A relaxing day for a change!
Saturday morning saw a leisurely start to the day. Breakfast at the more civilised time of 7 am. However, it appeared that everyone else had the same idea. The buffet counters were so busy that negotiating them was like an obstacle course! We had difficulty finding a table for 6 and were relegated to the end of the dining room next to the staff rota!
The day soon improved when our guide Viesna collected us for a boat trip around Angkor moat. It was a beautiful, clear sunny morning and not too hot at 8 am. We had the water to ourselves. 4 to each gondola. We ghosted effortlessly along enjoying the peace and serenity of the morning. One of the boatmen started to sing local folk songs. He had a lovely clear voice and although we couldn't understand the words, it suited the mood perfectly. At the mid point of the trip we moored up and climbed a small hill to explore a ruined temple, then down a muddy path to see a hidden tunnel built by the local people as an escape route from conflict centuries ago. There was just enough room to enable an oxen to pass through. On the way back to the boats we saw a tall tree full of noisy fruit bats, some circling above us. The boatmen rowed us back to the jetty to our waiting coach which then took us into the centre of the city for a short walking tour.
This included a modern Buddhist temple and monastery and river walk. At the temple Brian was approached by a Chinese girl who wanted her photo taken with him and her bicycle! It could only happen to him! I think she wanted a good looking boyfriend to show the girls at home... (Cough!!!) The tour finished at the old market. Before more shopping we had a refreshing iced coffee in "I viva" a Mexican bar. All the markets seem to sell more or less the same things, but this one had a stall with an abundance of larger sized mens t shirts so all the boys made several purchases 👍👍👍
We decided to return to I viva for lunch. The boys were particularly keen as Angkor beer was only 50 cents a half litre🍻🍻🍻. 6 became 8 when Clare and Brian from our tour joined us for lunch. The food was good and a very sociable time was had by all. Back to the hotel by our favourite mode of transport, the Tuk Tuk.
The afternoon was spent relaxing by the pool and some leisurely swimming to cool off 😎😎😎
For our last night in Siem Reap we went back to the city centre. First stop was the night market for a last look around. Rosie and Chris both bought cotton elephant patterned harem pants. I already had a pair that I bought on the boat. I was tempted to buy another pair, but resisted the urge.
Unfortunately we picked a dull bar for our pre dinner drinks and swiftly moved on to find somewhere to eat. The waiter at the Temple restaurant was very persuasive so in we went. Lucky for us the food was good as Frank and I had fancied trying the Chamby restaurant which was opposite and had air conditioning! A short stroll to aid the digestion and we spot the Blue Pumpkin cafe which does amazing ice cream. Some of the party indulged. You know who you are, 🍦🍦. What a great day 😬