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Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang August 24th 2012

Het werd een heel leuke namiddag. We kregen een heel vriendelijk chauffeur. Suka was zijn naam (betekend: Happy of Gelukkig). Ideaal toch? Hij wist ook dat we ziek waren geweest. Gek dat bijna iedere tuktukchauffeur die we tegenkwamen wist dat we 'ziek' waren geweest of nog altijd ziek waren. Toen we meer uitleg vroegen hoe het kwam dat ze het wisten zeiden de chauffeurs 'Meneer Kunn is onze leraar'. Huh, leraar? We vroegen wat uitleg en inderdaad Mr.Kunn was voordat hij zijn homestay had tientallen jaren leraar geweest in de Universiteit van Battambang. Hij gaf er pol & soc (politiek en sociaal recht). De link met de tuktukchauffeurs, hij leert de chauffeurs Engelse les maar ook hoe ze een goede 'toeristengids' kunnen zijn en hoe ze toeristen moeten behandelen. Hij geeft ze ook wat aardrijkskunde want ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang August 24th 2012

OK...terug naar onze namiddag met Suka. Eerst nam hij ons mee naar een cactustuin van lokale mensen. De mensen staarden ons aan alsof we Aliens waren! Wij genoten volop van de belangstelling, we voelden ons als de Paus in een pausmobiel. We zijn de starende blikken en de openvallende monden al lang gewoon. Een vrouw dat groter is dan een man en Jan met zijn speciaal kapsel. Én dan nog het feit dat blanken in hun tuin naar de cactussen komen kijken hihi. Ze zullen wel het klappeke van de dag gehad hebben. Uiteraard waren de cactussen niet zomaar saaie planten. Integendeel! Ze waren de dragers van het populairste fruit hier: dragonfruit! Er bestaan 2 soorten dragonfuit. Bleekroze vanbuiten en wit met zwarte pitjes vanbinnen en donkerroze vanbuiten en donkerroze vanbinnen met de zwarte pitjes. Het ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang August 24th 2012

Het stadje zelf is op zich niet groot en er is ook niet zoveel te zien buiten wat tempels zoals Banan tempel en The Killing Caves en de Batcave (de vleermuizengrot). De ingang voor deze tempels bedraagt $2 per persoon. Je geraakt er het best met een tuktuk. De prijzen variëren tussen de 15 en 18$ voor een ganse dag vervoer. In de stad zijn er diverse gezellige restaurants maar je moet wel opletten WAT je eet! Jan is 3 dagen serieus ziek geweest. De eerste avond toen we er toekwamen kwam de Amerikaanse Elisabeth vragen of we met haar wilden meefietsen naar een restaurantje. Ze woonde al 7 maanden in China en had 15 jaar voor een IT bedrijf gewerkt in Colorado en Los Angeles. Ze was net gescheiden en was het leven in Amerika ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang July 1st 2012

It was just a couple of days in Battambang for me. The call of Phnom Penh was drawing me. I went out for the day in Battambang and visited the Killing Caves and on the advice of my favourite 'sexy man' I went to the Bamboo Railway. Just before I got on the tuk-tuk that I had arranged, the heavens opened. I was sitting outside thinking that the trip would have to be called off. The tuk-tuk driver appeared whilst I was eating my lunch and told me that it would be fine, the weather was going the other way. Lo and behold he was right. After I had finished my lunch, the rains had stop and we were ready to go. Normally I wouldn't just book a tuk-tuk, but the sights are all out of ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang June 27th 2012

Well after a few more days of wandering around Siem Reap, I decided to wait until the day after the football (I stayed up why?) to take the boat to Battambang. Pick up was from my hostel at around 6.40, a quick drive around town picking up other brave and intrepid travellers and on to the ferry. I had left my water at the hostel, but was lucky enough to buy another one from a lady just before I got on the boat. The boat wasn't that large, our bags were stored on the roof, and we made our way down to below dacks. The front part of which had a very low roof raising in a sharp curve a little further back from where I took my seat. As I was one of the last ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang May 6th 2012

You should never base your opinion on a place from first impressions; if we did we may have just jumped back on the bus and left. We took the early bus from Siem Reap and arrived around midday to check into Aisa Hotel (where Dennis & Nicole will also be staying). We took a walk to find some lunch and felt a little let down by Lonely Planets 4th highest tourist destination in Cambodia. The evening improved our spirits slightly with a nice dinner at a resturant that hires under privegled street children to help support their family. Our second day involved a nice breakfast at the hotel, $1.50 per kg laundry that we couldn't say no to and the decision to hire bikes and take a ride around the town and get a feel for ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang April 14th 2012

Bamboo train and batcave... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang April 10th 2012

So a lot has happened since my last blog. We managed to cross the border successfully although i couldnt quite believe the amount of people that attempted to lead us off on random paths and charge us large amounts for visas (im not even sure if many of them would have been the correct visas). We found our way across after walking around and finding the correct border department. The poverty in cambodia was more obvious as soon as we crossed the bored although there were a lot of casinos,strange contrast. We made our way to Siem Reap in a taxi (works out just as cheap as a bus) with two Greeks guys. The taxi was an experience in itself as its a case of weaving in and out of oncoming traffic. Our stay in Siem ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang March 30th 2012

Battambong is a small town in the North of Cambodia. It is probably most famous for the bamboo train which, as the names says, is a train made of bamboo. It's more like a raft with a small engine that travels on railway tracks. It used to be a form of transport for the locals and ran on an active railway line. Nowadays it seems more like a tourist attraction but it's still good fun. You pay $5 for a return journey of about 14km. The last stop is at some shops where you can get a drink, talk to the locals, visit a rice factory and kids make you some bamboo jewellery. There are plans to re-open the railway line which means that the government will stop the bamboo train. After the train we continued ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang March 15th 2012

7th December 2011 A four hour bus ride to Battambang (town in North West of Cambodia) today. I was feeling worse again and toilet trips were becoming extremely frequent. We spent the afternoon roaming around the rather derelict town. We had pasta for the first time since we'd been away (apart from weird pasta breakfast at Hoi An hotel!) 8th December 2011 Following a recommendation from some fellow travellers we contacted Mr Blue a tuk-tuk driver who did tours of the countryside surrounding Battambang. Mr Blue arrived this morning on a tuk tuk painted black with Batman signs and "The Batmobile" written on it. Mr Blue was also wearing a black eye mask. "I am Mr Blue/Batman" he told us! Brilliant!! We knew it was going to be an entertaining day! First stop was the infamous ... read more
Disassembling bamboo train!
Man and fancy side car stall
Killing caves picture




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