Blogs from Siem Reap, North, Cambodia, Asia - page 4


Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap November 26th 2018

It's been all too short, but today we leave Laos to move on to our final country of this trip, namely Cambodia. I think it is fair to say that we have all loved Laos and could really have done with, at least, one more day here, but unfortunately, the Mercury Tour Bus waits for on we go! Laos has been such a lovely experience, far removed from the hustle and bustle of Vietnam and the Lao people have seemed very gentle and welcoming. Interestingly, we found out that Laos is a new destination on Mercury's Indochina itinerary and we'll definitely be recommending that it becomes a regular fixture. Our flight out of Luang Prabang was not until 14.40 and we were departing the hotel at noon, leaving us with the morning free to do ... read more
Our final morning in Luang Prabang - 2
Our final morning in Luang Prabang - 3
Our final morning in Luang Prabang - 4

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap November 17th 2018

So wonderful to be back, feels like coming home! How fortunate I am to have a wonderful but totally different life on two different continents. Disembarking the plane to the wall of heat and strange sounds and smells, makes you realize right away that you are indeed in Cambodia. I am now finding it very hard to believe that I have been here for 11 days already and arrival is but a distant memory. So much has happened in that time. I had a very warm welcome at the school and more hugs than I ever imagined possible. Really rewarding that so many of the children remembered me by name. So glad to be back. I will not be doing much in the classroom this time, I have taken on the role of volunteer coordinator, so ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap November 9th 2018

Jetzt sind wir seit einer Woche in Kambodscha und haben noch 3 Wochen vor uns. Die allgemeinen Daten zuerst: Die Leute sind unheimlich nett, das Wetter ist immer sonnig, aber mit 32 bis 34 Grad am Tag und 25 Grad in der Nacht sehr anstrengend, das Essen ist lecker, unser Hotel ist schön und die Sehenswürdigkeiten faszinierend. Und wer schon mal in Indien war, wird den Verkehr extrem entspannt finden: zwar gelten auch hier keine Verkehrsregeln, aber die Fahrer sind sehr achtsam. Wir sind also eindeutig sehr zufrieden mit der Wahl unseres Reiseziels. Warum geht man nach Siem Reap? Weil es dort die weltbekannten Tempel von Angkor gibt. Das haben zwar außer uns noch einige andere mitbekommen, aber da das Gebiet so weitläufig ist, dass wir in 3 ganzen Tempeltagen nur einen Teil davon sehen konnten, ... read more
Mangroven beim Stelzendorf Kompong Phluk
Banteay Srei: Relief
Bayon: Tempel der 216 Gesichter

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap October 24th 2018

From TripAdvisor, of course: You’d think the url=,TheWorld%27sTopRatedHotelonTripAdvisorCosts%24113aNight,chenk,NEW,ART,653043,201801,I/ popular hotel on a site like TripAdvisor would cost you an arm and a leg to stay in. However, travelers looking to experience something truly great will be happy to learn that staying in one of the most well-regarded hotels in the world costs a mere $113 a night. url=,TheWorld%27sTopRatedHotelonTripAdvisorCosts%24113aNight,chenk,NEW,ART,653043,201801,I/'s Hotel, located in the center of Siem Reap, url= read more
They delivered us back to airport in the 76 Rolls
Reception area and staircase
My rather large room at Viroth's

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap October 23rd 2018

When I first listened or watched to the news and heard Cambodia, Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge, and genocide, it made me sick. They ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979, and were autocratic, xenophobic, paranoid, and repressive. The genocide was part of their social engineering. The resulting deaths from diseases like malaria, and the Khmer Rouge's ethnic cleansing, for lack of a better word, took its toll on minorities and the less fortunate. Fast forward to about 2004, on our first trip to SE Asia, specifically in Bangkok. We were eating at a little noddle stand in a small grocery store in Bangkok when we struck up a conversation with another American. He stated, matter of factly, that Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia was the greatest, most interesting place he had ever experienced. While we ... read more
At Siem Reap temple.
Cambodian food
Famous Pub Street

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap October 23rd 2018

I have been fortunate to have visited this wonderful country twice before. What makes it different now? Our friend, Roath, who was our guide on our first trip here, is now a wife and mother of two children. On our last visit here, she was still a single lady and joined us for dinner at the fancy French restaurant in our hotel. Before I tell you more about this interesting and changing city, let me tell you about that dinner. We were staying at the best hotel resort in Siem Reap, and invited Roath to join us. She had never eaten French food before, and was most pleased to be invited to join us. But she was not treated very nicely by the staff. Perhaps they perceived she did not "belong" there, since she was one ... read more
Some Khmer food
Infamous Pub Street
A durian smoothie???

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap October 15th 2018

Pada rozhodnutie, idem do tych predrazenych chramov (domaci maju vstup gratis). Poziciavam bicykel u sympatickej dievciny cca 20m napravo od ubytka za dva dolare. Vcera zjednavat nik nechcel. Ranajky vybavene v pojazdnom stanku . Doprava v pohode, vsetci jazdia ohladlpune. Predak listok je od komplexu cca 7km . Nebolo treba kukat ani do mapy, stacilo sledovat tour busy a tuktukarov. Parkujem bicykel (nieco ako nasa liberta), zamykam ho a sup ho kupit listok. Kopa okienok, rozdelenych podla toho aky chce clovek vstup (1,3,7) Najviac ludi pri jednodennych listkoch ale vsetko to boli busove tour. Tie uplne mixnute, stary lude, mlady lude (zvacska uk). Idem k poslednemu okienku, tam nikoho. Fotka, vytlacenie listka, platba kartou a hotovo. Cela procedura od odparkovania bicyklu asi 10.min Vstupenka len obycajny papier, ziadne ochranne prvky. Fotka je na vs... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap October 14th 2018

Noc totalne nahovno. Stropny fan som musel vypat bo furt mi to fukalo do ucha. Otvoril som okno, chvalabohu zacalo prsat tak sa aspon trocha ochladilo. Na ranajky vybhnutie ako vzdy, k malej pekarnicke kde nakupuje vela lokalov. Davam chlapikovy za 4ks 2k ale vraj cena je 3.5k. Nuz bral som nove kusy tak mozno hej abo ma odrbal. Po hygiene presun do lobby. Vyzdvihnut ma mali dojst o 10.00. No ani o 10.30 (odchod busu) nik. Nakonec chlapik co to vybavoval ma ukludnoval, pick up je tu zachvilu. Dosol 10.40, vyhadzuje ma pri pumpe kde je jedna bus spolocnost (meno som zabudol). Tu dalsi chlapik, bus je zruseny, tak musim ist taxikom. Ok ale nist nepriplacam. Jasne, jasne. Tak poteseni, bude to pohodlnejsie a rychlejsie. No rychlejsie to mozno aj bolo ale od pohodlia to ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap September 5th 2018

I have been meaning to get this blog written for some time, but time flies… and life gets away. Often when scrolling through Facebook and Trip Advisor I see people wanting to volunteer in orphanages or do some form of paying it forward on their upcoming trip. I, too, am one of these people. I have done it all over the last 12 years of South East Asian travel. I have participated in Orphanage visits (bad me), raised money for a house to be built for a single Mum of 5 kids who was living on a stilted piece of tin with dirty old pieces of cloth as her walls; I’ve raised money to buy school bikes and school ‘packs’ and I have taken Cambodian children on a school excursion to Angkor Wat and the local ... read more
Ready to go

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap August 7th 2018

Four days in Siem Reap was very relaxing , July is a humid time of year to visit but the rain was kept to a minimum , The Angkor Museum in Siem Reap is worth a visit to gain insight to what you will see in Angkor Wat , Pub Street in the evening is abuzz with restaurants , food stalls ,markets and bars . Angkor Wat was a lot bigger than we realized and a couple of days is recommended to cover the main sights and temples , there are 2 circuits , the large and small circuits , the small is best covered by a Tuk Tuk and the larger by car , both require the majority of the day as there are numerous sites to see , there are a lot of stairs ... read more
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat

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