01.03.2013 - 01.03.2013
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Our tuk tuk driver, Andy, from yesterday picked us up nice and early at 7am to go and see the temples on the outer circuit of the temple complex. We didn't want to spoil it for ourselves by going to see Angkor Wat on day one!
The temples we visited today were:
- Preah Khan: meaning 'Sacred Sword' this is one of the largest complexes at Angkor.
- Neak Poan: a temple surrounded by four pools representing the elements water, earth, fire and wind.
- Ta Som: built at the end of the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII who dedicated it to his father.
- East Mebon: stands on what was an artificial island at the centre of the now dry East Baray reservoir.
- Banteay Kdei: a Buddhist temple, it's name meaning "A Citadel of Chambers".
- Prasat Kravan: a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu.
By the last temple, we were ready to head back to the hostel. This might sound bad but the midday heat was stiffling and all the temples were starting to blur into one! So we called it a day and retreated to our lovely air conditioned room!
Randomly, we were both craving some Indian food this evening so headed to a local curry house. From our time spent in India, we know exactly how to order an amazing meal. And it didn't disappoint! Palak paneer, butter chicken, garlic naan, etc... Oh Indian food, how we had missed you!