Apr 28, 2009

カンボジア旅行 2009 パート② - Cambodia 2009 Part Two

今日から本格的なカンボジア観光がスタート!

まずはアンコールトムへ。ここでは象に乗って南大門をくぐりバイヨン寺院へ行くことに。象に乗ってるのが僕たちだけということもあって、地元の人も含めて観光客の注目の的に(笑)。ここには有名なクメールの微笑といわれる菩薩像も。

その後、僕が行くのを楽しみにしていたものの一つ、タ・プロームという仏教寺院へ。ここではお寺の建物の上に絡むようにして建つ巨大な木が見もの。それにしても想像していた以上に凄い!

午後はホテルの近くで美味しい郷土料理を食べた後、ホテルで休憩。天気もよかったのでホテルにあるプールで日焼けをしつつ一泳ぎ。気持ちよかった~ぁ!

一休みした後、遂に待ちに待ったアンコールワットへ。すごいぞ~ぉ!空も綺麗に晴れ上がって、写真でも映える!アンコールワットのスケールの大きさにも圧倒されるけど、至る所にある彫刻も素晴らしい。

観光の最後はプノンバケン山に昇り夕日を見ることに。しかし雲がだいぶかかっていて夕日はほとんど見れなかった。残念!

夜はバイキングを食べながらカンボジアの伝統舞踊を堪能。昨日見たのも良かったけど、今日のも良かった。

かなり密度の濃い充実した二日目でした~。

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Cambodia sightseeing started today!

We headed to Angkor Thom first where we walked through the South Gate and got to the Bayon by elephant. Because it was only us riding an elephant, everyone including locals was watching us! :-) This place also had famous smiling Budda.

After seeing Angkor Thom, we headed to Ta Phrom temple that I was really looking forward to seeing. This place has huge trees standing on top of buildings. It was more amazing than first imagined!

Once we had some tasty domestic food near our hotel, we had a little bit of a break at the hotel. Because the weather was nice, we decided to enjoy the hotel swimming pool. It was so refreshing!

As we had enough rest, we went to Angkor Wat that we had been waiting for. It's just amazing! As the sky cleared, Angkor Wat was looking great for photos. As much as we were impressed with the size of Angkor Wat, sculptures around this place also caught our eyes.

The final sightseeing of the day was to see the sunset on top of the Phnon Bakheng. Unfortunately, we could hardly see the sunset because of the cloud. Gutted!

We enjoyed Cambodian dancing while enjoying viking dinner. Today's dance was also as good as yesterday's.

It was such a packed second day of our trip!

















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