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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 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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Mar 15, 2015 - Arrival; Siem Reap, Cambodia

Well, we made it to Siem Reap, Cambodia about 7 pm last night. When I saw the small prop plane that was to take us from Da Nang to Siem Reap, it did give me pause. I suspect that Lee, my brother in law, would not approve of the transport situation... However, we arrived safe and sound after a rather bumpy and jumpy landing. The weather was warm and muggy; 90s in temperature and 90s in humidity. The air feels thick and heavy, as if you need to push your way through it. Unfortunately, the city of Siem Reap was in the midst of a blackout......

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Feb 22, 2015 - Bikes and Boats

Today we left early for a 30 kilometer bike tour of the Cambodia countryside. We started from the hotel which meant traveling among the tuk Tula, scooters, an motor vehicles! A bIt scary as there are no type of stop signs or lights, everyone just makes there way through! We finally reached the country where we traveled on rough paved roads, dirt roads and sand paths. Needless to say it was not a smooth ride. Being We haven't been on bikes for a few years, I think our butts will be sore tomorrow! We traveled through several villages. These...

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Feb 22, 2015 - Sunrise

Up at 5 am to spen our last day in Cambodia. We climbed up a hill and to the top of a temple to watch the sunrise. It was very nice. From the top we could see Angkor Wat in the distance. Then temples open at 5 am so as we drove to our destination we passed all the many visitors getting out at Angkor Wat, another busy day for them! Tonight we will be in Myanmar!

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Feb 19, 2015 - Siem Reap

We finally arrived, on time, at Siem Reap after too many hours one a plane! And it still is "always something " as we are waited in line to get our visa. It was cheaper than sending it in ahead of time. Well, I had filled out the application prior to leaving US and both when we checked in in SF and on the plane from Seoul said it could be used...not true. We had to fill out the form we should have gotten on the plane. Back of the line! You pay $30 in cash and your passport gets passed down the line of 6-8 people until the hold it up for...

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Jan 15, 2015 - All Templed Out

All Templed Out We were down for breakfast by 7.15am ready for one last day of temples. First on the list was Ta Prohm which can get extremely busy so we wanted to be there before the crowds. Ta Prohm was built from 1186 and known as the Monastery of the King dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII. Almost 80,000 people were required to maintain or attend at the temple. It is famous for the scene in Tomb Raider where Angelina Jolie's Lara Croft picks a jasmine flower from the tree before falling through the earth. Trees grow through the...

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Jan 14, 2015 - A Maze-ing

A Maze-ing We had another reasonably slow start and enough time to take some extra bread rolls from breakfast to make some Vegemite sandwiches for a snack at the temples. Our tuk tuk driver today was a more careful driver so we weren't thrown around quite so much on our way to Angkor Thom. We had read that you could walk part way round the walls of this ancient city so we asked the driver to droop us at the south gate, with its enormous representation of the Churning of the Ocean of Milk. As we climbed the wall we watched the streams of...

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Jan 13, 2015 - Tastes of Cambodia

Tastes of Cambodia It was a leisurely start and we had promised the kids that they could sleep in. But by 8.30, we decided that we had better wake them if we were to visit the temples before the day heated up. Following James' recommendations, we had two temples to visit and took a tuk tuk to Pre Rup, built in 961 by Rajendravarman II. This was a pyramid shaped temple mountain, with five towers on the uppermost of the three tiers. It was a steep climb up and the view from the top was amazing. Stone lions stood guard at the top of the...

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Jan 12, 2015 - Temples at Dawn

Temples at Dawn Our driver was waiting for must at 6am and it was still dark as we drove out of town. There were a few people on the road heading to Angkor wat to see the sunset, but we were heading to the little temple of Banteay Srei and wanted to beat the crowds. It was about a 45 minute drive and there was only one group of French people there when we arrived. It felt mystical to wander around this temple in the dawn light, most of the time not seeing another person. Known as Citadel of the Women, it is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva...

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Jan 11, 2015 - Archaeological Discovery

Archaeological Discovery We met up with James St Julian, Jonno's former history teacher, a little after 8am. He made some suggestions of temples to visit today and also for the rest of the week, largely based on chronological order, so we now had an itinerary to work to. Even before we had left, he had us spellbound with his stories of the history of the temples and we knew that we were in for a great day of discovery. We picked up two tuk tuks and set of for our first stop which was the Rolous temples, about 13km east of Siem Reap. These...

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Jan 10, 2015 - On the River to Siem Reap

On the River to Siem Reap Our tuk tuk driver was late - normally they are early, and I was getting a little concerned when he finally turned up. I knew that we would make the boat, but I wanted to be sure that we didn't have to sit down the back too close to the engine. Not to worry, they had just started boarding when we got there. We found four seats together and watched as people trickled on. A few Cambodians, but mainly westerners. We had been told that the trip would take 8 hours. The boat had life jackets and padded seats, as well as...

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