Saturday, October 20, 2012

We are safely back in Australia

What a fantastic two weeks we have had.

We spent 3 days in Seim Reap (Cambodia) and saw Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, The Bayon, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Elephant Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King. These were built between 802 and 1432 so ..very old.

Then we got on The Jahan for our cruise through Tonle Sap Lake, Tonle Sap and the Mekong. Seven days in heaven. The accommodation was very nice and the food, service and attention to detail were second to none. I would recommend this cruise to even the most fastidious of travellers.

The cruise took us into Vietnam where we left the boat and spent 3 days at the Liberty Central Hotel in Saigon (Ho Chi Min City). It was right next door to the largest markets in Saigon so what a bonus for the shoppers amongst us.

I am going to post some photos now showing some of the holiday. I took just over 700 photos so there is so much to see. I will just show you a selection today and I will show a few more over the next week or so.

This photo is of all of us having a drink at one of the many bars in Pub Street in Seim Reap. We had just arrived and were having a walk around when we thought it was time for some liquid refreshment.



On the Wednesday night we had dinner at the hotel we were staying at. It was the Royal Bay Inn and every Wednesday night they have a dinner deal, for $20 you get a 5 course meal and a Cambodian Dance performance. This is us with the dancers after the show.


Ray and I in front of Angkor Wat. We had gotten up at 4am to make this trip to see the temples.


Some of the hundreds of carvings on the walls inside the temple. I must say it was not in a very good state of repair but they are starting to do some restoration work on it.


These next two photos are of Ta Prohm, a temple that is being taken over by trees. This is where they made the Lara Croft movie, I think it was called Temple of Doom.



Whoops, these next two got a bit out of order, they are of Angkor Wat again. They show the sun coming up. I am standing to the side of the temple not in the front.


This is the Jahan. A small river boat that can have 52 guests. There were 42 on our cruise and 38 staff. Not a bad ratio is it.


The next 4 photos show our cabin. It was a great size. Had Queen sized bed, sitting room, bathroom and balcony. Very nicely appointed.





The Bar


The Dining Room


The Lounge


The next two are of some of the Waterfront Properties in Cambodia



The next two are the view from the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. The temple was built in the 8th Century. Monks still live here.



These are the stairs that get you the view. 303 of them.

Well that is 21 photos for today. If you have got this far, thank you for sticking with me.

Lots has happened since we got back and I have run out of time to tell you any more today.
Will be back soon with more

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Cheers
Julie

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