Monday, November 9, 2009

Monks in the temple

A senior monk and these young ones were keen for photo opportunities, happily posing for all the tourists.

Now In Cambodia

After a wonderful time in Luang Prabang ( can't wait to go back ) we are now back in Siem Reap, near Angkor Wat where we last visited in March this year. Our flight here with Laos Airlines was pretty awful, on a noisy smaller plane ( 60 odd people )
We are staying again at the Golden Banana Hotel which we like very much.
The young staff looking after us are absolutely gorgeous... and i mean gorgeous.. like drop dead type GORGEOUS !!!!.
They are so helpful and sweet to us.
We stay here until Thursday morning then catch a bus to Pnom Phen ( 4-5 hours) after that we go to a beach place called Kep.
This morning we went on taxi tour to Banteay Srei temple about 40 kms from our hotel. It is called the women's temple. why? I don't know yet. It was a very pleasant drive through lush green countryside and this small temple complex was beautiful although not overwhelming like Angkor Wat or others. It was worth the visit.

Banteay Srei (or Banteay Srey)  is a 10th century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Located in the area of Angkor in Cambodia, at 13.5989 N, 103.9628 E, it lies near the hill of Phnom Dei, 25 km (15 miles) north-east of the main group of temples that once belonged to the medieval capitals of Yasodharapura and Angkor Thom.[1] Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourists, and have led to its being widely praised as a "precious gem", or the "jewel of Khmer art.