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Aug 29, 2014 - Siem Reap 3 - Angkor Ruin'd

Awake I got for 5am in order to see Angkor Wat, '8th wonder of the world' for sunrise. It's common and popular to see early since the complex was designed to have the sun rise Behind it. Call me cynical, I didn't really get the big deal of the sunrise part: it just gave me crappy pictures, squinty eyes and mad about crowds. Goes to show you tourists (like me) believe and do anything. Still an absolutely astounding complex. The sheer size of the main temple is mind boggling for the 9th century. Plus I worked my way around the back of the...

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Alex en Europa 2012

Aug 29, 2014 - Cambodia--Siem Reap

--After Phnom Penh, I took an eight hour bus trip to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat and the other temples. Along the way, our bus had a problem with its brakes and had to stop by the side of the road. Everybody got out and waited while the local mechanic took care of the problem. --Once the bus was fixed, we stopped for lunch at a local restaurant. As one of the guys from Tennessee described it, "I guess these guys went to the Chef Boyardee school of cooking." A woman from Spain weighed in with, "It reminds me of my middle school lunches." It...

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Aug 28, 2014 - Siem Reap 2 - 'I Sell You Baby!!!'

Did a giant day of temple seeing today. Hit the light weight temples of Preah Khan, Pre Rup and Ta Som. Some had massive stones to climb vertical to the top, others had personal lakes and ancient scripture on the walls. Makes you wonder of the people who chiseled away at the stone exactly where you stood; and how on earth they made these gigantic...HUGE moats for their temples. These aren't castle moats, they're literally lakes a kilometer wide. Overall the scope of the Angkor area is staggering. I didn't realize it would take a full 8 hour...

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Aug 27, 2014 - Siem Reap 1 - Tuk Tuk Life

Was having trouble getting cash out of the ATMs this morning, always gut-wrenching in these surroundings. Overall though, cambodia is super cheap. Hire a personal driver for 15$/day, meals are less than 4$, a beer 0.5cents. My entire hostel stay was less than the price of my beer in Singapore, crazy. The tuk tuk ppl harass the hell out of you, I chose the guy who was just sitting back. My first stop of the day was the Angkor Museum, a fancy palace which explains the origins and meaning of the Angkor Temples. Glad I got a background of this...

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Alex en Europa 2012

Aug 26, 2014 - Bangkok/Siem Reap - Turbulence

Had a bit of a lazy morning hanging out at the hostel as I had to head straight to the airport for noon. It's weird to think im going from potentially the richest country in the world to one of the poorest in a few hours. The first flight was a bit freaky, had a bout of turbulence just outside Bangkok which was the worst I've ever experienced in all my plane rides. After the nerves wore off I started talking to a young Thai physician who was my age. It's funny to hear of all the differences in schooling around the world. It takes them only...

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Alex en Europa 2012

Jul 10, 2014 - From Expats to Backpackers

Leaving Siem Reap – Thursday, July 10, 2014 - Jim Getting out of town is not easy. It wasn’t easy when in Oakland we left for a weekend getaway, it was anything but easy when we left Oakland to come overseas, and, in spite of a greatly simplified life, it wasn’t easy over the past few weeks as we prepared to leave Siem Reap bound for months of backpacking. Besides the inevitable business of leaving, this was an emotionally difficult departure. The dream of living overseas had been nurtured for well over 20 years and now a significant...

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May 19, 2014 - A Bike Ride

A Bike Ride As we prepare to leave Cambodia, writing some of my every day occurrences will some day remind me of our life here and give you all an idea of how different it is here on a daily basis. My current bosses are peculiar about creating school holidays and honoring the King’s Birthday is no exception. Most everyone in Siem Reap seems to be getting one day off this week. (Kelly unfortunately none.) However my bosses have closed the school for three days. One would hope that one of the three days off would be Monday or Friday thus...

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Apr 30, 2014 - Siem Reap to Bangkok

Today was travel day back to Bangkok. Van that should have taken me from border to Bangkok was busy or something, so tour company sent a taxi. I wonder how expensive that was? No worries, there problem not mine. Nothing special on way back, I slept most of the way and once back at condo I made a sandwich and was a couch potato the rest of the night. Funny how travel wipes you out, when you didn't even do anything.

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Beaver Tales-Asia

Apr 29, 2014 - Siem Reap Cambodia-Angkor Wat & Lady boys

Another early morning, its a good thing I'm a morning person:) then off to Angkor Wat. These are huge Buddhist temples & palace that were created hundreds of years ago, but just discovered in the late 1800's or early 1900s (I forget). There is Angkor Thom which consists of Bayon, Bapun, Ancient Royal Palace, Leper King terrace and the Elephant terrace. Theres the Ta Phrom and grand-daddy of them all Angkor Wat. The one with the trees growing through it was where on of the Indiana Jones movies was filmed. After the ruins my guide Mr. Sava,...

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Apr 28, 2014 - Siem Reap Cambodia-Tonle Sap lake & floating village

After long road trip through Thailand we walked over the Poi Pet border into Cambodia. Thanks to great guides enterance and visas into Cambodia went without any issues. Meet our Cambodia driver then another few hour drive to our final destination, Siem Reap. My hotel, Siam Siem Reap is beautiful, but location, location, location. ..it was not. Once I got unpacked, I met my new guide, Mr Sava and he took me and other tourist to lake Tonie Sap & the floating village. On way back he pulled over so we could take pictures of the lotus fields. It...

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Apr 27, 2014 - On The Cart, On The River

Friday, 4/25/14; Siem Reap, Cambodia Today, Marvin talked me into getting on the oxcart, (used by the local farmers) for a 20-minute ride through a sandy trail in the country-side. The ride was two colleagues to a cart, so of 12 carts, we were the second cart in line. Marvin faced oxen butts pulling our cart. It was fun to watch the oxen team walking behind us with their long horns, large bodies and steady hooves on this bumpy trail. I pulled my feet in when the horns got a little too close for comfort. Strangely, I had a big smile on my...

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Viet Nam 2014

Apr 26, 2014 - Cambodian Temples, Siem Reap

Thursday, 4/24/14; Siem Reap, Cambodia The highlight today was a visit to the three great temples: Ankgor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prom and Angkor Wat built by kings in the 12th century. Google Cambodian Temples and view the “Images Page” and the “Videos Page”. These images and videos are way better than the ones we took so please view them. They are magnificent!!! It is Hades Hot here with relentless humidity. Wet bodies, -in and out of the shower(3x)! Climbing stairs, near mountain climbing over large stones, walking through corridors of...

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Viet Nam 2014

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