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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

Dec 18, 2006 - Siem Reap to Anlong Veng

Distance: 135.2km For almost a decade, Pol Pot and his posse called Anlong Veng home. Today, it attracts few visitors as it's somewhat out of the way, and not on the way to something more interesting - that is unless you are a Khmer Rouge history buff. Our view of the town itself was somewhat obscured by the timely veil of darkness that greeted us on arrival. Like many other towns in Cambodia, the dusty streets were scantly lit. The odd fluorescent bulb gave us a glimpse of some random food stalls, pigs rummaging through garbage on the...

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Somewhere in Asia

Nov 13, 2006 - Koh Ker (day trip from Siam Reip)

We decided to head out of Siam Reip for the day, to visit an abandoned 10th century capital. As there were not any day trips to Koh Ker we needed to organise our own trip, we arranged for a taxi to take us there and back for the day. Our first stop was at a temple on the way, I think this was probably my most favorite temple I have visited, as Koh Ker does not attract many tourists due to it's location and lack of accomodation, the temple was pretty much untouched, all of the large stones had been left in the places they had fallen over...

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Rosie and Ben

Oct 18, 2006 - Last Day at Angkor Wat

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD 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...

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Mar 26, 2006 - Khao Yai National Park

26th March:Today we start our journey to Khoi Tai national park we think we will have to stop the night in Chang Mai, due to the distance we will have to cover. We decide to sleep in a bit and catch the 10am bus. The bus arrives about 20mins late, no surprise as we are in Thailand. There is a mad rush to get onto to the bus and Lex and i just make it, well sort of. There is standing room only and not much of it. Lex is standing on one foot wedged between four other people and I have one foot on the bus and the rest of my body hanging out...

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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

Jan 31, 2006 - Thailand - Surin and Prasat Khao Phra Wihan NP

Surin didn't really have much to say for itself, it's more lively come November when they have their annual elephant roundup, but it suited as a base for visiting some ruins. We did come across some deep fried insects at the night market but unfortunately we had already eaten by then and were just too full to try them. The infamous local tour guide Pirom was busy so couldn't take us on our tour but arranged for a car and a driver instead. We stopped en route at a Buddhist temple made entirely of glass bottles, everything from doors, walls,...

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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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