Today was the last day of the temple tour, the last two stops were located 50km from Siem Reap. The drive over was beautiful, giving a better glimpse of how the locals live. It wasn’t easy to take pictures from a speeding tuktuk, but I managed to get some good ones!
First stop was at Banteay Srei, also known as lady temple. The temple is dedicated to the hindu god Shiva, it is said that the temple is carved by women as the carving is to fine for the hand of a man.
The last stop of my temple tour was Kbal Spean, the waterfall with carvings. I thought this was a regular temple with a waterfall, and was not at all prepared for the long hike up, wearing birkins and all. Not recommended for hiking I must say. 1500 meters up through the jungle. Right after I showed my ticket, there was a sign showing that in this national park area, there are huntsman spiders. Ooh how fun.. Having phobia of spiders, this was really a jolly good start. I thought 1500 meters was no biggie, but boy was I wrong. It was so friggin hot, and the sweat just kept pouring down my face. Haha I’m glad there weren’t anyone there to impress, because being drenched in sweat doesn’t send much a sexy signal to the opposite sex, if you know what I mean.
All the temples of this magnificent city left me feeling like I was in some far off distant land. Now it’s time to pack my backpack once again, and get ready for some days in Battambang to experience a little French colonial history in this beautiful asian country.