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Siem Reap and Angkor

We spent 10 days in Siem Reap, seeing many of the Angkor ruins


We also visited a silk farm for an interesting tour. Having gone to a Christmas Eve service at the Catholic church, on Christmas Day we went by truck and boat with the priest, some nuns, other locals church members and visitors for the inaugural mass in the floating church we had passed on our way from Battambang.

The history of this church is interesting. Apparently a woman in the village had brought her child to the hospital in Sem Reap. Meeting some of the nuns she told them she had been a Catholic for many years (the only one in the floating village) but had no access to a church. The nuns told the priest and the priest the bishop and it was decided to build one for her. On our visit the church was full and a large number of children and adults were given lunch afterwards. One has to wonder if the excellent Sunday School attendance has something to do with free food.

It was a more rewarding way to spend Christmas Day than our original plan for the poolside lunch at the Meridian Hotel. We did that the folllowing weekend anyway!

Angkor

Of the 10 days we spent in Siem Reap, we visited the Angkor ruins on most of them, except Christmas Day. . We used the excellent "The Monuments of the Angkor Group" by Maurice Glaize, available on the web, as our reference.

We will not try to emulate the many books that have been written on the subject, but will merely record some highlights in the following slideshows

The Bayon

One of the largest and best preserved sites, with superb bas reliefs.

Angkor Wat

The most visited of the sites, reputed to be the largest religious complex in the world, presumably by including the whole area inside the outer wall and moat. It is not a temple, rather a mausoleum.

 

Angkor - other temples and sites

Views of lesser temples - or where we took fewer photos

 

On to Singapore

Christmas lights Singapore

On New Year's Eve we flew to Singapore for a couple of days and then back to the boat.

After an evening at the excellent night safari at the zoo, we attempted to get to Marina Bay for the fireworks but the crowds were too great to get near - the MRT stopped at the previous station.

Orchid Margaret Thatcher

On New Years day we took a trip to the botanical gardens and the extensive orchid gardens. Many of the hybrids are named after world leaders.

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