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Jul 21, 2007 - Siem Reap - Day 1

We caught the local bus to Siem Reap in the morning. The bus ride was unusually cold, but thankfully uneventful. We found a room and then spent the rest of the day walking around the market. A little more shopping to sooth the nerves and decided to hire a tuk-tuk and go watch the sunset at Angkor Wat. We bought our 3-day park passes (which are effective tomorrow) and then headed to the tourist spot where there are some nice ruins on a little hill that overlooked the surrounding area. We waited for the sunset, which turned out to be pretty...

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Jun 26, 2007 - Angkor what?

Hello all, Sorry to be so out of touch, but we are out here and well. We moved on to Cambodia in early June. Our first impressions weren't great. Immediately after crossing the border, it was a whole new ball game. There were literally dozens of touts, and we had to fight for an overpriced five hour unpaved ride to Siem Reap, and arrived dead tired after over 12 hours of travel and a not so wonderful butt massage. We were dropped off way out of town and knew it, but were too beat to contest. We did however get an excellent and very cushy...

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May 29, 2007 - Seven Wonders

So onto Siam Reap, our second and last destination in Cambodia, here our main purpose is to visit Angkor Wat. We started with a very early rise 4am (you lot back home were just off to bed then!) to see the sun rise over Angkor, unfortunately it was slightly cloudy and not as spectacular as we hoped but it was still a photo op, or Kodak moment as our guide later told us! After Breakfast we returned for our guided tour around 3 of the main temples in the area. Again, this was one of those group places, this time Japanese by the bus loads!...

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The Great Escape

May 28, 2007 - Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The following conversation ensued after Jim read that for $15 you could take a hot air balloon ride to see Angkor Wat. Me: Uh..I'm not sure I want to ride a hot air balloon in Cambodia. They're not known for being very safe. Jim: Come on..they're safe. How many times have you been in a hot air balloon? Me: None. How many times have YOU been in a hot air balloon? Jim: (pause) This is going to sound really bad. (laughter) Me: What!? Jim: The only experience I've had with a hot air balloon was when I was a kid, a hot air balloon crashed...

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May 28, 2007 - Welcome to Cambodia

Well I am finally on my way to Cambodia - I am the only European on Vietnam Airlines - the rest of the plane os dul of one Japanese Tour Group heading to Angkor Wat - there are about 50 of them and one guide! As we get closer to Siem Reap my excitement builds - I am finally here - it hardly seems real. Yet as I look out of the windows I am to discover I have come in the rainy season - every afternoon it rains for about 3 hours - and I mean rain - the street fill with water and the shop/restaurants and hotels usually flood their ground...

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May 26, 2007 - Impression from the trip from Phnom Penh to Siam Reap (Cambodia)

A six hour bus trip from Phnom Penh to Siam Reap. Siam Reap is the home to the famous Angkor ruins, the center of the Khmer empire which peaked about the 12th century. It's tough to take photos from a moving bus, so let me give you a list of my observations of what I saw on the way: > Rice Fields; > Irrigated farmland; > Livestock grazing in the fields; > Kids at school and riding home in their uniforms (blue pants or skirts and white shirts); > Homes on stilts (because of flooding I presume?); > Roadside food/drink stands all along the...

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Asia 2007

May 21, 2007 - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Two sketchy Lao Airline flights with a bald airplane tire staring at us outside the window and we made it safely to a new, beautiful Siem Reap airport. Lao Airline was actually not that bad and they even served food and drinks on the short trips. One of the shocking aspects of the area as four of us shared a cab to our guest house was the amount of large hotels either built or being built for the tourists. There are heaps of Korean and Japanese tourists that come to Siem Reap and they are certainly building enough hotels to house them all....

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May 13, 2007 - Boob-lash

Well today was one I won't forget real quick. I was picked up from my hotel at 6.30am to get taken to the VIP bus...or so I thought. A mini bus pulled up and that was as I found out, going to be the transport all the way to the border. Kind of thought the ticket was a bit too cheap. Met the people who were already on board. There were four French of which one, Fabreece, spoke very good English. One girl, Diana from Hawaii, and two other girls from Holland. Although Grace looked Dutch, Yin (you can tell from that!) did not look Dutch at all....

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Homeless Jobless Bum

Oct 18, 2006 - Last Day at Angkor Wat

The morning of our last day in Siem Reap dawned cloudy and very humid. We were somewhat happy about that because it had been so sunny the previous two days and we had been bathed in perspiration - dripping wet really. As we prepared to leave the skies suddenly opened up with the most incredible thunderstorm and heavy downpour. We all stood at the end of the balcony awestruck at the ferocity of the storm. It had been so many years since any of us had seen rain pouring down like that. I turned away resigned to be stuck indoors all morning...

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Feb 22, 2006 - Honeymoon in Cambodia

Siem Reap, OK, I lied again. I'm not in Siem Reap, I'm most likely in Central Asian airspace, maybe Uzbekistan, en route to Frankfurt. Soon the day will arrive when I'll be able to post this from the air. (For the record, I do not look forward to that day, which may have arrived on certain Scandinavia airlines). For now, I'll content myself with posting this tomorrow from the Lufthansa business lounge in Frankfurt airport. Yes, I bear a frequent traveler card on a German airline. That's how long I've been away from the U.S. Siem Reap,...

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Bloom's Baltic Blog

Mar 19, 2005 - Adventures in Cambodia

Hello again - We've just completed 4 days exploring the ancient Khymer capital of Angkor. The ruins are really extensive so we've only touched the surface. The complexes of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, the Elephant and Leper Terraces, the Bayan, and a fabulous monastery that has been kept largely as it was when it was rediscovered (by Europeans) in mid 19th century were the highlights. Another World Heritage Site (WHS). Might as well plan the trip to include as many of these as possible. Last night we celebrated a famous Cambodian holiday - St...

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