Thursday, October 30th, 2003 – Day 254

Thursday, October 30th, 2003 – Day 254

I bought my ticket to Siem Reap (for Angkor Wat) from Capitol Gesthouse today for four USD. I was surprised as it was one of only 4 seats that were left. As it is a National Holiday this weekend, many are headed up there for a break. Angkor Wat is like Mecca to the Cambodians. They all want to make it there at least once in their lives.

I did very little today. I went to the market and bought a photcopy of the Lonely Planet Guide to Vietnam for 3 USD. I also went to the Tonle Sap lake (10 minute moto drive) to watch Sunset. I vsited a Mosque and the PP Railay Station.

There were fireworks around 8.00pm to celebrate the Kings Birthday. There will be more music and celebrations tomorrow and Saturday. The ciy is quie lively. They have put fairy lights on every available bush and tree in the whole city.

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A temple picture from the street. (30-10-2003)

The Cambodia-Vietnam Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia is often defaced with tar and set ablaze by protestors. The Cambodia-Vietnam Monument, dedicated to the supposedly unbreakable friendship that links the two peoples. Unfortunately not all Cambodians agree with this sentiment, and the monument has been attacked and even set on fire with petrol at times of political tension. Signs of damage are clearly visible to the head of one of the soldiers, though no-one seems to be really sure which soldier is Vietnamese and which Cambodian!

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Vietnam – Cambodia Frienship Monument (30-10-2003)

Designed by Khmer architect Van Molyvann, Independence Monument commermorateds the end of Cambodia’s rule by France in 1953. The naga or snake-motifis one which can be seen in contexts, as a symbol of the country. The distinctive modern Cambodian architectural style of the monument can also be seen at Olympic Stadium and Chatomuk Hall, located near the Royal Palace along the Tonle Sap River.

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Cambodia Independence Monument (30-10-2003)

Tonle Sap is the world’s largest inland freshwater lake. There is a water festival on between the 6th and 11th of November to celebrate it.

Celebrating the reversed current of the Tonle Sap River that connects the Tonle Sap Lake with the Mekong. For most of the year the river flows out from the lake into the Mekong. However, during the rainy season from about June to October the Mekong rises, causing the Tonle Sap River to flow in reverse and the lake to swell to more than twice its regular size. At the end of the rainy season, when the water level of the Mekong drops again, the current reverts and flows back into the Mekong.

The level of the Mekong rises so much at the end of the rainy season that water from this river is forced up into the Tonle Sap Lake some 100 kilometers inland from Phnom Penh. The festival itself has religious elements, but centers around three days of fireworks displays and traditional boat races on the river.

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Penh Tonle Sap lake (30-10-2003)

As my bus was leaving at 7.30am, I had an early night.