Downstairs, the reception was welcoming,
With the day partly gone, we decide to go out to a small, very old temple complex 15 km east of town, the Roluos group. These temples were built before the temples around Ankgor Wat, around 877 AD. They, like most of the later temples around Angkor, were built by the Khmer empire.
The first and oldest was Lolei.
These structures were in pretty bad shape, and as we would see, many temples were under some state of reconstruction.
But the carvings were still in pretty good shape for being 1200 years old in a tropical climate.
The pagoda was not very old, and in good shape. Monks actively live and practice here.
The inside of the pagodas around Angkor are brightly painted, much more so than those we saw around Chiang Mai.
To the nearby temple site Preah Ko. This site was bigger and in better shape.
The main terrace consists of 6 towers, built of brick and covered with some of the best surviving examples of Angkorian plasterwork..
Here is a good shot of the brick structure covered by the plaster.
Our last temple of the day was the huge Bakong, built of sandstone and laterite. This one was really impressive, and in very good shape. It had been, and was being, restored, but a lot of the carvings were original and in decent shape.
What surprised me is that we could crawl all over the temples. Very few restricted access area at all, so we could go all the way to the top.
Jean Luc could go too! He is taking a liking to elephants.
The view from the top was nice.
Back in Siem Reap, we sought out some decent coffee, and we found it at a little cafe run by Australians.
Those are big smiles on our soon to be caffeinated faces.
And a central area full of food for sale. It smelled like fish!
We chilled at our hotel for a bit before heading out to a really fabulous dinner at a posh restaurant filled with foreigners. The moat around the dining deck was cool.
And I got to try fish amok, a popular Khmer fish soup made with coconut milk and green curry. A meal like this in this fancy of a place would have cost us $100 easily on the U.S. We paid $23.
We were pretty tired at the end of the day and knew we needed some sleep for our tour of Angkor Wat tomorrow. Back to Happy Guest House we went.