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Jan 6, 2013 - Leaving Bangkok and crossing into Cambodia

This morning after breakfast we head to the Cambodian Border by private minivan,a journey of approximately 4 hours through the heart of Thailand. Upon arrival at the Poipet border we cross by foot through immigration. Please be aware that this can sometimes take up to 1.5hrs to complete formalities. Once in Cambodia we board our private bus and continue to Battambang (2 hours). Upon arrival we check into our hotel and have a few hours to explore this riverside city before dinner. Battambang is considered the 'rice bowl' of Cambodia. 90% of...

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Jan 5, 2013 - Khmer cookery

Today i went to cooking school, Khmer style. First up we went to the local market to buy ingredients. Lets just say the fish was pretty fresh there, as the sellers, first knock the fish out then cut it up and descale it etc. Nice and gory start to the day. The first dish we cooked was my favourite amok curry. Now this was done in true "from scratch" style, including chopping everything finely to then pounding it in the mortar and pestle to make a delicious curry paste. I can also say I know how to get coconut milk from a coconut. I hear...

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Jan 4, 2013 - Battambang Bamboo train

Today I caught a bus to Battambang, which is not far from Siem Reap, although Cambodian bus times leave a lot to be desired. They seem to quote the absolute best time a car could do without stopping as to how long the bus will take, rather than just say 4 hours for a 180km trip, they say 2 hours, because 4 makes it look like they take too long! On arrival, I planned to have a relaxing afternoon wandering the town. Instead I went out to ride the bamboo train. I'm sure my father will be jealous and then tell me he has done that before. When...

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Mar 18, 2012 - Cambodia - Day 10 - The Killing Cave

Battambang has a population of roughly 140,000 people. Said by proud locals to produce Cambodia's finest rice, tastiest oranges and sweetest coconuts. Today we take a tour, via tuk-tuk driven by "Ya-ya" with another couple from France (Danny & Delphine) for a whopping $10 US for the both of us. First stop was the Bamboo Train, what a disappointment that turned out to be. Historically it's actually an ultra-light bamboo frame powered by a 6HP gasoline engine - the whole contraption runs along the warped, French-era, single track rail line....

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Mar 17, 2012 - Cambodia - Day 9 - Tonle Sap Boat trip & Water Villages

First item for the day - it's my Dad's St. Patrick's Birthday, Happy Birthday Dad, we love you! Technically it is only the 16th of March back in Canada but here in Cambodia it is the 17th so we like to celebrate birthdays in both countries, by the time we arrive in Battambang tonight it will be Dad's "official" Canadian B-Day. Tonle Sap - Heartbeat of Cambodia. The largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, the Tonle Sap is an incredible natural phenomenon that provides fish and irrigation water for half the population of Cambodia. The...

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Feb 25, 2012 - Battambang: Track 3 - Tuk-Tuks and Temples

Hello Everyone! Had a busy couple of weeks since I last updated you all!\ We really enjoyed the rest of our stay on Ko Tao. We spent a day snorkling, and found a beach bar where these awesome Burmese guys did fire poi all night. I think we could have happily stayed there a few more nights! However on the Monday we got the boat back over to the mainland, and the sleeper train overnight back up to Bangkok (much nicer way to travel than the bus!). We then flew to Phnom Penh. The first thing we noticed about Cambodia was the INSANE roads. We...

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Jan 19, 2012 - Crash Battambang Wallop!

Hello all, We are in Battambang having a great time. Petrina has done a cooking class, we've ridden the Bamboo Train, visited the Killing Caves and wandered around town. Hi, I don't know what happened to the rest of this entry but I'll re-write it. Petrina's cooking class went exceptionally well. Not that I'm supprise (wink) hehe. No, it was delicious and a great treat. She had a big smile on here face when I arrived to gorge down her offerings (oh missus!). Anyway a great evening and some nice pics of the next winner of Comne Dine With Me...

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Asian Adventure 2011

Sep 14, 2011 - Cambodia

Hello all!! So I am sorry I am a bit late getting started so I have to get 2 weeks worth of travels into one journal.I arrived in Saigon on August 31 and from there went to Phnom Penh as my first stop in Cambodia.From there I have been to the beach and up to Angkor Wat and just finished with Cambodia, leaving Battambang this morning.So here has what has been going on since I got to Asia... Saigon: I got off the plane and got my visa and gathered my stuff and then stepped out of the airport only to realize that I had no money,no idea where...

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May 19, 2011 - Hoi An

We left Nha-trang in the evening for an overnight bus journey to Hoi An. Being thrown around the bus with every turn of a corner and a vietnamese man snoring in my ear meant that i spent most of the night listening to my ipod....and hoping the battery would last- luckily it did!! Once we arrived in the little town, we checked in to 'Hop Yen hotel' and napped for a few hours. In the afternoon we rented a scooter for $4 (and had a mini crash) and ventured to the beach. Its a really pretty beach with vietnamese restaurants & a few souvenier...

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May 14, 2011 - Mui Ne & Nha Trang

In total we spent 3 nights in Mui Ne and 3 in Nha Trang, both are beach resorts so is very much same same but different! Mui Ne was a totally chilled area with one main boulevard where all the shops and restaurants where. We did very little in there apart from relax in nice restaurants and chill by the pool! We found one really nice (expensive!) bar called Sankara which we could have spent forever in! One afternoon when it was really windy we visited the famous red and yellow sand dunes. We rented a quad bike to get around the bigger,...

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May 13, 2011 - Saigon (HCMC)

Leaving the capital at 12pm we were expecting to get to Saigon at arou8nd 6am, obviously were on cambodian time meaning we didn't leave until 1.20am and over 10hours later we arrived, very tired and grouchy. We jumped into a taxi, who seemed to be very helpful but when we paid him he decided to drive off with our change, so we were down $30! We wondered around and eventually found a guest house, and our room was on the 4th floor, 90 steps up! we did all we could to avoid extra journeys back to the room!! We spent our first day in Saigon...

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May 9, 2011 - Phnom Penh

We checked in to Okay guesthouse late that evening, it was the first room we've had with a tv in so we were pretty chuffed! In the morning we went out to explore the city and its famous russian market. We all came away with a few goodies that we didnt need but that we couldnt refuse at such cheap prices!! In the evening we headed to the riverside which is where most of the bars and restaurants are. It was really pretty! it was busy with lots of cambodian's just chilling with their friends, kids practising their break dancing,and of course...

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