The last leg of our spring break trip was to Siem Reap, Cambodia. It was amazing and my favorite stop. The kids loved the hotel. No one had to share a bed or sleep in a cot – what a treat!
The first temple we visited still had remnants of the jungle covering it. Huge banyon trees and strangler figs had overgrown the temples during the few hundred years that they were abandoned. We met our guide at 5:30 a.m. to get there before the day got too hot. The walk through the temple was peaceful, with hardly any other tourists – just the sounds of the birds in the trees in the morning light.
That evening we saw another temple at sunset.
We celebrated Matthew’s 6th birthday in Siem Reap. There was a big thunderstorm that night, but it didn’t stop us from lighting candles on some Choco Pies (a favorite treat here that is a bit like a Moonpie).
We visited a floating city. To get there we took a small boat. Vietnamese refugees made their lives and homes on boats. It was amazing. Even the school was a floating structure!
The kids and Michael tried out a fish massage….kinda crazy!
Here is a short video of the kids getting their fish foot massage:
We went to another temple that afternoon. When we walked out we saw the President Hu of China leaving, too (sadly I couldn’t get close enough for a good picture of that).
The last morning in Cambodia we rose early again to visit the famous Ankor Wat temple. Even though we arrived before 6 a.m., there were still hundreds of people, all waiting to catch the sunrise as it came over the back of the temple. I was impressed with the beautiful murals that covered the walls of the huge temple. Enjoy all the photos!
And now back to Vietnam…