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Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor December 1st 2005

Yesterday we hired a car (and driver) for a longer and more remote drive out to BENG MEALEA and BANTEAY SREI. BENG MEALEA is truly the Indiana Jones temple experience - in the middle of the Cambodian jungle it is a complete ruin that has been completely over taken by the jungle. Other then a wooden walkway to get you into the middle of the ruin - you are on your own. Following our driver and a local guide we climbed, scrambled and crawled up, around and into dark passages, piles of stone and trees, roots and jungle vines - fantastic. Returning via BANTEAY SREI a small but exquisitively carved and well preserved HINDU temple.... read more
Banteay Srei

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor November 29th 2005

Well its takem 10 years to come here and the temples are really as fantastic as imagined! Hired Kim Leng our "Remorque- Moto" driver for the day for a quick intro of the many temples of Angkor and around. Off we set early in the morning - befire realising that my camera had no batery No problem we could always rely on Emily's. We proceded past the "Mother of all temples" ANGKOR WAT - we would be returning later - straight through the south gate of ANGKOR THOM with its impressive stone heads and gate tower. We climbed up the BAYON temple with its 216 coldly smiling faces in the early morning sun. Pretty impressive we thought... and this was just the start... Rather than describe everything here you really should visit yourself. Highlights include PREAH ... read more
Monks
Angkor Thom
Gate to Angkor Thom

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor November 22nd 2005

Here are the pictures from the temples of Angor Wat. Its an absolutely amazing place I can’t really say any more more about it than the pictures say for themselves, so here …... read more
Ta Prohm
Reflection of Angkor Wat in one of the ‘royal bathing ponds’ (but no bathing for Royal)
The temples have been heavily looted

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor November 21st 2005

The half marathon started at 6:30am, so I figured if I was up that early I’d get there a few hours before to see the sun rise over the main temple of Angkor Wat. Possibly enhanced by sheer delusion and exhaustion, it was a truly remarkable experience. The run was amazing. I had seen a few Cambodians exercise in Phnom Penh but it was mostly in jeans, a button shirt and black leather sandals briskly walking with intense arm pumping. I guess based on this I assumed that the run would be almost exclusively foreigners, but to my shock at least half the runners were Cambodian. And since the cause was to raise money and awareness for landmine victims there were a group of amputees that participated as well. Which besides making me feel woefully inadequate ... read more
Sunrise
the crowd
The Tiger ran!!

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor November 16th 2005

Howdy all, Today, we're taking an express journey through Vietnam and Cambodia...two very different places and totally different to Smarmore, Bellewstown, Drogheda, Shannonbridge, Ballycumber or Louisburgh...After deciding not to take a 24 hours bus journey from Vientiane (Laos) to Hanoi, we caught a plane instead (not literally)...Imp not messing when I say that Scotch Hall shopping centre in Drogheda is about 10 times bigger than Laos international airport in Vientiane. Security is very lax and we were walking through corridors that we'd have probably done time for if we walked through them in Dublin airport!!!! We booked the tickets at around 10.30 in the morning and flew at about 4 in the evening... Security tightened up a fair bit in Hanoi airport...On arrival you had to walk by some sort of camera which monitored your body ... read more
Blair Witch Donkey
Jenga, Beer and Pringles
Pressure's for tyres !!!

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Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor November 15th 2005

Temples, temples, temples... We have just spent the last 2 days exploring the temples of Angkor. They were fantastic, so worth coming to see. There are actually over 100 temples spread over quite a large area. They are both Buddhist and Hindu so there is a mixture of carving and styles. We obviously only saw a small fraction of what was there. You can't see them all or else you would end up with serious temple burn out! On our first day we visited Angkor Thom which was actually the last city of the Khmer empire. It contains lots of temples including the Bayon. The Bayon is the one which contains all the giant stone heads. It was one of the reasons that I wanted to come to Cambodia and it did not disappoint. It was ... read more
The intrepid travellers!
The Bayon
The Comedy shot

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor November 15th 2005

We have now travelled into Cambodia along what can only be described as the bumpiest road on the planet. It took over 6 hours to go about 100 kms. It was worth it though as Cambodia is amazing. We are currently exploring the temples of Angkor which need to be seen to be believed. There are so many fantastic temples and ruins. It is very hot here and you do start to melt if you stand still in the sun for too long. Everywhere you go there are children trying to sell you things or ask you where you are from. Have to be on the bus at 5am tomorrow to catch sunrise over Angkor Wat!... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor November 14th 2005

Lindsay - We got in to Siam Reap at about four in the afternoon, and after some debate with Visa got him to take us to the "Shadow of Angkor" guesthouse. As recommended in Lonely Planet (as we hadn't got the courage at that point to stray from the guidebook), and as he was waving a sign (with half the other drivers at the station) to take us to! Despite his complaining about how expensive it was and how it didn't have windows, we found the place to be very pleasant and got an air-conditioned room with a nice balcony overlooking the river from where we watched some fireworks as it got dark. We hid and slept for the rest of the afternoon and didn't venture out until the evening for something to eat. The river ... read more
Angkor Wat 2
Bayon Russ
Bayon Russ 2

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor November 9th 2005

Another early morning as we left the guest house at 5am to go to Angkor Wat. After we had crossed the moat & walked down the long raised path, there in front of us through the dark we could just see the outline of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. Hundreds of people has gathered along the path waiting for the sun to rise. The sky got gradually lighter revealing faint wisps of early morning cloud & then finally the ancient temple was fully visible. We walked inside & made our way up to the top level up some really steep steps that appeared even steeper on descending. Bol had a plan to get us round Angkor so that we would meet as few other tourists as possible. This plan seemed to work ... read more
Bayon Faces
Bayon Face
Bayon Relief

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor November 3rd 2005

Yea for old ruin type temples. Yesterday, along with 2000 asian tourists, several hundred europeans and australians, and one creepy slovanian, we explored wats, ta, and bantay. We had a very hot day (of both the temperature and Paris Hilton variety) and hopefully you can see some of the pics here. We grew acustomed to the many children trying to sell us things, "maam maam sir maam, buy my postcard, 10 for a dollar, you come back" It becomes like a strange rythmic chant to accompany the surroundings nicely. Hal left me sitting at angkor because i was too hot to climb to the top, and i got picked up by the creepy slovanian " so you are travelling alone?..." Hal showed up just in time and the creepy slovanian said, "hello, you are big" that ... read more
Angkor Wat




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