Weaver's South East Asia Trip travel blog

Rice drying

House on stilts



Left over rice plant fed to cows

Edible seeds from the lotus flower

BBQ duck and baby birds

Hard boiled pigeon eggs

Crispy tarantula snack

The tarantula legs are salty & garlicky

Houses on stilts in the country





This person is a bit richer

Modern house in the city

Our lunch stop. We were on a stilted restaurant

View from our table in the restaurant

Before breakfast we skyped with Elizabeth, Andy and Jackie. We had a great visit. After breakfast, we headed to Siem Reap in a private bus. Phnom Penh was really busy. Once out of the city, the road was really bumpy due to road construction. Sometimes, there was only one lane. Along the way we saw people riding on the top of vans, pigs of the back of motorcycles, several mosques, horse drawn carts, two wheeled tractors, rice drying along the road on mats or tarps and flocks of ducks along the road. We ate deep fried tarantula legs. They were crunchy, salty and garlicky. As we got closer to Siem Reap, the land became very flat and dry with random palm trees in the distance. Today is a school holiday for the King's father's cremation. We had a lunch stop on a stilted restaurant beside a small lake. We arrived in Siem Reap 7 hours later at 3:45. Our second storey room in a beautiful hotel over looks a pool in the courtyard below. Siem Reap means "Thais Defeated" and refers to the 16th century victory that solidified the Khmer Kingdom even though the Thais were to triumph as empires ebbed and flowed. Siem Reap is beside Toule Sap Lake sometimes called "The Great Lake". Civilization at Angkor relied on this resource-rich lake to help with the construction of the temples. Some temples took decades to build. Most of this town's development has occurred in the last 10 years.

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