again. They didn't try it on me but they went after most others. But they were the most persistent I've seen yet, just repeating it for minutes at a time while standing very close to someone. The touts in some of the other temples would try to sell you something at least, and only follow you up to some arbitrary point and then stop, but nothing like this.
There was another tourist there with a bag that handed out candy every time one of the kids asked for something. The look of disappointment was great, it shuts them up because they got something and they can't complain it's not money even though that's what they really want. Wish I'd thought of that!
Also, back at the tuk tuk you get people coming up and wanting to sell ten post cards for one dollar again. I said no all the time, but there was another tourist who showed interest, then everyone ran over to her to try and sell their postcards instead.
Yes... This was an odd temple :)
I got the tuk tuk driver to take me back to the hotel, and then pick me up again at 5 for sunset at Angkor Wat. Here were some photos along the way:
|High speed pig transport.|
|Typical human transport.|
Angkor Wat Sunset
|I was looking in the other direction at Angkor Wat when the light started disappearing, then I turned around and saw this. Argh! Clouds! Why you gotta ruin it!|
|I was the second last person booted out by security, so this is an oddly empty photo of Angkor Wat.|
|The eastern gate.|
|Over the moat. 60D takes awesome night photos, totally worth the upgrade.|
|It was a short parade of 400 kids roaming through the streets with these giant puppets.|
|Once they passed the traffic was able to move again and this is the mess that resulted.|
Today I just stayed in Siem Reap again. I stopped off here:
And donated blood! I'd never done it before, and just before I left Melbourne I'd learnt I was AB+. There were signs up on the way to Angkor Wat that they needed that blood type. So I gave them some of mine! In return I got this:
|Shirt, Biscuits, Coke, two pamphlets, AND A FREE STRAW!|
So for food recommendations in the Wat Bo Road area:
Chomno Restaurant: Pork ribs here. Awesome. Just across from New Aspara Market
Star Rise Cheese Sandwich: It's what the sign says... But get the Chicken Amok, excellent and only $3. All the other food is good too. But beware ordering when the boy is out there, he will get it wrong!
New Aspara Market: $2.50 Bacon and cheese sandwich! If you buy stuff in this place check your change when the old guy is at the till, he short changes you. The lady is no problem.
Upstairs Cafe: Good coffee. Cakes too but I didn't get to try them.
Mr Grill: The beef! get the beef! $4 for a big chunk of meat. But I'd get the beef slices to get more surface area for the sauce the put on it.
Also a story from Mr Grill:
One of the waiters started talking to me, just to practice some English I think. He could speak OK but forgot some words. He learnt English over three months with lessons from his uncle, and whatever else he can pick up when talking to customers. He told me he wanted to visit Sydney one day but couldn't remember the name of it, so he started drawing the opera house. Pretty easy to guess that one! I asked if he would ever be able to go there, he said no and then said that he only makes $40/month (in a place where I'm paying $5 for a meal..) but $30 of that goes to his family at the moment. He has only been working for two months so far. So I gave him a $3 tip (reaching past the $100 note in my wallet). Not sure if that's split with the rest of the staff (that would be better), if not, he got himself a lot of money in one hit.
Tomorrow: Thailand. Again. For the forth time.