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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap » Knar April 9th 2014

March 26th Linda and Pon arrived in Bangkok at 11:30PM, found Maurice about an hour later and finally located Joanne. Joanne, Linda's cousin from Saskatoon was joining us for our Bangkok Cambodia experience, spending a few more days traveling with Rennie, and then coming on to Taiwan to visit us for a week. She was calling this her South East Asian Adventure. The four of us took a cab to the Shangri-La Hotel and checked in. We finally got to bed around 3AM. Next morning, Linda went to register for the EARCOS (East Asia Region Conference of Schools) conference at 7:30 AM, and then was joined by Maurice and Joanne for breakfast. Linda headed to hear the keynote speaker and then attended sessions the rest of the day and Pon left for Phuket. Maurice and Joanne ... read more
The Shangri-La Resort Hotel, Bangkok
Les and Maurice
Just off Khao San Road

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap » Knar November 20th 2013

A spontaneous decision to join a friend on his trip to Cambodia turned out to be one of the best ones I have made in a long time. Siem Reap was the destination and the promise of ancient temples and jungle treks wet my appetite. While these certainly did not disappoint and were unlike anything I had ever seen, I think the highlight of the trip was the people. Friendly, humble and smiling. I left London on a Sunday evening and it was a long flight to Bangkok overnight with a transfer to Siem Reap. I would arrive in the early evening Monday. Part of the excitement of this journey was meeting my travelling companion, L. We have been "penpals" of sorts for over 18 months and this was our first meeting and adventure together. The ... read more
Tuk tuk
Angkor Wat
Bayon

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap » Knar November 10th 2013

Aujourd'hui je vais essayer de faire court... Ça ne va pas être facile je sais, mais qui ne tente rien n'a rien ! Je suis un peu à la bourre dans l'écriture de mes aventures et pour une fois un brun de flemme vient s'ajouter à l'équation ! Il faut dire que j'ai plein d'autre choses passionnante à faire là ou je suis. Je ne vous dévoilerai pas pour autant ma location, pour ça, il faudra attendre quelques jours et mon prochain post ! Hihi, j'essaye de vous faire languir un peu même si je ne suis pas sûr que ça marche :) Deux étapes dans ce blog, la première ressemble fortement à ma dernière : 3 jours de mobylettes, mais avec un changement de décor : « le plateau des bolovènes ». La seconde s'est ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap » Knar May 14th 2013

Hello folks, thanks again for the comments he! hopelijk zijn de replies van Anouk goe doorgekomen ;) Na Hue zijn we met de bus doorgereden naar Hoi An. Dat stadje ligt zon 200km zuidelijker en dat was 4u rijden ;) ofwel kon de bus niet harder, of er was iets anders, maar hij tufte rustig verder, door de bergen, langs de zee, en zo zijn we er toch geraakt. Hoi An is eigenlijk een hotspot voor toeristen, een aaneenschakeling van winkeltjes en restaurants. Overdag zegt het niet veel en het is eigenlijk te warm om in de zon te lopen (je loopt bijna even hard van schaduw tot schaduw als dat je van dak tot dak loopt bij een stortbui, it burns!). Het nadeel van ter plekke te zien naar waar je gaat reizen de volgende ... read more
Hoi An
Hoi An
Hoi An

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap » Knar May 5th 2013

6.5. Ještě jsem se nezmínil o samotném městě Siem Reap, které slouží jako brána do Angkor Vat. Ještě na začátku 20. stol. byl Siem Reap jen shlukem malých vesnic, které přirozeně obklopovaly waty (buddhistické kostely) kolem řeky Siem Reap (provincie, město i řeka mají stejný název.) V roce 1907 navštívilo znovuobjevený Angkor Vat dvě sta turistů během tří měsíců. V současnosti více než dva miliony turistů ročně a jejich počet údajně každoročně stoupá o dvacet procent. Je těžké určit jakékoli hranice m... read more

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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap » Knar May 4th 2013

Lets get the apologies out of the way; apologies for the horrendous font, it was either facebooks font or my iPhone notes apps... and that one is bloody ridiculous and sorry for the huge gap since my last blog. I am alive and I've been having a cracking time. It's been so long since my last blog that I'm going to have to split it in to Asia and Australia. This one is all about the rest of my South East Asia travels. So if you actually have the attention span or the procrastination, grab a coffee or redbull because this is going to be a longen. Worth it though! A lot has happened, including; the Vietcong tunnels, Cambodia- The Killing Fields and Angkor Wat, Dan costing me 500 baht on his birthday, jack appearing and ... read more
Ta Prohm
Sunset on Koh Tao
Diving

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap » Knar March 25th 2013

Day 182 (Fri 8thMarch) (Unfortunately although named Angkor Wat there are no pictures of it itself, just the surrounding temples. Camera is still on holiday there. They will be up when i get it back) I started my first day in Siem Reap deciding what to do. I’d been given a very handy brochure when I checked into my hostel so planned my temple route. I headed out around lunch time. I wasn’t originally going to do the temples today but figured I might as well. I stopped to get some cash on the way and met Dave (Scotland) and Claudia (Germany). We ended up spending the day together cycling around the Outer loop of Angkor World Heritage Historical Park. We took in plenty of temples after a quick lunch break. Preah Khan being the best ... read more
Preah Khan
Preah Khan
Preah Khan

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap » Knar March 15th 2013

Day 175 – 176 (Fri 1st – Sat 2nd March) Phnom Penh I returned to Phnom Penh after recovering from illness and the Cambodian North East. The bus took a mere 11 hours but it passed quite quickly and wasn’t too boring, although the countryside either side of the main highways here is pretty uneventful. There really is not a view. Either fields are burnt, there is little vegetation, when there are trees they are new borns so no big forests yet, and I think most these trees are grown for rubber so won’t grow for long anyways as demand is high. Anyways I got back to Phnom Penh around 6pm and headed back to the hostel I previously stayed at. I got the last bed in the place which was handy as I was tired ... read more
Battambang
Battambang
Battambang

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap » Knar March 13th 2013

After the horrors of S21 and the killing fields, I took a bus trip up to Siem Reap with the aim of visiting the Angkor Wat temples. As the bus got further away from the city, the places we went past got visibly poorer until we got to Siem Reap. Siem Reap is a relatively well off town thanks to the temples. It receives over a million tourists per year, so there are far more job opportunities for the locals. There were the usual tuk tuk drivers trying to sell you everything (marijuana, meth, cocaine, women...and lastly, a simple ride) and beggars, but nevertheless, it was a pleasant town. I spent three days around the temples. There are so many spread over such a large area that 3 days is needed. I hired a tuk tuk ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap » Knar March 13th 2013

After a long but fairly painless Ibis bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, I was greeted at the drop-off point by the Cashew Nut's tuk tuk driver, and promptly taken to the guesthouse. The courtyard area had a tranquil feel to it, and as I entered the dimly-lit reception area, I was handed a wet face towel and a glass of cold water. I was given information regarding the guesthouse rules and excursions, then I was taken to my large air-conditioned room on the second floor. I had a quick wash, sent a few emails and set out to see what Siem Reap had to offer. I found my way to the local market, selling bags, clothes and souvenirs, then headed round to Pub Street for something to eat. I stopped at a little ... read more
Khmer barbecue meats
Khmer barbecue in action!




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