Temples - Day 2

Another morning of temples today and the first one is Preah Khan. This is the temple of the sacred sword. Another huge temple where some of it has been restored and other large areas are again in the grip of the giant fig trees. The temple itself covers 700 metres by 800 metres but the actual area around it would have been much larger and would have been a very busy working town.

We then went on to visit Preah Neak Poan. This temple was set on a circular island in the middle of a pool with 4 smaller pools around it. No doubt one day this will prove the blueprint for the ultimate swimming complex. we visited one other that we can’t even remember the name of. By this time we were all templed out!

The whole Angkor region is a world heritage site. A million people lived here when only 50,000 lived in London. Angkor Wat is the heart and soul of Cambodia, the Khmer’s national symbol.

We spent the afternoon in Siem Reap and then took an evening trip out on an organized quad bike tour. Just four of us drove very small tracks where you could see the agriculture and water buffalo close up and see just how poor the farm labourers and their living quarters are. We did feel slightly guilty flying past and kicking lots of dust up and intruding on their privacy.

We finished off with a late night drinking in Pub Street (the name says it all!) Mass tourism has come to Siem Reap.

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