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Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor July 16th 2012

Today we were on our way to the temples by 8.30am. Our driver, Preuk, told us today we would do, 'the Grand Tour', named so because the temples we would see were further away. We saw five temples in total, all were much smaller than Angkor Wat but still varied in size. After viewing a few our driver invited us to see his village, meet his family and cook us lunch!! On the way we passed rice paddies and livestock and it was obvious that this rural route was not visited by tourists. His wife and three young children live at his mother-in-laws house which was a wooden stilt house structure with an outdoor cooking hut. They also had several cows and chickens and grew their own beans and watermelon! We sat down outside and were ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor July 15th 2012

Today we met our tuktuk driver again outside our hotel and got to the Angkor complex about 9am to begin our route around the next set of temples. We explored five small temples. They were in more of a ruined state than the temples we saw yesterday yet with all the dark passages, ruins and ovrgrown trees they had more of an explorer feel to them. The most prominent temple today was Ta Prohm, built in the twelth century and left in the same condition in which it was found. A lot of the temple was in ruins and looked as though it was about to crumble! To walk around it we explored many dark passages and climbed over boulders of stone ruins. Enormous tree roots coiled all around the structure as well. No wonder this ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor July 14th 2012

Today our Tuktuk driver picked us up at 8am and took us to the start of the Angkor Temple area. We began by visiting Angkor Wat, the largest and most famous temple. The temple and surrounding scenry was beautiful and we took about 2 hours to walk around it all. The inside of the temple had many passages all with reliefs on the walls depicting different religious stories and legends. There were also many monkeys around the ruins blocking our paths!! At the centre of the temple was a very steep climb up to the central tower which provided stunning views. After meeting back up with our tuktuk driver we went to Angkor Thom, an ancient city housing many more temples. We drove through the south gate which had 54 gods on one side and 54 ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor July 8th 2012

July 8: Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom I had made arrangements with Samadeach to pick me up from the hotel at 8.30 am on he morning of July 8. He was waiting for me outside when I stepped out of the lobby. The ride to Angkor takes about 40 minutes from most city center hotels, and 25-30 from Tara since it is closer and on the same road that leads to Angkor Wat, but might become longer depending on the lines to buy entry ticket. three visit pass valid for a week costs $40, which is what I purchased. The first stop of course was Angkor Wat. The area has several temples and a walled city called Angkor Thom which itself has a multitude of temples within it. All are of different periods and architectural styles. ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor July 5th 2012

The ancient capital of the great Khmer Empire, Angkor is beyond doubt one of the most magnificent wonders of the world and a site of immense archeological significance. Located in dense jungle on the hot and torpid plains of western Cambodia, its awe-inspiring temples transport me into an enchanting and mysterious world of brooding grandeur and past glory. Since the collapse of the Khmer Rouge in the early 1990s, Angkor has gradually reopened to the world. Miraculously, in a nation so devastated by war, the great temple complexes have survived remarkably unscathed. It is 5:00am and the alarm clock goes off in my hotel room in Saigon. I am up in no time with a big smile on my face. Cambodia and Angkor are the final leg of this fantastic trip and I am very antsy. ... read more
Angkor Thom
Banyan Tree at Ta Prohm
Monks at Angkor Wat

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor July 3rd 2012

From Bangkok I was going to take the train up to Chang Mai and then though Laos and Vietnam and then end in Cambodia and fly to China, but then I realized that Siem Reap is very close to Bangkok. If you were able to drive straight through it would only take about 5 and a half hours to drive. So I booked a bus ticket to go there from my hostel. Apparently many people travel this path from Bangkok to Siem Reap. I had read on some travel web sites that there is a scam at the border where the hostel buses drop you at a restaurant some unknown distance from the border and then over charge you for your visa. The visa should cost $20 at the border, but the 'agents' charge you twice ... read more
Me at Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat entrance
Decrative carvings

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor May 25th 2012

The glut of remarkable temples close to Siem Reap is undoubtedly Cambodia’s biggest tourist attraction. Or is it the glut of nearby places at which one can enjoy a complimentary beer while fish nibble your feet? If the fad in this area 1000 years ago was building massive ornate temples, fusing Buddhist and Hindu icons and imagery, now it’s opening small copy-cat ventures called Dr Fish, on every street corner. And serving incredibly cheap (about 20p) glasses of beer. The temples aren’t going anywhere in a hurry, we thought, but the beer might. So we had a relaxing day seeing all Siem Reap has to offer, besides its historical monuments. Which, other than some interesting craft workshops, and the aforementioned fish and beer, is not a great deal. There is also the added amusement of being ... read more
Detail of painting
Mina succumbs to the delights of Dr Fish.
Artisans d'Angkor at work

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor April 16th 2012

From the train station at Aranya Prathet a tuk-tuk (80 Baht) whisked me away to the border where I was dropped off at what I thought was a legit visa issuing office. This particular border crossing between Thailand and Cambodia is famous for its scams. With salaries being so low workers look for ways to supplement their earnings basically by ripping off tourists. When the tuk-tuk stopped and before I'd even put a foot on the floor there came a man to shepherd me and a handful of others into a nondescript office all the while saying "visa, this way". Alarm bells started to ring when I was quoted 1200 Baht ($40) for a visa. I'd read beforehand that it was $25. Maybe it was the fact that I'd just got off a 6-hour train journey ... read more
The Churning of the Ocean of Milk

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor March 18th 2012

Montag, 12. März 2012 (Fortsetzung) In Siem Reap angekommen passierten wir auf dem kleinen, aber brandneuen und straff organisierten Flugplatz ohne Probleme die Einreise nach Kambodscha und wurden in ein Taxi verfrachtet. Der Fahrer, ein sympathischer, gesprächiger Typ, gab sich sehr interessiert und fragte uns nach unserer Herkunft, unseren Reiseplänen und bot uns schliesslich (wie erwartet...) an, uns am Abend für den Sonnenuntergang zum Haupttempel Angkor Wat zu fahren. Wir nahmen dieses Angebot gerne an. Im Hotel angekommen bestaunten wir zuerst einmal die üppig bewachsene Hotelanlage und bezogen das tolle Zimmer. Die Anlage ist einem Mini-Dschungel ähnlich, die Zimmer sind in zweistöckigen Häusern im Kolonialstil mit je vier Zimmern angelegt. Wir bezogen ein Zimmer im ersten Stock mit Balkon und Blick auf den Swimming Pool. Dieser ist mit 200m Länge (kein Witz!... read more
Angkor bei Sonnenaufgang
Flachrelief in Angkor Wat

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor March 9th 2012

We arrived in a very hot and dusty Siem Riep after a 6hr bus journey, in which again, we had locals crammed up the middle of the aisle on a piece of wood, sat right next to Darren! It really is beginning to annoy us now, but Darren managed to keep his cool as we’ve not many trips left now. We arrived at the bus station, waiting for our tuk tuk driver to pick us up from the guesthouse, to no avail. We ended up paying for one to get to our guesthouse - Happy Guesthouse, and the owner was so apologetic, explaining that the tuk tuk driver was at the other bus terminal waiting, doh! We checked in, and went to explore the city. Siem Reap is a really lovely place, it has a great ... read more
Angkor Wat bar
Our sunrise moment

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