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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap April 17th 2014

verzeiht bitte die verspätung…aber nach sieben wochen hat mich asien doch noch vergiftet! das lächerliche daran: ich habe den ganzen gestrigen tag nur westliches essen gegessen…obwohl meine vermutung ist, dass mich das morgendliche thunfisch sandwich in der french bakery in saigon meine magen-immunität gekostet hat! am flughafen hab ich noch an markus' burgerking fries geknappert und nach zwei glorreichen stückchen guter alter rittersport schokolade zu mittag hat mich das unglück ereilt. schön, dass ich so einen liebevollen mann habe, der sämtliche einreise-formulare für mich ausgefüllt und ein tuktuk zum hotel, golden mango inn, organisiert hat. ab diesem zeitpunkt gibt es für mich leider nicht mehr viel zu erzählen, weil ich nur noch das (gott sei dank schöne!) zimmer von innen gesehen habe… was mir allerdings bereits erfreulich aufgefallen ist, ist die tatsache, d... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap April 11th 2014

My stomach lurched as soon as the curry hit my tongue. Bad chicken. I spit the mealy mouthful back onto my plate and headed for the bathroom, hacking like a fur-balled cat. We were halfway to Siem Reap and stopping for 'lunch' at a restaurant located in a dusty hamlet. We should have stayed on our Giant Ibis bus. Giant Ibis is a relatively new company offering shiny vehicles at slightly higher fares. We paid $16 each to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Giant Ibis advertises that it has free WIFI on its vehicles. I guess it would be free if you were able to connect to it. They also talk of a toilet on the bus but I never found it unless it was that half-full jug of hazy amber-colored fluid under the ... read more
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Excited to Finally Be Here

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 April 9th 2014

The trip to Siem Reap was an 8 hour boat trip along the Sankae river and across Tonle Sap Lake. There was some beautiful scenery once you left the main built up area, with lots of bird life and fantastic floating villages. The boat was packed with lots of people heading home for the Khmer New Year the following week. As we approached each floating village the boat would blow its horn and lots of canoes would come out to meet us to pick up passengers or supplies from town. It was a pretty efficient process with people bailing out the sides of the boat without warning, passing babies and bags of baguettes. The Tonle Sap lake is the largest in SE Asia and fills during the wet season when the Tonle River flows from the ... read more
Bamboo fish catching device - net to be installed
Floating villages
Local transport

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap March 9th 2014

So it is off to Cambodia. The day started off heading over the border. Thankfully we had read a lot about the border crossing because there are loads of people trying to scam you and take you to a fake visa place to get your visa for Cambodia, charging you about three times the amount and giving you a fake visa, meaning when you get through you still have to buy the right one. It was actually quite a simple process we just walked from our hotel, it was a couple of hundred meters and quite well sign posted. Once you got to the Cambodian side you just had to go to the visa place and pay $20USD. They were all really helpful and very nice. Once we had that sorted there were all these guides ... read more
Getting the night started
Good friends having a great time
Tree growing out of ruins

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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap March 3rd 2014

When I visit any country I have my itinerary mapped out like this; What I must see, What I want to see & what would be nice to see. I love to seek out the country side and visit villages that aren't geared for tourism that allow you an honest and personal look at life the way the local people live from day to day. I often think that tourism gets confused at times and try to offer you a westernised experience of eastern culture where in reality for me, I want to get as far away from it as possible. The thing with rural travel or rural homestays is they can be difficult to research prior unless they are well known on the tourism radar. A rural homestay is a must for me and one ... read more
the wedding
The wedding
Bullock Ride

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap March 1st 2014

In an attempt to catch up a bit I will try to cover all of our remaining days in Laos in this post. We arrived in Luang Prabang after our Mekong river boat travels and checked in to the hotel. This is the hotel where the computer fried Lisa's MP3 player. Luang Prabang is a world heritage site with over three hundred temples. A lot of the architecture is left over from the colonial French days. It's a very pleasant small city. The first evening we headed out to dinner and a tour of the night market with one of our tour group members named Emily. Emily is a travel agent from England and she had some useful thoughts on how to save money on future trips. The night market was very extensive. Our objective the ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap March 1st 2014

I just realized two entries were saved rather than published so ignore the publication dates and pretend you are an archaeologist sorting through some newly discovered documents :-)... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap February 28th 2014

Well, we had trouble getting a working computer so we are now in Cambodia and haven't shared our seven day trip through Laos...so here goes. Once again there will be no photos as the last computer somehow fried Lisa's MP3 player so she is hesitant to hook up her expensive camera for photo downloads. WE will try to take some cell phone pics and see if we can use email to transfer them to the blog in the future but we don't know if it will work. We will post a bunch of pics once we are back in Canada. So...After meeting our tour group we spent a morning at some great temples in Bangkok. Lisa and I would have liked much more time there but that's how tours work so we tried to get as ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap February 20th 2014

Good lord I’m having problems jogging my memory. Everything seems such a long time ago when in fact it was a matter of weeks ago and vice versa. Well all roads lead south as a rule for the last month or two. So from Pakse I found myself going south to a place called Champasak. Every lonely planet guide has what amounts to post it notes on the map of the particular country you are reading about. Well Champasak had one so its stands to reason it must be Top 7. It had a lovely little riverside location. Not just any river, bleedin Mekong in all its murky glory. Champasak is the site of a relatively well known temple ruin. To be honest for all I know it really could be the de facto place in ... read more
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