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Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor September 14th 2005

When the bus finally pulled out of Phenom Penh I was lulled back to sleep with the itunes blaring. 6 hours later we opened our doors within the French stylized streets and moto drivers with hotel pamphlets shoved in our faces. Battambang! It sounds best if you yell it out loudly, I promise!! Having chosen the hotel just a few moments earlier made the transport choice so much easier. Within moments we were whisked away and settled in our rooms. I joined fellow Brits Oz and Emma for a bite to eat before beginning the tour of the town. Why I ordered Thai food in Cambodia is a bit silly I know, but tom yum soup has become a top ten favourite for me. And accompanied by the grape shake certainly gave the previous watermelon shakes ... read more
Statue 2
Statue 3
Cookin up a storm

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor August 27th 2005

Als erstes: die Stadt Siem Reap und die Umgebung ist von Touristen ueberfuellt und es bleibt einem nichts anders uebrig als mit der Masse zu gehen. Zumindest ist man selten bei der Erkundung eines Tempels alleine, vor allem bei den Sonnenauf und untergaengen. Am ersten Tag habe ich versucht mich ein wenig von der Masse abzusondern und mir auf einer Radtour die meisten Tempel angeschaut: prachtvolle Bauwerde, die mehrere hundert quadratkilometer Land in Anspruch nehmen. An die weiter entfernten Tempel hat mich heute mein Mopedfahrer hingefuehrt. Dafuer sind einige davon fast menschenleer und man hat das Ding fuer sich alleine: herrlich! Gibt es eigentlich eine Methode um nicht dauernd hunderte von Kindern im Schlepptau zu haben? Ich glaube morgen werde ich es mal mit ner Tuete Bonbons versuchen. Ansonsten ist es schon komisch wenn man aus ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor August 24th 2005

Ok so backing up a few days, I left Ko Tao on my 4th day of being there on a 1 1/2 hr boat ride to Koh Pagn Yan which is where they have these super sick ass beach parties (Full Moon Parties).So many types of music that yoou can just walk down the beach and find what you want and dance or start to chill out.Sorry no pics as they warn not to bring Anything for fear of losing it.The amount of drinks People have is insane. 2 small buckets and I was done for the night,but a long night for sure it was (later on that story k) Got up the next day around 10 or so went to go look for my shoe and surong which were either washed out to sea or ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor August 22nd 2005

Pics from Seim Reip - Angkor Temples I know I should have arrived earlier to the temples to avoid the crowds and not having so many package-tourists in these pics, but, hey I was on vacation and for the first time in many days I had AC, so I slept in every day while in Seim Reip, any problem with that?... read more
TEMPLES OF ANGKOR
TEMPLES OF ANGKOR
TEMPLES OF ANGKOR

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor July 26th 2005

(Note: this is a back-dated entry, we are now in Phuket) Before arriving in Siem Reap, we were beginning to think that some travellers talk a lot of rubbish- we had been told exaggerated accounts of many things in Vietnam, and having spent a few days in Cambodia we could see that the same had happened here. Though there were some people begging and some people trying to sell us things we didn't want, nothing had been as bad as some other travellers had made out- until we arrived on a public bus to Siem Reap! If what we had been told were true, then every journey we made in Vietnam and Cambodia would have ended like this one. This was the only time we experienced this... The moment we pulled into the bus station a ... read more
Temples...
Temples...
Temples...

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Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor July 25th 2005

It's been ages since I took a "real" traveller's bus ride. Somehow buses with air-conditioning and TV, while very nice, just don't give you the same experience! The last few days, we have been in Cambodia. We started out from Bangkok at 7am on a lovely big air-conditioned bus with about fifty other backpackers and spent our time watching a terrible B-rate movie and watching the countryside scenery fly by. After passing through the border to Cambodia, however, things all got very different. After waiting for over three hours to be called to our mini-bus, it was finally our turn. We threw our backpacks through the back window and clambered on and was soon on the road, much to the consternation of the group before us who were still sat on the driveway with a dozen ... read more
Bumpy Bus Ride!
Village Life
Fun on the River

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor July 21st 2005

ok.. well i have been a little slack again and not been updating my travel blog.. must just be too busy!. i am now in Alacante on the coast of Spain but will try and briefly update all on the places visited in the previous 2 months... so expect a few e mail alerts.. delete all of them but the last one and read through them if your interested... After two months in the city of Phnom Penh and not really heading out of it, i decided a trip to the temples of Angkor was in order.. i travelled with a couple of danish friends Soren and Frede, (who were researching gibbons at Phnom Tamao Zoo - where i was also doing some work) by bus to Siem Reap which was a great way of seeing ... read more
Bayon
Angkor Thom
Angkor Wat

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor July 21st 2005

Joom-reap-leah Cambodia!!! (Goodbye Cambodia) Well, this will be our last email since we are finally back from Southeast Asia. And I promise to keep this relatively short... So many people have asked.... 24 days straight, spent together in a foreign continent. Did we fight at all? Actually, Teresa and I did get into one fight. It was in Thailand... if you want to see what happened, click here: http://storage.calgrads.com/temp/sagat_stage.jpg We must say it feels damn good to be back in the good ol' U.S. of A. Wow, we certainly appreciate some simple things here in this country: air conditioning, clean running water, traffic lights, and burritos. Yes, I said burritos. While asia has a great variety of food (you know, pigs feet, chicken feet, and ox feet), the one thing we craved most was Mexican food! ... read more
angkor at sunrise
caught!
tomb raider

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor July 19th 2005

About an hour ago (circa 6:30 am) six of us returned from our morning excursion to THE Angkor Wat...I think in my haste, and sleep deprivation two days ago, I failed to adequately explain the Temples of Angkor. Angkor, was the former capital of southeast Asia...similar to perhaps Rome. Between the 9th and 14th centuries A.D. Angkor, in the area now known as Siem Reap (the name Siem Reap means Siam defeated, thus they defeated a Thai invastion) was the epicenter for much of southeast Asia. So there were approximately 100 or so temples at one time...and we are just seeing some of the highlights. ***** After a hiatus from this morning I am back at the computer while the others are resting. Presently it is raining, which is to be expected since this is the ... read more
Angkor Wat at Sunrise (2)
Palm Fruit
Group at the Tomb Raider Temple

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor June 28th 2005

Well, it's been a really long long while since we updated you all with our story, but we thought it's time to do so again. In the last blog, we were dying in delhi, slightly fed up of the whole heat, travel, tout thing, possibly a bit homesick... all in all, we didn't really leave India feeling like victorious conquerors because we knew that we hadn't really seen much at all! But that was the past. Angkor Wat was the future! A few years ago, we had been to Thailand, and had intended to go over to Angkor.. Angkor had always been a fascination of mine ever since I read about it in a Readers' Digest article at age 8. But - when we were in Thailand, we made one of those hasty last-minute decisions and ... read more
Tomb Raider eat your heart out
Another temple shot
Bayon




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