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Feb 23, 2007 - Cambodian Snow in Battambang

'The boat ride from Siem Reap to Battambang is beautiful' or so they say. We figured we'd treat ourselves to said boat ride. We were told it could take anywhere from 4-7 hours depending on the water levels. We didn't take much notice of that and neglected to take into account the usual underestimates of times and the fact that we're at the hight of the dry season and so the water levels were incredibly low - it was quite a journey. We saw some beautiful countryside and got to witness how the people living on the river's banks and on the...

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Begbies on Tour

Feb 21, 2007 - Battambang

Have you ever taken a boat when you should have just taken the bus? So we knew it could take anything from 3 to 8 hours but the boat trip comes highly recommended for its scenery and glimpses of river life in rural Cambodia. Well maybe when the water was higher about 2 months ago. Basically our boat was too big for the river. The water levels are so low because it's so far into the dry season that we just should not have been on the river. We kept getting stuck. It was the first time of this entire trip that I honestly felt like we would...

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My World Odyssey

Jan 25, 2007 - Ok, we've had enough of Cambodia now! (Although Ankor Wat/Seam Reap is fab!)

We are now trying to figure our way out of Cambodia and back into Thailand and it looks like we'll be attempting an obscure border crossing called Pailin (probably quite apt as Alan was mistaken for the Great Man himself in a bookshop in Phnom Penh - and went along with the mistaken identity which was quite funny!) So, next update will hopefully be from a sunshine island paradise, assuming the next part of the journey goes well... very little written about this crossing and it seems it hasn't been possible for too long so it'll be...

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Jan 24, 2007 - Battambang, Cambodia

Having got 'Templed out' we decided to catch a boat across the amazing Tonle Sap lake from Siem Reap to Battembang, another offbeat and dusty town and apparently Cambodia's 2nd largest. We spent a couple of nights here, arriving by lengthy boat trip from Siem Reap . Not much to write home about but preferable to Tbeng Meanchey, universally voted most crappy town by Kay, Richard, Alan and myself! . The Lonely Planet describes the journey as 'the most breathtakingly scenic in Cambodia' but I think the author may have been under the influence...

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Jan 15, 2007 - Batambang saai?

Battambang is de op 1 na grootste stad van Cambodja. Qua grootte misschien vergelijkbaar met Doetinchem! Het straatbeeld wordt voor 70% bepaald door brommers, 20% fietsen en 10% auto's. Om even aan te geven hoe ver hier de ontwikkeling is. Vandaag zijn we met een tuktuk het platteland opgegaan. Een tochtje terug in de tijd. We hebben een aantal bedrijfjes bekeken. Een rijstpapier fabriekje, daar maken ze de loempiavelletjes. Een fabriekje waar ze bamboe vullen met zoete rijst en dan roken tot een plaatstelijke lekkernij. Daarna tukten we...

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Jan 13, 2007 - Boottocht van Siem Reap naar Battambang

De boot was tot voor kort in Cambodja de manier om van A naar B te komen. Sinds een paar jaar worden de wegen verbeterd, waardoor op veel routes de bus tegenwoordig een snellere vervoermiddel is dan de boot en veel bootdiensten zijn ook al verdwenen. De weg van Siem Reap naar Battambang is echter nog steeds heel slecht, dus namen we vandaag de boot. Het leuke van deze boottocht is dat ie een heel stuk over het Tonle Sap meer gaat en verder daarna verder over rivieren en kanaaltjes. Het Tonle Sap meer is een bijzonder meer. In de droge tijd...

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Dec 4, 2006 - Battambang

Her observations: Whenever we ride into a town known to be popular with tourists, we instantly salivate at the thought of some real, non-sweet coffees to be had. Battambang failed to leave us feeling satiated in that department. The town itself has very few businesses set up with tourists in mind, except for countless, cutthroat guesthouse operations and money exchangers/jewelry shops. Nevertheless, it is still a very interesting Cambodian town. It doesn't feel like Cambodia's second largest city, but than again we haven't seen Phnom Penh...

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Somewhere in Asia

Dec 3, 2006 - Sisophon to Battambang

Distance: 73.03km Her thoughts: We discovered Sisophon on our way out of town. We stopped for breakfast of rice and meat(?) near a local food market. It was a crazy scene - a mix of food sellers, scooters, bicycles, trucks and crowds of people, moving in all directions without hesitation. Everything and everyone was flowing together. The noise was something you could get used to if you sat there long enough, but could never fully tune out. We watched a man deliver a 3m long piece of ice as he made it slide across the ground beside our...

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Somewhere in Asia

Dec 2, 2006 - Sa Khao to Sisophon (Cambodia)

Distance: 114.18km She said: We started riding early enough to enjoy the morning's coolness. The road continued to be paved and rather boring. The traffic was minimal, and I occupied myself by counting greater than life images of the King that could be seen from the road. I counted 30 by the time we stopped for a quick breakfast of rice noodle soup, some grey balls and instant coffee with sweet soymilk. We watched a few dogs get up, scratch, roll in the dirt, check out food possibilities around the food stalls, and get into a territorial...

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Somewhere in Asia

Sep 12, 2006 - Battambang..

We caught the boat.. i think i said bus in the previous posting.. a lapse so I will have to find that and correct it. The boat journey was really quite fantastic. We got underway on this ricketty old thing at around 7.30 am arghh!! There are all these floating villages that you get to see along the way. Pretty incredible. The only place in each area that is not floating is the temples. They build them on solid ground but the rest of the houses are all mobile and they apparently move up and down the river as the water levels rise and fall....

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ORR TRAVELS 2006

Sep 10, 2006 - CAMBODIA: Battambang

After a slow scenic, tree-branch dodging 6 hour boat trip Lisa and I arrived in Battambang known for its French architecture..... apparently! I was a little disappointed with the city. However the surrounding countryside, mainly the bamboo train, ensured it was not a trip wasted. Lisa and I had a moto-tour of the villages and then jumped on the bamboo train. I am unsure why they call it a train! It is basically a homemade (and I mean homemade) form of transport, that runs along a working railway. It looks like a plank of wood with an engine...

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Sep 7, 2006 - Battambang

Battambang was a massive success. I think this was one of my favourite experiences this trip - tourists were such a novelty and we were made so very welcome. Having booked into the Royal Hotel - a bizarre place which reminded me of the hotels you see war correspondants holed up in during a siege - Jonathan set about locating Tony, who was to be our guide for the next day. After a good bit of bartering it was agreed that we'd have him and another moto for about US$15 and we'd meet him downstairs at 0800hrs. (That was our big mistake!) We...

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