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Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor October 18th 2013

Feeling much worse for wear I woke to get dressed for our tour. We are doing a temple tour today which includes the incredible Angkor Wat and the temple that was used for the filing of Tomb Raider. Angkor Wat is a Hindu, then subsequently Buddhist temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors. The outer wall, 1024 by 802 m and 4.5 m high, is surrounded by a 30 m apron of open ground and a moat 190 m wide. Galleries run between the towers and as far as two ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor October 12th 2013

Sunday morning we caught a bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. We had three days to visit the temples at Angkor Wat. Three days really isn't enough but since we were on a tight schedule it was all we could afford. Our tuk-tuk driver from Phnom Penh said his brother drives in Siem Reap so he called ahead and we had a ride waiting for us at the bus station. He gave us a free ride to our hostel and we all agreed he would drive us around all the temples while we were there. There are so many temples and the complex is so large it would be impossible to do it on foot. We thought about renting bicycles which would've been terrible with the heat. Angkor Wat commonly refers to the entire 400 ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor September 14th 2013

Some observations of Cambodia in general... The landcape is largely flat with paddy fields often spanning as far as the eye can see. With roads following settlements and settlements following rivers, the Cambodia we saw was very wet with simple but pretty houses perched on stilts to avoid damp. There are wild birds here whereas their presence is sparce everywhere else we have visited and there are also wild monkeys... and probably a hundred other creatures keeping themselves well hidden. The poverty in Cambodia is like nowhere else we have seen and the sweet natured children are particularly upsetting but Cambodia is a fast developing country with the tourist dollar clearly accelerating things. Next stop was Siem Reap, to see Angkor Wat. The town itself has been sacrificed as a tourist hub servicing the surrounding Angkor ... read more
Gallery carvings - depiction of 'The Churning of the Ocean of Milk'
Ta Phrom - where trees and wat become one

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor September 10th 2013

funny how life is...we come into this world...and then spend all our lives...looking for the things...that would make us happy...and we still keep not finding it....so we search and search....finding new things...not realizing...if we already found what we were looking for... i think we need to get away....its up to us...to travel and find something else...and in that...maybe...we will find ourselves...or maybe a small piece of it... i thnk when god made the world...and put water in it...he wasn't trying to be cute...by separating the land masses...he wanted us to look for each other. to find the laughter and friendship and lasting relationships...and wonderful memories...that we will take with us wherever we will go... i have friends who have never travelled outside the United States...and yet they seem to know how the world is... let your ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor September 10th 2013

what a view at sunrise....to see the temples of the old world.... my tuk tuk driver took this photo....using a D90 Nikon with 105 nikkor lens and a 344 filter... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor September 4th 2013

Angkor Wat complex at last… I had the image of sun rising over the Angkor towers stuck in my head for a long time now… Place I always wanted to go to, yet quite unreachable somehow… Just like this whole journey seemed like a dream once… I wanted it to come true so badly… and now the Angkor towers were within my reach… It wasn’t a dream anymore as I really was here… Just a few kilometres away… Sitting in Siem Reap sipping beer, digging my teeth into a tasty chimichanga (eeeh… well… not really Cambodian, I know… but just couldn’t resist… and what a feast that was!), enjoying a lovely evening breeze, sharing a laugh with Grant and planning the route through the Angkor temples for the next three days… Three days at Angkor… Would ... read more
sun slowly rising over Angkor Wat...
beautiful details at Ta Prohm
faces of Bayon

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor August 7th 2013

We started slightly later than planned today as during the night Eireann was quite poorly. She was better by morning but we were both feeling pretty tired. Breakfast at the hotel was very simple but very yummy and helped me feel a little more human. Our tuk tuk driver took us to Angkor Wat first and agreed to wait for us under a tree somewhere in the general direction of about 200 other tuk tuks. Angkor Wat is HUGE. The sun was beating down and the dark rocks were reflecting a lot of the heat back up. Before we even crossed the lake to the entrance of the outer wall we were sweaty and gross and were really glad to get into the shade of the temple. The temples are very impressive. There were, however, 1/2 ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor June 24th 2013

"We told the taxi driver we would pay once we arrived at our destination. He did ask for 10USD in advance though. That was the money he had to pay the police to be able to drive away from Poi Pet" (Cambodian border crossing). After we (my brother José, my sister Valentina and I) did a quick visit to Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand, it was time for our short visit to Cambodia. Everywhere you read about SE Asia, whenever Cambodia is mentioned, Angkor Wat is a must. It's the same thing I heard from every single person who's been there. It doesn't matter if you don't visit the rest of Cambodia, but if you're in SE Asia, you can't miss this place. I'm not saying with this that there's nothing else to see ... read more
2.- Dinner at the Red Piano
3.- Sunset at Angkor Wat
5.- Angkor Wat

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor June 19th 2013

Early doors, alarm set for 5.45am to be packed up and at the bus station for 6am blimey we hadn't been up this early in a long time!! But it was for a good reason, we were crossing the border into Cambodia, very exciting. We had been told countless horror stories of the border crossing, it can be dangerous, be careful, you could be there for ages, corrupt officers, fake visas etc so we were both very sceptical about it all. Managed to fall straight back asleep on the first part of the journey up untill we got to the border, the bus operator guy asked for all our passports and $25 for the visa, I was adamant that I was not paying it or giving him my passport as it should only be $20 and ... read more
Indigo on Otres
Young workers
Kates getting lunch ready!

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor June 10th 2013

Hi all We've just spent the last few days in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Stopped off for a night at a kl airport hotel on the way, nice place made even better by the all you can eat buffet, we both went a little overboard, photo of my pudding attached! We also had the pleasure of glimpsing Everest from the flight from Kathmandu, we had a good look for 5 mins as it was visible above the clouds, pretty special even if it was a long way off. In Cambodia, we managed to find a boozer that showed the lions rugby games which made me a very happy camper! Siem Reap is a nice provincial town although it is very, very touristy. Loads of fancy big hotels to cater for tourists visiting all the temples. They are ... read more
Buffet pudding after a month in Nepal.
Angkor Wat at dawn
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