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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap May 11th 2015

Entry to Cambodia was exciting!! We had a later flight in that landed during a huge thunderstorm. I'm not normally a nervous flyer but that landing shook us up!! Just when we thought we were through the worst we then had to take a tuk tuk to our hotel in a torrential rain storm. The road in Cambodia are not the best and mostly dirt. (Google Cambodian Tuk Tuk) not the safest vehicle. Thankfully we made it :) The first day we spent relaxing and catching up on some much needed sleep. Then we had our first day at Angkor Wat!!! A Hindu/Buddhist temple built in the 12 century. This place is big!! It is one of the largest man made structures in the world is currently larger than modern day Paris. We spent the first ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap April 22nd 2015

Siem Reap, Angkor Wat & Cambodian New Year Many tourists flood to Siem Reap to see the main attraction - Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples. Here is some basic information on the city of Angkor, Angkor Wat and some of the other famous temples. Angkor The Khmer capital of Angkor spread over 1000 square kilometres and was the most extensive urban settlement of pre-industrial times. The area was composed of temple complexes, large residential clusters and paddy fields irrigated by a network of reservoirs and canals. At Angkor’s peak, in the 12th and 13th centuries, approximately three quarters of a million people lived there. Angkor Wat Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century and is the largest religious monument in the world. It was built by King Suryavarman and took roughly 30 years to ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap April 5th 2015

En sak som är annorlunda med östasiatiska länder är deras mat. Kambodja är ett av länderna där man äter insekter. Det är ungefär som chips, friterade och kryddade. Jag blev erbjuden skalbaggar av en Kambodjan som köpt sig en hel påse. Fancy som jag är så smakade jag dock på finaste de hade, tarantella. Det var inte så gott som jag hoppats, men det ska ju vara väldigt näringsrikt!... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap April 4th 2015

After a long 8 hour river trip up the river and Crossing the biggest lake in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap we made it to Siem Reap! The boat trip seemed a nice change from buses to get to our next destination and it certainly was worth the gamble, we floated through wonderful floating villages, fishing communities and got to see first hand the way of life for people living on this river. As it was the dry season the river level was very low, this caused problems for the boat, getting stuck regularly and having to negotiate round the shallow areas how ever the views from the boat made up for this. Siem Reap located in the north of Cambodia is the gateway to Angkor, it is fully kitted out for backpackers and tourist a like, ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap March 9th 2015

Johm riab sua (hello in Khmer) We hope this blog finds you in good health and looking forward to spring. We told you Laos was captivating and it didn't let us go. We got to the boat landing stage but instead of heading for the mainland to cross into Cambodia we caught a different boat over to Don Khon island where we enjoyed a further 4 days of idylic island life. Then our visas really were about to expire and we had only 24 hours to get out the country. It's been a great adventure exploring Cambodia and didn't take long for us to fall under its spell. Whilst not as cosmopolitan as Vietnam and Laos we soon came to appreciate its many charms. The main one being its people who we found warm and friendly ... read more
Kratie - Rapids
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Phnom Penh

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap March 4th 2015

Lady, Tuk Tuk?! Wir sind angekommen und schmolzen. Seit dem laeuft der Schweiss konstant. Es hat momentan (18:00) 35 Grad. Gestern, Dienstag, lautete der erste Halt unserer Reise die Tempelanlagen von Angkor. Unser Tuk Tuk Fahrer brachte uns von Tempel zu Tempel und versorgte uns mit Mundschuetzen gegen Staub und Abgas, Wasser und frischer Ananas. Wir bestaunten die eindrucksvollen Bauwerke zusammen mit einer gefuehlten Million anderen Bustouristen. Erschoepft genossen wir auf der Heimreise den Fahrtwind im Tuk Tuk. Heute, Mittwoch, wanderten wir einige Meter weg vom Hotel um mit einem Bus zu einer Seidenfabrik zu fahren. Am Meisten imponierten uns die Fingerfertigkeit der Weberinnen und des einzigen Webers. Nach zwei Tagen sind wir nun Meisterinnen der Strassenueberquerung und des Ablehnens von Tuk Tuk Angeboten. Den letzten Abend in Siem Reap gen... read more
Beinahe Einheimische
Angkor Thom
Elefantenterrasse

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap February 26th 2015

My older sister is showing us up this afternoon as Ray & I decided to take a break from activities. Most of our group has gone back to the Angkor park area for a visit to Ta Prohm, an untouched temple with vegetation growing throughout. This a.m. we walked around the massive Angkor Wat (City Temple) which is the largest religious site in the world. Imagine it's size by picturing the surrounding moat that is 570 feet wide. Since I haven't written for 3 days I will quickly catch up. On Feb. 26 another plane trip took us to Siem Riep, Cambodia. There are 11 flights for this trip, including the Burma pre-trip. This does not include the 3 flights each way, from U.S. I guess flights are better than day-long bus rides on bumpy, dusty ... read more
Released 3 birds
Floating Village
typical home in floating village

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap February 23rd 2015

As soon as we entered Cambodia, opportunities to post became few and far between. However, I will be posting a few in the next few days so do not panic yourselves faithful subscribers (grandam and Simon being the only ones).... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap February 23rd 2015

Our time in Siem Reap is running out fast. Only two more days to enjoy and one of them is filled with a day trip to Kulen Mountain. This trip is also with Blue Bird Tours and is costing us $35 each, which includes the entrance fee of $20. As there were only three people taking this tour, ourselves and a very pleasant Korean man, it was made in an air conditioned car with a driver and guide, and not the expected mini van. Phnom Kulen National Park is located in Svay Leu District about 50klm from Siem Reap. Eight centuries ago, much of what is known as SE Asia today was ruled from Cambodia, where the Khmer people's vast Angkorian Empire flourished. From its historic capital, seated beneath a tropical forest on the plateau of ... read more
Ivory products for sale
Ram Body Parts
Jungle Medicine

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap February 18th 2015

The bus trip to Siem Reap from Kompong Cham didn't get off to an auspicious start. After sitting outside Daly Hotel for 45 minutes waiting for my pick-up, I decided to get the reception staff to give them a call. It was then I discovered my ticket was dated with yesterday's date, the blame for which I'm placing squarely on the shoulders of the guy who wrote it out. I knew which day I was leaving, but I should have taken a moment and checked the ticket date before paying for it. So, I walked back to Lazy Mekong Daze, the guesthouse where I purchased it from and pointed out the error. The guy was very good about it, got on his mobile and sorted another seat for me. I knew there was another bus leaving ... read more
More drinks at the Yolo Bar one evening
A very friendly cat at Wat Bo.
Happy Ranch Horses.




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