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Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor August 7th 2014

Travel - especially your first go of it - fills the mind with so many new concepts, new ways of thinking, feeling and experiencing. The images and thoughts, these are not things that can be transferred to others, for they are born of our own unique experiences and perceptions. Many of the things we experience while traveling stick with us much longer than others, which simply fade with time. Sadly, with all of the life-changing experiences and memories, I must reflect quite somberly that one of the most stark impressions I have been left with is that travel - as I have had a short opportunity to realize it - may be coming to an end. Not dying a slow and subtle death, but a sudden shock-wave which becomes so overwhelming that it is already too ... read more
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Morning at Bayon

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor July 31st 2014

Cambodia really challenged me. I wasn't really ready for it, especially when everything in Thailand was so well set up for backpackers. I arrived in Cambodia and immediately noticed this huge difference - the roads were crazy, there was a lot of rubbish around, and everything felt to much poorer. It took me quite a few days to get used to it, before I started to enjoy Cambodia properly. I found Phnom Penh too much, but started to relax much more in Battambang (despite getting eaten alive by bed bugs). Then I hit Siem Reap and everything started to look rosy :) It did get me thinking though, about how different backpacking is from every other type of travel experience. When my mum goes on business trips, her company is part of a scheme called Fly ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor July 9th 2014

Τουτουρουτου τουτουρουτουτου. Και όσοι έχουν αγαπήσει Ιντιανα Τζόουνς, μπορεί και να μηνμε περάσουν για τρελλή. Βρεθηκαμε στο ορμητητηριο ενος απο τα επτά θαύματα του μεσαίωνα. Η Σιεμ Ριπ μας υποδέχτηκε με ανεβασμένες θερμοκρασίες αμυγδαλιτιδας, σουβενίρ μας απο την πρωτεύουσα. Σε ρολο αδερφής και νοσοκόμας ο δόλιος, φρόντισε να ξεκουραστω μια μέρα πρώτου ξεκινήσουμε για το πλατό της Λάρα Κροφτ και του Ιντιάνα Τζόουνς. Τρεις ώρες ύπνο, το όνειρο μου, το ποδηλατο μου και καβάλα για το χάρ... read more
Στο Ta Prohm
Στις εξι
Στο Angkor Wat

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor June 26th 2014

We join the throngs hurrying along excitedly towards the orange glow emanating from beyond the silhouetted ruins of Angkor Wat to the east. The energy is palpable as it's certain the day is about to open with a spectacular curtain raiser, feeling like a pilgrimage as the throngs narrow in order to a cross a bridge over the moat, heightening the contact, the chatter, the excitement. Entering through a gateway into the main plaza, a long stone causeway stretches away towards the black quincux of towers silhouetted in a pink marbled sky. A decade previously I crossed this same bridge. Back then, as I entered the main gateway into the main plaza, I took my position amongst the hundreds who already lined the steep banks and outer walls whose cameras feverishly and futilely flashed away into ... read more
Kiva peekaboo
Bayon Temple
Gathering fruit at dawn

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor April 20th 2014

der duft von yasmin und frangipani durchsetzt die bereits vor sonnenaufgang sehr warme luft. mit unserem liebgewonnen tuktuk driver, ly, fahren wir noch in dunkelheit zum phnom bakheng tempel. relativ hoch auf einem hügel gelegen sehen wir nicht nur die sonne sich aus ihrer morgendlichen dunstglocke über den baumwipfeln erheben, sondern haben auch noch einmal einen neuen blick auf angkor wat. unsere heutige tour führt uns zu prasat preah khan, prasat preah neak pean, prasat ta som und schlussendlich, als glorreichen abschluss zu dem ausgezeichnet erhaltenen prasat banteay kdei. mit einzelheiten zu jedem tempel möchte ich euch verschonen, um ehrlich zu sein ist es nach drei tagen auch für uns schon schwer, die einzelnen tempel auseinander zu halten. ich bin zwar noch nicht ganz so weit, zu sagen: “i kon kan khmer mehr sehn!” (zitat hansi), ... read more
gods against demons
tree against temple
entrance gate

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor April 19th 2014

ein strahlend blauer himmel mit weiterhin erbarmungsloser sonne begrüßt uns an einem neuen tag unter den alten khmer. nachdem meine liebe freundin, kathi, so vom banteay srey tempel geschwärmt hat, ist jener unser erstes ziel heute und auch, wenn wir mit dem timing bezüglich menschenansturms versagt haben, imponiert dieser platz besonders! auf dem relativ kleinen tempel areal sammeln sich unüberschaubare mengen filigranster figuren und reliefs. wir umrunden den tempel zweimal, um einen besseren gesamteindruck zu erlangen. jede noch so unscheinbare säule wird von mustern geziert und meist von kleinen betenden figuren kurz über dem boden abgeschlossen. fast ist es ein wenig anstrengend, all die details erfassen zu wollen. durch wald und dörfer fahren wir wieder nach süden, zum banteay samre tempel, einem der wenigen, die beinahe unversehrt geblieben sind. nicht nur die jahre, ... read more
banteay srey II
fruit seller
banteay samre

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor April 18th 2014

der erste tag in angkor beginnt dank übelkeit und zunehmenden kreislaufproblemen nicht optimal, aber wir verlassen trotzdem früh morgens das hotel, um mit theng, unserem guide, und ly, unserem tuktuk driver, richtung angkor aufzubrechen. primär bestaunen wir den sonnenaufgang über angkor wat, zwar mit 500 anderen touristen, aber es ist weniger schlimm als gedacht. bei noch angenehmen temperaturen verfärbt sich der himmel über den teichen vor angkor wat zuerst blassrosa um dann in kräftigem orange die morgendliche sonne preis zu geben. weiter geht es durch angkor wat und anschließend nach angkor thum mit der elefantenterasse und vielen aufstiegen über hohe, steile treppen zu den mehrstöckigen (ancestor) tempeln. über uns schwirren riesige libellen durchs dürre gras und der schweiß beginnt in bächen zu fließen. die unzähligen in sandstein gemeißelten götter, krieger, ti... read more
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ta prum
ta prum II

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor April 11th 2014

The familiar tune on Tara's phone stirred us from our slumber in the pitch black of our guesthouse room. The clock read 3:30 am, the perfect and perhaps the only time one might set out to see Angkor at it's most sublime. We had purchased our three day pass in advance but had not entered the park that night, we wanted our first impressions of the Khmer ruins to be experienced on our own terms, which meant cycling through the dark, silent streets of town and out along the forested roads to reach the temple complex five-kilometers north. By the time we had rubbed the sleep from our eyes, stretched, prepared provisions and the like it was a good bit after 4 am and we embarked on our journey. We had acquired two small flashlights, one ... read more
Early Morning at Angkor
No Rest for the Weary
Part of the Epic Bas-Relief

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor December 11th 2013

It was my birthday and I was planning to go somewhere really nice. Having done my research around this time of the year, the place that outshined all others was the famous temple of Angkor Wat (Siem Reap). It is a UNESCO heritage site of spectacular temples built 500-1000 years ago by the Khmer rulers and among them Angkor Wat simply stands out in 200 hectares with a giant moat filled with water (to maintain the balance of the foundation of this architectural splendour). I was awestruck by size. However, the guide was horrible and kept talking about best places to take photos instead of describing the temple, carvings and inscriptions. We went to see some other temples like Ta phom, Bayon, Banteay Srey etc. Some temple ruins were like the stone pyramid and the climbs ... read more
Ravana
Temple ruin

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor November 9th 2013

Excursion to Cambodia 9 November I have read about excursions from Pattaya to Cambodia in advance and, upon arrival to Pattaya, during our second day, we bought this rather expensive excursion of two days and one night. Departure was scheduled at 4-30 in the morning, and we arrived at the border several hours later. The border crossing was rather remarkable, there being no ordered or restricted passages (at least it seemed to me) as one entered the border town of Poi Pet. There was some boring waiting in between, and I was informed of the demand to pay 600 Baht because my passport was not valid for long enough. I was afraid it might be more or I might be denied entry. As of today, 29 November, I haven’t still decided to get a new passport, ... read more
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