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Jan 14, 2016 - Angkor Wat

We left the hotel at 5:30 am to view Angkor Wat at sunrise. Well, the sun rose and a thousand people watched but through the clouds and haze from the 99% humidity, not too spectacular. However after sunrise we did get a very good 2-1/2 hour tour of this beautiful site. We then went to an Artisand Center where we toured carving, painting, plating and sculpture workshops. Then in the afternoon we went to an elementary school in a rural, very poor village just outside Siem Reap. We also got to experience the Cambodian taxi - the "tuk tuk". For...

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Jan 13, 2016 - A day at the temples

We departed the hotel at 7:30 and the temperature was already well into the 90s. First visit was to Ta Prohm Temple which has been left largely in it's natural state with many trees and vines growing on and around the temple and its walls. Next was the Banyon Temple, part of the Angkor Thom complex. Then it was on to a modest multi course Cambodian lunch. After lunch we visited the Land Mine Museum which documents the search for the millions of unexploded bombs and land mines left in Cambodia from the decades of wars which didn't end in...

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Jan 12, 2016 - First Day - Siem Reap

Arrived at our hotel about 1am and slept in until 10am. Seems we lost a day with travel and the time change. Went to the National Museum which was fascinating and a good introduction to Ankor Wat and Ankor Thom. Will meet the rest of our tour group for dinner.

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Jan 4, 2016 - Angkor Wat and eating like locals in Siem Reap, Cambodia

The stone temples of Angkor Wat are a must-see World Heritage sight. Constructed from AD 802 to 1432, these hundreds of temples were built by successive Khmer kings as part of a huge empire including Laos and parts of Vietnam and Thailand. The specific temple of Angkor Wat is reputedly the largest religious structure in the world, built to represent the Hindu world view. Surrounded by a huge 190 meter wide moat, the temple symbolizes Shiva's dwelling place of Mt Meru, the holy mountain at the center of the universe. A detailed carving...

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Dec 29, 2015 - Cambodia days

We arrived in Cambodia on the 27th in the mid afternoon. The flight was great. It was only one hour but they served us a little meal and wet facial and hand wipes, which is pretty normal all over south east Asia. When we landed, we got off the plane and were headed on the hot tarmac in the super hot and muggy heat, about 200yards to a pretty small terminal where everything was super chaotic and in every language but English. There were short lines in places and super duper long lines in other places. We didn't want to get in one line and...

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Oct 24, 2015 - Southeast Asia diary

Buddhist monks - must, must shave head, eyebrows, facial hair- 227 rules to follow. Novices where robes with one shoulder uncovered, monks cover both shoulders. Buddha with hand towards earth - Buddha was meditating, reaching enlightenment when the devil came and told him to leave. Buddha said no he had been there for a long time. The devil asked how he could prove it. Buddha said mother earth was his witness and pointed down to the ground. Mother earth rose up, twisted her hair and created a whirlpool and sucked the devilaway. Buddha...

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Trip Journal

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Jun 14, 2015 - Angkor Wat

So, I am completely exhausted but feel like I should describe our adventure at Angkor today to some extent. Our tuk-tuk picked us up at 8:30. He took us to buy tickets and we were in the park by a little after 9. Angkor consists of a number of ruins--wats as well as other structures. Since we only had today to see it, Sam Anne suggested we see the four most important sites, beginning with the Angkor Wat. It was hot. We were sweating through our clothes almost as soon as we started walking. We were surrounded by other tourists, but there is...

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Jun 13, 2015 - Thailand to Cambodia

Despite the short time in Thailand, we were scheduled to see the Angkor Wat on Sunday. I had planned to travel by train or bus, but a travel agent in our hotel suggested a shared van to the border. It was cheap enough...about $15 including a bus ride from the border to Siem Reap. We were up, breakfasted, and waiting for the van at 7:30 a.m. It was a little late and we didn't actually get away until 8. Not bad. We shared the bus with an Israeli, a Swiss girl, and two girls from SoCal. Small world. They loaded our luggage in the front seat....

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Jun 10, 2015 - A Silk Farm Visit

Down to breakfast at 7.30 as we are meeting Jim the tuktuk man at 9 to go to Angkor Silk Farm for Teena to see what its all about. Jim was in the carpark (as he has for the last 4 mornings - I think it is his second home) so we could head off to the silk farm at 8.30 in the hope of beating some heat. It was so pleasant putting along the road in our little tuk tuk, watching the world go by and the motorbikes and 4wds passing us. The road to the silk farm looked much lusher than the other side of Siem Reap where we visited Tonle Sap floating...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Everyone Needs a Day of Rest

Lazy this morning,didnt wake up until 6.00am. Another hot and humid day brewing out there so we have decided to have a lay day in the hope tha Teen's sciatica improves with some pool and gym work. In the meantime, it will give us a rest from the constant sweating and having to replenish the fluids twice as fast. Still have a pass for one day at the temples and 2 half days left here. Will do silk farm tomorrow or maybe even later today if Jim is downstairs and we feel like it. Went out for a short time after 2ish and walked around in the Old...

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Jun 8, 2015 - Another Day of Temples - The Big Ones

Organised for Jim the tuk tuk driver to collect us at 8 again today but I was awake at 5.30 and unable to go back to sleep, so we were well and truly ready to go down to breakfast and in time for Jim who was waiting out front of the hotel. It seemed to be a bit cooler this morning but after a while it became a bit oppressive as we travelled on the familiar path out to the temples. There is far more control of tourists around the temple complexes now than there was on my previous trips. Your ticket is checked on the roadways in and before...

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Jun 7, 2015 - Temples and Tomb Raiding

Down at breakfast at 7am to be well finished in time for or tuk tuk pick up at 8am. On the dot our tuk tuk driver Jim turned up and we discussed what we wanted to see today. Our first stop was to be Banteay Srie, a pink sandstone temple some 35km from Siem Reap. Jim drove us to the Angkor Wat centre to buy our 3 day pass to the temple complexes and then we set off on our pleasant tuk tuk ride through the countryside. Such a hot morning already by 8.30am but the ride along the country road with the breeze was just nice. Took around an hour...

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