The only things in life you regret are the risks you didn’t take. – Unknown
The next day was far more interesting, it was still holidays from school due to the Water Festival. (Jo, time for you to stop reading!).
I went on a motorcycle tour with the guy who had been booking all my tours since I got to Siem Reap. We had a really fun day. First he took me out to the Banteay Srei temple, which is a fair way out of Siem Reap. It was a small temple, and beautiful, but it was somewhat underwhelming compared to other temples I’d seen. I probably wouldn’t recommend it as a must-see. It takes less than 10 minutes to get around the entire complex. It’s referred to as the Lady Temple. The carvings are very intricate though.
Next we ventured further away from Siem Reap and went to a small waterfall named Kbal Spean. That was quite an interesting experience. I read mixed reviews about the difficulty of the walk, but to be honest it wasn’t that hard. There were some parts which were slightly difficult on the rocks where you had to pull yourself up a bit. But it’s fine for anyone under 60, and anyone who is fit over 60.
The waterfall at the top was beautiful with its interesting carvings underneath the water, it was very unique.
Down at the bottom of the waterfall was a handful of people, and a huge array of friendly butterflies. They happily sat on my feet, my hands, and my head.
I had a few pictures in front of the waterfall and watched with longing eyes as people splashed around in the water.
Unfortunately I hadn’t brought bathers/a change of clothes with me. It was a hot day and I’d been sweating all day and the water looked so refreshing. YOLO! (literally that acronym popped into my head) and I went into the waterfall fully dressed. The water was so nice and cool. Then the panic set in as I remembered I was still wearing my watch, and my money pouch was around my waist. Apparently my watch must be waterproof (or I’m just damn lucky), and the money dried in no time with the sun on it. Damn paper money.
So glad I went in the water. I dried in no time walking back through the hot Cambodian weather. Then died even further with the air whipping past me as we rode past various beautiful temples on the motorbike.
This trip was one of my highlights, it was good to get out of the city and enjoy it with a local. We had a few stops, one to get some things tightened – that was a bit nerve racking .. and it only cost 500 riel, which is like 12c. Then we got a hole in the tire, and had to push it past Angkor Wat, where there just happened to be a place on the side of the road fixing tires. A bit of glue and some tape and 50c later we were on our way again!