Last day in Angkor
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September 6th, 2009 – by: sarahelaine
It was a predictaible enugh morning. We visited a few more temples, all of which I have now forgotten the names of, and will be grateful for any help.
The first one we shall call "the temple with the cool elephants." Climbing a lot more steps, and in my case trying to cling to teh shade, Iain and I wandered happily about the terraces. The elephants were very cool, and I liked them a lot. Then we went to "really high temple with the great views of the jungle." It was very impressive. We got chatting to a slightly less pushy sales kid, who once he figured out we weren't buying anything, asked if we had any coins.
We went on to "the temple with the pools," which I loived. It had been used as a sort of hospital, where the priests would advise you which one of the fountains would cure you. The statue of the horse with the people clinging to it was very impressive, and comes froma a legend about a horse rescuing some merchants from an ogre.
The last temple we went to, I almost missed. I was walking along the causeway and one particular child would not leave me alone.
Just as I was going back to the tuktuk, Iain called me to see the real temple, and we noticed the tuktuk driver coming down with our bags.
The tuktuk driver took us to a quiet restaurant in the temple compund, where we could eat lunch without having to say "no thank you" to a horde of children. Lunch was really excellent. I had some nice fish stew and they served traditional rice sticky sweets, which were slightly gloopy with crunchy centres, adn very nice.
After that, teh tuktuk driver took us to see a floating village. We negotiated on the price of the boat for once, because by this time we were starting to get the hang of the bartering thing. the boat took us to a Cambodian floating village (apparently a lot of the villages are ethnic Vietnamese; they told us that you can tell because they wear conical hats rather than Kroma, and the boats have eyes). The weather was overcast, but the village was very pretty. There was a temple on a little hill, and the houses had patches of garden for farming water plants. there were nets drying over railings for fishing.
The boat driver took us out onto Tonle Sap to see the sunset. This was a Bad Idea. The weather closed in, and we could see rain on the horizon.
The boat driver turned the little boat's stern into the wind and started towards shelter. it was pitching all over the place, and I helped the tuktuk driver pull down the canvas sides of the boat to keep the water out of the bottom of the vessel. i still think that this was perfectly sensible, but Iain has teased me about my abiliuty to "close the curtains in teh face of danger" ever since.
By the time we putted back n it was getting dark, and we had never been gladder to see the little tuktuk. We ate at the hotel that night.
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