Colourful, full of activity, a place to head to for llama hair jumpers to keep the chill off at night and a must for the photographer. Buses can be taken from the city of Latacunga (nr park national cotapaxi) – set out early though the locals all head for this market as well.
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If the King’s Palace in Cambodia is all too formal/expensive for you I have an alternative that is close by and does not cost a cent. Walk up the road with the Palace walls to your left. A couple of streets up on the right is a very old temple.
Gateway to temple complex
Everything here is crumbling but of course this adds to the ambience.
There were no mangy dogs and the monks are happy for you to look around.
There are some interesting statues in the grounds – not sure what is going on here!
Loved this statue
It really pays to screw your courage to the sticking post and have a wander off the beaten track – this is what you could find. Amazing stuff. And of course you can have a well-earned drink at the Foreign Correspondents Club just down the road.
Back to our trip along the Mekong. Our host was a funny lady and cracked jokes all along the way – she was also a bit handy with the bamboo and made many different things out of the strips by plaiting them together Rings with a stone, bracelets, flowers with hanging crickets from the end – very talented.
The riverside is a fascinating place and we saw all sorts of businesses plying their trade to the boat people – including a dexlux coffin making shop!
Next stop on our river trip – the Klongs of the Mekong
A great base for exploring the floating markets of the Mekong and the backwaters of the Klongs. The town has a bustling market that sells just about everything one could need for your DIY enthusiast and the food night market based along the riverside makes for good dining at affordable prices. As soon as we arrived someone was giving us the hard sell for the markets and eventually we negotiated a price that everyone was happy with. We opted for the longer tour and I’m glad we did as we saw a lot more than the shorter 2 hour trip offered. First we visited Cai Rang market before heading onto Phong Dien Market. We then went around the back of the Klongs to see village life which included a walk, a visit to a paper rice cottage industry and a family breeding pythons for money. There were the two of us in the boat and we only saw a handful…
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