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Jan 9, 2015 - Bats On the Move

Bats On the Move We were able to eat breakfast at the hotel this morning and we enjoyed khmer chicken pancakes with vegetables washed down with green tea. The tuk tuk organised by the cooking class picked us up and took us into town. We met LyLy who was our teacher for the morning and runs the Coconut restaurant. We started with a trip to the markets where he pointed out a range of herbs and vegetables including tamarind, turmeric, galangal, lotus root, morning glory, three different types of eggplant, all sorts of fish including some that...

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Jan 8, 2015 - Country Touring

Country Touring It was an early start with the tuk tuk picking us up at 7.15am. It was too early for breakfast at the B&B which didn't start serving breakfast till 8 am. A little unusual particularly given that music started acres the road at 5am so the whole neighbourhood would have been awake anyway. They did give us a snack of some green bananas, bland sponge roll and water. Our bike tour included a free drink at the cafe which was reputed to have the best coffee in Battambang. Time to end the coffee drought! But no, the coffee machine...

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Dec 29, 2014 - Battambang

Today we got an early start for our first road trip together! We are headed for Battambang (sounds like bottom -bong, or can call it The Bong) I'd told Dale on several occasions what my SE Asia roadtrips were like in 2007.Every time we stopped for happy room (toilet), it was time to buy junk food and water or soda. I thought that maybe this would be different because everyone on this trip is a foodie, but they like their junk too! Kinal is great about making sure we get the opportunity to do local snack food and not just grab chips and...

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Mar 5, 2014 - Battambang.

Wednesday, 5 March. I choose to go with boat to Battambang entirely because my book, The Lonely Planet said that this was a very scenic trip. Yes, it was very scenic, but far too long. After a while when the boat was out on open water and land only was seen in the horizon, I feared that we got on wrong boat, for a while I thought that we were on a boat to Phnom Penh, which supposed to cross the Tonle Sap Lake. After a while, our boat steered towards the coast again and we reached the mouth of Sangker River. There we saw more floating...

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Jan 29, 2014 - Days 163 to 166 - Battambang, Cambodia

Waking in the homestay on the floating village of Kompong Luong on Monday 27th January, it was time to move on to pastures new. However, during my stay I had discovered that the restaurant owner, Booyen, was also the village barber. As my current hairstyle was reminiscent of Einstein on a bad day I decided to take the plunge and get a Cambodian-style haircut! So, after 20 minutes of hand clippering (no electricity) and scissor cutting and at a vast cost of $1.25 I was shorn again. Felix and I left together and after the boat and tuk-tuk...

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Jan 23, 2014 - Battambang/Bangkok/Ao Nang

Battembang next (still in Cambodia), close to Thai border. Scored the most fantastic room with a balcony overlooking the river for $17pn. A resident ex-pat explained that the hotel is probably a money laundering operation, that on paper it would always be full and a conduit for illegal money. Makes sense. In any event, we’re the winners! Town itself is all low-rise set either side of the Sangar River and dotted with extremely well preserved colonial buildings and Buddhist temples. Really nice feel, slow and country-townish. One day hired a...

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Nov 17, 2013 - Battambang & the Killing Caves

Weddings & Water Festival! Over the past days we have seen many set-ups for weddings with orange, yellow & red curtains & bunting. Weddings take place in Nov, Dec & Jan during the dry season, for obvious reasons. It is almost a full moon, a Buddha Day and the time of the Water Festival giving thanks for the water. So there are big celebrations planned in the temples where people bring food & there is much more chanting & music to be heard over loudspeakers. It's Sunday & we even see some locals attending a church service. Street numbering...

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Nov 16, 2013 - Siem Reap to Battambang, or Battambong!

On the road to Battambang, allegedly the nations Art capital & is Cambodia's second most populated city, about 1 million people. Pat is our guide & Chen our driver - as we are just 2 we travel in style in a very comfy Toyota Camray. Such an interesting & experience packed day! Started with a conversation with Sinorng at the hotel entrance. He is doing a degree in HR (in his last year) funded by the hotel's foundation. So many great schemes around to help young people. Another Silk Farm we think but this is 'same, same but different' to use...

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Jan 11, 2013 - On to Battambang by bus

Our whistle-stop tour of Cambodia continued today with a 7 hour bus journey to Battambang. It shouldn't have taken that long but, the bus was old, the driver was, mercifully, cautious and we had countless stops on the way. One was for the driver to get out to have a pee at the side of the road, and half of the male population on the bus took the opportunity to do likewise. The ladies had to wait for the official stops. I had done some internet research about bus travel in Cambodia before booking this journey and in 2011 there were 41 bus...

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Jan 6, 2013 - Leaving Bangkok and crossing into Cambodia

This morning after breakfast we head to the Cambodian Border by private minivan,a journey of approximately 4 hours through the heart of Thailand. Upon arrival at the Poipet border we cross by foot through immigration. Please be aware that this can sometimes take up to 1.5hrs to complete formalities. Once in Cambodia we board our private bus and continue to Battambang (2 hours). Upon arrival we check into our hotel and have a few hours to explore this riverside city before dinner. Battambang is considered the 'rice bowl' of Cambodia. 90% of...

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Jan 5, 2013 - Khmer cookery

Today i went to cooking school, Khmer style. First up we went to the local market to buy ingredients. Lets just say the fish was pretty fresh there, as the sellers, first knock the fish out then cut it up and descale it etc. Nice and gory start to the day. The first dish we cooked was my favourite amok curry. Now this was done in true "from scratch" style, including chopping everything finely to then pounding it in the mortar and pestle to make a delicious curry paste. I can also say I know how to get coconut milk from a coconut. I hear...

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Jan 4, 2013 - Battambang Bamboo train

Today I caught a bus to Battambang, which is not far from Siem Reap, although Cambodian bus times leave a lot to be desired. They seem to quote the absolute best time a car could do without stopping as to how long the bus will take, rather than just say 4 hours for a 180km trip, they say 2 hours, because 4 makes it look like they take too long! On arrival, I planned to have a relaxing afternoon wandering the town. Instead I went out to ride the bamboo train. I'm sure my father will be jealous and then tell me he has done that before. When...

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