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Asia » Cambodia February 15th 2014

The plan today is visit the cu chi tunnels. The tunnels of Củ Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Củ Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong's base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during the war as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampong Speu February 14th 2014

As a self-promise, I headed back to Kampong Speu, leading a team of individual volunteers this time, on the Water for Life programme under Singapore International Foundation. It felt great to be back, especially being able to meet up with old friends, and to contribute in a meaningful way. For me, it seems like a yearly retreat back into the kampong! I never felt more refreshed to be away from the bustling city, into the farms and villages where simplicity (and mosquitos!) fills the air. This trip was slightly different due to changes in the programme compared to the previous ones. Besides doing the routine manufacturing and installation of water filters in the villages, we also did a hygiene programme in the local primary school. For details on installation of water filter, refer to: We ... read more
Completed Water Filer
with the baby!
Panorama shot of the village

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap February 14th 2014

We saved the best for last, and coincidentally it fell on Valentine’s Day to watch sunrise over Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is the heart and soul of Cambodia, and one of the most impressive structures that is known to man. It is the perfect fusion of creative ambition and spiritual devotion. It has never been abandoned and has been used as a religious temple continuously since it’s creation. Along with hordes of perhaps a few thousand tourists, we walked into Angkor Wat in the darkness, across the great causeway spanning two wats, or moats, guarded by large stone Nagas, the 7 headed serpent. Instead of standing with the crowds overlooking the pools in front of the temple to watch the sun rise(which was unimpressive due to it being overcast), we opted to walk through the building ... read more
Bayon, look for some of the 216 faces

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh February 14th 2014

Accommodation - Villa Langka Phnom Penh Accommodation - Bambu Hotel Battambang Weather - Hot, sunny, blue skies with occasional clouds and one heavy rain storm in Battambang for an hour. 32 to 35c Our two days in Phnom Penh went past in a whirl of sightseeing and wandering around. On our first morning we went on a city tour which included the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National museum. The Royal Palace, situated on the west bank of the Tonle Sap River, was stunning, glistening in the sun, built in the Khmer style, with multicoloured gilded and curlicued roofs, with carved columns. The adjacent Silver Pagoda, with a similar architecture, was named due to its floor, which is inlaid with 5000 solid silver tiles. Near by there is an intricately carved stupa which holds the ashes ... read more
Tuol Sleng Prison - S-21 - Phnom Penh
Vegatables for sale in a small rural village market - Cambodia
Suspension bridge in Battambang

Asia » Cambodia February 14th 2014

Today is but no card. However waking up any valentines day. We started the day with lyn a member of the family.from.the homestay. We all went in a boat to the to see the floating markets. This was a.lovely trip seeing all the boats of.the water all selling.different things, pineapple, melon etc. Villagers items and.sell local villages. Today was lauras 31st birthday so we all sang to her, lyn.sang in.thai and naima.and.Alex sang in swedish. Lyn then carried on.the karoke on.the boat singing one direction. Was really.nice.atmosphere We had to jump off.the.boat on to a coach to take us to saigon. This.was.four.hour trip which was easy peasy. ho chi min,it.was so busy scooters everywhere not many cars here. We had a.walk around the markets amd went.bac... read more


Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap February 13th 2014

We awoke early and had a morning jog along the river that runs through Siem Reap, cut short because of my lingering sickness that I have been suffering with for 4 days now. Dennis luckily hasn’t gotten sick, but traditionally on our trips I always fall ill a few days before him. We took the long drive ($31) out to Beng Melea , 68 km from Siem Reap taking almost 2 hrs. on partial dirt roads, stopping a few times to get out and push the tuk-tuk out of deep sand we were sinking in. Beng Melea is one of the most spectacular temples in Angkor, and left completely wild and overgrown in the jungle. We wound our way up and over huge piles of finely chiseled sandstone blocks, clambering through long dark corridors and between ... read more
Beng Melea

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap February 13th 2014

On waking this morning and going down to breakfast, embryonic plan for the next 2 days having been made, we got to the bottom of yesterday's tuktuk fiasco. The horrible guy at the bus station wasn't from the hotel at all, hence his sign which read Rachel and Sam (hotel didn't have Sam's name) and Sapaco (bus company name and not Sam So Guesthouse). It's a scam, probably instigated by the bus driver, who did have our names for our tickets, and sent him along. Explains why he didn't know we had a reservation already. The guesthouse had sent their driver to the bus company office, not the bus station, where he waited for 2 1/2 hours for us and then gave up. He was our driver today, so we gave him a fat tip to ... read more
Located Angkor What? Bar for later  - hopefully will look a little more attractive in the dark!
Cambodian petrol station
Off with Mr T in the tuktuk

Asia » Cambodia February 13th 2014

Once again we were up and out for 6:30am. Todays plan was to travel to vietnam border and eventually arrive at the homestay in.a rural area in vietnam.This trip took approximatly 12 hours including the border stop and quick lunch. The journey wasnt to bad think im getting use to sleeping anywhere. The change between cambodia and.vietnam was obvious.from entrying.vietnam is much more built up still very pretty and green. We drove to the middle of.nowhere and arrived at the homestay which was a little village. The family were so welcoming and friendly. We walked around the village picking leaves and.smelling them. There was lemongrass, lime. Also saw banana trees and learnt that a banana tree only grows one bunch so it gets chopped down to grow another which takes a year. The villagers grow what ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Ratanakiri February 12th 2014

This was my fifth consecutive winter vacation trek in Cambodia's Virachey National Park. I url= a book about my first 3 treks (you can read a Taipei Times review of the book here , and bird ace Howie Nielsen who joined me for my fourth trek to the ultra-remote Yak Yeuk Grasslands on the Lao border penned a fabulous trip report on Mongabay .com. So what was this fifth trip about? Virachey NP has become part of my life, and I've established lasting friendships with the Park rangers, with the Brao, Kavet, Kreung, and Tampuan minority porters and g... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap February 12th 2014

After a great last day in Saigon, lounging around the 21st floor pool of the Renaissance Riverside Hotel (d300,000 for the use of pool and spa) and a xe om ride to the Water Puppet Theatre (ahhhhh!) in the evening, we were up at 5am to get the first bus to Phnom Penh. Our pickup didn't show, so the hotel girl phoned. While we were waiting 2 lots of 2 people on scooters skidded on some oil outside the hotel and came off within 5 minutes! People rushed to help and organised transport for the casualties. Then our transport arrived - a motorbike - he took my big bag on the front between his feet, me on the back minus a helmet and off we went, hoping we didn't hit oil too. then he went back ... read more
What we had for 90p!
The Chill Bar
Sam and the view

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