Early in the morning, before breakfast, Mrs D headed down to the lobby to get her WiFi fix…
Sure enough, the un-airconditioned lobby was where I found her, happily connected to the outside world.
We had a good breakfast and then we headed out at 0830 to go see the cool temple. It’s the REAL Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider Temple. None of that Hollywood "pseudo-ruins” This is the real thing. But first…. a stop along the way to see some rice harvesting. Of course the kids have other plans:
The parents, however, were hard at work with sickle in hand, harvesting bundles of rice to dry along the side of the field
Many things still go the “old-fashioned way”, including transport as this gentleman with the oxcart passed us while we were shooting
Some things are a mix of modern and old… this guy was taking his pigs to the market
We arrived at the temple grounds are were reminded of Cambodia’s horrible past:
yes, that’s over 1200 pieces of things that go boom that they have cleared from the temple area. A not-so subtle reminder to stay on the beaten track.
The temple was amazing. There were piles of stones lying around and complete galleries had collapsed under their own weight into a neat “implosion” of stones. I’ll stop the talking and let you see:
Someone that felt more at home that people would:
Mrs Dragonspeed in what used to be a hallway
The Jungle taking back the temple
Roots and moss reclaim nature’s prize
A most surreal scene
In the grasp..
I could go on forever with more pictures of this truly INCREDIBLE place, but you can see the set of photos from the day at:
I hope you find them as amazing as I did.
Tomorrow, I’ll write a bit about the floating village, as well as the birdwatching!