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Mar 7, 2018 - Last full day and Quad Biking

It seems I’ve been hiding my light under a bushel all these years as my vocation is clearly that of stunt woman. Today we tuk tuk’d out to the suburbs of Siem Reap to try quad biking. We were given a quick safety briefing and a little test of our abilities to see if we would be permitted to drive alone. “You done before? You natural” said my instructor. Me “no, but I’m quite an experienced motorcyclist” 𿘬𤘈 They found me the biggest helmet for maximum amusement (see photo) and then Evil Kineval and I took our quads and set off round the...

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Mar 6, 2018 - Angkor Wat

I love antibiotics! That is all I need to say on that. The cultural highlight of our tour came this morning with a dawn visit to Angkor Wat, the series of thirteenth century temples and mausoleum for the king at the time. It’s a civil engineering masterpiece, covering an area the size of 300 football pitches, with the mathematical brilliance of the pyramids, Stonehenge, Machu Pichu etc as the structures are built to be perfectly in line with the sun at certain times of the year. Absolutely spectacular, especially viewed at sunrise, and...

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Mar 5, 2018 - Disembarkation and on to Siem Reap

I would have enjoyed the farewell dinner on the boat a lot more last night if I’d felt better but unfortunately I took a turn for the worse and so this morning we decided enough wa enough and it was time to call on expert help. We arranged for a doctor to meet us at the Siem Reap hotel on arrival although there was the small matter of a 4-5 hour coach journey first. Luckily it was uneventful on my part but entertaining in parts, especially the comfort break stop. The guides constantly refer to the ‘happy house’ (the loo) but one look at the...

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Feb 15, 2018 - Day Off - Sensational Temples

We really did have a sensational day. Alarm at 4:30 and departure from the hotel at 5 o’clock with a tu tuk and a guide and with Neil and Olivia Donnan with us in another tuk tuk. Long walk in the dark. Seated by the moat looking east Angkor Wat coming Into view Sunrise Breakfast Tour of Angkor Wat Other temples Lunch Angkor Tom - friezes illustrating life and battles - the best of all Return to hotel in tuk tuk Cleaned some more dust from the interior of the car Fetched the laundry - 3 5 dollars for 2.5 kilos including ironing Temple...

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Feb 14, 2018 - Battambang to Siem Reap

An hour or two were spent on car maintenance and admin. We then went for a short walk in Battambang mainly to find a new card for the GoPro. It is a new venture and Robin is learning the procedures. We saw some of the shop houses and an excellent juice bar. We drove to Siem Reap around the end of Tonle Sap, a huge lake connected to the Mekong. It’s size varies during the year as the connection with the Mekong flows ‘uphill’ when the Mekong is in spate. The Grand Angkor Hotel (also known as Raffles) lives up to expectations. We have found a...

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Jul 10, 2017 - Last Days in Siem Reap Cambodia

8.7.17 Travel blog - Last Days in Siem Reap Tuk tuk drivers sometimes sell other things beside a ride...... Mrs Wombat had arranged a museum visit with Tom the tuk tuk man and I decided that there are so many other things that I would rather do, than go to a museum. We parted ways outside of our hotel and I made sure Tom would bring Mrs Wombat home safely. So, off I stroll to change money and look for a heavy duty bag, (for all the extra stuff from the Post Office fiasco ....) The tuk tuk drivers did not seem to want to offer me a lift as...

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Jul 8, 2017 - My Birthday Siem Reap Cambodia

I consider myself a lucky wombat, as every birthday of mine for the past 10 years, has been celebrated in SE Asia. This one is no exception and a whole lot more fun than being at home or at work. The day started as usual with breakfast and a swim, then out for our morning walk. We stopped by the hair dresser for Mrs Wombat and then walked towards the Rohatt Cafe for a nice coffee and bakery, (it is my birthday and all!!!). Sitting and watching the world go by was a nice way to plan our day. We were planning a quick visit to the Rehash Trash...

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Jul 6, 2017 - The Post Office Cambodia

Sending a parcel home by post. Last week we went to the post office and checked out how we were going to send a box home, of things that we had brought with us and things that we have bought. We purchased a box and looked at the 5 and 7 kg rates and whilst they were reasonably high , we figured ok, it would be good to lighten the load. So as the days went on, we packed our box with what we wanted to send home, grabbed our tuk tuk and went off to the Post Office, so far so good... Well, when the man put it on the scales and it came in at...

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Jul 5, 2017 - Phare Circus

One of the things on our 'to do' list, whilst in Siem Reap, was to attend a performance by the well known Phare Circus. This is an amazing night out- the young performers use theatre, music, dance and modern circus acts to tell stories, that are uniquely Cambodian. The circus performed its first show in 2013, transforming the lives of Cambodian youth. These youth have come from some of the most difficult social and economic backgrounds imaginable. The circus operates under an innovative social enterprise model, working alongside the NGO...

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Jul 2, 2017 - A day in Siem Reap

Its all about not having a set time to have to get up in the morning (unless you are going on a trip), deciding what to have for breakfast, perhaps taking the dirty clothes to a laundry of which there is one every 2 minutes of walking and for the cost of $1 USD per kg, either finished by late afternoon or the flowing morning. Then, where to have a coffee, and do I have a local Khmer brew for around 50 cents to a dollar or perhaps an upmarket caffe late for a dollar more. We settle for something in between in an air conditioned cafe and have...

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Jun 29, 2017 - Angkor Wat is Calling Me

Everyone has a 'bucket list' and so do I, with one of the things on my extensive list being, a visit to Angkor Wat. We made a decision that today was the long awaited day for our visit to Angkor Wat. The previous afternoon we had our tuk tuk driver pick us up at 4.30pm, to drive us out to pick up our 1 day pass for the following day. If you collect your pass by 5pm, then you are able to enjoy the sunset from Phnom Bakheng, which is set up a very steep hill and really worth the journey, just beautiful, as part of the day pass. There were...

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Jun 26, 2017 - Off to Siem Reap

After a last minute visit to the Russian Market in Phnom Penh and a couple of days staying in a different area of the city, we are ready to head to Siem Reap. Abiding by the 10 Commandments of travel in SE Asia, we duly head to a travel agency to book 2 seats on the Giant Ibis bus, for the 6 hour journey to Siem Reap. Tickets were $15 each, includes water and a snack, 3 stops along the way for breaks, wifi, extra leg room and a slower, safer trip. Sounds like a plan to me! We are collected on time the following morning and taken to the...

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