Cave Exploring in Cambodia

Trip Start Jan 27, 2008
Trip End Apr 10, 2008

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Today was a day trip to some caves located just 15 miles or so outside of Kampot. Everyone of these trips start out the same way...on a moto and a dirt road that looks like it's going nowhere. What seems like out in the middle of nowhere are these beautiful Wats (temples) all colorfully painted and adorned. Also great scenes of palm trees, grass huts, and cattle grazing. The limestone caves we were going to see, date back millions of years. There are formation of crocodiles, elephants and an eagle in the green limestone formations. I was really excited to check out a brick temple within the cave that dates back to the Funan period. There were about 30 kids as we pulled up close to the entrance. For a small fee the small kids would take us further within the caves. They kept yelling "you decide!you decide!" we only need one kid but about 6 of them came along. They love to practice their English. They would repeat whatever I said when crawling through the caves. We stopped lots of times just to laugh! There was an old man about 90 that led us to the temple. He climbed the steep stairs quicker than I did and he was not even out of breath! The temple itself has a stalactite emerging through the roof. The formations and growth are believed to be sacred. We gave offerings and he blessed us with a prayer as we knelt before the brick temple. The shafts of sunlight from above were changing as he prayed and I felt as if I was in another world! Now it was the kids turn to take us as far as we wanted to go. This place was really amazing! No ropes to stop you from touching or climbing anywhere you wanted to go. We were led by candle light to some tubular bells that were formed by stalactites. Running a rock back and forth on them made notes that echoed around the chambers. Deep within the hill were mica deposits that made the cave sparkle like silver and gold. We spent about 3hrs. exploring the passageways and crawl spaces within this cool underground world.
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dereksmama on

What pictures! You are really finding it all. It also makes a person want to learn more about it. Thanks for opening my eyes.

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