Banteay Srei, Eastern Mebon
4/26/12 - 4/26/12 72 °F
After lunch on day four (I spent most mornings trying to upload pictures to the website - look how well that turned out! I've been back home for a week now and I'm still working on day four), Saren took me to Banteay Srei. I knew it was supposed to be pretty far out, but I had no idea that I'd be riding in a tuk tuk for about an hour and a half! By the time we got to Banteay Srei, the back of my skirt was soaked through. Fortunately, it dried pretty quickly. Banteay Srei is a bit unique among Cambodia's temples because it was the only major temple not built by a monarch. It was also mostly built of sandstone, so it was a good choice of material to showcase such intricate carvings.
Upon getting to the site, the first place I hit was the bathroom (I was still drinking tons of water each day, after having learned my lesson on day one) and then the temple. Even though it's the only thing to see there, it was a bit confusing figuring out which pathway to take to the temple. Normally I wouldn't have worried so much about that since I had plenty of time, but because the pathway was long and mostly unshaded, I didn't want to spend too much time directly under the sun. Fortunately, I found that I had headed in the right direction, so it only took a few minutes to get to the temple site itself.
I probably stayed at the temple for about an hour, then headed back to Saren's tuk tuk and went to Eastern Mebon, which we had passed on the way to Banteay Srei. I wasn't incredibly impressed with Eastern Mebon, but I suppose most of the temples would be a letdown after seeing the beauty of Banteay Srei.
After dinner at a Mexican place in town, I headed straight for the swimming pool at the hotel. I love to swim and only got to take advantage of the pool once. I probably would have tried to swim again on Day 5, but for reasons which will become obvious later, (day six) I didn't. Stay tuned for day five!