In the afternoon we visited yet another amazing World Heritage site, a stunning temple complex with a completely different architectural flavor. It is an active monastery as well as a huge tourist site.
On the way in we were taken into a small home where people were making rice cakes, first steaming the rice in a basket over an open wood fire. They then make them into round cakes and drying them in the sun. Last of all they deep fry them (I know, right!!). Delicious!
Inside the temple complex we admired the beautiful mosaic walls, black and gold painted murals, and many-headed dragons.
Finally we got to do a little shopping. Daniella and I left the group for the evening to meet our French friends, Marilene and Nicola who are vacationing here. We walked the length if the Night Market and back again, then had a lovely dinner at the 3 Nagas restaurant.
One last adventure to top off the day. We hired a tuk tuk to get back to our hotel, which is a bit outside the city. He plunged off into the dark night and we soon realized that we were going the wrong way - in fact going way out into the countryside along the river. We got scared. Nobody knew where we were and we had only the name if our hotel. We protested, he turned around and took us to the wrong hotel with a similar name. We protested some more. He asked for directions (!) and at about 10 pm we got safely back to our room. Phew!
Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone