Day three : Beng Mealea, Lake Tonle Sap & Kompong Phluk
Day three was rather relaxing. Here’s Sook Kin. So gorgeous.
We drove to Beng Mealea, located 40 km east of the main group of temples at Angkor.
Beng Mealea was built in the early 12th century as a Hindu temple, but there are some carvings depicting buddhist motifs. Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps.
Lunch – mango salad, spring rolls and amok.
We then went to visit Kompong Phluk. It is a floating village on the Tonle Sap. The entrance fee was somewhat a rip off for foreigners, but at least I get to take some portraits of people living in the village – not feeling so bad afterall.
Lake Tonle Sap is the largest fresh water in South East Asia. It is also an important commercial resource, providing more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia.
We were hanging out on the lake for quite some time, just relaxing and chatting.
A family packaging the catch of the day.
Siem Reap was good. So, so, so good.
It had been the most amazing journey through the ruins of Angkor but ultimately, it was the wonderful Khmer people that made our trip memorable.
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