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Oct 1, 2015 - Cambodge - Siem Reap

Cambodge, nous revoilà! Mais cette fois-ci, on amène les mini-nous. Troisième pour Virg, c'est toujours avec plaisir que l'on revient dans ce pays qui nous avait tant plus il y a 11 ans. On ne se lasse pas des temples et c'est meme avec plus de plaisir que nous les visitons, moins presses et heureux d'en découvrir de nouveaux. Les enfants s'y perdent et aiment jouer a cache-cache; il faut dire "quel terrain de jeux!" S'ils avaient vu le film d'Indiana Jones, ils partiraient très certainement a la poursuite du ghral. Certains d'entre vous se...

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Feb 23, 2015 - Sunrise in Angkor

Amazingly my butt is not sore from our bike ride. On the way to the temple we passed the children's hospital where people were standing in a long line waiting for it to open. Our guide informed us some of them have probably been ther since 1:30am! We left at 5am to hike up a hill to a temple and then climbed to th top of the temple to watch the sunrise. We could see Angkor Wat in the distance. FYI exchange rate was $1= 4000 Riels. But American dollars were accepted every where! Beer was the same price as coke $1! I must say the attention we...

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Feb 21, 2015 - Temples and Culture

Started out early this morning by visiting a monestary and presenting alms to monks. We presented food, drinks, incense and money to 2 young monks. We had to remove our shoes sit in a specific position, fold hands and touch the mat 3 times. When we put rice from our bowls into their bowls we could not touch the side of their bowls. We each had to give half from our bowls to each monk. We then took position on the mat while they gave a blessing and we repeated the fold d hands and mat touching 3 times. We then left for Angkor Wat and saw the...

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Feb 20, 2015 - Temples

Decor is our guide for the week. He started by telling us about the 3 different time periods...pre Ankgor (before the year 1000); Ankgor (1000-1500); and post Ankgor from 1500 and on. Temples were built by Buddists and Hindus. Often times they started as Buddist and then Hindus took it over.they would remove the Buddas or just remove the head or change the look of the Buddha adding a beard to the face. Sometimes they would revert back to Buddhism. The temples were never completed as the king would die before completion and the new king...

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Jun 20, 2014 - Arrive in Cambodia!!

After a 12 hr flight from JFK to Abu Dhabi we were pleasantly surprised with the seat comfort, gracious and friendly flight attendants and yummy Indian sequel food. The next leg to Bangkok was nit bad either in Etithad. We had a delightful swim in the pool followed by a 1 hour massage at Lemongrass. Whit had duo soupo!! We had a big nap and woke up late and ate a yum bite in the hotel bar/restaurant (veg curry, wings, skewers, Cambodian noodle soup). So sleepy- good night!!!!

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Jan 16, 2014 - Día 7. Siem Reap

Buen madrugon a las 4 y poco de la manhana para ir rumbo al complejo de Angkor. Dividido en varios templos, el primero fue Angkor Wat. Aqui presenciamos el amanecer. Que pena que estuviera tan lleno de gente porque no se disfruta de igual manera. Recorrimos el templo de arriba a abajo y antes de llegar las 10 de la manhana ya ibamos rumbo a otro templo. Ahora nos tocaba Angkor Thom. Aunque menos conocido nos parecio mas espectacular. En su dia fue mas grande que Angkor Wat. Cuesta imaginar como unicamente con la fuerza humana y la ayuda de...

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Trip Journal

Aventura Indochina

Nov 15, 2013 - Boeng Lealea Temple & others

Off we go again with Pheng our local guide. He is in good form today as he as shaken off the Cambodian cold,common in the cool(!) season, he had. As we travel he is very informative & open about Cambodian life. Their economy has improved by 7% but this will not be seen by the people, just the Government & gov officials. Most farmers own an average of 1 hectare of land, government officials 500 hectares of land. Between the lowly to very poor housing we see there is an occasional smart house - gov official's! He says that Cambodia is 155 out...

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Nov 14, 2013 - Temples of Angkor

Temple Day 1!!! May be templed out by Saturday! Early start, leaving at 5 a.m.!!! to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat, which means City of the Temple. The Temples of Angkor represent 600 years of Khmer civilisation - one of Asia's greatest kingdoms. Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world! Originally a Hindu Temple built in 12th Century to the god Vishnu. It is unusual for a Khmer temple as it faces the setting sun, the symbol of death. Tuk-tuks take us to the little visited Eastern side of the great temple so a torch is...

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Jan 2, 2013 - Khmer BBQs

Last night I had an interesting dining experience. I went and tried a Khmer BBQ. Whether this was a concoction for tourists or a real Khmer dining experience, I'm not too sure. Basically, they put a gas burner on your table and then a pan on top which has a raised dome like middle. Around the outside they pour some stock and add vegetables and noodles to the broth, then on the domed bit your meat cooks. An example is visible here. It probably would have been great, except for the guy sitting next to me with his "local" wife. The...

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Jan 1, 2013 - Angkor Wat

Our last day. We spent the morning in the National Museum of Angkor which gave a great overview of the ancient Cambodian history, especially the Khmer Empire; also good descriptions of Hinduism and Buddhism. On display were many statutes of Buddha (1000 in one room alone) and the Hindu deities. It would have been good to visit the museum before visiting the ruins. That afternoon we had our last tour with Journey’s Within. First we visited a silk farm whose very bored guide showed us the steps from growing the silk worms, to making and dying...

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Jan 1, 2013 - Tuk-Tuk to Temples

What an exhausting day of climbing up and over temples. We skipped Angkor Wat this morning as I'd seen it last night and thus my day began at the walled city of Angkor Thom, which is actually bigger than Angkor Wat. The city had a 13km long wall around it as well as a 100m wide moat. We went through the south gate which is wide enough for 1 elephant it seems. Then I headed for the temple in the centre called Bayon. Bayon has a large 4 faced centre piece which the souvenir sellers are only too happy to try and sell souvenirs in the likeness...

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Dec 31, 2012 - Angkor Wat

Our second day at Ankor Wat we visited 2 more temples. The first was called Banteay Srei or Citadel of Women, so called because it is small but has beautiful bas relief carvings and pinkish sandstone. It was built in 967-1000 AD by Hindu priests and was dedicated to Shiva. Over the lintels are elaborate bas relief carvings telling Hindu stories. In one, Indra, the god of rain, sits on his 3 headed elephant and make the rain that falls over the forest. After an early visit to Bantaey Srei we drove 1 ½ hours through the countryside, passing...

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