Today January 18, 2016
We got up at around 6am and had breakfast which was yummy. Gary had traditional Cambodian egg on fried rice and vegetables and black tea,
Linda had an omelette with Vietnamese coffee and orange juice. The coffee was very good as it had a very chocolate flavour which also seemed slightly sweet. There was no bitter aftertaste to the coffee!
We had the Villa Coloniale’s tuk tuk driver take us along with the English speaking tour guide for the day. We toured 3 temples. The second one was Ta Prohm which was used in the film Tomb Raiders.
The final stop was Angkor Wat which is the biggest of the temples. They were all very impressive both in their size and the historical content contained in the carvings on the walls. Considering these temples were built in the 10th to 12th century it is amazing that they are even standing today. The size of both the the footprint of the temples, the excavation to create them and the rocks use to build them is unbelievable. They may not be as well known as the pyramids of Egypt or the Mayan temples of Mexico but they are equally (or more) impressive. Each temple has a huge moat around them which helps stabilize the ground movement between the rainy and dry seasons of Cambodia. The moats range between 1.3 to 1.5 KM long on each side. The soil that was remove from the moat was used in the construction of the levels of the temple as well as building the area outside the temple up to contain the water.
We stopped for lunch around 1:30 pm and by then we were pretty much played out. The heat today was extreme for a couple of Canucks missing out on -40C wind chill. It was 33C with 77% humidity and mostly overcast. The few times the sun broke through we nearly keeled over! When we stopped for lunch we sat in an air conditioned room in the restaurant which made leaving extremely hard, or should I say “shocking” to the system! We tracked though a bit of jungle and experience a few spiders and some different trees and foliage which is of course nothing like we have ever seen before.
When we were all done touring temples it was already after 5pm and nearly 6pm once we got back to the hotel. What a day it was! Time for a beer. We talked about a beer at lunch and Gary decided it would kill us or at least make us fall over when we left the restaurant! Water and our second mango smoothie of the day was the alternative!
We had beer and food for supper! Both were great and we enjoyed the company of the hotel owner Marco. He is excellent at helping us manage our sightseeing! We would highly recommend the Villa Coloniale to our best friends!
After supper it was blog time and sleep. We are still somewhat affected by running in the heat on the graveyard shift. The time change is difficult the first few days! It’s only 13 hours ahead of home in Cambodia. LOL!