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Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor May 31st 2015

Yesterday it seemed like a really good idea to go and see Angkor Wat at sunrise, but when the reality alarm clock goes off at 4am it somehow feels different! We met our tuk tuk driver at 04.45 at the hotel and we were off for a day of temples! Firstly we got our $20 tickets - ouch! Along with about 500 other tourists, and we were taken to Angkor Wat. Its a large temple and seeing it in the early morning light made it look quite spectacular. As we sat and waited for the sun to rise behind it we took in the beautiful scenery of a large moat surrounding the temple. Going for a walk around the site and stopping for a fresh coconut on the way to getting some breakfast. I'd heard that ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor April 23rd 2015

Filled with an abundant breakfast, we checked of the old city hotel and set our sights on beginning cycling 2.5 hours east of Bangkok, in Khao Yai national park. Picking up our bikes and truck with the family team of Dad, Mr Black, and two sons, Nutta (shortened to Nut) and Not, we merely made 2km when mechanical failures appeared. Swift work sorted them out after ten minutes, and waiting around I realised my camera was dead having been charged the day before I quickly sucked some life back into it from my tablet. Standing behind a pillar and small plants at a road side stall, bent down, it seemed I had missed the eye of Nut, acting as the sweep, who was to remain at the rear. So I took off at good pace to ... read more
Biggest Hindu statue in SE Asia
Chai and his Exodus bike

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor March 29th 2015

Early breakfast and out by 8:00 a.m. for a full day of temple visits. Two temples in the morning - Angkor Thom complex and Ta Prohm Temple which was the scene of the movie “Tomb Raider.” Buffet lunch in a nice hotel restaurant and then onto Banter Srei and Angkor Wat. Weather was in the high nineties. Headed to the lounge for beer and appetizers for dinner. We were in bed by 8:30pm.... read more
Buddha
What time is it?
The trees have taken over

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor March 28th 2015

Flew Cambodia airlines today to Siem Reap arriving late in the afternoon. We were given time for a little rest after checking into our hotel Le Meridian. Boarded a bus to another hotel for another magical evening of outdoor dining around a pool accompanied by Apsara & folk dancing, music and good company. Dinner was a buffet with a varied selection of mouth watering food but oh the surroundings - just beautiful. They were celebrating earth day and all the hotels participated by turning off their lights and lighting candles for 1 hour at 8:30pm. Our hotel offered complimentary drinks during that time so we had a nightcap in the candlelight and went to bed.... read more
What a setting!
Alive
So beautiful!

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor February 19th 2015

Note: I confess, I started this blog last year while in Siem Reap and never published it then. Since I just passed through Siem Reap again, I thought I wouldn't be cheating too much if I published it now. The temples in the area are still astounding. I could visit many times without tiring of these places Each of the massive buildings in the Angkor Wat complex has a different feel, each projects a message. The hours invested in raising them is astonishing. How many workers toiled under threat, under force, and how many toiled to gain merit, or as honored artisans, proudly creating an edifice that would boast wealth and grandeur for centuries to come? After touring many, I tired of taking photos, and just wanted to stroll and feel these places. I longed for ... read more
This root at Preah Khan may be the winner
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Preah Khan carving

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor February 6th 2015

In Siem Reap I have so much to write about. It’s overwhelming and I haven’t had time, but this afternoon, while the gang is out in rural villages, having a rice harvesting experience and riding on an ox cart, I’m hanging out in my room at the Amasura hotel, one of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed at. I’m having some stomach “issues” and now all four of us have had them. I was last. I’ve decided not to write about the specific activities that we have done as tourists though if you’re a tourist you should do these things. The temples are magnificent, we visited a half dozen, each one from different periods and in different states of deterioration (the youngest one was from 1,100 CE. They are wonderful to visit for so many reasons, ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor December 21st 2014

Hi, Today we decided to cycle for our second day around the temples of Angkor. We hired better (mountain) bikes today for $3, but it made such a difference! We cycled the distance up to the temples, which is about 10km from our hostel. As we were entering the site, the ticket booth is on the right of the main road, but as we already had tickets we kept riding at normal pace, along with the taxis and tuk tuks who also didn’t stop. However, apparently we have now learned the hard way that cyclists is seems have to show their tickets again. I managed to put my breaks on quite sharply to stop for this woman that was coming for me waving her hands, but this man chose to stop Neil by running right out ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor December 19th 2014

Hi Followers, We woke up a little more refreshed after yesterday, we went out to get breakfast at a little restaurant down the road; delicious, we had omelettes and warm french stick. We then hired old looking push bikes with baskets on the front for $2. But i think if you look around you can normally get push bikes for $1 and mopeds for about $2 for a day. We cycled over to the area that holds the Temples of Angkor. It took us about 45 minutes to cycle over to the temples, the roads weren't too busy, which is lucky because they drive on the other side of the road here. We finally made it over to the temples. We had decided to get the three day pass ($40), which you can use over a ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor November 15th 2014

Pour la vidéo, cliquez ici: PP-Siem Reap road trip video Pour toutes les photos cliquez ici: Album photos Siem Reap Cela fait deux mois que nous sommes à Istanbul, mais j'aimerais me (et vous) replonger dans l'ambiance asiatique, car oui, je dois l'admettre, je suis encore un peu (beaucoup) en retard sur mes récits, malgré mes meilleures intentions, mais les voyages se sont enchaînés avec la préparation du déménagement depuis le Vietnam en Turquie, et forcement ça prend du temps tout ça! Mais du coup la bonne nouvelle c'est que d'autres aventures asiatiques vont encore vous être contées, et c'est quand même sympa de revenir un peu en Extrême Orient, non? Je vous invite donc à revenir au Cambodge, en ... read more
Sur la route
Coucher de soleil sur la route
Angkor Wat

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor August 10th 2014

My guide took me to the fabulous Angkor Wat Temple complex. I remember reading about this when I was quite young, back them it seemed like an enchanted place that you’d only find in movies I never thought I’d actually get here. It’s also where parts the film Tomb Raider were filmed. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Cambodia, attracting about 4 million tourists each year. The temples were built about 900 years ago. There are about 100 temples in the complex. Each king would build one, after he died the next king would build another that was slightly bigger. They really should have invented recycling about 800 years earlier. Sadly many of the temples were badly destroyed in the civil war, there are ongoing an international efforts to restore them. Even New Zealand ... read more
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