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Mar 14, 2017 - All Wat I know ...

All Wat I know…. March 14, 2017 Siem Reap, Cambodia And now, a test: Wat has its image reproduced in Cambodia on everything from beer to banknotes? Wat a hint? It’s the thing wat’s on the flag of the country, too. Alright, let me try it this way: In Cambodia, Thailand and Laos, wat do you call a Buddhist monastery or temple? Wat’s that you say? You’re getting Angkor-y with me? You wat me to stop that? Good luck! ------ There, I got that out of my system. I’ve been waiting almost a month and a half to do that. But I’ve been waiting a whole...

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Mar 13, 2017 - I eat dead spiders....

I Eat Dead Spiders March 13, 2017 Siem Reap, Cambodia Well, the title to today’s blog is just one big fat lie. I was ready, willing and able but our guide Pier forbid me from eating even one of the fried tarantulas from the sticky mounds of them on sale at the rest stop at Skun (aka “Spider Town”) en route from Prek K’dam to Siem Reap. He also forbid me from eating (and I am not making this up) the following fried things also for sale: Water bugs Silkworms Locust Beetles (come in big, medium & small sizes) Assorted maggots (I just call...

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Feb 27, 2017 - Angkor Wat and our lost driver

Hello from Siem Reap. Oh...if you would know what a difference it makes when you aren't in a big city... it so nice here. It's a small town in the jungle. Green,trees,palms everywhere and we have a small river where we are staying. The hostel is much nicer, very cute little quirky hostel with a really nice terrace and some swing chairs to enjoy writing ☺️ It was very cheap with shared bathroom only £3.82/ night/ person. The owner is an Australian couple,they live here for 13 years. As it's a small town,everything we need is so...

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Jan 30, 2017 - Siem Reap... the end of our journey together....

After a lovely few days in Phnom Penh it was time to start our final long drive of the trip – up to Siem reap. The journey is set to take about 6 hours nowadays as they have relatively recently surfaced the road making it smoother for the traffic to head between the main cities (it also promotes from crazy driving….like I have never seen before!). Sok was pointing out all the new developments on the way out of Phnom Penh – the sport complexes, apartments, shopping arcades, car showrooms to name just a few. It really feels like the city is...

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Dec 5, 2016 - Cambodge - 2016

Voici le lien à l'album photos complet en ligne / Link to the complete online photo album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/PBOrTIiB33N1jH3h2 Que nous réservait ce pays au passé tumultueux?? Et bien, que des trésors!!!! C'est toujours avec 20kg sur le dos et un autre de 8kg sur le bedon que nous mettions pieds au Cambodge et plus précisément à Siem Reap. Ayant vu à plusieurs reprises Lara Croft - Tumb Raider, nos esprits fantaisistes s'aventuraient déjà dans les couloirs sombres et mystérieux des temples d'Angkor Wat. Ah oui, il y avait aussi une...

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May 29, 2016 - Last day in Cambodia

Nothing planned for the day so we slept in late and had a late breakfast. We packed bags for a bit then decided to head down to the old market to look around and spend a bit of cash. Took a tuk tuk ride - about five minutes - then into the market. We wandered through clothing and shoes for a while, then came to the food section - lots of all sorts of fish, squid, and other things pretty unidentifiable. The smell was what you might expect with an open air fish market and 85 degrees. Got some trinkets and final purchases then headed back for...

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May 28, 2016 - Ox cart, mud, dance, and sugar

Our last day of touring saw us getting up around 6:00 with my stomach much better. To be cautious I only had tea and some breads for breakfast. Alice joined us and fed one of the restaurant cats, then we met the guide and headed off. We drove way off into the country down a long dirt road and stopped and met our water buffalos and ox carts. Alice and I on one cart and Kitty and Phroney on the other. We ambled along for about 30 minutes through some rice fields and passed several large duck farms – one clearly for duck eggs the others...

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May 27, 2016 - Ankgor Wat, Ankgor Thom, and Angry Monkey

Up at a reasonable time and down for a nice breakfast of all sorts of fresh fruits. Servers here are as polite as in Thailand. We met Phroney at about 8:00 and we headed off to Angkor Wat on a very bright and sunny (and hot) day. Before we got to the complex we had to have our pictures taken for the pass into all the temple complexes in the area. There were also the folks trying to sell us books and trinkets – quite a bit more pushy than in Thailand. We entered the complex from the “wrong” end and had a spectacular view of the complex with...

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May 26, 2016 - Off to Cambodia

Up at a reasonable hour for once and down to a crowded breakfast room. Run into the other tour folks who are leaving tonight and said bye. Then back to the room and pack. We have a scale sent up from the front desk and weigh our bags (44 pound limit per bag) and shift a lot of stuff around and fill our backpacks full of the heavy stuff. We finally get it down to the right weight after discarding lots of stuff and wearing my jeans. Down to the lobby at 11:30 and meet Peter, then pack up the van and off to the airport. Peter goes with us to...

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Apr 22, 2016 - Brisbane to Siem Reap

Early rise to catch a taxi to the airport for our flight to Siem Reap, via Singapore. Singapore Airlines once again reminded me why they are always near the top of preferred airlines. Great service, good meals, good entertainment system and friendly staff made the 8 hour flight to Singapore quite bearable (not to mention the Singapore Sling:) ). We only had a short time to our connecting flight to Siem Reap. We had arrived at terminal 3 and the connection was at terminal 2, so we ran (well quickly walked) to the the connecting bus which...

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Mar 29, 2016 - Angkor Wat and the Floating Village

What a privilege it was to be able to visit the 12th century city of Angkor Thom with Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm Temple in the morning, and the temple of Angkor Wat in the afternoon. The incredible architecture and art with the finest detail you could imagine adorns the walls of these magnificent complexes. The 1,970 feet of bas-reliefs at Angkor Wat told story and story, myth after myth, in unbelievably intricate detail, and it would take weeks to really see the place properly. Both Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat were surrounded by large moats...

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Mar 27, 2016 - Off to Cambodia

Happy Easter everyone! We had a sleep-in today until 6:00 a.m., got dressed, packed, had a lovely last breakfast outside on the terrace at Le Palais Juliana in Luang Prabang and then I sat and caught up the blog notes in hopes of sending them when we got to Siem Reap, Cambodia. But here I am, just checked in to the Somadevi Angkor Hotel, and guess what? Crummy Internet reception again. So frustrating. We flew from Luang Prabang on Vietnam Airlines, and after an hour and a half flight, and a somewhat chaotic "visa on entry" process ($30US...

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