we left the protective care of lim's family and flew to siem reap, for a three day tour.
during the first day we spent some time in the musuem to get some basic education on khmer
(cambodian) history and mythology.
over the past couple of thousand years, khmer genetics haven't thrown too far. for instance some
of the busts showed an uncanny resemblance to lim's khmer side -
on day 2 we headed out to angkor wat, and other nearby cities/ temple ruins around.
the first thing that struck me was the sheer scale of constructions. huge man made motes around
small cities. tons apon tons of hard volcanic rock worked, and miles of complex sculpting....
considering that to the cost of doing things even with modern technologies led to think of only
one solution - generations of slaves.. angkor wat is amazing, and yet must think a little of the
lives of the slaves that must have built it.
all the temples were impressive, but angkor wat is the one that we most enjoyed. this shot shows
the scale of the city on approach over the mostly origin walk way.
the temple itself is a 700m walk inside the walled city and mote.
the temples have miles of intricate carvings depicting stories, you could spend years reading it
you've got to use your elbows to get close however, siem reap is a major tourist destination.
the small town has 220 hotels - and half of them are huge gorgeous five star establishments.
living costs for a tourist is similar to those of sydney.
at angkor wat i tried it on some of the local dancing girls - lim didn't mind all i received was
stoney faced expressions..
we also visited other temples. some are still fully or partially owned by the trees.
on our last day we visited the worlds largest freshwater lake (how many worlds largest freshwater lakes are there anyway?!?)
the following biker was one of the more cautious. typical asian vehicle use.
maybe he would get a fine/ bribe if he is pulled over. cambodia showed that there can be a thin line between corruption and a functioning economic/political system. apparently there is no budget for fuel for police bikes, so some of the bribes taken will go towards keeping the bike and it's copper on the road..
thats all for now - say hi to your mum for me.