Friday, December 21, 2007

Bangkok and Siem Reap 

We had an all too brief but lovely stay in Thailand at the Chaophya Park, a hotel recommended by my friend Teck Ky. It was an oasis in bustling Bangkok, we were ensconced on the fifteenth floor with a view of the city. Dinner was an endless buffet of all kinds of fresh food including five types of boiling rice (I tried the red) and greens cooked in a flash. The desserts--I had to have the sliced green guava dipped in rock salt, lemon zest and chillies. Yumm... Bill had the sorbets. Soups, salads with pomegranate dressing, omelets made to order, you name it. Now we are in Cambodia with the hospitable, gentle people bowing and wishing us and charging us in USD because their riels are so inflated we paid 50,000 just for dinner in the Old Market quarters last night--of Amok fish and Cambodian chicken curry with steamed rice. Had to get up at 4:30 AM this morning to watch the sun rise over the Ankgor Wat temple.
It looked just like this photo and took us four hours to walk around and see. It was amazing. Tonight we go to a son et lumiere and special effects show behind the monument. With more food! The Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong was unbelievable with 33 skyscrapers, already lit up with Christmas and New Year's greeting stories high on them, beaming light in spurts from their tops! Incredible. Tomorrow, we go back to Bangkok to change planes and on to Bangalore.

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