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Apr 24, 2014 - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Wednesday, 4/23/14; Siem Reap, Cambodia Before we left for Seim Reap, we visited the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom. Later we visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum on the site of a former high school used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime. I took a few pictures with the only two survivors of the original 5. Three are deceased. Bought their books and it was worth it since the books are clarifying. Today was a bus travel day (6 hrs) from Phnom Penh to Siiem Reap. It was rough! The road, like many roads...

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Apr 4, 2014 - Homeward bound

Well that's it - five weeks, four countries and so many experiences I am so glad I have kept notes. We are sitting in the hotel lobby waiting to be collected to go to the airport which is only about 20 minutes away, hopefully the departure procedures will be easier than the entry. It has been am amazing trip and we are very lucky to have been able to have had this experience. Thank you for the comments added to this blog and to the messages of encouragement, I hope I have managed to share some of the wonderful things we have seen and people...

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Apr 3, 2014 - A sufficiency of Temples

Disappointingly the first guide turned up again today! Once again he failed to explain why each of the four temples we were due to see today were different or just how far we had to walk to see them or how much climbing up and down was required. This tour is only for fit people - no concessions made to age or ability. Normally we are up for a walk but after at least a mile in blistering heat to visit each site we began to feel it was a punishment not a pleasure. We managed two temples today, both of which were spectacular, before calling it...

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Apr 2, 2014 - Lakes & Crafts

Today we had a different guide and what a treat she was - much better than the other guy who has mumbled and grinned his way through the tours. This young lady was animated, interested and very well informed. She took us first to the floating village which involved a half hour car journey to a river boat station, a perilous clamber on to an ancient boat and another half hour along the river to the lake. This is the largest body of freshwater in SE Asia, in the rainy season it is four times the size it is now and she pointed out where the...

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Apr 1, 2014 - Temples & more temples

The pictures say it all apart from trying to explain the wall of heat that greets you outside. Without air conditioning this would have been a very difficult trip. The morning tour was of the best known temple at Angkor Wat - it was very impressive with miles of carved walls telling stories and many towers and ponds. As we were there early it was a little cooler and less crowded once it began to fill up we moved on to another less visited temple which was not rediscovered until recently and still has trees growing through it. We are very...

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Mar 31, 2014 - Bangkok - Siem Reap

After a ridiculously early start - partly to ensure we didn't miss our last amazing breakfast in the hotel and partly as we had to meet our transport back to the airport at 7.30 am. The ride back through the traffic was nerve- shredding and we were so grateful to arrive alive. I would never be able to drive in Bangkok - the vast number of mopeds and scooters weaving in and out makes it just terrifying as well as the speed of the traffic between jams. After relaxing in Bangkok Airways boutique lounge - not as good as it sounds and even...

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Mar 12, 2014 - Really seeing what life is like on land and water

During our next morning we learn more about regular life in Cambodia as we pass market after market. Going to the market is a daily occurrence as most people do not own a fridge. In fact when someone finally gets a good job and manages to save money the first thing they buy is a cell phone. The next purchase is one of the famous scooters/bike which can set them back over $2,000 US for a 100-125 CC bike. With an average monthly salary of $70 US, it is a big commitment. The next thing to save for is the wedding which is the responsibility of...

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Mar 12, 2014 - The Amazing Temples of Cambodia

The Kingdom of Cambodia Concerns over the safety of Laos Air after their last crash means that it is going to be a long travel day. After a coffee and croissant on the streets of Luang Prabang we head to the airport. Incredibly slow check-in and Michael and Rita’s luck runs out and they have to pay for overweight luggage. Not sure how much but judging by the fact that it took 2 guys to load Michaels bag it can’t have been cheap! We finally board our Bangkok Air fight to Bangkok on route to Cambodia. Gail and I disagree whether being 3 hours...

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Mar 1, 2014 - Siem Reap.

Saturday, 1 March. Bangkok’s old international airport, the Dom Mueang Airport, have during the resent years been a rather gloomy and deserted place. But since Air Asia moved all there flights to the Dom Mueang, the airport started to live up again. Here Lek and I spend 4 hours, waiting for our next flight to Siem Reap. The flight to Siem Reap took little more than an hour and there were just that time it took us to fill in the Cambodian immigration and visa forms. It was dark outside when we arrived to Siem Reap Airport. It turned out...

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Feb 16, 2014 - Cambodia Day 2 Tour Siem Reap

Angor Wat 9th century Angkor Thom The Bayon (faces tower) 15 th century Phnom Bakheng 12 th Century Ta Prohm. Discovered in 18 th century Floating Villages at Tonle Sap Lake "Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and of great importance to Cambodia. It’s a bit more unusual than “normal” lakes: Its flow changes direction twice a year and the portion that forms the lake expands and shrinks dramatically with the seasons. This is why entire villages are dismantled due to the season and the waterline of the lake....

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Jan 31, 2014 - Days 166 & 167 - Travel from Battambang to Kratie (via Siem Reap)

It was an early start on Thursday 30th January (day 166 of the trip) for the boat journey from Battambang to Siem Reap, which will be a night stopover on the way to Kratie (pronounced 'Kracheh'). Siem Reap is the closest town to the main tourist attraction in Cambodia, Angkor Wat; however, with my limited time I decided to miss out Angkor Wat and come back another time. The boat left at 7.00am and was pretty full. However, it was fully covered, so there would be no real problem with the sun on the trip. As we moved off on a beautiful day...

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Jan 15, 2014 - Dia 6. A Camboya que nos vamos

Vaya viaje hasta llegar a Camboya. Primero en furgoneta durante 4 horas hasta llegar a la frontera. En el paso fronterizo nos encontramos un gigantesco mercado. Como los ya habituales, tanto de comida como de ropa, accesorios... Tras almorzar en el propio mercado nos queda una hora para cruzar la frontera. Decidimos dar una vuelta por el mercado...y otra vuelta...y otra vuelta...y...ESTAMOS PERDIDOS!!! Tenemos 20 minutos para encontrar la salida. No es que suene dramatico...ES QUE LO FUE!!! El mercado es tan grande, tan extenso, que era...

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