We took a day trip to UDong with one of our fellow volunteers Stacy. She is an extremely energetic and fun loving young woman. Great company.
UDong ( means Victorious) served as the capital of Cambodia between 1618 and 1866. King Norodom was crowned there. UDong is 37 kilometers from Phnom Penh, but it took us about 2 hours to get there. All the roads are dust bowls especialli now during the dry season. We have not seen a drop of rain since we got here. We really admire our car driver. I can't in all seriosness wait to get back to D.C. traffic.
The main attractions are the twin humps of Phnom Udong. We had to walk up over 500 steps to get to the top. The reward was a magnificent view of the Cambodian countryside. The large ridge was the Phnom Preach Reach Throap. ( by now you realize I speak fluent Khami). The walk up the stairs was lined with many not shy monkeys. On the way down the pappa of the monkeys tried to take some fruit out of Stacey's hand. He was not successful.
We walked through a huge cemetary of enormous crypts of every color and shape. Many of them had green well kept gardens around them. We were the only people walking the cemetary. It was spectaccular.
We then walked up another couple of hundred steps to the Vihear Preah Ath Roes. We saw an enormous Buddha over 20 meters high. Another fantastic site.
On our way down we saw a memorial to the victims of the Pol Pot. There were about a hundred graves with12 people in each grave. The Pol Pat was truly evil.
Last point, on our way back we stopped at the most beautiful Watt (Pagoda) we have seen up to now. It was also the cleanest site we have seen. We have many good picture.
You have probably quit the blog by now. Hope it was okay.
Talk to you soon.