Ah that warm, humid air we encountered when we descended the airplane. Bliss! At the airport the Cambodian guide was awaiting us.
Travelling with CroisiEurope is not for sissies. We did not go to the hotel to recover from the long travel time. Nope, after a short stop at the hotel for a luggage drop off we were already on our way to the temples of Angkor.
Enter a whole different world. Amazing how the temples survived centuries and wars. Elephants transport tourists on their sturdy backs, passed by tuctucs. People are napping in hammocks. Vendors on motorbikes sell their goods still seated on their vehicle.
Near the South gate of Angkor Thom and its rows of gods (left) and demons (right) we boarded gondolas. This was actually the perfect activity for our tired bodies. Slowly we glided through the waters filled with nenuphars while we listened to some background information provided by our guide Manyl.
Some of the 54 gods (devas)
One of the lesser friendly looking demons (asuras)
Our guide Manyl
After our lunch in the hotel we were invited to visit Les Senteurs d’Angkor. Here they produce soap, herbs, candles and more. They also weave pretty boxes from sugar palm leaves and colour them. They actually have a very nice shop but don’t worry if you can’t make to this place you will encounter their shops everywhere in Siem Reap.
Manyl explaining how rice grows
Next to that we visited Artisans d’Angkor where we saw some of the traditional Khmer arts and crafts such as stone and woodcarving. Of course there was also shop where they sold their creations and other garments.
What better way to end the day than with a fresh fruit shake on the terrace of the hotel after dinner, followed by a good night sleep in the largest hotel bed ever.
Photos: Mike & Véronique