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Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor February 20th 2006

The magnificence of Angkor infuses us with effervescent wonder. As Helios - that fiery spheroid of gaseous beauty - pokes his halo-esque crown of light and heat above the far distant mountains of Kdang Beart Sras Sang Rinong-Pu...oops! Sorry Richard! Better start that again. In which The Busters drink cheap beer and souvenir whore for the last time Today is the last full day The Busters have together and Angkor Wat awaits our perusal. We intend to head out to the temple at about 2.00pm so we can spend the afternoon exploring and watch the sun set. Tez decides to start the day with an extended toilet break followed by a mid morning kip so Joe and I head off into town with 1990. We visit the town's Old Market and stumble onto a huge butchery ... read more
10.30am. Preparing for our visit to Angkor Wat
Busters head in.
Getting closer.

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor February 18th 2006

We arrived in Siem Reap on the afternoon of February 14th after a bus change in the middle of the highway with an opposing bus- seems strange but the system works! Upon arrival 20 or so tuk-tuk drivers swarmed our bus and one was holding a name card: Brakes Charlong and Rebecca Francis. Brakes??!! haha and how'd they get our names? We later learned that they took our names from our guesthouse registry (also where we bought our bus tickets) and phoned them to the guy there. the good news is that our tuk-tuk ride was free and he took us to a couple before we found one we liked at a reasonable price. He gets a cut of what we pay so it worked out for everyone. It is a funny feeling though to show ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor February 17th 2006

Heyho! Thought I'd treat you to a small entry this time to make up for the last few Bible-like epics! Oh and yes, photos are back!!! Bought myself a handy little chip USB reader, so will sort out a couple of photos blogs of best-ofs soon. First I'd like to announce some really sad news though. Absolutely tragic, I cried for ages. I missed the Bamboo Organ Festival by a few days. I know, I was gutted too! But fear not, I went anyway, and some lady there rushed few a couple of pieces for me. Although it looked quite smart, being made out of, err, bamboo (not marble this time hun), it basically just sounded ilke your standard reed pipe organ (-that's it Simon, make it sound like you know what you're talking about-), MIDI ... read more
Bookshop
Bangkok chinatown
Speaks for itself...

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor February 16th 2006

We have spent a week in Cambodia and loved it. The people here are just so lovely and friendly. The country is much cleaner than Vietnam which just had litter everywhere. Spent 2 days in the Capital, Phenom Penn. We hired tuk tuks who took us to the Khymer Rouge prison ( or tortue rooms) and the killing fields. Just horrific. Didnt take any photos as didnt seem right. We saw the monument of the dead which actually houses the skulls and bones dug up from the mass graves. You cant really explain the place in words. I dont think we spoke while we were there! After we went to the Royal Palace which is very grand. A real contrast to the extremely poor city. We then moved up to Siem Reap where we have spent ... read more
Bayron Temple
Lots of monks!
More monks

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor February 13th 2006

I was glad to leave Bangkok after a few days and see pastures new. Caught the early morning bus from Bangkok which took us to the border, where we stood around in the scorching heat passing through various checkpoints. Once over the boarder we were shuttled to another bus and piled aboard, our luggage piled high in the aisle. Within half an hour of boarding the Cambodian bus we broke down, due to overheating, a new fan belt was sent for. The journey from Bangkok to Siam Reap was due to take about 12 hours, an ETA time of 8pm. By the time we stopped for some food it was already 11pm. Next we got a flat tire, and guess what, no spare. Cars were sent for from Siam Reap as we waited around in the ... read more
Breakdown
Crocs!
Siam Reap

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Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor February 12th 2006

I am not sure what we expected from Cambodia. The French influence is very clear (well you would have to be stupid to miss it when the women almost beat you with Baguettes until you relent and buy one). Having left a paradise island to stepping into (literally) open sewers, dirty roads and begging children gave Lara "culture shock" for the first time since we have left. It was short lived but it took a couple of hours for us to get used to our new "home". Siem Reap is actually all about Angkor and the temples. The town is very run down with little to see or do other than the bars. There is a small strip which has been turned into a mini Khao San Road with loud western music blaring from every door ... read more
The majestic Angkor Wat
The Majestic Angkor Wat
Inside Angkor Wat

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor February 10th 2006

It's Friday, February 10 and there is a lot to share about my last two days in Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor. I've seen some amazing temples and had a few insightful and interesting conversations with foreigners and locals alike. What are the temples of Angkor? As a brief background, the temples of Angkor are a group of temples built from the 9th to 12th centuries by the Khmers. Angkor was the capital city of the Khmer Empire, the strongest empire in southeast Asia for hundreds of years. At its peak, Angkor is believed to have had a population of 1 million people. In 1431, the Thais partially destroyed Angkor and the Khmer court relocated to Phnom Penh. The temples were left to the elements and became overgrown by jungle. In the 16th century, ... read more
Ta Phrom
Nak
Bayon temple

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor February 10th 2006

Well we just finished off two days exploring the Temples of Angkor, and its pretty cool...you know except for the constant begging and the landmine victims..besides that its a pretty happy place...today we are going to the landmine victim museum and maybe visit a school here…here are some highlights of the last couple days… Temples: Well the temples are really cool, and there are lots of them, in two days we visited about 11... we now have a ton of pictures and video of temples that we will never ever look atagain….so the temples are big and really amazing.. at one temple complex they was 3000 monks and nuns hanging out. swimming, cleaning..smoking..very weird…found out it was a once a year festival attended by monks from all over Cambodia…they called it Monk-a-pa-looza….it was really cool ... read more
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ankorsunrise
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor February 9th 2006

In which The Busters continue to absorb Cambodian culture... Tez has decided to skip a day of temple exploration and, instead, take a little "me" time and get a two hour massage. Over breakfast he encourages us to join him but the thought that I might catch even a glimpse of Joe or Tez's ageing, naked bodies is more than mortal man was made to endure. Joe is naturally embarrassed about his once rock hard triathlete's body having changed into the soft, white, chubby thing it is today, so he chooses to skip the massage as well. First, though, we get 1990 to drive us into town so we can change money at the bank. Tez is drawn to the Boom Boom Music Room where you can buy cheap songs for your Ipod. These guys actually ... read more
A tree grows in Bantaey Kdei.
Drink break near the royal pool.
The spirit of Cambodia.

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor February 8th 2006

Just outside of Siem Reap you have the largest religious buildings in the world set over a massive 27km, There are numerous temples running into the dozens but the we decided to concentrate on seeing just four one which featured in the Tomb Raider film. Well words can't really do the place justice not having been to the Pyramids in Egypt I can only guess and say for this scale of temple it must be well on par with them easily the scale is huge and the detail in the reliefs are amazing. I will let my pictures do the talking but needless to say it is a breathtaking site to visit that does blow you away. The next we visited the landmine museum which was fascinating in such a stark contrast that so many people ... read more
Inner Temple
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat




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