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Asia » Cambodia » East » Senmonorom November 10th 2007

In memory of my Grandma, an inspiration when it came to dealing with my travel-bug. She would have loved hearing about this trip. Sorry this entry has taken a while to add. We've been in the jungle for a few days, and there was barely any power, let alone an internet connection. Well, our hostel, Nature Lodge had power most of the time only because the guy running it had set up a couple of small turbines in the river at the bottom of his property and was generating his own. Not much though, about 400W, but as most of his light bulbs were 15W energy savers, and there was no fridge etc, 400W was just enough. All the lights dimmed whenever they turned the blender on for a shake or juice, but we could live ... read more
Upper Bou Sra Falls
Lower Bou Sra Falls
Traditional Hill Tribe hut, and our elephant for the day

Asia » Cambodia » East » KratiĆ© November 6th 2007

We made it to Kratie (Krah-cheh) much quicker than we planned. We thought (been told) that we'd have to take a bus from Siem Reap to Kampong Cham, stay overnight, then take another bus the following morning. But...we took the bus to Kampong Cham ok, but when we got there we found three other backpackers wanting to get to Kratie in a hurry (even less time in Cambodia than we do) so we all piled into a taxi to Kratie. This was a couple of dollars more than the bus, but way faster. The driver took us the old, unpaved route, but we still beat the bus that had left a couple of hours before us. And saw some neat countryside at the same time. Kratie is a small town on the banks of the Mekong, ... read more
Food stalls and the river from our room

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor November 5th 2007

More Wats. Our third day at Angkor, and finally we went to Angkor Wat. We got up early and headed off with hundreds (thousands??) of other people, mainly Japanese and Korean tourists, to see sunrise. Bit of a disappointment though. Angkor Wat was impressive, but the sunrise was a bit pathetic! Colin stayed outside the wat while I went inside so we could get two different views of the sunrise. So I got lumbered with the crowds, but still managed to find myself a decent enough place to wait. After sunrise we wandered round the outer galleries looking at the major bas reliefs / murals showing religious historical events, impressive. By this time, most of the people had headed off elsewhere so we could get into the temple and look around easier. This is a hard ... read more
West (main) gate at Angkor Wat
Bas Relief, Angkor Wat
Inner Temple (central structure) of Angkor Wat

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap November 4th 2007

It will be hard to find words to describe the temples of Angkor Archaeological Park. So I'll start with the boat ride from Battambang to here. Long. But also great, some awesome scenery along the Sunghai River and across the Tonle Sap Lake. The river started out wide enough, lined with houses and shacks, people travelling up and down the river, or sitting there fishing. The boat didnt go all that fast, and slowed right down when the river got crowded, or we passed people fishing / drift netting. After a while the river widened right out into huge flood plains. All we could see in any direction was channels through the reeds and other plants / trees. There were a lot of people living on boats out there too, small communities made up from between ... read more
A boat on the Sunghai out of Battambang
A "village" of boats on the river
About to squeeze past another boat

Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang November 1st 2007

What a difference a more honest tour "operator" makes to a day out. We actually got to see what we wanted, plus more. We are now in Battambang, having put ourselves through another day of bus rides. Remember what we the ride down to Kampot was like - the ride from PP to Battambang was worse. The bus was better - much more space, air-con worked - but the about aggressive...and arrogant...he sat on the horn most of the way there, and the trip was about 5 hours. Not a nice little toot toot to let someone know we were coming, but long loud blasts, even when there wasnt any reason. Still, we made it. After dark unfortunately, which gives driving here a new edge - head / tail lights seem to be optional. All ... read more
Rice Paddy
Part of procession around the market
The Killing Caves - the hole people fell through after being shot

Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot October 31st 2007

It took us a long time but we finally made it to Kampot. For whatever insane reason we decided not to stay in Phnom Penh just yet and head straight out of the city for the coast. So after an 11 hour flight to Bangkok, a night sleeping at the airport (great transit lounge, nice chairs to spread right out flat on, but why buff the floor at 4am when we are sleeping?!?!), a short hop to PP, a taxi ride to the bus station, we had a few hours waiting for the bus. Hot, tired, but mercifully not bothered by the people selling things as we expected, and have experienced elsewhere. Sure, kids came up a few times trying to sell us a paper, dvd, bread...but once we said no thanks, they wandered off. The ... read more
"Road" up to Bokor Hill Station
Hotel Kiri with Bokor Palace behind
Colin in the Hotel Kiri

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei March 31st 2007

Some photos of the aftermath of Cyclone Becky on Hikurangi Swamp. They are either taken from our house, or from down in the valley below us. POSTSCRIPT - since I am updating this due to that server crash, I'll add that this 150 year storm was followed three months later by another one! Similar views that time too, but with more trees down as the wind was very strong second time around.... read more
Swamp Road
Swamp from our house
Swamp from our house again

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland March 17th 2007

We're going to try and post some information and photos about any trips around New Zealand we do. We live in an amazingly beautiful country, and want to share it with all who are interested. Here is the first NZ entry - a brief description of our trip the other weekend up to Russell. We decided to spend the last Sunday before the football (soccer) season on a day out. You know, go for a bit of a tiki tour, have lunch somewhere...nothing too taxing... so 314km later...! We started off quite early (luckily!) and took off up State Highway One. The plan was to go up the old coast road to Russell. This we did do, but our couple of stops along the way took a lot longer than we'd planned. First stop was at ... read more
Pompallier Mission House, Russell

Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan February 3rd 2007

On the way back to NZ we stopped off in Brunei for another 24 hours, to see more and to break up the journey. We had one thing we wanted to see, and that was some Proboscis Monkeys. We were planning originally to take a regular water taxi, as the tours were expensive. But then we found a company with a special on in February, and persuaded them to let us have that same price in January (well, it was close to the end of the month!) This meant we still paid a bit more than with a regular water taxi, but had longer out, a better guide, and a better chance of seeing monkeys. If there werent any in the first couple of places the regular guys took you to, it was a case of ... read more
Monitor lizard
On the Brunei River

Europe » United Kingdom » England February 2nd 2007

We had a great time, driving around some of the countryside visiting people and places. We went through some ancient areas, Woodhenge near Salisbury, and Avebury (Long Barrows, Stone Circles) on our way to see a friend in Cheltenham. As fascinating as the barrows and circles were, it was about 4C out, with a wind chill taking the temp way below zero. We also stopped at Bletchley Park, home of the Enigma and former home of GCHQ. Although some rooms and huts were closed for winter (open weekends only) what we saw was really interesting. Colossus, the first computer, was up and running, nearly complete and finished. One morning we even had some snow, all of a couple of inches. Our first for many years (since Morocco maybe, even then it was just in patches). However, ... read more

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