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Oct 10, 2019 - Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat

Thursday 10th Oct 2019 Tony arrives down to breakfast and Shane grins, he says he is in for a surprise this morning. There is no buffet breakfast, instead we have to choose from the menu. Tony gets the American omelette, and Shane laughs. The feed turns up looking like of those degustation meals. Tony is also wary of the “cold” meat on the plate, a couple of rubbery looking triangles. Shane said his were ok, Joanne didn’t touch hers. Cynthea arrives and orders an Asian style breakfast, and that is much more substantial, no fancy pants...

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Oct 9, 2019 - Siem Reap

Wednesday 9th Happy birthday Loren and Sonya Up early for breakfast, as our driver will pick us up at 7.15, he is actually here a lot earlier but tells Tony we have plenty of time. That is good to hear as Tony has no intention of rushing breakfast any more than he has to. Shane and Joanne decided to fly, but we decided the bus would not save a lot of time, by the time we spent an hour getting there, being there an hour before take off, and getting into town after the hour flight. As we leave the hotel we find the main street blocked off...

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Sep 28, 2019 - Siem Reap, Cambodia (Jul 4- Jul 7 2019)

4 day trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia Jul 4: Siem Reap city - Landed in Siem Reap around 3:00 PM - Hotel shuttle picked us up (We stayed at Borei Angkor Resort & Spa) - Local shopping at night market/ $3 Fish spa (w/ complimentary beer) / $2 Foot massage - Pub street (Khmer kitchen restaurant, The Angkor Wat? bar, Miss Wong for cocktails) Jul 5: Full day temple visit with Asean tour guide - Started at 8AM - Angkor Thom ....King Jayavarman VII, late twelfth century ....Entered through north gate ( Churning of the Sea of Milk statues) ....First...

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Mar 2, 2019 - Changkran Roy

We headed northwest about 2 hours out of Siem Reap into the Changkran Roy area in the Phnum Kalen National Forest. Here we'll be birding today & tomorrow, with overnight camping in tents, and meals prepared at the campsite by local villagers. The birding was loaded with many first sightings of different species; by the end of day 5 in Cambodia we've seen more than 140 different species. The sleeping arrangements were quite comfortable once the daytime temps dropped at around 10pm. The food was amazingly tasty given the rudamentary kitchen;...

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Feb 28, 2019 - Tonle Sap

Early morning alarm for short bus ride from Siem Reap to river, and boat ride downriver to Tonle Sap; largest freshwater lake in SE Asia. Tonle Sap and the Tonle Sap river at its south-eastern extreme connect to the Mekong River near Phnom Penh. During the rainy monsoon season (April-November) the Mekong flows with such volume & force that it flows back up into the Tonle Sap river for 75 miles to fill Tonle Sap Lake. The lake increases in size during that wet season from 1,000 square miles to over 6,000 square miles, and doubles in volume...

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Feb 26, 2019 - Siem Reap & Ankor Wat

A quick 2 hour flight takes us from Singapore to Siem Reap in the central north-west of Cambodia. Join the queques for Immigration, complete your paperwork, hand over passport & said paperwork plus $25 U.S. cash (no soiled, torn or old bills accepted), and then join the crowd awaiting the return of passports. Total process took about 40 minutes, and there was no logic as to time sequencing; some processed quickly, others slowly, and it all takes place behind a counter with a row of workers processing the papaerwork and applying the visas &...

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Jan 19, 2019 - Siem Reap

We began the day with visits to Angkor Thom, Bayon, and Ta Prohm. Angkor Thom means the great city in Khmer, and is certainly a vast area, complete with many temples and carvings. Bayon is the centerpiece of Angkor Thom - it’s classic carved faces are standouts. Jayavarman VII, known as J7, built this mysterious and magical place in the late 12th century as a Buddhist temple over a previous Hindu site. The Bayon style shows itself in the large scale of the construction, in the use of laterite, and in the face-towers at each of the four...

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Sommers Vietnam 2019

Jan 18, 2019 - Siem Reap, Cambodia

We began our day with an orientation from Uniworld, where we met the 56 members of our tour. We were split into 3 groups and have 19 in our “family”, with Sokun as our leader. His claim to fame is he hid the clues for Amazing Race in Angkor Wat in 2008. We headed off to Angkor Wat (which means City of Temples) and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the largest religious monuments in the world on 400 acres. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire but gradually became a...

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Sommers Vietnam 2019

Jan 17, 2019 - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Today was a leisurely one. After an absolutely delicious breakfast buffet featuring Asian and American cuisine, we traveled by tuk tuk, a carriage drawn by a moped, to T Galleria, an upscale indoor mall. Ted bought a T shirt for $4 to swim in at the hotel’s stunning pool. We bought new swimwear and proceeded to the magnificent pool. Next we had 1 hour massages. We checked into the tour and met a Canadian couple with whom we proceeded to have drinks and dinner with outside, overlooking the luxurious grounds.

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Sommers Vietnam 2019

Jan 16, 2019 - Siem Reap, Cambodia

We flew to Siem Reap, Cambodia this morning. The flight was fine but the luggage retrieval was difficult due to poor directions. Consequently, we missed our transfer. After miscommunications, we finally got a ride to the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort. It is absolutely beautiful. We ate lunch at the restaurant where Ted had Amok, a traditional Cambodian fish dish that was superb. We also had spring rolls which tasted just like our favorite Vietnamese restaurant’s back home. We finished the day with drinks at the hotel bar overlooking the...

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Sommers Vietnam 2019

Nov 17, 2018 - Angkor Wat and Siem Reap

Greetings from Cambodia. I’m on the express bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh a trip of I’m told 7 hours. We shall see. Am on a 7 day Luxury Escapes tour taking me to Siem Reap then Phnom Penh.. I was very surprised and disappointed to see that I am the only person on the tour - it was advertised as up to 10 people and sold out. My real reason for coming was to experience Angkor Wat. It was really worth it. Such an incredible place - the mind boggles trying to understand the history, how it was built given the technology of the day. I guess...

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Cambodia 2018

Nov 5, 2018 - siem reap, cambodia - angkor wat UNESO world heritage site

Traveling from a “party central” island, I didn’t think Siem Riep, Cambodia would be any crazier, but apparently it can be! After checking into a beautiful traditional Khemer themed resort, My dad and I rode a tuk tuk (a cart for 4 people that is pulled by a scooter) to a local restaurant for some dinner. The driver recommended that we should go to the night markets and take a walk down pub street (party!!). Since it was nearing 11:30pm, we decided that it would be better to go back to the room and go to bed. The next morning, we had to...

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