Yesterday, we had a guide lead us through three fantastic temples: Angkor Wat, Wat Bayan and Wat Ta Prohm. Angkor Wat is the iconic and very significant temple of Cambodia which is featured on their flag. Wat Bayan is the temple of many smiling faces carved high on the stone towers. Wat Ta Prohm is best known now for the setting of the movie Tomb Raiders. Each had its own atmosphere and state of ruin. The students were impressed by the magnitude of the site and intricacy of the carving work on all sites. The most evocative was Ta Prohm with its giant trees straddling the ruins and forcing their mighty root between blocks of stone.
We ate lunch at a Khmer Kitchen restaurant and enjoyed some more of the lovely Cambodian flavors. After lunch it was a 50 min drive to Tonle Sap Lake where we boarded a boat and set off to view some of the stilted and floating houses.
In the evening we went to see Phare Circus. They interweave many artists (acrobatics, painter, musicians) into one show while telling a story about greed and wealth. The acrobats were very impressive showing great skill and strength.
Today, we visited Kulen mountain and a breathtaking waterfall. We rested beside the river for a lovely picnic lunch and then the more adventurous of us jumped into the plunge pool at the waterfall. The rest of us watched or played along the river’s edge. On the way home we stopped to observe a rice farming village and gained a glimpse into their life and community spirit.
On return to the hotel we divided into small groups to reflect on their efforts for the community school and the trip as a whole.
We enjoyed our final dinner here at the hotel where the food has been delicious! Thanks was given to Scott and his team at LEAP for their hard work and organization and to the staff at the hotel for great patience and service! Students have packed their suitcases for a quick departure in the morning.