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Siem Reap

Travelers would be forgiven for thinking that Angkor Wat is the sole reason to come to Siem Reap. From bicycling around the temples, to viewing them by hot air balloon, or more daringly from the seat of a helicopter or an ultralight, it might seem that everything there is to do revolves around viewing and exploring…

Few places are more steeped in history than the temples of Angkor. Yet many visitors go no further than what is presented in the history section of their Lonely Planet guidebook. Setting out to change that is the Angkor National Museum, home to over a thousand artifacts recovered from around the country and reclaimed from abroad…

This is an image heavy post, so please have patience as it loads. I hope you’ll agree it’s worth it! The ocean may be the body of water that defines many South East Asian nations, but not this one. Cambodia is dominated by another feature, a great lake- The Tonle Sap. The lake serves as the…

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It’s nearly 1am and I am with my group of friends on Pub Street trying to carry on a conversation in spite of the ever-increasing volume of music from the competing bars. The place is buzzing as travelers drink and socialize, tuk tuk drivers buzz anxiously outside the entry of every establishment like moths to a…

Seeing an Apsara dancing show is high on the to-do list of any tourist visiting Cambodia. The classical Khmer dance incorporates ancient stories into the performance, making it into a hybrid dance/drama. For visitors to Siem Reap, there are many options for seeing Apsara, from a casual free show at a dinner restaurant to brand new…

Angkor Wat

There are many ways to tour the temples of Angkor: by tuk-tuk, by moto, by air-conditioned coach, with a guide or without. During my 2009 trip to Angkor Wat, my Dad and I bought three-day passes and toured by tuk tuk, with my Dad and his encyclopedic memory of the guidebook serving as our guide. This…

This week we’re back to voting, because Mark and I were bickering over which photo is best and we decided to leave it to you guys. Of course we put a small wager on what would be the winner…. Photo A A boy rowing a boat during my tour of the Tonle Sap River with Tara…

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