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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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Jun 13, 2015 - Thailand to Cambodia

Despite the short time in Thailand, we were scheduled to see the Angkor Wat on Sunday. I had planned to travel by train or bus, but a travel agent in our hotel suggested a shared van to the border. It was cheap enough...about $15 including a bus ride from the border to Siem Reap. We were up, breakfasted, and waiting for the van at 7:30 a.m. It was a little late and we didn't actually get away until 8. Not bad. We shared the bus with an Israeli, a Swiss girl, and two girls from SoCal. Small world. They loaded our luggage in the front seat....

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Jun 10, 2015 - A Silk Farm Visit

Down to breakfast at 7.30 as we are meeting Jim the tuktuk man at 9 to go to Angkor Silk Farm for Teena to see what its all about. Jim was in the carpark (as he has for the last 4 mornings - I think it is his second home) so we could head off to the silk farm at 8.30 in the hope of beating some heat. It was so pleasant putting along the road in our little tuk tuk, watching the world go by and the motorbikes and 4wds passing us. The road to the silk farm looked much lusher than the other side of Siem Reap where we visited Tonle Sap floating...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Everyone Needs a Day of Rest

Lazy this morning,didnt wake up until 6.00am. Another hot and humid day brewing out there so we have decided to have a lay day in the hope tha Teen's sciatica improves with some pool and gym work. In the meantime, it will give us a rest from the constant sweating and having to replenish the fluids twice as fast. Still have a pass for one day at the temples and 2 half days left here. Will do silk farm tomorrow or maybe even later today if Jim is downstairs and we feel like it. Went out for a short time after 2ish and walked around in the Old...

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Jun 8, 2015 - Another Day of Temples - The Big Ones

Organised for Jim the tuk tuk driver to collect us at 8 again today but I was awake at 5.30 and unable to go back to sleep, so we were well and truly ready to go down to breakfast and in time for Jim who was waiting out front of the hotel. It seemed to be a bit cooler this morning but after a while it became a bit oppressive as we travelled on the familiar path out to the temples. There is far more control of tourists around the temple complexes now than there was on my previous trips. Your ticket is checked on the roadways in and before...

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Jun 7, 2015 - Temples and Tomb Raiding

Down at breakfast at 7am to be well finished in time for or tuk tuk pick up at 8am. On the dot our tuk tuk driver Jim turned up and we discussed what we wanted to see today. Our first stop was to be Banteay Srie, a pink sandstone temple some 35km from Siem Reap. Jim drove us to the Angkor Wat centre to buy our 3 day pass to the temple complexes and then we set off on our pleasant tuk tuk ride through the countryside. Such a hot morning already by 8.30am but the ride along the country road with the breeze was just nice. Took around an hour...

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Jun 6, 2015 - Siem Reap

Good grief Teena was awake with the sparrows this morning, up showered and dressed by 6.30 but that is not all bad in these temperatures. We were down in the crowded breakfast room at 7.30 but managed to find ourselves a spot and enjoy our breakfast. Had a chat to the desk about tours etc. but decided they seemed very expensive so decided to try a couple of the travel agencies along the road to see what packages they are offering. Too late to do one of the temples today but have booked the Tonle Sap Floating Village boat for 2pm. Shouldn’t...

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Mar 19, 2015 - Angkor Thom

We saved the best for last, Angkor Thom and the Bayon. The guidebooks talk about the enigmatic faces that follow you everywhere. I hope that our pictures give you some flavor of what we were seeing. This temple is meant to be the center of the universe in the fusion of Hindu-Buddhist cosmology and the heart of the Angkor Thom complex. The bas reliefs depict stories of oppressing the kings enemies, daily life and the "churning of the milk" story of creating the elixir of immortality. King Jayavarman VII had the temple built in the late 12th...

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Mar 18, 2015 - The Big Tour v2

Today has been another crazy, fabulous day. Fabulous, as we continues to take what seems to be called "the Big Tour" for reasons unknown. Our driver took us by Tuk Tuk to 4 temples, all in various states of decay. It is fascinating to see what gets destroyed over time and what remains. I keep thinking back to a Rudyard Kipling story that I used to read to the kids about the Letting in the Jungle. While it is sad to see how much is lost, it is also rather amazing to see that anything at all survives, much of it from the 8th to the 12th...

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Mar 17, 2015 - Angkor Wat

Barb and I engaged a tuk tuk to take us out to the admissions area for Angkor Wats. We then dismissed the driver and bought our tickets. Poor planning on our part. We were many miles from the actual site and were expected to bring our own driver. No worries, I looked for a single occupant and went up to inquire if we could tag along and share the cost. A woman of a certain age (us) spoke English and agreed to our proposal. What a day we had! Souviel was an interesting travel companion. She is a Norwegian from Oslo, traveling from Singapore...

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Mar 17, 2015 - Peggy at home

I arrived home today safe and sound and feeling good enough that I went into work for a half a day. I came home through Seoul Korea. The airport there is one of my favorite. Besides having lots of the usual shopping options, they really try to make the experience as nice as possible for those who need to hang around an airport. There was a piano and string group playing who were fantastic. They also have free cultural tours for people in transit. There are a couple of cultural centers at the airport and as I came through, they had a...

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Mar 16, 2015 - Still in Vietnam

After I left the Barbaras, I took a bus to Saigon. The route clings to the coast which is beautiful but very slow. I went down through Nha Trang and Mui Ne. Normally I would do almost anything to avoid a long bus trip but I really don't mind the buses here. I haven't taken a local bus but the "sleeper buses" are as comfortable as a bus can get. I've never seen them in any other country. I think we have described them earlier, but I included a picture. Getting into and out of them is a challenge but otherwise good. Even though the buses are...

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