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Cambodia

Wats Enchanting of Siem Reap

We have been in Siem Reap for over a week.  We have spent three days visiting the temples (wats) and two days visiting a village called Treak and the rainbow orphanage.   We also attended a few meditation classes and a yoga class.

There are many temples and even the small ones are enchanting.  Here are the top temples we enjoyed the most:

The Roluos Group (late 9th century C.E.) – Bankong , Preah Ko, and Lolei

Temples of Angkor- (10th- 13th century C.E)- Angkor Thorm, Angkor Wat (saw this one for sunrise- amazing), Bayon, Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider-Lara Croft), Banteay Kdei, and watched the sunset at Phnom Bakheng.

Here are some pictures of our past week.

Lasting memories from Phnom Penh

It is hard to put into words our experience in Phnom Penh.  We were there for only two days but moved by its history.  In those two days we visited S-21, the killing fields, shot guns, and practiced yoga at NataRaj yoga.

There was a devastating genocide which occurred only 30 years ago.  Over 2 million Khmer people were killed.  Many were tortured at S-21 for 3- 6 months only to be inhumanly killed and thrown into mass graves.  Mothers, infants, brothers, sisters, fathers, whole families were killed.  The trauma can still be seen on the faces of Cambodians today.  (more…)