We start at the walls. Go Vanda explains the history of Angkor Wat and the bas-relief carvings we see here and will continue to see throughout the site.
To reach the upper levels of the temple there is a steep staircase of ~50 wooden steps. But, it is worth the challenge (both up and down). We see the inner chambers of the temple as well as have a view of the entire site.
Angkor Wat is not an official “Wonder of the World”, but I think it’s a close runner-up.
It’s around noon when we stop for a picnic Cambodia-style, at a family run restaurant. We sit on the floor of a raised pavilion as the staff, Gho Vanda and our driver bring out the food and explain what it is and how to eat it. In addition to all the salads and sides a chicken has been bbq’d and cut up for us. We “tourists” avoid the feet, but our driver seems to relish chomping on them. The picnic is an unusual experience and we have fun with it.
We’re back at the hotel in time for some pool time and a shower before we go for High Tea at the Sofitel Hotel. A number of days ago we were invited by Bruce, the Operations Manager for our tour operator LuxeVoyageAsia, to the tea. As only Jim has previously been to a High Tea, we quickly accepted. Bruce and his boss Jeremiah are waiting for us when we arrive at the lovely hotel. While we drink tea and coffee and munch on small sweets and savories we chat with them and learn more about their company and their families. It’s fun to say that we’ve done High Tea but it is not something William and I would do frequently.