Siem Reap to Krong Kampong Cham
2.24.20 - 2.24.20 95 °F
The main order of business today was traveling the 300km from Siem Reap to Krong Kampong Cham to board the AMADara on the Mekong River. The trip took about 5 hours, and we made two potty stops along the way. AMA provided a snack box to tide us over until we had a light lunch upon boarding at about 2:00pm. We traveled through many small villages and dried rice paddies which will come to life when the rains start in the spring.
After lunch we had a short break and then headed off for our first Mekong excursion, a visit to Twin Mountains. Phnom Srei and Phnom Pros translate into Man Hill and Women Hill respectively. Long time ago, there was a Queen called “Srey Ayuthia”, who had reign Khmer Kingdom. There was no one asking her to get marriage, because she was as the King. But many years later, she decided to ask for a man in order to marry her. Then all the women in the Kingdom stated to follow their Queen. They started to ask man to marry them, which was contrast to traditional norm that men were the one who ask women to marry. However, it was unfortunate for the ugly women as they were rejected by all men. (This is from a Cambodian web site - hence the somewhat different English!)