We spent the last days of our time in Cambodia in Battambang (pronounced roughly: bat-dam-bong) which translates to “loss of stick”. The name comes from an intricate, regional story involving the fellow in the picture above, rice that turned black, and a misplaced stick. We learned of the tale from a tuk tuk driver we spent a whirlwind day with who showed us all around the area and did a great job helping us understand what we were seeing. We spent the whole day seeing all of the kinds of things a person goes traveling to see.
If you have ever dreamed of exploring the exotic places of the world or having adventures in the manner of Indiana Jones, the temples near Siem Reap Cambodia are a must-see! The temples were built between the 9th and 13th centuries by the kings of the Khmer Empire. The most famous is Angkor Wat, pictured here, whose outline graces the Cambodian flag. Amber and I spent one whole day exploring just five of the one thousand possible sights to see in the area.
We caught an in-country flight from Hanoi down to the city, formally known as Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City. It was an evening trip and we were headed just about due south so we were able to watch the sunset right off our right-wing – beautiful! We only spent a few days in the city before catching our bus to Phnom Penh but we were able to see a few sites. Our walking tour took us past the French built city hall which now stands as the backdrop for this statue of the city’s namesake striking a very familiar pose.