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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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Jan 1, 2015 - New Year's Day - Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Kinal lunch, Khmer Wedding

Day 6 New Year's Day!!! Off to see Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom! Kinal spent four years as a professional Angkor guide (elite group), so when we met her in the morning she was dressed in official uniform and ready to make this a memorable experience for us. When I was here seven years ago, I had a private guide, but his English wasn't as clear for me as Kinal's so I was excited to learn more about what I was seeing. We have some big questioners in our group, which kept us talking outside Angkor Wat instead of moving into it. Dale wandered...

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Southeast Asia 2014

Dec 31, 2014 - New Years Eve - Siem Reap

Day 5 It's New Year's Eve morning! It may be a long day and late night, but there was no sleeping in at a homestay! The roosters and dogs never went to sleep - and I mean never. Neither did we - a few minutes here and there. Let's talk about what a homestay is just in case you haven't had this experience yet. Some villagers will open up their homes for a small price for a bed and use of toilet. Sometimes you are in a shared room, sometimes separated by gender, sometimes the bed is a pad on the floor. Toilets may be western style, flush or...

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Nov 2, 2014 - Day 7 by John

Day 7 – Boarding the cruise ship Written by John Today there was an optional trip to visit Green Gecko, an organization that takes in homeless and abused children. Lois went to visit Green Gecko, and I took a tuk-tuk to pick up our laundry and pack my suitcase. After that I enjoyed sitting in our air conditioned hotel room. After Lois got back we took a tuk-tuk into town to find a place to eat. We walked around for about 30 minutes, but tired of the heat. We finally settled on a place that was reasonable, but nothing special. Lois had a...

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Oct 31, 2014 - Some general thoughts on this trip

This is Lois writing - I woke up early - just thinking... First of all, most Americans do not have a clue how lucky we are. The fact that education is free for everyone is definitely taken for granted. Sure, there are many schools in the US that are not up to the highest standards, but at least all kids can go. And with government help, many children get fed at school if necessary. Here in Cambodia, families must sacrifice to send their kids to school, and many choose not to do so. Instead, the kids are sent out to "work", which in Siem...

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Oct 30, 2014 - Day 5 & 6 - Temples around Siem Reap

Day 5 & 6 Temples near Siem Reap John writing First I want to give you my general impressions of Cambodia. This is a very poor country – much poorer than Thailand or Vietnam. It is clear that many people barely make enough money to survive. Many children are begging, and many adults are constantly asking if you want to buy something, ride a tuk-tuk, or get a massage. There is very limited health care, and education is not free. The roads are barely paved, and many in the country do not have electricity or access to clean drinking water....

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Oct 28, 2014 - Day 4 - Siem Reap

We had the usual huge breakfast. A couple of eggs fixed the way we wanted, potatoes, some vegies, a little fruit, interesting bread, and some juice and tea. Then after all that, we start sampling all the other unusual stuff. We staggered back to our room and prepared to go into town – sunscreen, camera, hat, water, and umbrella. We then hired a tuk-tuk (a 125 cc motor bike pulling a carriage that we ride in) to take us into town. It costs $2 and takes about 10 minutes. We traveled at about 20 mph in light traffic, so it was very relaxing...

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Oct 27, 2014 - Day 3 - On to Cambodia

John writing. Yesterday we forgot to mention that Emmy took us to see a flower market. They sold flowers to use as decorations and flowers to use as offerings at the temples. You could buy a huge bouquet of orchids for about seventy five cents. There were some centerpiece type arrangements that featured large banana leaves - see photos. The airport in Bangkok is huge and pretty entertaining. There is a large statue that depicts a scene in Hindu/Buddhist mythology. See the pictures above. Then we came upon this interactive display. You stand...

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Aug 30, 2014 - Cambodia--Floating Village

Here's a fun story from a tour that turned out to be far more adventurous than I thought. So it all started at 8:20 am when I got picked up to go to the Floating Village Tour, which is about an hour out of Siem Reap. We picked up all ten of our passengers, myself included, and headed on our way. Unfortunately, it had rained a lot the night before and road maintenance is not exactly a priority in Cambodia. When we were about 3 kilometers away from the Floating Village we hit a dirt road that was one big mud pit. We noticed that another...

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