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February 25th, 2009 – by: Harrietknowles
Last night we also went to see some traditional Khmer dancing done by teenagers, it was really good. The dancing is quite slow and complicated, and each dance tells a story - the costumes are very beautiful. Best of all it was free, and the cocktails were two for one!
I really enjoyed today because we went to see Angkor Wat, the biggest of all the temples and the most complete. Mr. Bunnan also took us up to a high temple, and talked to us about his life. He used to be a monk but left the order to get married, and he has a three year old son called Rich (I think!). He also told us about how he had lost family members in the killing feilds, including his father - this was a really poignant and sad moment. He also talked to us about how very little of the money that tourists bring in from visiting Angkor Wat filters down to the ordinary people, many of whom live in poverty. Yesterday when we were coming pack from the temple there was a queue of about a hundred people outside the pediatric clinic - we think there is a lot of child poverty here - there are orphanges all over the place - and we have even seen very young children selling things at night. They are very savvy, but the roads here are dangerous (though not as bad as Bangkok!) and it can't be that safe for them! We are trying to eat and a lot of charity restaurants in order to support the community here.
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