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Feb 12, 2008 - At the Angorian temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia

We started out at 8am with a visit to Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures and Ta Prohm. Then Takeo, Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon. We saw the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk (Hindu legend), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara). In the afternoon after a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant we visited the most famous of all the temples...

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Nov 18, 2007 - The Trouble with Trees!

Possibly due to mild jet lag, I felt fine at 5am, when my guide and driver took me and my breakfast box off to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat! As it was before dawn, it was pitch black, and after a 15-20 minute ride, I and my guide were dropped off at a gate across a track into the jungle. We then had a 10 minute walk through the lovely warm night, along the track, before arriving at the north gate to Angkor Wat, which was just visible in the greying night. The towers against the sky were very dramatic and beautiful, but there wasn't...

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Nov 15, 2007 - Angkor Wat

From Ko Chang it was a full day of boats and buses to the Thailand border to get a Cambodia visa and walk over to Cambodia. Border towns are often dirty, shady places where scam artists and low lifes abound, and this place was no exception. After taking a tuk-tuk to right near the border, a too-helpful Thai person tried to arrange my visa and when I explained that I wanted to do it myself he told me to walk about a kilometer down a side road to the Combodian consulate. About a kilometer down this road another Thai guy on a motorcycle asked...

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Nov 3, 2007 - Sian Reap and Angkor Wat

Travel Buddies: First day Fernando and Sofia and then myself Sian Reap is a dump of a town full of dust and pushy touts although it has a great handicraft market. Angkor Wat and the other temple ruins are however fantastic. Spent a hilarious first day with Fernando and a Chilean laughing our way through the Bayon and others in the Angkor Thom complex, Preah Khan and Angkor Wat itself. The following day I visited Phenom Bakheng, Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Pre Rup, East Mebon and the citadel for women Banteay Srey. Last day I visited the Rolous...

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Oct 17, 2007 - The Temples Of Angkor

Well we have finally got to Siam Reap! I have been excited about visiting Angkor Wat forever! And you know usually when you have such expectations of a place it doesn't end up being as good as this big thing you have conjured up in your mind. But it was even better! Apart from Angkor Wat there are another 45 temples of significance in the area. You can get a 1 day, 3 day or 1 week pass to visit them all. Any travellers we had spoken to before coming here said to us a day was certainly enough. I could not imagine only having one day so we...

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Jul 10, 2007 - Angkor Wat

Hello Afew days ago we finally went to the famous temples of Angkor. And wow were they worth the trip! We woke very early and hired a tuk tuk. A 24km road winds around the main temple complexes and you wouldn't be able to see it all if you walked. We arrived at the bigest and most famous of all the temples, Ankor Wat, which was the capital building of the city of Ankgor for 2 centuries, in time to see the sun rise over it and it was a fantasic site! After that we toured most of the temples on the grand circuit finishing back at Angkor Wat...

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May 21, 2007 - Cambodia, Siem Reep

This entry is a little misleading as I went to Thailand first but I only stayed in Bangkok for a couple of nights as other people were heading out to Cambodia and Vietnam and I decided it was safer to go along than to travel alone later on! I will go back to Thailand after and get my beach time!! :-) Bangkok was great, hot and humid and very very busy. There are scams everywhere you look, not huge ones just little ones to take a few extra dollars out of your wallet. The Tuk Tuk drivers always want to take you to a shop en route to where ou...

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Nicky's travels 2007

May 14, 2007 - The Temples of Angkor Wat

The temples of Angkor. WOW. So worth a look. We didn't go directly to Angkor Wat as that was to be our final stop. We first headed off to Angkor Thom. It used up about an hour I guess and even though you don't rush, we soon got our first experience of just how much you sweat while exploring. There are five gates each topped with four faces. Built in the 12th Century, it has held up well. Behind the walls Bayon awaited us. There are faces staring at you from everywhere in there. 216 to be precise. I didn't count them. I cheated and found...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

May 1, 2007 - Siem Reap, Cambodia

So the travel agent scammed me and booked me two flights so that I flew detour from Bangkok to Pakse, Loas rather than directly to Siem Reap, Cambodia. The only good thing that came out of the detour, was the view of the sunset at the Pakse airport, and extra time to read the inflight magazine about travelling in indochina on Bangkok Airways. The extra bit of reading peaked my interest about coming back again, i would like to visit ko samui in thailand, pakse in laos in addition to vietnam. Most Definitely. I arrived at 7:45pm in Siem...

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Apr 30, 2007 - The Eight Wonder of the World...

from Phnom Pehn, I took the local bus to Siem Reap about a five hour drive complete with blaring, tinny, khmer Karaoke videos the whole way. fortunately, no one was siezed by the spirit to actually stand up and sing along. Here I spent a few days exploring the amazing temples of Angkor Wat...the ancient capitol of the Khmer kongdom the streched across southeast Asia over 1000 years ago. the size and variety of the these temples was truly awe inspiring. Hopefully the pictures do it justice. Oddly enough, Siem Reap held yet another Jackson...

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Reilly on the Road

Apr 24, 2007 - Cambodia

Hey Everyone! I just have a minute on this internet connection, but wanted to let you know that we made it to Cambodia yesterday, and everyone is doing just fine. Our place here is very nice, and Jason has hired us a Tuk-Tuk driver for the week who seems like a pretty good guy. It's beyond words how different things are here, and I will try to sit down with the laptop this evening and write out a better description for you (I know, that's terrible!). Talk to you soon!

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Apr 21, 2007 - Siem Reap, Cambodia

April 21-25th - Siem Reap, Cambodia Hi ... we have safely landed in Cambodia after a relaxing week on Phu Quoc Island. Man is it hot here ... easily 40 degrees. On the tuk tuk ride from airport to hotel (10kms)....it felt like someone had a HUGE hot hairdryer on us. Siem Reap is a landing spot for all of us tourists who have flocked here to see the Angkor Wat ruins. There is a jungle of hotels, restaurants and shops here to suit all tastes. The food was excellent and the beers cold ... and that's all that matters most....right? We spent 2...

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