Walking up early in the morning certainly
has its advantages. We are the first people to arrive at this temple Banteay Srei. This is one of the temples we’ve been most
excited to visit and we are officially the first ones here. Here we are inside the temple. This happens
to be a Hindu temple and it is dedicated to the God Shiva. Most of the temples of Angkor were commissioned
by powerful Kings but this temple in particular was not. It was commissioned by a Brahman,
which makes it quite unique. Because we came here early we got a VIP tour.
Normally these areas are gated off as you can see by the white perimeter here and the
rope. Look at where we are – Yeah! The advantages of being the first on site
can’t be underestimated. I mean, anything to avoid those package tourists is a good
idea. There are many temples to choose from but
this one in particular Banteay Srei is considered to be the crown jewel of Angkorian art because
it has some of the most exquisite and intricate carvings. This temple is located very far away from
Siem Reap. We had to travel over an hour in a tuk-tuk and I slept most of the way but
I hear it was a very scenic journey. Yes? Along the way we passed a lot of rural villages.
We saw locals out doing various kinds of activities early in the morning – some farming related
and some business. We saw bikes packed to the total brim full of stuff. We saw a lot
of different things and it was just a really cool trip to get out here.