Saturday, May 13, 2006

Off to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat

I'm leaving Bangkok early tomorrow to go to Siem Reap, Cambodia. I'm staying there for five days so I can spend a lot of time at Angkor Wat. I started the malaria meds today without ill effect, so we'll see how that goes.

Palace from the River


Palace from the River
Originally uploaded by buckyreed.
This is a view of the Royal Palace from the river. The spirit house was to the left, but I missed it. One of the cool things I noticed was that most of the houses along the river had a spirit house on the water and not on land. I asked the guide and he said that the river spirits would rather live in a house on stilts.

Suspension Bridge


Suspension Bridge
Originally uploaded by buckyreed.
I tried to get a good shot of this suspension bridge with the hopes of giving a framed picture to Frieder. But alas, the boat went the wrong way and I will be stuck forever as a lower minion in the Dean's office...

Fruit Tray from Hell


Fruit Tray from Hell
Originally uploaded by buckyreed.
The trip included this amazing fruit tray and all the Mekong whiskey you could drink. The list of fruit was: Papaya, two types of lichee, Thai apples, pineapple, mangos, bananas, durian, watermelon, peanut brittle, and god knows what else. The Mekong whisky is a rice-based whiskey that tastes more like rum. Very nice!

Party Barge


Party Barge
Originally uploaded by buckyreed.
We moved over to this party barge for the return trip. This guy with the dog owns a restaurant and comes down every day to feed scraps to the fish. He said it was good for Buddhist merit.

Catfish


Catfish
Originally uploaded by buckyreed.
We stopped along the way to feed catfish. They hang out behind a Wat along the river where the monks feed them once a day. When the boat stopped they went nuts! I could have easily reached out and grabbed one.

Water Vendors


Water Vendors
Originally uploaded by buckyreed.
This lady was kind enough to row out to sell us beer and fans. She had an amazing assortment of stuff crammed into a tiny boat.

Tour Boat


Tour Boat
Originally uploaded by buckyreed.
I just returned from a three hour boat tour of Bangkok. This was the boat I was on for the trip up the river. These things haul ass!