Many of the temples around Angkor have not been fully restored and often have trees growing out of them at bewildering angles. Nature and man-made structures are competing to see who will stand the longest. So far it’s been 800 years and I think the trees are winning…
If you have seen Tomb Raider some of it was filmed in Ta Prohm, one of these “jungle temples”. It was the perfect adventure playground for Dylan too. Torch in hand, he ran and climbed rocks and trees exploring the dark halls and narrow passageways.
After Ta Prohm we continued to the Angkor Thom complex and visited Bayon, the main temple here. The South gate entrance was stunning and the temple is full of detail.
We hired a tuk tuk to get around for the day and soon discovered that this is the only vehicle Jonas doesn’t constantly ball in. We might have to get one in England
We got lost, did many u-turns, Mark refused to ask for directions, Jonas cried and Dylan demanded we go back to the pool. At the end we found the black temple (Baan si Dum) – the creation of local artist Thawan Duchanee. Animal skins, skulls and horns with amazing wood carving. Very dark and unique.
On a lighter note we then wandered around hungry till we found the Chivit Thamada Coffee House ran by a Swedish/Thai couple. Next to the river this white colonial house was beautiful. Everything was perfect- pastries, drinks and Dalarna horses while jazz played in the background. Could have been Sweden but there was sun and heat so maybe not.
Tomorrow we will catch a plane to visit some twins
We nipped over to New Zealand to visit family. It’s supposed to be autumn already but it’s perfect summer weather these days. Today we went to the Wynyard quarter which had great views of the city’s skyline, restaurants and a modern park for the kids. It’s past history is very interesting too. More about the place here