February 24th, 2008
This one is just pictures. On a recent Sunday I went with Kath out to Oudong (sp?), a pagoda about 30km North of Phnom Penh. We left in the dark, hoping for some nice sunrise pictures, but found the sky overcast and hazy. The ride there and back was a bit on the thrilling (and ass-numbing) side for me but when I mentioned some of our close calls Kath said “Dahhling, that was nothing. I’ve had much, much closer. We were fine.” Kath, is a brash, outspoken, frank Australian woman who likes men in uniform and to ride a big motorbike. If that gives you an idea.
Oudong is on a random hill poking up out of the surrounding rice paddies. To the east are the lush fields along the Tonle Sap river, to the west are fallow fields, dusty and brown. I believe some of the hilltop structures date from the 15th century and, I was told, it has the largest northward facing Buddha in the country–looking towards China. This could stand to be fact checked.
Anyhow, here are some pics.
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