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Nov 4, 2012 - Cambodia Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

Entry 08 day 8 Nov 3 & 4 (Sat & Sun.) Cambodia Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom We left Luang Prabang in Laos in the afternoon heading to Siem Reap in Cambodia. We have liked Laos the best of the countries and locations we have visited thus far. It is so much more laid back than Vietnam. Our Vietnam Airlines flight was uneventful and we landed just in time to head out to Angkor Wat for the sunset and the moon rise. These ancient temples are huge. The next day we continued our visitation to the temples. First to Angkor Thom which is the larger of...

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Jun 11, 2012 - Angkor

My travels throughout Asia began with a 3-day trip to the temples of Angkor, near the modern city of Siem Reap, Cambodia. The Khmer Empire flourished from the 9th to the 14th centuries and reached the pinnacle of its influence in the 12th and 13th centuries. Angkor, with over one million inhabitants, was the political and religious center of the Empire. As such, it was the location of hundreds of temples commissioned by a succession of kings. Today hundreds of these stone structures survive in various states of disrepair and the area has...

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A Whole New World

Feb 12, 2012 - Angkor Temples Day 3

2.12.12 I set my alarm for 4:30 this morning so I could wake up and go see the sunrise again at one of the temples. I woke up at around 4:15 and went back to sleep for what I thought was a few minutes, but the next time I opened my eyes it was 5:23. I guess my alarm decided I should sleep a little longer instead of waking up super early. I jumped out of bed and moved faster than I thought was ever possible for that early in the morning. I was in the tuk tuk and on my way to the temple by 5:31. I went to a different temple for sunrise than...

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Feb 11, 2012 - Angkor/ Siem Reap

Today we took a public bus from Bangkok to the Thai-Cambodian boarder. I was so surprised by the bus as it was squeaky clean and even had air con which was a total life saver as it was about 34 degrees outside and god knows what inside. We had to get off the bus to cross the boarder by foot and fill in some forms for a visa. All along the boarder crossing were market stalls selling everything from dried crispy fish, sugar cane juice in plastic bags (it's everywhere here), chicken's feet..you name it! Obviously this mixed with heat, dirty...

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130 days

Feb 10, 2012 - Angkor Temples- Day 2

This morning I woke up at 8:00 am and after making a PB&J sandwich for breakfast I got into a tuk tuk with two French guys staying at my hostel to go see Beng Mealea. It is a temple about 1 ½ hours away but I heard it is one of the “must see” temples. I'm so glad I decided to go because it turned out to be one of my favorite temples I've seen so far. At first glance it just looks like a crumbled forgotten temple, but once you realize that you can climb through the ruins and explore the temple from above, it turns into a great adventure....

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Feb 9, 2012 - Angkor Temples: Sunrise to Sunset

This morning I went with Keiko, a girl who is staying in my dorm room, to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. We woke up at 4:30 and were ready to leave the hostel by 5:00 am. I guess the hostel forgot to tell the tuk tuk driver that we wanted to go to the temple for sunrise because he was fast asleep on the pool table in front of our hostel. The security guard woke him up for us and he quickly got ready to take us. It was still really dark when we left and there was a full moon in the sky. We bought our Angkor Wat tickets before heading to the...

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Jan 23, 2012 - Angkor Wat ("Temple That Is A City")

Angkor Wat is the primary reason that I came to Cambodia. I've wanted to visit it for many years but, not surprisingly, waited until the Khmer Rouge stopped killing people. Over the years, I've seen many archeological sites so it was going to take something pretty spectacular to impress me. I've seen temple ruins from almost all of the world's major religions and cultures: Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Mayan, Aztec, Confucian, Shinto, Nordic, and Germanic. (The only notable exception is Inca. That's...

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Jan 22, 2012 - Angkor

I'm now over a week late writing this journal. I'm currently in Luang Prabang in northern Laos, but still haven't finished writing about Cambodia! This entry is about the temples of Angkor near Siem Reap, that I visited over 3 days (Jan 17, 19 and 20). Angkor is considered the largest collection of ancient religious buildings in the world. They are hindu and buddhist temples built roughly between the 9th and 12th century by various kings, and are spread out over a vast area, some as far as 35 kms away. There are dozens of them. Of course...

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Jan 20, 2012 - Angkor Thom ("Royal City")

Angkor Thom (“Great City”) was the capitol of the Angkor Kingdom and the residence of their “god-king”. Today's journal entry is a basically historical background on Angor Thom to give some context for the photos. Skip it if you don't care to read about the ancient Khmer empire. I visited Angkor Thom several times during the week. It's too much to truly absorb in one day. While most Americans have never heard of the Angkor Kingdom, from the 9th to the 11th centuries, it was among the most powerful empires in the world, covering most of...

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Jan 20, 2012 - Sofitel Angkor Phokeethera Golf and Spa Resort

Oh my Lord, every bone in my body aches from yesterday's adventure. But there are more sights to see. A bowl of pho will do the trick. I have to reiterate, the breakfasts every morning are spectacular. There is always an abundance of eggs, bacon, waffles, etc etc , the fruits, and local cuisine, the French breads. The presentations are beautiful and the cleanliness outstanding. When we returned to the temple complex, I saw some elephants with people on their backs taking a ride. I was fascinated because the elephants were black. Surprise, I...

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Jan 18, 2012 - Temples, Temples and More Temples

I spent two weeks visiting temples near Siem Reap. There are a lot of them here! For those who know very little of the Ankor temples, think “Tomb Raider” with Angelina Jolie playing the role of Lara Croft. Many of the scenes from the movies were shot here. I've seen many more Americans here than earlier in my trip. Backpackers go to Hanoi, Sa Pa and other places that I've visited for the cheap beer and hotels. But, here, there are families traveling together and 5-star hotels. One guy was wearing a “Brown U” t-shirt. I asked if that was...

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Mar 13, 2011 - SE Asia#2: Cambodia

We arrived at Siam Reap after all the visa formalities at the boarder. Everyone had to tip the boarder police off with $1 to get the stamp! Cambodia uses a combination or US Dollar and Cambodian Riels, this took a while to get used to! 4000 Riels = $1. We all freshened up and headed out to try some Cambodian cuisine and head to the pretty night market after. I got a fish massage in the market, you stick your feet in a fish tank and thousands of tiny fish suck and nibble your feet and toes! Christ on a bike did it tickle! The next day we...

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