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Published: March 17th 2010
I once again had a shitty night sleep and our tuk tuk driver wanted to take us out to temple called Banteay srei which had the most preserved and detailed carvings but was also small and very busy. It was a long way out and so we agreed on $25USD for the day and we put it in writing this time. It took 45min to get out to the temple and only 20min to walk through. It was another half hour drive by tuk tuk to get to a waterfall located in the National park which has a 1.5km walk up the hill, it has carving’s engraved on the rock face with a waterfall beside it. It was alright to look at but by this time I was feeling quiet flat and didn’t understand why I couldn’t function or think straight. Nature unexpectedly called on the way back down and with a feeling of urgency about the whole thing it was the first evidence of what was about to set in for the next 3-4 days. I just made it down the hill until I had to go to the toilet again and only just made it. Our next stop was
a few smaller temples but with now energy and the feeling of sickness creeping up we both decided to see Angkor Wat just encase I couldn’t go on our last valid day of our ticket tomorrow. Jacinta started to feel flat with no energy and it was a good decision to see Angkor before we both couldn’t.
First impressions of Angkor were unbelievably huge and it was hard to believe that a civilisation could build such a massive structure that many years ago. You cannot possibly be prepared for how big the grounds were and the structures that accompanied it. It’s set out in a square with a moat surrounding the grounds. The rest of the main building has a story carved in sandstone around the four sides of the walls. The carved walls were around 100m long and 3m high each of the four walls were packed with action telling stories of war, battles and offerings to kings and gods. We were feeling that bad that we were going to call it a day half way through but we pushed on and made our way through the herds of tourist. We ended up just making it up the very
top of Angkor towers before it closed at 5:00pm and it was worth the half hour line up. I was getting to the stage where I had to go to the toilet really bad and we made our way back to the Guesthouse just in time. The toilet is pretty much where I stayed for the next 2 days and Jacinta followed suit the day after. Even though our stomachs felt fine our bowels just didn’t want anything in them. We both couldn’t drink enough water to replace the moisture lost and became very dehydrated.
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