W(h)at Happens Now?

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Wat Inkosei.

When I booked my flight back in May I'd made a slight mistake. I had somehow misinterpreted the departure date and booked a flight back a day after the UK team had already left. Well, not that this was an enormous problem of course. Nothing wrong with an extra day in Cambodia. But what should I do with it?

After having breakfast with Bryan and Anna and updating my blog I went back to get one of the hotel's bikes. I asked for a good one this time and they assured me that it was better than the one I got yesterday. So off I was on a little tour around some of Siem Reap's local wats (temples) as described in the Lonely Planet's walking tour. I first visited the early Angkorian brick temple of Wat Inkosei after cycling along the river past food stalls.

Prasat Preah Ang Cham.
On the way back I crossed the river and continued to the Royal Gardens where I found a nice small temple called Prasat Preah Ang Cham. Keeping a close eye on what the locals were doing I made a donation, received 5 incense sticks and offered them to the Buddha statue inside, hence gaining some extra karma points. ;-)

Just before I reached Wat Bo, one of the oldest temples in town, the cycle's chain shot off the gear. The back wheel had taken a strange angle and every time I put the chain back in its place it would come straight off again. Oh bugger! I walked the last bit to Wat Bo, walked around the forest of colorful stupas and marvelled at the sculptured depicting scenes from the Cambodian version of the Ramayana.
I certainly wasn't planning to continue walking with the broken bike, so I left it at Wat Bo and continued along the river by foot.

Prasat Preah Ang Cham.
I eventually arrived at Wat Dam Nak, a former royal palace.

Across the river lay Psar Chaa, the Old Market. I had been on the outside of the market, buying souvenirs yesterday, but I hadn't been inside yet. I passed all of the souvenir stalls and found the fresh food market in the middle of Psar Chaa. This was where the fish and meat was being chopped up and the fruits and vegetables lay displayed. As always it was good fun to wander around a bit and chuckle at the chaotic business all around me. I decided to have food in one of the restaurants at Psar Chaa, choosing tasty fried shrimp spring rolls and a huge bowl of noodle soup which was too much for me to finish.

By now I was feeling hot and sweaty and really looked forward to a swim at the hotel.

Spirit House at the Royal Gardens.
I walked back towards Wat Bo and on the way asked some tuk tuk drivers if one of them could take me and the bike from Wat Bo to the hotel. It took a bit of bargaining since they initially didn't accept the normal fee of 3 dollar. Eventually one gave in and when we drove off it became obvious why they had objected to my offer; he drove in a completely wrong direction! I asked him to stop and explained we needed to go to 'Wat BO!'. 'Aaah, okay ... Wat Bo!'. And off we were to pick up the bike, load it in the tuk tuk and drop me and the damn thing off at the hotel.

I packed my bags, had a refreshing swim and did some more blogging before checking out at 18:00 hours to have a quick final drink at the bar with Bryan, Anna and her Khmer boyfriend. Arriving at Bangkok Airport I found that my flight had a 2,5 hour delay. Oh boy ... this was going to be another late night.

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Wat Inkosei.
Wat Inkosei.
Prasat Preah Ang Cham.
Prasat Preah Ang Cham.
Prasat Preah Ang Cham.
Prasat Preah Ang Cham.
Spirit House at the Royal Gardens.
Spirit House at the Royal Gardens.
At Wat Bo.
At Wat Bo.
Among the many-colored stupas of W…
Among the many-colored stupas of …
Sculptures of the Ramayana at Wat …
Sculptures of the Ramayana at Wat…
Wat Bo.
Wat Bo.
At Wat Dam Nak.
At Wat Dam Nak.
At Wat Dam Nak.
At Wat Dam Nak.
At Wat Dam Nak.
At Wat Dam Nak.
At Wat Dam Nak.
At Wat Dam Nak.
At Psar Chaa (Old Market).
At Psar Chaa (Old Market).
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