Day 26: Temples of Angkor

Trip Start Dec 26, 2012
Trip End Jan 29, 2013

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Flag of Cambodia  , Siem Reap,
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Woke up relatively early and downstairs to grab some breakfast at our hostel. We then headed out to try and hire ourselves a tuk-tuk for the day to take us to the various temples around Angkor Wat. It wasn't difficult to find one, as we assumed because on our way to the Main Street we were accosted by about 15 people yelling "tuk-tuk sir..madame". We decided however if they were already that annoying we didn't want them all day! So we walked a bit further and met Andy (his American name) who we bartered with to drive us around today and tomorrow, and off we went.

First we headed to Banteay Srei, an unbelievably detailed temple dedicated to Shiva about 32 kms outside Siem Reap. The temple was incredible and the pictures of its restoration were mind blowing. It was amazing that so many of the detailed carvings had lasted since the second half of the 10th century! The only downside...too many tourists!

We then left to head to Kbal Spean. It is a carved riverbed at the top of 500 m hill. The hike up was extremely hot and Tori started feeling light headed on the 2 km hike up. We made it to the top and rested for a while looking at all the carvings that had last for so many years. As you made your way down the riverbed there was a nice waterfall to cool off in which I went under while Tori cooled her feet off in a little pond, still not feeling well. Once we were a bit cooler we started down breaking regularly. On our way down we stopped at a look out where another couple were sitting, the girl looking ill. We left not really thinking anything of it until we got down about another 100-150 m when we heard yells for help. We both ran back up to them just as the girl gained consciousness. I offered to run to the bottom to send help up and I was off. Tori made her way down slowly like we talked about as she wasn't feeling well and I tried my best to get down and send help up as quickly as I could. I got to the bottom and convinced them to send help, grabbed a fresh bottle of water and headed up to meet Tori. On my way I met an awesome blue and brown lizard and as I stopped for a second Tori rounded the corner and we both got to look at it! We sat in the forest for a while drinking water and relaxing before we headed to the conservation site at the bottom of the hill. But when we got there it was closed.

So we left on our tuk-tuk, Tori feeling ill, on our way to our last stop Ta Prohm. Tori felt a bit better on the drive so we decided we would go check it out. It was incredible. The temple had been taken over by the jungle with massive trees enveloping stone walls. Part of it was restored but many entrances were still filled with debris and other plants. The power of the jungle was amazing to see. This temple was actually used in the filming of Tomb Raider. Tori started feeling sick again so we called it a quits and left them temple also in time so Andy could get to school (he's learning the temples history to become a guide next year).

We headed back to the guest house and arranged for a pick up at 5 am the next morning for sunrise over Angkor Wat. When we got to the guest house Tori still not feeling well took her temp which was slightly high and we began to read. After an hour or so she still was not feeling better and had built up a off to the hospital we went.

A very helpful tuk-tuk driver took us to a 'good' clinic which was a lot cheaper than the hospital we requested. Overall the service was very quick and she was in to see the doctor in about 5 mins. She was in the room about 10-15 mins where they took her temp and discussed how she was feeling. The doctor said he did not believe it was malaria but a throat infection had developed from her cold and if she felt no better tomorrow along with a fever to come back. He gave her 5 different prescriptions (only 2 she is taking, a bunch we thought she need not take, like pills for her cough which he said may make her cough more in the next few days but not to worry). We headed back to the guest house Tori still not feeling well and having not eaten. She was feeling like some pineapple and mango so I headed to find those things, which turned out not to be too hard. I left Tori in the room and went for a quick dinner. When I came back Tori was feeling a bit better with her fever under control. We agreed to not go to see the sunrise tomorrow but spend an extra day in Siem Reap to recover and headed to sleep.
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Mark&brandi on

These pictures are awesome! Hope u feel better tomorrow Tori!

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