Apr 29, 2009

カンボジア旅行 2009 パート③ - Cambodia 2009 Part Three

カンボジア旅行3日目がスタート!

今日は夜明けのアンコールワットを見に行くために4:30AM起床!とにかく眠い!しかし辿り着くと雨が...。残念ながら朝日は見れず...。

朝食を済ませてから、スラスランという昔の王様の浴場、そしてその反対にある小学校見学に。小学校はちょうど休憩時間で、子供たちが元気にサッカーをして楽しんでました。来客に慣れているのか、近くに来て日本語で話しかけてくれる子も。

そのあと、バンテアイ・スレイへ。規模は大きくないけど、彫刻が綺麗で、周りを囲むお堀からの眺めはとても綺麗。

お昼前にはオールドマーケットへ。激しい雨が降り始めて客入りの悪さを予想したのか、僕たちが帰るのを遮ろうとするお店も!でも他のお店で何とか値切っていいもの買いました~。

ご飯を食べた後は、クメールマッサージ!これがまた気持ちいいっ!体が温かくなって気が付くと落ちてました...(笑)。

プリア・カンでは珍しい円柱状の柱と二階建ての建物も。ここでもかなり多くの菩薩の顔が盗まれていた。金銭目的でタイ方面に持っていかれたらしい。その後ニアックポアンという昔の病気を治すための浴場を見学。

夜はバーベキュー屋さんで食べ放題!このバーベキューは、豚の脂肪とバターのようなもので肉や海鮮を焼いて、野菜は沸騰する汁で茹でるというもの。美味しかった~ぁ。

今日の締めくくりはバーストリートにある Red Piano というバーで「トゥームレダー」というカクテルを!このカクテルはかなり有名らしく、暑いカンボジアにはもってこいのさっぱり系のカクテル。

今日も中身の濃い一日でした~。

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The third day of our Cambodia trip started!

As we were going to see Angkor Wat sunrise, we had to get up at 4:30AM! So sleepy! But as soon as we arrived at Angkor Wat, it started raining... and we couldn't see the sunrise...

Once we finished breakfast, we headed to Sras Srang, a bath for an old king, and an elementary school opposite to the bath. Because the kids were having a break at the school, they were enjoying playing football in the field. It seemed to us that they are used to visitors, and some of them even came to us and said hello in Japanese.

Our next destination was Banteay Srei. This place is not huge, but hosts some beautiful sculptures and the view from the moat was nice.

We went to the old market before lunch. Maybe because they predicted that there wouldn't be many customers as it started raining really hard, there was one shop that even tried to block us from leaving! But we managed to find some lovely items after haggling!

After lunch, it was time for Khmer massage! It was sooooooooo nice! As I started feeling warm, I passed out when I realised... :-)

At Preah Khan, we saw round poles and a building with two floors, which are unusual in Angkor. This place had so many Budda's faces that were stolen and taken to Thai border for financial gain. We also saw Neak Pean, a bath that was used to cure illness in the past.

We went to an eat-as-much-as-you-like BBQ restaurant for dinner! This BBQ was interesting in a sense that you use pig's fat and butter to cook meat and seafood while boiling vegetables in a soup. It was delicious!

We finished today with Tomb-Raider cocktail at the Red Piano bar in Bar Street. Apparently this cocktain is very popular, and is very refreshing in such a hot country like Cambodia.

Today was also packed!















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