The temples were AMAZING! They were big and had lots of hallways. The first temple was called ‘Angkor Wat’ and it was bigger than the other five temples. It had lots of hallways and stairs. It was built out of stone and held together by a vegetable-based formula. It is surrounded by a moat that is spanned by two bridges; one that was temporary and the main one that was getting fixed.
I liked at the end of Angkor Wat where there were three ladies selling carved pineapples and mangos. We bought one pineapple and one mango to start with, then we got another two from a different lady. We also bought three t-shirts and almost got a violin with a drum attached to it. We didn’t buy it because we couldn’t pack it and he wouldn’t negotiate low enough.
After Angkor Wat we got in the Tuk Tuk to drive to the next set of temples. At the third temple they all started to look like the same. The temples seemed to get bigger and taller as I walked. The second last one called ‘Baphuon’ had a lot of stairs up to the top that’s sort of like a viewpoint. From there I could see lots of trees and could hear the rain pounding down on my pink tiny umbrella. It took us seven hours and thirty minutes to look at the temples without out a guide (a guide takes longer).
The War Museum in Siem Reap, Cambodia was awesome! I could go up to the tank, walk on it, or do anything. Our guide was in the war and died 12 times. He got shot a lot of times, stepped on a lot of landmines, has one full leg, one eye is blind and he has metal in his body from the landmines. It was sad that at the age of 9 his mother, father, brothers and sister were killed when he was out in the field collecting food. He survived by himself eating bugs and other types of easy to grab food for a couple of years. He told us of a story where a kid at the age of 12 was a commander. He was brain-washed and shot hundreds of people by the time he was 13. There’s a book about our guide and his life’s journey called “Sinarth” by Karl Levy. Over all the day was AWESOME¡!¡!
Phuket, Thailand was amazing! It wasn’t what I expected but I loved the food, hotels and the area. The wifi was pretty good and it worked for most things. The view was also awesome! I could see the beach and the lake. The beaches were big and sometimes the current was strong. The time differnce to Alberta was 13 hours (we were ahead). We rented a scooter with a side car that was apparently really hard to steer and was not powerful, but it was moving a lot of weight. It could barely go up a 10 degree hill! We had to push it up some hills and hold it on the down hills. I loved that is had fold down walls. On Tuesday we had to get up at 2:55am and get in the taxi at 3:02am which was early. We got to the airport around 4:00am. It was perfect timing because by the time we got to our terminal we had an hour or so to have a nap. I slept for the whole flight. The airport was way nicer in Cambodia that other airports. Once we finished doing customs and getting our bag we got in a tuk tuk to get to our hotel that’s more like a guest house. The people were nice and gave us a wet towel and water. We got in our room at 8:15am. We had pizza for supper that was delivered. It was delicious!
Today I went for an awesome elephant ride with my family. I liked the ride because it was scary and awesome! The elephants were rocky, unstable and jerking you forwards and backwards. I loved the ride and the picture of us on elephants. Our driver was a local that sat on the top of the smooth elephant head. The elephant just walked on the path around their property and went back to where we hopped on. When we were done we went back to the condo to hang out and maybe sleep.