Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Achea Thik, CB16, Cambodia

Nov 12, 2007 - Siem Reap

We woke up and saw on the news that one of the leaders of the Khmer Rouge had been arrested! This man had lived in luxury for over 30 years after he ordered mass murder on thousands of people.....however! he is now 87 years old! We caught a flight to Siem Reap. We were in a fab hotel WITH A POOL! so we just chilled in the afternoon. That evening we went to 'bar street!' (which speaks for itself!)then went to the night market. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Day 2 The temples of Angkor...

Jump to full entry

Oct 26, 2007 - Angkor Wat

So at 9am this morning I was aboard an elephant marching through the ancient gates to Angkor Thom. Once inside we were clamoring all over the temple with about a million South Koreans! We spent the majority of the morning at Angkor Thom which is one of the biggest 3 temples at Angkor. The rest of the morning and afternoon were spent visiting 4 other smaller temples which were all unique and very interesting. We had lunch at a local restaurant that was in the shadow of Angkor Wat. At one of the last temples, I met a Johnnie! This world is...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Southeast Asia 2007

Oct 25, 2007 - Siem Reap

This morning we flew from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (because of bandits on the ground route.) We got our 3-days passes for the Angkor temple complex and then headed into town. We got a quick walking tour of town before having the coolest lunch in an awesome bakery/restaurant/lounge! After lunch a bunch of us hired tuk-tuks to take us about 26 miles out of town to a temple we're not going to get to and the landmine museum. The temple was beautiful, the detail that remains is out of this world! Cambodia is one of the most mined countries in the...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Southeast Asia 2007

Sep 5, 2007 - Angkor Wat!

As documented, it is definitely one of the wonders of the world! We woke up at the crack of dawn (or just before), and rode in a tuk tuk about 20 minutes to angkor wat where we watched the incredible sunrise over the picture worthy monstrosity! We had decided the day before to pay for a guide to take us around for the day, as we knew there was a LOT of history throughout the wats and a guidebook could only tell us so much. Our guide (name was Phin) spent about two hours with us inside angkor wat telling us about every single detail...

Jump to full entry

Jul 7, 2007 - Siem Reap

Hi guys we took an arduous 9hr bus journey to Siem Reap yesterday, the base town for exploring Cambodia's, and perhapes the whole of South East Asia's most famous and magnificant sight, the temples of Angkor. On the journey over we were told we would pass through the town of Skuon, the capital of the exotic trade of deep fried spiders!!! The locals poke sticks into the big hairy taurantula burrows to hook them out. The spiders are then deep fried and are considered a delicacy! Gross but well worth a visit we thought! We were told we had to...

Jump to full entry

Jun 21, 2007 - Battambang

"Battambang is an elegant riverside town sheltering the best-preserved French period architecture in the country. The stunning boat journey from Siem Reap lures travelers here..." Lonely Planet: South-East Asia on a Shoestring 13th Edition (March 2006) N has forbidden me from swearing. Therefore, I can only say that I disagree. With such a recommendation we thought that Battambang (not Battenburg) would be a good place to spend a few days and that, at the very least, the boat journey here would avoid us having to spend yet more hours on...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Takeaway Tales

Jun 18, 2007 - Siem Reap

It's been a while since we crossed a country border on foot so maybe we were just a bit out of practice but our transition from Thailand to Cambodia was anything but smooth. As soon as we left the bus at the immigration point we were descended upon by Cambodian vultures trying to sell us visas, transfers and tours. They surrounded us, shouting, pushing and shoving until it was almost impossible to know in which direction we were supposed to be heading. Cambodia is renowned for corruption on all levels and within no time at all we had paid...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Takeaway Tales

Jun 14, 2007 - Siem Reap - Cambodia

Wow! we've finally arrived in Cambodia. The name which is so often been linked with the mystical architecture of Ankor Wat and the dangers and hassles of boarder crossings, but we've finally arrived. We flew in to Siem Reap and were picked up by a TukTuk guide sent by our accommodation, we almost felt we were cheating a little as we've heard so many horror stories about the border crossings, the scams and the full on touts and Tuk Tuks fighting for your attention, we were missing all that. It was a very smooth transit from Luang Prabang,...

Jump to full entry

Jun 12, 2007 - Battambang

I realised that I should have seperated Battambang out from Angkor. I spent two nights there in the hotel Te-O (best in town at $12 per night). The White Rose Cafe sells amongst the best fruit shakes I have ever tried and I tried five different varieties. There was the obligatory cruise around the temples. Three sites though one was very modern with beautiful views and garishly painted stupas. It also contained an old, plain temple next to a cave. This is where you touch the nightmare which is Cambodias recent past. The temple was used as a...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Another Step

Jun 11, 2007 - Angkor- Battambang- Bamboo Railway

Angkor Wat doesn't need any introduction - I just never expected it to be so overwhelming. Not just in area but in the detail and variety of the work. It was exhausting, from the 04:30 start for sunrise over Angkor Wat to the 30 km runs in a Tuk Tuk. Most of the roads are in reasonable condition but the rules of the road appear to be made up as they go along. Though it is supposed to be the Monsoon season I have yet to have it rain on me. That lack of water meant that the Battanbang launch trip across the Tonle Sap lake which appears to be...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Another Step

Jun 7, 2007 - 3 temples in 1 day - are we good or what?

Today, we took on the enormous feat of 'doing' Angkor temples in 1 day. We started off bright and early to our first one, which was Angkor Thom. We met a policeman who just happened to have a friend (policeman too) in Brisbane! So he took us under his wing (because he was bored) and gave us a guided tour of the temple. He was really good and took some really funny pictures of us, nose to nose with the statues. Check them out!. We investigated the Bayon through the South Gate entrance, and was amazed with the stories that were carved in...

Jump to full entry

Jun 6, 2007 - Queensland Day - Hello Cambodia!

Today, after our overnight stay in Vientiane, we travel by air to Siem Reap. The airport is quite nice - new and modern. Let's hope the rest of the place is the same. We found a van to take us to our hotel - because by this stage - our luggage has grown quite considerably. He turned out to be a treasure as he had good contacts and as it turned out, looked after us during our stay over the next few days. The Monoreach where we stayed was great. Really comfortable hotel with a fantastic pool and outside area. Because we were all so stuffed...

Jump to full entry
Previous -- 0 1  2  -- Next


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com