Day Six – Preah Khan
The guide’s van dropped Carol, Allan and I off at Preah Khan and took the mothers back into Siem Reap. Preah Khan is a monastery temple complex, and it was a welcome change from Ta Prohm and Banteay Srey, which were really full of people.
Even in the off-season they draw crowds. Preah Khan was much quieter, and I think we were glad to be without our guide and free to wander silently over the ruins with the few late afternoon visitors who were there.
It has a massive Garuda built into the enclosing wall that is pretty awesome.
And this small shrine is literally held together by the tree that grew out of it.
Carol, of course, had to check in with the office, and then look surprised when we mocked her for it.
We explored and roamed and had pretty free run of the joint.
After seeing our fill of the ruins, Carol called her driver to come fetch us. He was a little surprised and none too pleased that she was not where he had left her (Drivers get that way) and rushed out to gather us up. On the way back to the hotel, Carol suggested we stop by Raffles Hotel and have a drink in the Elephant Bar. We obviously thought this a great idea and off we went. It was kinda swanky.
Back at the hotel, we had another great meal and planned the next day’s adventures. Mum and Elizabeth were going bird watching on the Tonle Sap, and we were going to go to the remote ruins of Beng Mealea and Koh Ker.