Blogs from Angkor, North, Cambodia, Asia - page 93


Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor January 11th 2006

The next morning we boarded the plane to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Customs was a breeze. Along with our passports, we handed the official twenty dollars and the required extra photos, received our visas and only a half-hour later climbed into a taxi and we’re heading off to our Guest House. I’d been in touch with them earlier and two rooms were a waiting for us on this inner city, dirt road next to a house of prostitution. I must admit a little seedy, but a colorful choice of accommodations still the same. The hotel itself was clean and I kind of liked the way it looked in the photos. It had A/C, but oddly no handle on the toilet. Once we agreed to take the room, someone appeared with the toilet handle and installed ... read more
Tuc Tuc Driver and Guide
Bayon Temple
Khmers at War with the Chams.

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor January 7th 2006

Well guys its all been a bit hectic since we arrived in Bangkok, Elton my travel buddy ended up in hospital with an eye injury from a contact lens which unfortunately ended up being worse than we all thought. At present though he is recovering well. To catch up the group i flew from Bangkok airport to Siem Reap, as it happens avoiding one of the worse bus rides of all time. The original flight i had booked was cancelled which meant that i had to wait till 7pm that evening to fly. On arriving in Siem reap i met a chap from Carlisle who was heading in the same direction i was = to Angkor village. We shared a taxi which by the way had no number plates and arrived at my destination atlast! On ... read more
Ta Prohm tree
this is just the begining
Angkor Wat

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor January 6th 2006

We spent new year at a street party in Siem Reap. The Japanese, Australians, Irish, Scots, English, Germans, Scandanavians, Indians and Cambodians all got into the party spirit and danced in the streets. Fireworks went off overhead as street children jigged on the shoulders of drunken revellers! Crazy!!! Nursing a hangover we visited the amazing temple of Angor Wat. It is the largest religious building in the world and i got stuck at the top of it. Fortunately i found a another route down and managed to overcome my fear of heights... THe Bayon is the centre pice of the nearby ancient city of Angor Tom. It is a temple that contains many towers with faces pinting in four directions. This results in fantastic building that watches your every step! Over the next two days we ... read more
Happy New Year
Face, Bayon
Prayer Time

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor January 6th 2006

Okay. You're all expecting the Blog to End All Blogs. We thought this would be our big chance to get on the front webpage, seeing as how Angkor Wat is one of the most photogenic sites on our trip. This isn't going to happen, for a couple of reasons. First, there are too many wonderful photographer bloggers such as Cumberland Sausage, who consistently produces some of the most amazing travel photos we've ever seen (he must be a pro), and second, we had so much trouble deciding on which photos of Angkor to put up on the blog that we've decided to keep the gems for our friends and family. What we will offer, however, is the real skinny, the lowdown, the unedited version of Angkor Wat -- the stuff not everyone writes about. The Practical ... read more
History is Obscene
Hot Stone Chicks
Help! Help! Let me out of this box!

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor January 5th 2006

After having a huge breakfast to prepare ourselves for a big day, we were off to experience Angkor Wat...... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor January 5th 2006

Now that we have a good broadband connection, I’ll upload some pictures from Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a group of ruins in the center of Cambodia built between the 9th and 12th century. It was once the center of a large empire that stretched from southern Vietnam through most of Thailand. The most famous of complex in the area is the eponymous Angkor Wat. There are 20-30 other complexes in the area, many of which are quite impressive Given the 90 degree temperatures and large distances between the ruins (up to 12 miles), we were only able to see a small portion of the area. After just 4 hours of wandering, we would stagger back to the hotel and collapse for a couple of hours. Amazingly, this is the coolest time of year in Cambodia. ... read more
Monk Chillin'
Team with Monks
Pretty Wall

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor January 4th 2006

(To the tune of Beethoven's Ode to Joy) Hiking, biking, tuc-tuc riding; temples, temples everywhere. Hot sun, heat stroke, dehydration; Mel lies on the bathroom floor. Filthy water, or the seafood; either one could be to blame. Cipro, Pepto, got me through it; not to mention Imodium -Melissa (I was bored on the 15 minute plane ride from Siem Reap to Bangkok)... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor January 3rd 2006

So i guess its our job to blog for the last two days since every one else has been too lazy too. Day 1 - January 1st -- We did Angor What. Sue chilled with two buddhist monks who wanted to eventually become attorneys in new york. Ate Indian food. Got tan. Day 2 - January 2nd - We were very industrious this day. We got up at eight am then proceeded downtown to rent super cool mountain bikes. Then we proceeded to the floating village, drunkn forest. It was ok. The bike ride was awesome... until we reached the docks. The docks smelled like rotten fish and urine and was very rough on our wheels. Then we headed out on our forty dollar boat. One would think that a forty dollar boat in cambodia could ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor January 1st 2006

After a week of silence, I suppose it's time for me to join in on the blogging fun. We arrived in Siem Reap yesterday and rang in the new year at a theatre that featured traditional Cambodian dance. We were all entranced by the hand shadow puppets...not clear whether the dancers had been practicing finger yoga for years or rather if the producers simply rounded up a crew of double-jointed women. The food has been quite delightful for all on this trip...including our vegetarians. I'm sure that I've gained at least 5 pounds which is hard to understand when the local women are as thin as can be. If I eat what they eat, shouldn't my weight start to move in the other direction? A more likely cause perhaps is our group's love of the drink ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor December 24th 2005

It has been a bit over a week since I've returned from my Christmas holidays (or winter holiday as it is called here in Japan), and I thought I should try and share some of my "foreign" experiences. It is incredibly amazing how different a country Japan is compared to the other countries I have seen of Asia. It also made my time away another eye opening experience (my time away from home seems to be full of these!) My vacation was a blur of 10 flights (yes, 10!) and 2 countries. Alexis and I landed in Siem Reap, Cambodia for 3 days, which was a very short time, so we concentrated on just one area of the country. One of the main attractions of Cambodia is Angkor, which is located in the city of Siem ... read more
Inside Angkor Wat
Looking up....
The South Gate

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