The Tomb Raider Falls

The Tomb Raider Falls

flashback: daniel craig (aka james bond) chasing angelina jolie (aka lara croft) in the 2001 movie tomb raider, lara runs from the ta phrom temple and mysteriously ends up at this falls were daniel points a gun at her ... lara says, "are you gonna shoot me alex" then plunges down to what will now be forever known as ...

the tomb raider falls which is actually i think mount kulen falls or what not, not as popular as the angkor wat as i have stumbled upon this via a sleazy site with a decent member, yes that could happen hihih so anywho on our 3rd or 4th day at siem reap we asked our dear taxi driver slash tour guide mr. charlie about the whereabouts of the tomb raider falls over dinner at one of those local khmer restaurant were only the locals eat, ahh snap forgot the name, but they have large geckos, groovy .. besides the point thanks to my ever so wonderful canadian travel buddy, he managed to put down the price on a day trip to the falls so tomorrow off we go,

quite a long but pleasant drive, i dont know 2 hours, to the foot of the mountain, greeted with red earth and a lady seemingly chanting some prayers and we are to give some kind of offering, handed a crisp US$ bill as here in siem reap they use US$ mainly, dont ask me ... moving on ...

a sorta checkpoint to pay the entrance fee if i remember correctly as a new car arrives and follow suite, i went out stretched a bit took some pictures of this lovely red soil, is it clay? is that a cute korean or chinese guy with his girlfriend looking at me with the same isnt this place something? only that i wasnt thinking the same?

oh yes after the pleasantries that mr. charlie and the band of brothers shared at the checkpoint we continued, stop midway at the zig zag road up to take some photos, my gawsh more red earth, how lovely!

continue cruising, the foliage thickens, rocks of gigantic proportions emergences from the side of the red earth, just soo breath taking the combination of thick trees and enormous rock formations which as charlie said were used to build some of the elaborate angkor temples such as banteay srei or the citadel of women/beauty (hence me - ok thats a different diary entry), which makes sense judging by the texture but how on earth did people carry these rocks downhill ... aww the poor elephant i wonder hows our dumbo in phuket (ok thats a different story again);

so moving on, as we cautiously drive the unpaved soil we stopped and to the right, wow a monk, full costume with a staff even, charlie said we have to give an offer, quite willingly my canadian bud gave a dollar and took his photo while the monk mumbles some prayer or gratitude, just lovely wow a monk in the middle of the forest ... and oh we stopped again, theres a second one ... still cute ... so we go on, and a 3rd one, so i decided to try giving out the offering as i put a dollar bill in his wooden basket thingy and charlie instructing to pray or something, i tried to be solemn- to remember how i felt when i first wore my technomarine watch, and the monk uttered some prayers, very indistinct and calming, so mystical, i love it, though the picture came out as im petrified im just overwhelmingly amazed - probably didnt lock my best profile ...

oh well moving on, we parked at a sort of marketplace from the looks of it, and greeted by some local kids, walking about and oh theres the korean slash chinese cutey, oh yes its a beautiful day ...

the market place was interesting as trades are show in huts kinda thing as you walk straight you see the path that leads to ... the temple, steps adorned with elephants on each side and some animals etc ... there were two sections and i bought some pink flowers to offer the monks and pray, so my turn first, light some incense, offered the flowers sit in front of the monk and pray as mr. charlie directs me, ohh soo cute then the next one would be the canadian fellow, time to hold his big arse d90 and take pics of himself doing the ritual ..

oh yea we have to take our shoes off (tip tip tip), so then up a flight of stairs to the reclining budha, its big! and the eyes were originally diamonds as mentioned by charlie but some people stole it and was replaced by some precious stones, the view outside the buddha chmaber was amazing, you can see the vast expanse of forestry on that side of town, now going down to the jungle ...

exploring the forest we see some exotic trades such as animal skins, fangs, snake skin, frog skin and what not, there are certain interesting spots in the forest trail well stationed by buddhas as well, in one spot theres a sorta rock formation where a buddha is supposed to be etched true enough when we took a photo and examine it, voila its there ...

this jungle have some really massive like massive rocks! and whats cool are the elephant head marks in them like it were attacked by elephants or something, it was fun trudging the forest, checking out a water station which hmmm i believe is meant to do something magical or miraculous and adjacent to that is a snake shrine kinda thing were monks can exercise their skills to summon ... TO BE CONTINUED its already 1:30 AM