Siem Reap Countryside - 21.11.2014

Angor Watt temple at sunrise

We all went out into the countryside around Siem Reap to visit a few small villages and the rice fields. Again just a quick post as we are about to leave.

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Angkor Wat – Cambodia - 20.11.2014

Jungle growing into the temple

Jungle growing into the temple

Reflections of temple of faces

Angkor Wat is one of those places I saw in photographs before I went, but only half believed it wasn’t a Hollywood set. The scale of the place is pretty hard to put into pictures. I don’t have much time to write today, but enjoy the photos and a few sparse comments.

Elephants in front of temple of faces Ants transporting a millipeed

Some local wild life…

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The number of people who had made it out to the middle of nowhere at 5am was quite amazing. There were even tour groups serving champagne after sunrise… Each to their own.

Angkor Wat at sunrise

Siem Reap, Cambodia – Day 1 - 19.11.2014

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After setting off early from Bangkok we had a long drive to cross the border into Cambodia. The border crossing point is utter chaos with throngs of people selling things, casinos, overloaded trucks and of course endless motor bikes. After a relatively easy crossing we were into into Cambodia. The first thing to do was to eat some frogs, silk worms and crickets. For some reason I didn’t manage to get any photos of the border crossing which is a shame as it was so mad!

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The silk worms weren’t too bad… A kind of creamy texture, I don’t think I would rush back for more though!

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After checking into the hotel we heading off on a tuk-tuk to a local village home stay for dinner. You can pay in so many differences currencies here, they have their local currency, but most things seem to be in US dollars. I loved being driven through the countryside here, there is always something interesting to see and/or something burning…

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A traditional village house

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This is a mushroom growing room

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The local Cambodian food is amazing! All the food is very fresh and the hosts were very friendly. The home stay helps children to get a education and provides short trips for kids who would otherwise probably not leave their village/province. The kids all spoke very good English and were very happy, singing various songs in English. Life is tough out here for them with most people still being simple farmers they are unable to send their children to school.

Happy Cambodian child

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The next day we got up early to go to the famous Angor Watt temple and the other temples being slowly reclaimed by the jungle. More soon!

Bangkok - 17.11.2014

Street worker welding

This is my first post of my trip, I am away for 3 weeks in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. I have been to Thailand before, but had always wanted to come back and experience Vietnam and Cambodia, much smaller and less developed nations. After a few problems leaving London; leaving my debit card at my flat then having to go back and get it nearly missing my flight I made in to Bangkok. I even managed their public transport to get to my hotel without getting the wrong tube once! I met up with a friend I had my in New Zealand who is now out here teaching.

Kids play in fountain in Lumpini Park

The next day I wondered around Lumpini Park which is nearby my hotel and was surprisingly large, clean and beautiful, not something I had expected to see in the middle of Bangkok! There was lot of wildlife too.

Bird in Lumpini Park

Reptile in Lumpini Park

Overloaded motor bike

It was strange to find this oasis in the midst of the dirty, crazy noisy, busy bustle of Bangkok.

Traffic in Bangkok

The traffic is Bangkok is awful but exciting!

Houses

The next morning we got up early to cross the border into Cambodia. I would like to write more, but I only have a few minutes before I am heading out for dinner. Pictures from Cambodia day one soon!

Winter in Cornwall - 23.10.2014

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I have many childhood memories of shivering in one Cornish town or another on a English ‘summer’ holiday. Earlier in the year I went with my mum and sisters for a long weekend in and around Charlestown in Cornwall.

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These quaint small towns feel untouched by modern life, the boats still slowly sail out to see, and no-one seems to be in a rush. A good pint of ale in a pub with a warm fire was just what I needed after the excitment of New Years…

 

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I was able to walk around the sea walls completely on my own in the howling gale.

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A burned out former nightclub eagerly awaits so kind of massive re-generation project. I rather like it disapearing back into nature myself. I have traveled all over the world, but have seen a tiny fraction of Britain, I really need to rectify that at some point.

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