Angkor Wat

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Kat at Angkor Wat
Today, Yesterday and tomorrow we visiting the temples of Angkor. We have a tuk tuk driver called Mr. Bunnan who is taking us around and he is very nice, though I think he thinks we're a bit strange as we make squealing noises every time we see a monkey! The temples are absolutely amazing, they are huge ruins mostly covered in carvings of Naga serpents, Hindu mythology and giant faces. The best thing about them is that not a lot of it is roped off, so you can basically clamber all over the temples as if you were Lara Croft. However, you have to be really careful as there is very little health and safety. It can get pretty crowded as well - we had a bit of a hairy moment when Kat and I climbed up one larger temple and got a bit scared on the way down.
Trees growing into the ruins
Usually Mr. Bunnan will tell us the best way up, but after that experience we kinda lost our nerve a little bit!

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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Kat at Angkor Wat
Kat at Angkor Wat
Trees growing into the ruins
Trees growing into the ruins
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