February 26th, 2009 – by: Harrietknowles
Monks asking for Alms at Ankhor Wat
Today was our last day visiting the temples, poor Mr. Bunnan had to drive us for about an hour to see the temple complex that is the furthest away. It was quite interesting as we got to see a lot of the rural settlements just out of Siem Reap. On the side of the road we saw a lot of people cooking in cast iron pots with fire underneath, in front of wooden houses that are nearly always raised up on stilts. Mr. Bunnan also drove us the landmine musuem on the way back to visit the last temple. This was really interesting as the musuem also has the facility to support landmine victims, mostly children, and provide them prosthetic limbs and an education. Most of the children affected had been playing outside and accidentally stumbled upon a landmine. There are still a lot of landmines left in Cambodia, mostly around the Thailand - Cambodia borders and near Preah Vihear and in some rural areas. A lot of good work has been done in clearing the landmines, especially by a man called Akra. He used to be a child soldier in the army fighting the Khmer Rouge and helped deploy a lot of landmines - he is the founder of the musuem and the attached school and has done a fantastic job in clearing the landmines - sometimes doing 500 in one day.
After the landmine musuem, we went to Mr. Bunnan's favourite temple. I enjoyed it more than Angkor Wat as there were huge trees growing out of the ruins, the temple was a lot more ruined than some of the others, but this only added to the impressive effect. Tommorow we are going to Battambang
to Volunteer - another 7am start and a 5 hour bus journey!