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

We arrived on Sunday morning to 105 degrees and 90% humidity. Our tour guide picked us up and took us to our lovely hotel. We unpacked, swam, got massages and prepared for the first part of our tour. We went to the Tomb Raider temple first where we explored the amazing temple during a thunderstorm, it was amazing. The large temples Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom have large moats that surround the temples to protect themselves. After exploring the temple we went on a boat ride on the moat where we enjoyed gin and tonics and the amazing sunset. We learned that on May 14, the full moon, was Buddha's enlightenment so there were thousands of monks and nuns around Angkor Wat while we were there. After a fabulous afternoon we went to dinner with Eli's ... read more
Monks walking to Angkor Wat before the full moon
We're on a boat
Love him!

Asia » Cambodia May 8th 2014

Photos of my holiday so far... read more
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Koh Phi Phi Ley
Koh Phi Phi Ley

Asia » Cambodia May 7th 2014

Monday 5th - Bangkok On Monday we spent or day in Bangkok. We decided to do a bit of discovering of Bangkok. So we got a boat to take us through the canals of Bangkok city. it was lots of fun seeing how people live and it was sad at the same time. We saw the palace the king lives in too, that was very exciting. The only problem was towards the end of the tour rain was bucketing down, so we got very wet. It was also lots of fun being in a tropical storm! After that we went back to the hotel for a swim to refreshen up. That night we were heading off for Cambodia. It was late at night when we arrived at Cambodia so all we wanted to do was sleep! ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap May 6th 2014

Monday 10th March Having finished breakfast, our last meal on RV Amalotus, we disembarked and passed through a guard of honour manned by the crew. A few gratuities were handed out here and there to our favourites. It was the start of an extremely tiring thirty six hours. We boarded our buses (we were moored in Kampong Cham) and set out on the five hour journey to Siem Reap (See-em Ree-ep). On the way we passed through quite a few towns and saw Cambodians more dependent on agriculture than fishing and trading on the Mekong. Our first touring location was the Spean Praptos Bridge (Kampong K dei. A relic from the Khmer Empire). The bridge is a functional survivor from the 12th century. It was amazing to see the stone structure in such terrific ... read more
Angkor Wat Sunrise
Early Sunup
Spean Praptos Bridge

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap May 5th 2014

We started this morning at 7:30am so that we could have breakfast before we left. We hit a few of the temples that we had not made it to yesterday including: Ta Keo, Thommanom, and Spean Thma. We then set out for Banteay Srei, which is appx. 27km from Siem Reap (a long tuk tuk ride!), but again where we love travel. On all of our rides and this one, we saw Monkeys, Elephants, several towns, people working/sleeping, kids, cats, dogs, roosters, cows...all crossing the road and on the side of the road; and they all react to horn honking, never a dull moment! Banteay Srei is older than Angkor Wat, built around the 10th century. It means "Citadel of Beauty," and unlike most major sites at Angkor was not a Royal temple. We have to ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap May 4th 2014

You should have seen poor Poev's face when we said last night that we indeed did want to start at 5am...and you should've seen mine when the alarm went off, LOL! To enter the area, you always have to drive through the ticket admission where you purchase tickets. This is the initial checkpoint and then they check your ticket at every temple as well. We pulled in at 5:10am to see masses of people getting off of busses, in line, etc. to purchase tickets but also thousands (literally) of moths flying everywhere...especially under the lit area where you must wait in line for tickets. I will say that we have been fortunate with the bugs here so far, they haven't been too bad, (annoying as bugs always are but not horrible). This however, this was something ... read more
Pre Rup
A budding artist
Pre Rup

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

Our flight out of Phuket was at 6:45am, so it was a super early morning. It took two 1 hour flights to get to Siem Reap (via Bangkok), and we arrived at 11am. There was quite a bit of paperwork to fill out to enter the country as a Visa is required. However it was a fairly easy process - $21USD and they slap a sticker in your passport. We met the hotel driver and were on our way to Pavilion D'Orient. On the way we turned the corner and there it was in the distance...Angkor Wat...we couldn't help but be giddy with excitement! Upon arriving, we were greeted with cold Lemongrass tea, washcloths, and chairs directly beneath a fan. One of the hotel staff (who was Cambodian looking but spoke English with an Australian accent) ... read more
Angkor Wat
Gate to Angkor Thom
Gate to Angkor Thom

Asia » Cambodia » Central May 1st 2014

We woke up early that morning, Matt went to find somewhere else to stay while I packed up, as we had heard that other hotels down the road offered free laundry and we were getting quite desperate for clean clothes. It didn't take long to find another place just a couple of buildings down. After moving our bags we found the tuk tuk driver we met the night before who was taking us around for the day, Stone he calls himself. Our first stop was the S21 genocide museum, it was created on orders of Pol Pot in the Khmer Rough regime designed for detention, interrogation, inhuman torture and killing after confession from the detainees were received and documented. It was horrific what the people went through there, we saw the tiny cells they were held ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville May 1st 2014

We woke up early again and went on a expedition to try and find another lonely planet recommendation by the river to have breakfast before getting the bus at half 11. After walking around for an hour and a half, the place didn't seem to exist and we were running out of time, so just got a coffee and went to check out. We were dropped off at the bus station in the central Phnom Penh, it was so busy everywhere, it was a national holiday, Women's Day, so a lot of locals were going to sihanoukville for the weekend. We had heard a lot about buses in Cambodia, like how they cram as many people as possible in each one even if the seat doesn't exist but the bus we got on was one of ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville May 1st 2014

As you can imagine we were both relieved when it was morning and light outside. The first thing we did was go for a swim in the sea to try and feel a bit cleaner. The beach was really really nice early in the morning, it was so quiet everywhere and hardly anyone around. I was surprised how warm the sea was, at least 30 degrees! Our main priority was to find somewhere else to stay as soon as possible. After walking down the street we asked in a place a few metres off the beach which was like a little village of bamboo huts. They had a room free and it was 100 times better than the night before so we moved our things over. The bamboo hut was very clever, everything from the lamp, ... read more
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