|from Phnom Pehn, I took the local bus to Siem Reap about a five hour drive complete with blaring, tinny, khmer Karaoke videos the whole way. fortunately, no one was siezed by the spirit to actually stand up and sing along.
Here I spent a few days exploring the amazing temples of Angkor Wat...the ancient capitol of the Khmer kongdom the streched across southeast Asia over 1000 years ago. the size and variety of the these temples was truly awe inspiring. Hopefully the pictures do it justice.
Oddly enough, Siem Reap held yet another Jackson Hole connection. When Don was here a few months earlier he ran into Scott and Chris Coats, two Jacksonites who had been working with rural communities here in Cambodia on a number of development projects through their Trailblazer Foundation (Visit the Trailblazer Foundation).
They put Don in touch with Borith, and Borith in turn put me in touch with them. I pulled into Siem Reap at a watershed time for them. After 2 1/2 years working in Cambodia, Scott and Chris were heading back to Jackson to do some more fundraising and awareness raising for their project. My first night in Siem Reap, I turned up at their going away party and was just so inspired to see the wonderful community of volunteers and friends they had created over the past few years. What started with just Scott and Chris had grown to a staff of around 9 people and numerous other volunteers helping drill wells and place water filters in rural communities. It was truly humbling to see the impact you can make on people's live when you choose to give of yourself.
I also had the good fortune to accompany Scott and Chris from Siem Reap to Bangkok. Scott and Chris were flying back to Jackson that weekend, and I was headed in for my friends Sam and Suchada's wedding.