Many, many temples
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Up early to discover that Carol had been ill during the night too. Must be the hectic pace of the last couple of weeks catching up with us all. How Carol and Diane managed to look round some temples today I'll never know, especially in this heat.
Our first stop was 'Pre Rup,' a pyramid-shaped temple-mountain, with some great views over the surrounding forest. Then it was a half-hour ride through some lovely villages to one of the more remote temples, Banteay Srei. Although fairly small, this Hindu temple has some of the finest stone carvings seen anywhere in the world. Its name means 'Citadel of the Women' and it is believed to have been built by women as the carvings are deemed too delicate for men. They are certainly very beautiful.
Next stop was the Eastern Mebon, a temple built in the 10th century, originally on an islet in the middle of the Eastern Baray - an enormous reservoir measuring 7km by 1.
Enough temples for one day, and back to our guesthouse for some recuperating. We went into Siem Reap for a meal, but no drinks as we are up very early tomorrow for sunrise. Torture.