Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Last Asian Post...

After Cambodia I had to come back to Bangkok for one more day.  So I decided to make the best of it.  I went to a floating market.  There is a city near Bangkok that uses canals instead of roads so this whole community is built on a a big grid canal system.  The houses and shops are all on stilts and the easiest way around is by boat on the water.  It was a really cool the centerpiece of the whole place was a floating market.  It's very similar to every other market in Thailand except the wares are sold from boats or little shops that are accessible only by boat.  It was very "Thai" and though the folks trying to sell stuff here were more aggressive than most, it was very fun. 











After the floating market/village I did something I had been excited for ever since I first arrived in Thailand.  Back in Phuket I noticed a flier for the FIFA Futsol World Cup that would be held in Bangkok.  So the night I got back from Cambodia I bought a ticket for the semifinal round.  I had watched several of the games on tv in restaurants.  It was always easy to know when Thailand was playing as there would be crowds of people huddled around every tv in the country.  But it was Italy vs. Spain and Brazil vs. the cinderellas Columbia.  They were pretty dang good.  Though I'm sure my USU championship futsol team could have taken them!  Brazil beat Spain the next day in the final.  It was really fun. 




Unfortunately this was the very last thing I did in Thailand.  The next morning I took the subway, to the sky train, to the airport and flew out of Thailand!  Overall I spent 21 days in Southeast Asia, it took a few days to get over the anxiety of being alone but after that I enjoyed everything I did!

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Rest of Cambodia

For my next day in Cambodia I decided to get away from it all and head out into the country.  I called my tuk tuk driver to pick me up and we went out onto the road on his super fast moped.  Which I rode on the back of for 3+ hours.  That was fun. (here is where I would use my sarcasm font)  The country in Cambodia made me feel like going back in time.  I was very pretty as well.  I saw the quarry where the Khmer cut the stone to build all their temples.  I went on a really cool hike.  I played in some waterfalls.  I saw some more ruins and watched the sunset from a top a temple ruin.  It was a really good time.  I wish I could have spent more time in Cambodia.  It's a pretty cool place.  Next time...

It would periodically start pouring whilst on the moped
The start of my hike.

On the hike.
It felt very Indiana Jones like.

Carvings in the river rock

This is the waterfall I hiked to.


This is the entrance to Banteay Srei.
Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei
Banteay Srei

A fairly nice yet typical Cambodian house.
And another.

Cambodian country restaurant.
Strange rice paddy tractor geared for the road.

Angkor Wat as viewed from Phnom Bakheng.
Sunset crowd on top of Phnom Bakheng.

Sunset from Phnom Bakheng.
That's always good information to have...

On the train out of Cambodia!