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Mar 13, 2011 - SE Asia#2: Cambodia

We arrived at Siam Reap after all the visa formalities at the boarder. Everyone had to tip the boarder police off with $1 to get the stamp! Cambodia uses a combination or US Dollar and Cambodian Riels, this took a while to get used to! 4000 Riels = $1. We all freshened up and headed out to try some Cambodian cuisine and head to the pretty night market after. I got a fish massage in the market, you stick your feet in a fish tank and thousands of tiny fish suck and nibble your feet and toes! Christ on a bike did it tickle! The next day we...

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Dec 25, 2010 - What 'Wat' is 'Wat'??

Boxing Day and Lynda is still suffering from her cold but we get up and attempt at least a visit to the local museum in Siem Reap. It was a half day and not too strenuous AND it offered audio guides which are always a hit when you are attempting to understand a new culture. Turns out the museum was quite modern and the displays were very helpful in giving us a basic understanding of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom the "Big Two" sites people come to Siem Reap to explore. Centuries ago, the area now know as Cambodia was heavily influenced by...

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Dec 4, 2010 - Temples of Angkor

Off to see more temples and sights of Angkor today. Some of the group opted for a cooking class but of course we wanted to see more of the temples. Our first stop was Preah Khan, temporary residence of Jayavarnan VII while Angkor Thom was being built. We walked through the eastern entrance which is an unusual 2 storey structure with the look of a Greek villa, albeit slightly decayed and overgrown. The building is in the shape of a cross and is covered in vines and trees like Ta Prohm but in a better state of preservation. Next stop was...

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Southeast Asia 2010

Dec 3, 2010 - Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is the largest religious site in the world and was voted one of the new seven wonders of the world. It was built around 1112-1152 to honour the Hindu God Vishnu and is surrounded by a moat 1.5km by 1.3 km. It is just as spectacular as the pictures you see. We set out at 5am hoping for great sunrise photos but it didn't quite happen as it was cloudy. We climbed up a very steep stairway (a modern wooden one not the old steps)for wonderful views over the site. Next stop was Ta Prohm one of the most spectacular of Angkor's many...

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Southeast Asia 2010

Oct 13, 2010 - The Temples of Angkor Wat !!

Thursday saw me arrive in Siem Reap, the satellite town that services tourists wishing to visit the ancient temple complexes of Angkor. Angkor has been the centre of the Khmer empire between 800 AD and 1220 AD and during this time, the 10 Kings constructed multiple temples spread out over an area of 25 x 15km. What makes Angkor so unique therefore is that it is not just a single temple complex but that it consists of over 30 temple complexes. Each has different design, construction or decoration styles. Some are open, others surrounded by...

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Sep 15, 2010 - Angkor - on remet ca!

Virg profite de la visite de Magali pour s'échapper au Cambodge une nouvelle fois afin d'admirer les merveilles d' Angkor. Décidément les temples sont exceptionnels. Mais quelle chance d'avoir visite ces temples 6 ans auparavant alors que le tourisme s'ouvrait tout juste et que les temples étaient encore vierges d'échafaudage et de passerelles. Si vous songez a y faire un tour, dépêchez-vous avant qu'ils soient interdit de grimper sur les temples. Par contre le village de Siem Reap (la on l'on séjourne lorsqu'on vite Angkor) n'a pas résiste...

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May 4, 2010 - Angkor

4th May Insomnia hit again last night and when I eventually got to sleep I woke up early. However it meant that I could go to reception and sorted out leaving a bag of jumpers an warm clothes I needed for china in their luggage storage and I will just collect them at the end of my trip. Bonus, got a light bag now. We had an absolute marathon of a breakfast spending half an hour at the buffet (another advantage of insomnia) and I was reunited with cereal so had 4 bowls. There was also sushi on offer! Imagine that Chungking mansions. Ha. We...

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Apr 4, 2010 - Angkor Wat

welcome to cambodia!!! the heat is unbearable...drinking like 5l a day to not get a heat stroke! we were walking around angkor wat, ta phrom, angkor tom and some other temples today...sweating, sweating, sweating...3 more days until the beach, can't wait!!! angkor wat is one of these places you see a picture of and think: why this hype? but it's like cliffs of moher...you have to be there to understand the hype! not as impressive as the taj mahal, but again massive temples build by hands, millions of beautiful carvings telling stories...and...

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Feb 19, 2010 - Siem Reap, Angkor Wat

Firstly we were greeted by a really nice woman and her family, it was a family run place and only cost 2.67 a night with free breakfast and free Internet.... Nice! Next day we got a half day tuk tuk tour around the temples, in the evening found pub street. The day after that we had another tour to see the rest of the temples (i forgot my ticket so had to go back). Evening was pub street again where we met Alexander, his quiet mate, Lauren and Alice.. the Canadians...I love you mannnn, on the way home, good laugh using a coconut as a...

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Feb 19, 2010 - Cambodia; Off to Siem Reap

After the scams we had confronted at the border Poi petng at Poipet, i was under the impression that the next place we were going to could not be any worse. I was wrong, it was just as bad, a tuk tuk took us to a place we could catch a bus all the way to Siem Reap at a reasonable price. This bus station was pretty sketchy, very quiteeerie auraan eery arua, everyone looked at you as if you had horrendous a horendous crime... the reaction i got made me feel as if i had horns coming out of my head or somethstrange vblatantlyge, blatenly a...

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Dec 2, 2009 - Bikes, boats and buckets? Oh go on then, just the one..

I'll just set the scene, I am writing this on my friend's laptop in a cafe on "Pub Street" in Siam Reap, Cambodia. We are currently travelling as a 4, Me, the aforementioned Will and Rich and an American girl called Lauren, who has sadly spent 3 days in bed trying to cling on to any liquid her body will allow her to, entirely missing Angkor Wat. The boys have gone off on bicycles and I am having a day off the touring and activities for a day of admin. This, we have realized is a necessary part of the travelling lifestyle. The need to upload...

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Aug 21, 2009 - Angkor

Ed eccoci al terzo giorno. E posso anticiparvi direttamente qualcosa dei prossimi giorni. Semplicemente non ce ne saranno perche' saremo morti di stanchezza. A parte gli scherzi, la giornata di oggi e'stata davvero entusiasmante: una lunga corsa in bici tra i templi dellántico impero Khmer. Faticosa, certo, pero'posso senzáltro dire che a fine giornata ci sentivamo estremamente soddisfatta per la nostra piccola impresa. Eh si signori, perche'non e'da tutti alzarsi alle 4.30 del mattino, rischiare la vita sulle strade di Siem Reap con una...

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