A very lazy day today! We checked out of the AFI and moved next door to the Thonebury Hotel. The room is much brighter and bigger and the bathroom is very modern.
We spent most of the morning going through our guide books to plan the next three days "doing the temples of Angkor" - after all, this is one of the biggest reasons to visit this part of Cambodia.
We had lunch at the Mandalay Inn just down the road; mango chicken curry for Mac and tea leaf salad for me, really tasty Burmese food and around $3-4 per dish. The photo attached to this blog is of the tea leaf salad.
Next we wandered round the old market and walked up to the Lucky Mall to get some snack food for the next couple of days; dragon fruit and mango sliced and packaged for around 30 cents a pack, plus some pastries from the bakery. We visited a gallery called "Colours of Cambodia", which is a project introducing art to some of the most underprivileged school children in Cambodia. Some of the work was excellent; we chatted to a student who spoke great English and told us more about the work there.
We also enquired about how best to cover the sites we want to see over three days and I booked onto a cooking course at "Le Tigre du Papier" for tonight, just $12.
We got a tuk tuk back to the room late afternoon and struck a good deal with the driver for the next three days.
I joined the cooking class at 5pm; there were five of us altogether, all from England or Ireland. We each chose a starter and main that we wanted to cook from the restaurant menu and a dessert that we could all agree on. Then we went off to the market to buy some ingredients and learn about others. The prep took about 2 hours and we all cooked our own dishes and watched the chef prepare dessert (sticky rice with mango). I chose papaya salad and seafood amok (Khmer curry, with two chillies for an extra kick)! Mac joined us at 8 to eat the dishes and though I do say it myself they were excellent! By the time we got back to the hotel, all the recipes had been emailed to us. For $12 it was a great way to pass the time, meet new people and learn about Cambodian cuisine. Looking forward to cooking more if it in NZ (Jane and Dave do you want to be guinea pigs!!!!????).
So all in all a great day ......... And no sign if rain in Seam Reap, just the blistering 33 degrees!