After the memorable visit to the Angkor Silk Farm and learning all about how silk comes about, we head next to The Western Baray which is also known as The West Baray, a 7.8 by 2.1 km reservoir located just west of the walled city of Angkor Thom. The reservoir was excavated by hand where huge dykes were build up around the edges, to provide water for the intensive cultivation of lands around Angkor. In the centre of the reservoir lies the ruin of Western Mebon temple, a Hindu temple build on an artificial island where giant bronze statue of Vishnu which is now housed in the National Museum in Phnom Penh was found.
The place is very clam and beautiful despite it was a hot and sunny day when we were there. Around the area, there were some local fruits and food made available for sale.
Western Baray (បារាយណ៍ទឹកថ្លា, Baray Teuk Thla)
We then head off for a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant, Tropical Restaurant.
After lunch, we head back to the hotel to rest as we were running low on energy, the result of the super early morning flight.
Our next destination, Cambodia Cultural Village (ភូមិវប្បធម៏កម្ពុជា) where we took a tour of miniatures famous historical buildings and structures, local customs and practices of all races.
In the Cultural Village, there were a total of 10 unique villages representing different cultural heritages and characteristics of the 19 ethnic residing in Cambodia.
Started our tour of the Cultural Village with a tour around the mini Museum.
We then witness the Cambodia Wedding Ceremony
Next… we managed to see an interesting Chinese Cultural Show where we saw Lion Dance, Fire Show and few other cultural dance.
The Lion Dance
The Cultural Dance
We truly enjoyed the spectacular fire show.
Choosing Fiance Show by one of the minorities
Unfortunately, due to the limitation of time, we only managed to enjoy Chinese Cultural Show, a traditional Cambodian Wedding Ceremony and performance by one of the ethnic minorities, “Choose Fiance Show” before ending our visit to Cambodia Cultural Village.