Friday, January 24, 2014

Day 13 - Cambodia: 75 Kilometers (46 miles) Bike Ride to Beng Mealea Temple

Today I joined a tour where once again I was the only one on it! I guess everyone else chose tuk tuk or bus transportation to Beng Melea temple, which is 75 kilometres (46 miles) from Siem Reap. I chose to cycle it.

My guide took me on a mini food and culture tour through the backroads outside of Siem Reap.

We first stopped at a small strip in the middle of the road where a woman was squatting by a griddle making Nam Pom, waffles made of rice flour and coconut. The woman next to her was selling rice flour batter-fried bananas. Both gluten-free = Amazing!

Then we stopped at a mushroom farm and saw the different stages of the mushroom growth cycle.

As we biked along, a man climbing palm trees to squeeze the fruit to make palm juice offered me a taste. It can't get much fresher than that!

For 2nd breakfast, we stopped at my guide's self-proclaimed 'best noodles in Cambodia' road-side stand. You receive a bowl of Khmer soup broth and freshly made rice noodles. You then pick from the table things to add, like salt, fresh lime juice, peanut and sugar sauce, fresh herbs, greens, and edible flowers.

Finally, we reached the temple, Beng Mealea. It was similar to the 'Tomb Raider' temple with the strangling fig trees covering the temple, but with less people!

Cambodians believe that menstruating women must NOT go near a mushroom farm or silkworm farm because their smell will stunt the growth.

NEXT STOP: Last day in Cambodia at a floating village.

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