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


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

Welcome home” is the greeting that meets you by Kol, your newest family member, as you walk out of the small Siem Reap International airport and locate your name on a sign. A dynamic, good looking Cambodian with a heart of gold is how you will always remember Kol. He is just the start of something fantastic in Siem Reap. You jump into the air-conditioned van with Kol who hands you a small platter of ice cold fruit on toothpicks and even colder waters in metal drink bottles, and so the journey begins. Along the way, Kol tells you all you need to know about Siem Reap and Jaya House RiverPark Hotel where you are headed. “What would you like to drink when we arrive at the hotel?” Kol asks. “Wine, beer, maybe a cocktail?”. My ... read more
Drinks by the pool
Sunset drinks at the Rooftop Bar
Beautiful staff that are like family

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

Wow, I can't believe I have been here for a month already! I had planned to write a blog every week, but somehow that didn't happen, so maybe I should aim for once a month!! There have been a lot of changes at the school in the month since I arrived. We were already short one teacher when I arrived, now two more have moved on to other opportunities. ABCs is a stepping stone for new teachers, so it when they move on it is because they are moving up, which is great for them, but at the same time leaves the school in a bit of an awkward position. We have been able to hire one new teacher who started last week. I have spent most of this week in his classroom helping him to ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap December 2nd 2018

Siem Reap Slightly tense moment at Da Nang airport as we realised we hadn’t paid for our luggage to come with us to Cambodia. Very kindly the Airline allowed us to shell out $120 and the cases made it. Arriving at the hotel we were advised that there was a Water festival going on and the local entertainment area ‘Pub Street’ might be a bit noisy. A bit noisy! After listening to a thumping bass from about a mile away till 5.00 in the morning - we managed to get a couple of hours sleep before breakfast. Welcome to Cambodia! Apparently we are near ‘pub’ street which made Magaluf seem like a sleepy suburb. Next morning was fairly lazy then we went on a half day tour around some of the temples - avoiding Angkor Wat ... read more
The trees taking over the temples.
photographer at work

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

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