Roadtrip out of Phnom Penh City
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November 6th, 2006 – by: droonsta
In the morning I met up with Bohng Phatry and we had breakfast at Domrei Restaurant, located at Cara Hotel near Wat Phnom. We discussed some possible roadtrip journeys and concluded on paying a visit to a modern temple out in Kandal province, Wat Toul Rechear.
Wat Toul Rechear has been known for its 100 metre siting Buddha, and the future constructions of even bigger and larger Buddha statues. The Lok Kru at this Wat is said to be the reincarnation of some other Loks and Kings and so fourth, or something along those lines.
The actual roadtrip to the temple was an amazing experience, along the way we dropped by a variety of scenic spots, being the typical tourist, and taking snap happy shots of local life.
We set off towards Ta Khmau and headed off on NH2 and then broke off onto NH21. Along the way we asked the locals for directions and was informed that we would need to cross the river. They said that it was possible for our 4x4 to pass via the ferry. The locals pointed us in the direction of a rickety wooden boat/ferry and Tim thought, you must be kidding! LOL...
As we drove along NH21 we didn't realise we had missed the spot to turn in, and continued our journey until we reached a Tukalok stand, as Phatry was having the munchies and craving for a Tukalok (a fruitshake) Hehehehe.
We turned back the way we came, as instructed by the Tukalok seller, and came upon a right turn through the little villages and whatnot. As we appraoched the very rickety looking wodden port, we sort of gave each other a puzzled look as we saw the wooden boat approaching. We thought how could our 4x4 be supported on a few planks of wood!?!??!
Anyhow we managed to cross over smoothly with a few nervous looks, and made our way through the country towards the temple. As we approached we saw the completed giant buddha statue sitting out in the middle of no where next to a partially constructed buddha that is apparently going to be a little be larger than the first.
Before arriving at our destination we sort of gave a smile and a wave to a young man rowing his boat in the lake by the road.
We hopped out of the car and started up a conversation with Thum, and before you know it, 3 not so average sized men were clambering on the small, very sinkable boat! We were pretty nervous of it tipping over, so we sat there as still as a rock admiring the scenery and the very peaceful tranquility of the water. Trully the appropriate atmosphere for meditating and relaxing.
We did a quick loop and gave him $1 each, as we found out that he spends the whole night out on the lake, and in the end only making 3000 Riels because he also has to pay rent for the boat. Surprisingly he was only 23, and he was already married with children!
We set off for our final destination and our jaws dropped as we witness the size of the statue, and the size of the temple construction that was currently being built.
We climbed up to the top of the temple via a tree staircase, it must have been the longest spiralling staircase we've ever set foot on. The view from the top of the temple was amazing, a bit nerve racking as the planks of wood supporting the workers didn't seem that stable!
We were surprised even more when we were told that there were 100 toilet facilities at the temple, because it gets so busy during Bonns (festivals).
I think I'm just going to quickly sum the rest of the evening off in a paragraph, getting a bit long, and im getting a bit lazy and hot.
We headed back to Phnom Penh, and got stuck in traffic for a good 35-40 minutes, as everyone was flocking towards the riverfront for the fireworks and the view of the King. We chilled back at Boeung Kak for a bit and then made our way to Banana Bar near Psar Thmei. Shot a few rounds of pool and had a few beers and it wasn't long before I called it a night!...
Allan - getting lazy...
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