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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap January 30th 2003

The speedboat the next day took us through Tonle Sap - which is a large inland lake formed when the sea pushed back on the river. It is quite amazing and at times you can't see either shore from the boat. I slept a lot on the boat and when we got to Siem Reap about 6 hours later I headed to Smileys guesthouse that was recommended by Kristen. I got a nice room, ate some food and then slept for about 16 hours - Phnom Penh was a great city, one of the favorites on my travels, but it had unbeknownst to me exhausted me. Most people visit Siem Reap so they can explore Angkor Wat - the world famous temples built between 7 and 11 centuries ago and rediscovered only in the last one ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh January 25th 2003

The guy who sold me the tickets had told me that there was one place left on the minivan, and he was right in a way - there were only 3 of us with tickets on the minivan that would take 25 as I would find out later... The other two on the minivan were a couple from Australia and were good company as we traveled the extremely dusty road under construction across 5 ferry crossings. It was probably just as well that the road was under construction in that it had been flattened since some of the stories of huge potholes I had heard were made, but the dust was quite choking at times. At one of the crossings - I think the forth maybe - our bus wouldn't start so we gave it a ... read more

Asia » Cambodia January 21st 2003

Time came for Kristen to head back to the US, and I to Cambodia where I am now.I had decided to take the southern route into the country near Trat and was hoping that the border guards would not charge me too much for the 1-month visa available on entry. That border had only opened up in the last few years and there were some stories of corruption from there. I met an American women who was a bartender from New Orleans on the boat from Ko Chang to the mainland and we got a songthew (Thai shared taxi like a pickup with 2 rows of seats in the back and a roof) together to Trat from Laom Gop. In Trat we found the place to catch the minivans to Cambodia without any problems and there ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor January 14th 2003

After returning from the remote jungles of northern Cambodia, a 3 day journey on horrid roads, sick with fever and diarrhea, thinking I was going to die, I arrived in Siem Reap and got some antibiotics to finally kick my recurring Ghiardia. I then spent three amazing days exploring the mind-blowing temples of Angkor Wat. From there it was anotger horrible day's journey on shit roads for an intense return back to Thailand... Nov 28 2002 Left it I did, my guitar, at the Cambodian border. I gave it, indeed, to one of the many begging Cambodian girls who followed me around the border area and shaded me with an umbrella as I walked. No matter how awkwardly I turned or how fast I walked those little girls kept their little friggin umbrellas directly over my ... read more
Angkor 1
Angkor 2
Angkor 3

Asia » Cambodia December 27th 2002

This is part one of Cambodia. I arrived in Cambodia with a friend a few days after christmas. The travel companion did not work out and I was on my own again. I spent a lot of time talking with young monks almost everywhere I went. I ended up getting sick after my night with the Cambodian Army. Travel was extremely uncomfortable and every where you went you were harassed by touts. Luckily I witnessed no violence and most people were extremely kind. Jan 15 2003 Clouds of dust and temple must, lungs clogged by the red fog stirred up by vehicles traveling on rural cambodia roads, which are more like sandy trails, rock piles and craters. I was out in some remote territory after the sterile capital of Phnom penn and now Im in the ... read more
Children at the Tracks
Water Buffalo Cart and Child
Old French Buildings and Bike

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap December 22nd 2002

Siem Reap was friendly laid back little down in those days so after breakfast we walked down to the markets near the river it is a hot 35-degree day and we can walk the streets with out the harassment we received in Hanoi. The markets were ok I bought a few bits and pieces and gave a little money to the land mine victims and lunch was pleasant, we returned to the hotel to chill until dinner time. We ventured back to a restaurant bar in the town centre for dinner that night which was apparently a favourite haunt of Angelina Jolie when she was filming Tomb Raider. Mark is sick again, so he decided to return to his hotel while I headed on to a night club, not sure what I expected but old perverts ... read more
Siem Reap Circa 2002
One of the many other emples in the area
Beautifully carved temple decoration

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor December 19th 2002

En stund siden jeg har skrevet noe naa, men internett-forbindelsen i Cambodia er ikke av de beste. Vel, her kommer oppdateringen. Nick, Dan, og jeg dro ut i PP til en militaerbase, hvor turister kan proeve aa skyte med ekte vaapen for US$20 og oppover. Militaeret i Cambodia er saa daarlig betalt (maanedsloennen ligger paa US$40), at mange baser gjoer dette for aa tjene mer penger. Nick og Dan proevde begge to AK47 (eller noe slikt), og hadde det veldig morsomt. Nick proevde seg ogsaa paa aa drepe Coca Cola bokser med en Colt. Takk og pris ble ingen tilbudt aa drepe hverken kuer eller hoener... eller gaiter... Etter det dro vi ut til 'The Killing Field', hvor Khmer Rouge begravde ofrene sine. Det var virkelig en sterk opplevelse. Midt i staar et monument med hodeskallene ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh December 11th 2002

Naa er jeg i Phnom Penh. Kom i gaar etter en heller interessant tur gjennom Mekong Delta. Jeg kjoepte en allerede arrangert tur fra en tour agency. Men, alle de andre paa gruppen min skulle tilbringe tre dager i Mekong, mens jeg skulle bare tilbringe to dager der. Saa, jeg ble skippet til den neste byen (hvor jeg skulle bli hentet neste dag) i lokal buss. Vel, lokal buss i Vietnam er ikke helt den samme saken som i Norge. Ingen paa bussen pratet engelsk, og alle var veldig interessert i meg. I det hele tatt var jeg det store samtaleemnet, og alle var borte aa tittet paa meg og sjekket om jeg var levende. Jeg hadde et visittkort til det hotellet jeg skulle overnatte, og det var ogsaa alle veldig interessert i. Og, det er ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor December 10th 2002

Cambodia was my first experience as a solo traveler. In December 2002 on a business trip in Sai Gon, I decided to take a bus to Phnom Penh, spend a day there, then head to Siem Reap to see the Angkor temples. The road from Bavet border gate to Phnom Penh at the time was not improved yet, thus the road condition was very bad and it took us almost a day to get to Phnom Penh. The bus stopped at Capitol guest house in Phnom Penh. At their agent, we could book a tour to the Killing Fields and S-21 prison. There were 3 different times per day for the tour, so it was convenient for the tourists to choose any time they like. Next morning I bought a ticket to Choeung Ek killing fields ... read more
Angkor Thom
Angkor temple
Banteay Srey

Asia » Cambodia October 1st 2002

In the fall of 2002 I flew from San Francisco to Bangkok, where I spent 5 months wandering around and being an idiot. I spent time in Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. The most worthwhile thing I did while there was help different groups of people build adobe buildings, giving me the chance to get off the tourist trail and into remote regions where I could have real interactions with the natives. Other highlights included getting sick, puting myself in danger, and exploring Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Also, everything about Laos was delightful, despite witnessing the destruction caused by America's bombing during the Vietnam War. (People are still severely wounded on a regular basis from unexploded cluster bomblets.) After Losing my mind in Bangkok I hopped on a train and slowly made my way to Malaysia over ... read more
Bangkok Temple
Southern Jungle

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