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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap June 16th 2017

The journey from Don Det to Siem Reap was horrendous. We got the boat from Don Det at 8am and eventually finished up on the outskirts of Siem Reap at 9pm. We used about 3 different buses (for no apparent reason) including being dropped of at a petrol station for half an hour with some other suckers just to be picked up by another smaller mini bus without a working door - Asia..... That night consisted of wolfing down some fried river rice and finding a guesthouse. Our luck changed though as we'd found "Sweet Dreams" which was pretty central and had a swimming pool - result! We wasted no time getting down to the pool the next morning and had the whole place to ourselves. We sunbathed and read our books and stayed until our ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap May 24th 2017

I got on a motorbike taxi and instructed the driver to take me to church. He didn't know where it was so I opened Google maps and instructed him where to go. It's amazing how much easier traveling is now that we have this technology. You're never lost! When we got there it looked like no one was around. I walked around what looked like a school and towards the houses behind it. There were dogs aggressively barking at me. So I walked slowly knowing that I can't out run them. I almost gave up then I walked back to the school and saw a girl who she pointed me to a room where church was happening. The service was almost over when I got there. They start and end early. I was invited to lunch ... read more
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Sunrise at Angkor Wat
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap April 16th 2017

G'day to our loved ones from Siem Reap in Cambodia. Relaxing by the pool (someone has to do it) before our 4 hour, 20 km bike ride thru rice fields, markets, a mushroom farm and a visit to a local school at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Having left Perth airport almost 2 weeks ago, it now seems a life time ago. From the beautiful laid back island of Koh Samui that didn't stop raining, highlights included the bright Mexican inspired hotel we stayed at, fire twirlers on the beach to boof boof music, the amazing food and Singha beer. I got stopped by every airport customs and security checks along the way, (I must look like the typical drug lord), including Koh Samui airport, where Mali and myself waited for our passports to be stamped, long ... read more
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Check out the bags on the ferry, ours is the very bottom, on the left hand side. Clothes had wrinkles for days after, even had to ask for an iron.
Mali doing his homework on the ferry across to mainland Thailand

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap April 14th 2017

I arrived in Siem Reap after a 6 hour bus journey from Phnom Pen. Settled in and went for a walk if you want to go shopping Siem Reap is the place to go the markets are never ending with everything you can imagine in almost every colour i had to treat myself to one or two things it would be rude not to. I swiftly found pub street and enjoyed sitting with a cold beer watching the world go by listening to live music from the bar across the street (the one i was in had cheaper beer). I wandered back to the hostel and had some dinner. My first night was pretty quiet and headed to bed reasonably early, i had some planning to do and couldn't decide which dicker to buy for Angkor ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap April 11th 2017

So, in my previous post I detailed how we took a trip to Thailand and managed to squish in a little trip to Cambodia and Malaysia along the way (to see a couple of the main highlights) and wanted to see as much as possible in a short amount of time. Ever since I have known what the temples of Angkor were, I have wanted to go, no matter what it took. I had to go there and seeing as we were in that part of the world it would be a shame not to. A short early morning flight from Bangkok and we were in Siem Reap. There was a bit of faffing with the Visa, and we needed to bring a passport photo with us and it takes a little bit of queuing, but ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap April 5th 2017

Geo: 13.4691, 104.041No sunrise this morning just a very leisurely start for WayJay. In fact it was a little sleep in for everyone because it was a "freedom of choice" selection on the itinerary.Loraine opted to be the group's front runner for shopping and joined 7 others for a look at some specialty shops and back street markets. In a convoy of three tuk tuks, Loraine was loaded up with Diane and Fiona as partners in shopping crime. According to all reports all shoppers (and therefore vendors) were winners and purchases were made. Loraine scored a bag, some shirts and at the same time scored a hit for the AMOK curry. The rest of the group will retrace these steps in the afternoon.Richard headed off in a tuk tuk with Lorraine from Newcastle in the direction ... read more
Love the soup for breakfast.
Country views from the horse cart ride.
Richard loving the visit to the stables.

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap April 4th 2017

Geo: 13.4691, 104.041OMG. One of those touristy days that is just the best. I am a confessed Angkor Wat groupie. How can I help you to understand that despite the horses, the elephants, the monkeys, the dogs, the birds, the buses, the tuk tuks, the cars, the vendors, the police, the children and the 10 000 other sunrise tourists, this was a moment of personal peace and solitude. This was a moment that inspired awe and that refreshed the soul. This just was!You found a spot. You planted your feet. And then you watched. The clouds provided the perfect backdrop for the sun to splash its oranges, reds, pinks and golds and for the silhouette of Angkor Wat to pop out of the horizon. I actually can't believe how "personally" quiet it was given the hordes ... read more
Arrived by torch light.
The clouds added to the backdrop.
Champagne sunrise.

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap April 3rd 2017

Geo: 13.4691, 104.041That was a day of endurance! Up early for a low key breakfast that contained no fluids because you definitely needed bladder stamina for the land transport to Siem Reap. I can say with some certainty that we ended the trip at the muddy bank of PrekK'Dam- an area that we had visited earlier in the week and the subject of one of the losing bets for Richard.The morning farewells just flew by and, with colour coded luggage successfully outside our cabin by 6.30 and breakfast with Leah completed we assembled in the Saigon Lounge one last time before departure.I was done before we we even made it up the mud steps to the bus. The combination of the knee, the back pack and the uneven uphill climb had my back in spasm so ... read more
So many choices.
Last TOOLong briefing on cruise.
Well good bye sailor!

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap March 21st 2017

Unless I have not gone to sleep, my sunrises are few and far between and are generally only reserved for special occasions. These occasions number a few on my journey and Angkor Wat was definitely a place that would be "sunrise worthy". I did indeed watch the pink sun rise from the East in the Cambodian jungle revealing what is known as the largest religious site on the planet. The mighty Angkor Wat. The sight of the complex in the first moments of the new dawn rob you of words. It is an incredible feeling and an even more stupendous sight. Angkor Wat was the final stop and the sunrise the pinnacle moment of my three day exploration of the extensive ancient city complex of Angkor. Getting into Cambodia, I'll spare you most of the details. ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap March 5th 2017

Angkor Wat is probably the grand finale of Cambodia and of this whole trip, so getting up for the sunrise seemed in order, but a 4 a.m. start seemed a bit early when the sunrise is at 6:40 and we are only 15 minutes from the site! Of course no one had explained the hour long wait to get the tickets. Not sure why there was an hour long wait, I just think they like to complicate things round here, and it true to say that if they wanted to arrange a party in a brewery they would struggle. Anyway, on schedule, up came the sun, and it was round and orange as usual. The hundreds of people all oohed and ahwed, lots a awesome were heard, but why does the really tall guy (wearing a ... read more
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Nature takes over




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