Saturday, July 7, 2012

Tuktuk to Temples

Tessa and I got three day temple passes, so for our second day we hired a tuktuk for the day to take us to the further away temples, about 30 kilometers out of town. 

Most people in Cambodia get around by motorbike or bicycle.

Tuktuk is a great way to get around, because you have such an open view of the scenery!

Everything is so green. To get to our first stop we had a 45-minute hike through lush rainforest.

Be careful where you step! I'm not sure what these holes are from.

 Kbal Spean, also known as "The River of A Thousand Lingas." A linga is a "a symbol of male creative energy... although today most Hindus view the linga as a symbol of divine energy rather than as a sexual symbol." (Thanks wikipedia.)

These fish will bite the dead skin off your hands and feet. It tickles!

We're thankful to be back in the tuktuk, where the breeze cools us down. 

These guys are drying mushrooms.

Our next stop: Bantey Srei, which is dedicated to Shiva. It was built in the 10th century from red sandstone.

Lots of restoration going on here. Can you tell the difference between the old and the new?

This is a Naga, or 9 headed snake.

So many amazing carvings.

These photos are from the way back.

This is how most Cambodians get around.

Catching a ride from a friend

Almost no one wears helmets

I tried this on a day when I rented a bike, its really uncomfortable for the person on the back. But not so bad for the person in front, just more difficult to keep balanced! Cambodia is so flat its a great place to bike.

Maybe her bike has a flat tire.

1 comment:

  1. First Cambodia pics i've ever seen, go amber! d.d.a