Nat and Beck Go Large!
On Sunday 4th December, we got up relatively early (10am) to go to the Lost City Of Angkor. Angkor was the ancient capital of Cambodia, whose empire in those days included a large part of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The temples were built between the 9th and 13th centuries to honour the ancient kings. More recently, Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider were filmed here! History lesson over! We got a tuk-tuk to Angkor and went to see some of the main and most impressive temples. Our tuk-tuk driver, Mr. Chai, had followed us around for 2 days, so only thought it fair to give him some work! We went to see Angkor Wat first. It looks like one temple, but as you get closer, you realise its a series of buildings joined together, all surrounded by a massive moat. The buildings all have intricate carvings on the walls, many showing scenes and stories from the ancient world. The striking thing about Angkor Wat, however, is the number of extreme Japanese tourists! They throw themselves (and their children) up and down the steep steps to the towers like they're competing on Takeshi's castle, taking a million photos on the way! We moved on to Terrace of Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, where we nearly passed out in the heat! Spot of lunch and a monsoon later, we went to the Bayon, with the spooky faces! Started raining again, so took cover under our tuk-tuk, felt like a wendy house on wheels! Mr. Chai had the best yellow poncho on - jealous, us?! We decided to brave the rain and explore Ta Prohm to find Lara Croft for Chris. Knee deep in mud and puddles, getting elbowed by old Japanese ladies, we hunted high, low and west for Lara, but only managed to find some old ladies having a wee round the back! Soz Chris! Gave up then, and went back to the hotel to the hot shower and clean(ish) clothes. Take it from us, don't trust the laundry staff in Cambodia with your whites! Sightseeing over (a whole 6 hours, we're getting better, and only a 2 hour lunch!) we went out for dinner at The Buddha Lounge and had cheddar baguettes and french fries! How cosmopolitan! Then we fed the street kids and chilled out in the hotel room with a couple of cans of Beer Lao and a film - Buddha bless HBO!