Where's the Water when you want it?

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
Trip End Jan 19, 2007

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

At about 03.30 get woken up by deafening rain and thunder - thought it was sposed to be the dry season!! Alarm goes off at 05.00 and it is still pounding down with rain. We were sposed to be doing sunrise this morning on the Angkor Balloon (a tethered balloon opposite Angkor Wat where the sun would be in the background of it). Rain doesn't stop till just before 08.00 so plan is suspended and we head out with Sari to 'Kbal Spean' - 50km away from SR a carved riverbed in the jungle. There is a pretty steep 1.5km climb up to the river bed and 'waterfall'. I was hoping for a swim in the falls esp since there had been so much rain overnight. I was disappointed! There was virtually no water anywhere. The riverbed did have some nice carvings but we were not as impressed as we thought we might be. After a picnic (marmite baguette and more bananas) we headed back down and wet onto another temple 'Banteay Srei' which was much more impressive.

This temple is made from a pinky coloured stone and the carvings are incredible and very well preserved. The temple is actually quite small but is in great condition and worth the trip.

Back to the main group of temples about 16km away we go to 'Eastern Mebon' (a temple in the middle of a completely dry lake) 'Preah Khan' which is similar to 'Ta Prom' with all the tree roots over the buildings and walls and is pretty huge and very quiet too - another fave of ours. Then back into 'Angkor Thom' and 'Baphuon' which again is very big with lots of buildings and walls covered in carvings - terrace of elephants was nice in particular although most of the 3D trunks have disappeared. Then back to 'Angkor Wat' as we felt we hadn't really done it yet for some photos and we were intending to do the balloon at sunset but, you guessed it, it started to rain again for the next few hours! Oh well - saved us $30 at least.

Hope that was not too dull - felt a bit like a school project referring back to my guide book all the time but felt like it had to be done.

Have our last meal in SR which is not v Cambodian but in fact, Mexican with a couple of carafes of Margaritas which is lovely and feels like we are really spoiling ourselves.
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