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Feb 9, 2016 - F-loating village

We left the hotel to drive through the countryside to catch the Longtail boat to the village. We drove through little villages so with house so on stilts. They became increasingly higher as we went toward Tonle Sap...the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Each rainy season it increases in size from 3000 square miles to 12000 square miles. When it recedes the villagers plant their crops. Rice is being harvested in some areas particularly close to the river and lake. The villagers lay it to dry along the edge of the road. They also...

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Feb 7, 2016 - Day Two of Tour

To-day we had a different guide Mr. Touch Vabrun as Sopey was off celebrating Chinese New Year with his family. To our surprise he showed up at 9a with the plastic for our Angor Park passes and to introduce us to ,Mr. John. Mr. John was in fact Mr. Vabrun. We had not heard his name so he gave him a simpler name. Mr. John proved to be quite a character. We learned his ancestry was Chinese and had he realized that to-day was Chinese New Year,s he would not have worked. He is a soldier who is moonlighting as a guide to get ahead. He is also...

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Feb 7, 2016 - Siem Reap

It was actually slightly cooler today & we teamed up with the young Swiss couple & headed off in a tuk Tuk to the local war museum on the edge of town. At the museum we were shown round by one of the guides who was himself a survivor of the civil war back in the 1970s. His family had all been killed by the Khmer Rouge when he was nine years old & he had been conscripted into the army even at that young age. He regaled us with stories of how he had been "killed" thirteen times at least. He even still has shrapnel in his arm, a finger &'his...

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Feb 6, 2016 - Angkor Wat

Off to Angkor Wat today in our little group complete with driver & guide. What can I say? An amazing place. I hadn't realised the whole complex was so big, over 400 sq. kms and with about 300 temples spread about in that area. Amazing to think that until comparatively recent times the whole place had been swallowed up by the forest. One of the most interesting temples we visited was the one where they have deliberately not got rid of all the trees. Some amazing examples of how nature can reclaim the land. We didn't get to see all 300...

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Feb 5, 2016 - Off To Cambodia

Another travel day so up early & pack the cases, have breakfast before our 9am pickup & transfer out to the airport. A couple of hours wait before boarding for the one hour light to Siem Rep in Cambodia. A bit of confusion again about getting our Visas at the airport on our arrival but no great problem & our local guide was waiting to collect us up & transfer us to the next hotel. We have a free afternoon so after checking in it was down to the small swimming pool to have a cooling dip & relax. Just as hot here as it was in Saigon. The...

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Jan 14, 2016 - Angkor Wat

We left the hotel at 5:30 am to view Angkor Wat at sunrise. Well, the sun rose and a thousand people watched but through the clouds and haze from the 99% humidity, not too spectacular. However after sunrise we did get a very good 2-1/2 hour tour of this beautiful site. We then went to an Artisand Center where we toured carving, painting, plating and sculpture workshops. Then in the afternoon we went to an elementary school in a rural, very poor village just outside Siem Reap. We also got to experience the Cambodian taxi - the "tuk tuk". For...

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Jan 13, 2016 - A day at the temples

We departed the hotel at 7:30 and the temperature was already well into the 90s. First visit was to Ta Prohm Temple which has been left largely in it's natural state with many trees and vines growing on and around the temple and its walls. Next was the Banyon Temple, part of the Angkor Thom complex. Then it was on to a modest multi course Cambodian lunch. After lunch we visited the Land Mine Museum which documents the search for the millions of unexploded bombs and land mines left in Cambodia from the decades of wars which didn't end in...

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Jan 12, 2016 - First Day - Siem Reap

Arrived at our hotel about 1am and slept in until 10am. Seems we lost a day with travel and the time change. Went to the National Museum which was fascinating and a good introduction to Ankor Wat and Ankor Thom. Will meet the rest of our tour group for dinner.

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Jan 4, 2016 - Angkor Wat and eating like locals in Siem Reap, Cambodia

The stone temples of Angkor Wat are a must-see World Heritage sight. Constructed from AD 802 to 1432, these hundreds of temples were built by successive Khmer kings as part of a huge empire including Laos and parts of Vietnam and Thailand. The specific temple of Angkor Wat is reputedly the largest religious structure in the world, built to represent the Hindu world view. Surrounded by a huge 190 meter wide moat, the temple symbolizes Shiva's dwelling place of Mt Meru, the holy mountain at the center of the universe. A detailed carving...

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Dec 29, 2015 - Cambodia days

We arrived in Cambodia on the 27th in the mid afternoon. The flight was great. It was only one hour but they served us a little meal and wet facial and hand wipes, which is pretty normal all over south east Asia. When we landed, we got off the plane and were headed on the hot tarmac in the super hot and muggy heat, about 200yards to a pretty small terminal where everything was super chaotic and in every language but English. There were short lines in places and super duper long lines in other places. We didn't want to get in one line and...

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Oct 24, 2015 - Southeast Asia diary

Buddhist monks - must, must shave head, eyebrows, facial hair- 227 rules to follow. Novices where robes with one shoulder uncovered, monks cover both shoulders. Buddha with hand towards earth - Buddha was meditating, reaching enlightenment when the devil came and told him to leave. Buddha said no he had been there for a long time. The devil asked how he could prove it. Buddha said mother earth was his witness and pointed down to the ground. Mother earth rose up, twisted her hair and created a whirlpool and sucked the devilaway. Buddha...

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Jun 14, 2015 - Angkor Wat

So, I am completely exhausted but feel like I should describe our adventure at Angkor today to some extent. Our tuk-tuk picked us up at 8:30. He took us to buy tickets and we were in the park by a little after 9. Angkor consists of a number of ruins--wats as well as other structures. Since we only had today to see it, Sam Anne suggested we see the four most important sites, beginning with the Angkor Wat. It was hot. We were sweating through our clothes almost as soon as we started walking. We were surrounded by other tourists, but there is...

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