I arrived to Banan temple hill on a motorbike around mid-day when it was exceptionally hot. There is a $3 entrance fee to help maintain the temple (gladly paid). The long steps up to the top of the temple are beautiful. A Naga statue lines the bottom and top of the stairs, and its snake-scaled back makes up the bannister. As I climbed up the steps a young girl and boy joke-raced me and fanned me to help cool me down. We laughed and played until we got to the top and the little boy even showed me what he said were the "best spots." The view wasn't as spectacular as people had told me because there were a large amount of trees blocking the view, but it was still definitely worth the drive and climb to get here. I handed the boy and girl the equivalent of $0.25 each and they were more than ecstatic. To be honest, I'm not sure if these kids were on break because it was a weekend, or if they were taken out of school by their parents to make money at the temple. My suggestion would be to only give money to the kids on the weekends, and if you see them during the week don't as it encourages child hawking rather than education.
Just don't forget to head into the cave before you leave!
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