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May 15, 2009 - Bug Appetizers...

You know how when you go to a bar and order a drink they may give you some peanuts to snack on? Well, I met some Cambodian friends in Siam Reep and one night we went to a local place for a beer. I had gone to the bathroom and upon my return there was a small plate of bugs on the table. Of course, wanting to fit in I quickly took one and popped it in my mouth. It really wasn't too bad. One of my Cambodian friends explained she normally takes off the head and legs before she eats them... I couldn't tell what they were.... they had wings and...

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David's 2009 Travels

May 12, 2009 - Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat: Archeology on steroids... the filmed parts of an Indian Jones movie here. The sites (plural) are extensive and well preserved. Definitely worth a few days of your vacation in SE Asia if you appreciate Archeology. What I didn't realize is this is not one site but MANY sites spread over many miles. This area was built from about 800AD to 1400 AD when the Khmer ruled much of SE Asia. For those interested the best thing is to research Angkor Wat on the internet, but the pictures give you a very limited idea of what is here.

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David's 2009 Travels

Mar 21, 2009 - Angkor Wat

Its been a great couple of days in Siem Reap so far, chilling out in the Butterfly Restaurant, lazing by the pool, taking in the sights and sounds of the time and hanging out with Boris who is also in town. I braved the early start and headed out at 4.30am today in Mr Bean's tuk-tuk to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. I bought my $20US pass on arrival and had my photo taken, which appears on the pass and was checked at every wat I went to. It was still dark when we arrived and the sun didn't rise until closer to 7am. A sleep-in would have...

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Taking the Long Way

Feb 19, 2009 - Cambodia

Sues Dei from Cambodia, We are writing from Siem Reap, home to the famous Angkor What ruins. The ruins, a wonder of the world, date back to 800 CE and comprise the world's largest religious buildings. As they are spread throughout the jungle, some parts have been reclaimed by the trees, with intricate root systems weaving through the structures. To accommodate recent boom in tourism, world class restaurants, spas and guest houses are sprouting up everywhere. This sits in contrast to the old market, rise paddies and villages that remain...

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Jan 5, 2009 - Angkor

Bonjour, La vallee d'Angkor, site classe au patrimoine mondial. Les temples ont ete decouvert par un Francais (Henri Mouhot) dans les annees 1860. Le site s'etend sur de nombreux kilometres. On peux les parcourir a pied, a velo, en elephant, en mongolfiere, en helicoptere, en 'tuck-tuck' ... Nous obtons le premier jour pour l'option velo, et nous parcourons pas loin de 50 kilometres sur des robustes velo chinois. Les differents temples ont perdus de l'authenticite a cause de l'exploitation touristique des lieux, mais reste quand meme...

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Dec 3, 2008 - Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) 2

On the 2nd day, we got up at 4:30am to watch sunrise over Angkor Wat. We got there around 5am and waited for sunrise with a quite few other early risers. It was hard to describe in words, but just really amazing when the sun came up over this biggest religious architecture in the world. It even creates holy-like atmosphere. It was also good to start early so that it was not busy with tourists and we enjoyed quiet time inside the Wat. This temple is 1.5 km² x 1.3km and built by Suryavarman ІІ and is considered the biggest Asian pyramid. It...

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Dec 1, 2008 - Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) 1

We took a Siem Reap Air flight from HCMC to Cambodia, we actually didn’t know that it was Siem Reap Airline until a few days before our departure (as we booked it on Bangkok Airways’ website). On the same day we also found out that Siem Reap Airways has just been black-listed by EU as their safety standard is not up to international safety level! So we weren’t looking forward to this flight. As it turns out the plane was empty, there were only 10 passengers including us, and the flight was actually great, had no problem, and service was...

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Sep 17, 2008 - Angkor Wat - what we had come here to see.

Today we were to see Angkor Wat! We were to do the inner circuit on this day leaving the Grand circuit for the next day. The tuk-tuk driver wanted US$ 50 for each of the two days which was ridiculous. Our hostel owner got him down to US$15 and $25 for day one and two respectively. Much better I am sure you will agree. We had seen five temples before seeing Angkor Wat and by this time I was a little templed out. Strange I know for a guy so fixated by churches in the early part of his trip:)) The fact that it had not stopped raining since we...

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Jun 27, 2008 - Angkor Wat

Today is temple day - and nowadays listed by many as the eighth wonder of the world. Began with the alarm going off at 4am to make sure that we could get a good seat to watch sunrise. Half the world had their alarms set to the same time, it seemed, and given that it was a bit cloudy the sunrise was nice but not spectacular. A walk towards the main temple buildings led to a small lake in which the minarets were silhouetted - nice_ and we were able to sit at a shady table and eat out boxed breakfasts. Rice in any form always seems a little...

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Jun 12, 2008 - We reach Cambodia

The rain completely soaked me on my way to the internet cafe. It's monsoon season in Cambodia, a country that's left us shaken and stirred - poverty is real, it's there, and it's in-your-face. The current Cambodia is hard to understand, especially when compared to its former self: Angkor, the ruins of the Khmer Empire, is like a different world from the dirty, tin-can towns of Poipet and, to a point, Siam Reap. A real sensory overload, that I won't bother to really delve into, seeing we'll be home in about a week, which is also quite...

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Jonas & Jonathan

Mar 3, 2008 - Ancient Angkor, Cambodia

March 4, 2008 Siem Reap, Cambodia Has anyone ever heard of the Wallace Line? It's the line in Indonesia between Bali and the next island to the east called Labock (sp?). where the animal species differ considerably - Bali having all the species that SE Asia has and Labock having no SE Asian species but having Australian-type animals. The two islands are only 10 miles apart. What's that all about???? We arrived yesterday in time to visit the market here in Siem Reap - something I won't need to do again. This morning we visited the Angkor...

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Feb 21, 2008 - Amazing Angkor Wat!!!

ANGKOR WAT – A VERY, VERY BRIEF HISTORY Angkor literally means ‘Capital City’ or ‘Holy City’ and Khmer refers to the dominant ethnic group in modern and ancient Cambodia. In its modern usage ‘Angkor’ has come to refer as the capital city of the Khmer Empire that existed in Cambodia between the 9th and 12th Centuries. At its height of power the 25 sq. km site at Angkor Wat housed over 1 million people with more than 40 temples. After a seven month seige on Angkor in 1431 by the Thai the capital was moved to its current location in Phnom...

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