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May 2, 2011 - Sihanoukville

We arrived in Sihanoukville at 7.30 in the evening after a bad journey, on a cramped local bus (we were the only tourists on the bus). had to get a tuk tuk from the bus station, and we were pretty sure by the end of the ride that the driver was drunk. Checked into Monkey Republic which was a really cool backpacker place to stay. Sihnoukville is cambodia's main seaside resort, so the main street down to the beach is full of the usual, restaurants, bars & souvenier shops. Our first full day we spent on serendepity beach, its a pretty beach...

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Apr 20, 2011 - Battambang

Arriving at 11am, we wondered if it was a good idea coming here, the town seemed very run down & quiet, with most shops closed. We made our way in a tuk tuk to a guest house we had found out about called 'tomato'. It was a small family run business, they had a son who must have been about 5 yrs old who was really cute, he offered us eggs to eat and wanted to play games with us. We realised that the town was so quiet due to it being around the time of new year, which explained why most of the shops were shut also. We grabbed some brunch and...

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Mar 5, 2011 - Cambodia - Battambang

Hi again, We spent a couple of nights in Battambang, mainly so we could spend some time exploring the surrounding countryside and see what rural Cambodia is like. The tuk tuk driver we'd hired for the day went by the pseudonym of 'Mr. Rich' – his real name (Pengan) clearly posing too much of a challenge for the tourists. Or maybe his daytrips were extremely lucrative business... We really enjoyed seeing real village life, accompanied by a local. We saw how rice paper pancakes (used for spring rolls) are made and dried in the sun on bamboo...

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Rolene On Tour

Jan 13, 2011 - Battambang

Hello again, We spent our last day in Siem Reap cycling around the remaining temples that we hadn't seen. At the last one, the furthest of the whole area, I (s) had a puncture on my hire bike... Again getting late and closer to sunset (no lighting in the park and of course no lights on our bicycles) we cycled as fast as we could. Finally we found a guy with a pump who helped us out and we nearly reached the guesthouse before having to walk (we're used to walking). Early start next day as we were supposed to be picked up at 6.30 am, one...

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Ashburners Adventure

Jan 4, 2011 - Battambang

Arrived 4th January Departed 5th January W eplanned on spending maybe a couple of days in Battambang but after visiting and riding on the bamboo train we realised there wasn’t much else to do so we left. The bamboo train was very random. Literally a cart made from bamboo on a one way railway track powered by some random engine attached to the back! If you met another train coming towards you, the rule apparently was, whoever was the lightest got off and the whole cart was removed from the track so the other train could pass. Me and Vic came...

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Flip flop's tour

Oct 5, 2010 - Zen and the Art of Motorcycling !

"When I am 18 I am going to get a motorbike !", words that put fear into the heart of many a western parent who immediately imagine a phone call from a distant hospital or worse a visit from the local police informing them of their son or daughter's tragic accident that has left them injured, paralysed or even worse dead. As a result in the West, motorbikes and bikers tend to be associated with speed, danger and death, an image strengthened by Hollywood's tendency to put movie villains or hitmen on black bikes with black helmets....

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Sep 8, 2010 - Battambang, Vietnam

Yesterday we walked in and around the central market and up and along one side of the river (stopping off for a palm sugar drink and then some corn on the cob and then some snails with a spicy dip!) before walking round a temple very briefly and crossing over the river again to walk further along the other side. There we saw openings in the grass showing prison cells dug deep down in the ground which were used to keep the people of this town in line after the Khmer Rouge era. Not a very nice place to be put!!! When we walked back towards my...

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Sep 1, 2010 - Battambang

Battambang war ein richtig netter Zwischenstopp auf unserem Weg von Siem Reap um den Tonle Sap See herum. Obwohl es die zweitgroesste Stadt des Landes ist, verirrt sich kaum ein Tourist dorthin, was unglaublich entspannend war nach den wirklich anstrengenden Tagen in Angkor. Auch dort wurden wir natuerlich direkt beim Auststeigen aus unserem Bus von einer Horde Tuktuk-Fahrer begruesst und haben uns dann einen aus dieser Masse von kleinen Maennern ausgesucht, der uns dann zu einem netten Hotel in der Naehe gebracht hat. Ein riesiges Zimmer,...

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Feb 22, 2010 - Beautiful Battambang

On the move again. Today we are in Battambang, Cambodia. We left Siem Reap yesterday morning on a bus and arrived in Battambang around noon. This is a really small town that most tourist bypass but there are some amazing things to be seen and we’ve really enjoyed the last day and night. First, to end Siem Reap and Angkor Thom we visited our last two temples. We started at 5:00am and headed to Angkor Wat to watch the sunrise. Although there was never actually a sun rise... we had an awesome time. We explored the temple for well over an hour....

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Apr 14, 2009 - Cooking in Battambang

Having received a recommendation from a friend about the cooking course in Battambang, I decided to book myself in. The course is run by a husband and wife team from their home, which they built only last year. I was picked up on a motorbike by the husband and taken to the local market. It was completely crazy busy because of Khmer New Year and all my sense were assaulted, primarily my nose! The piles of birghtly coloured produce looked absolutely gorgeous, and there was quite a lot of vegetables I'd never seen before. The fish an meat...

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Kirsti's Odyssey

Apr 13, 2009 - Dusty Battambang

Battambang is the second biggest city in Cambodia, and it is a charming little town, full of colonial architecture that is mostly fading and crumbling gracefully, but in some instances has been restored beautifully. It is also inundated with mobile phone shops, there is literally one every five shops or so. That said, it took me almost two days of shopping around and being given the bum-steer before I finally managed to buy one! When I did, I was very happy however, as it costs only 4c to send a message to Australia... well that's what I...

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Kirsti's Odyssey

Mar 18, 2009 - Battambang

Battambang is very quaint city with very little concession to western ways or the influx of tourism. I walked around for at least an hour and was yet to find one resturant with a menu AND prices in English. An added challenge is that only 3 streets seem to have names and all the rest are unmarked, so landmarks are the only way to go. The roads in the centre of town are sealed but mostly they are dirt or rock, which makes for a very dusty place. I am starting to doubt that it is the 2nd biggest city... I hired a guy to take me on his...

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Taking the Long Way

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