Saturday, February 14, 2009
It was amazing being in such an economy where professionally cute children could earn an adult's daily wage (a few US dollars) from a sympathetic tourist. Where we could hire a personal car and driver for less than the price of a rental car anywhere else.
We got to play Indiana Jones, exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat. Especially when we got our driver to take us off the beaten path, to Beng Melea, which unlike the main temples has been unrestored. This was where they filmed Tomb Raider, and we had the entire complex, whose proud walls were being digested by the forest, mostly to ourselves. The ruins with the collapsed walkways and mountains of rubble and giant roots were difficult to navigate, but the abundant and friendly local guides were eager to show us the way, though R- and I enjoyed the process of getting lost amidst the ruins as well.
Posted by Ben Ho at 10:10 PM