Posts Tagged "Cambodia"

Kayaking in Halong BayOur time in South East Asia is almost over. We feel very blessed to have been able to travel in this amazing continent for the past five months. We have had many special experiences and made many connections with people who will remain friends forever, and during our travels visited Bali, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Read More

Cambodia for Kids We visited 3 places in Cambodia.  We started in Siem Reap after making an overland journey from Thailand.  The next place was Battambang only a 3 hour ride west of Siem Reap and we finished off our tour of Cambodia in the capital Phnom Penh.

Battambang pleasantly surprised us.  It was not on our original list of places to visit in Cambodia but as we just come from Thailand we decided to forgo Sihanoukville and Koh Rong for Battambang.

We loved the small town vibe of the place and that there were not many tourists here.  We were also impressed by the activities that we could do with our children while here as there is so much more to see and do in Cambodia than just the temple of Angkor Wat.   The following are some of our favorites that we took our kids to. Read More

The table for the cooking class in CambodiaI cooked everyday when we lived in a house and had everyday lives.  I miss cooking and so do my 2 daughters.  One of them even wants to be a Chef one day.  Whenever we stay in an apartment with cooking facilities she will always ask me to buy ingredients so she can make something.

While walking in Battambang, Cambodia, one day I happened upon a sign outside a restaurant that advertised $10 USD cooking classes with a Khmer Chef. We had been enjoying some delicious Cambodian meals and also thought the girls would love to be in the kitchen again and learning some new cooking techniques.  With such a great price, I booked it right away.

There is a limit of 5 people per class and when we showed up to do the cooking class we were happy that we were the only 3 signed on for the day.  We got a private cooking class for only $30 USD and were to cook two Cambodian dishes, Fish Amok and Chicken with Lemongrass and Basil, and also received a tour of the morning market to buy our produce to cook with. Read More

The temples of Angkor Wat are one of the most impressive sites in South East Asia and covers more ground than you would anticipate from the photos that are distributed around the internet.  The complex is so large that it is almost a necessity to hire a tuk tuk driver to go around and see it all.  In many other countries, hiring a personal guide for a day would be budget busting, but in Cambodia it is very affordable and quite common to hire a guide for several days in a row.The tuk tuk is a basic form of transportation, typically a cart attached to the back of a motorbike, or specially designed as a 3 wheeled motorized unit.  Sometimes loud, sometimes smelly from exhaust, you never really know what you are going to get.  One of the benefits from this open aired mode of transportation, however, is the ability to get amazing photos while riding by such beautiful scenery in Siem Reap and surrounding area.

It would be easy for me to do a photo essay of Angkor Wat to go along with the other posts I have made in the past, but this photo essay is dedicated entirely to the views I had from my tuk tuk. That is, all photos featured were taken as I was sitting in the back of a moving vehicle around the Angkor Complex.  This photo essay is a testament to the power of an SLR camera’s capabilities during motion and having it at the ready for when the unexpected moment strikes!
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Karst Peaks of Halong Bay, VietnamEntering Vietnam was a welcomed relief from the constant rush of people in China.  The moment I crossed over the border it felt as if a little bit of pressure was removed, and the South East Asia attitude began.

If there is one thing I can say that is truly astonishing about this changeover, it would definitely be the food.  Vietnam (or as I have been referring to it: Vietnomnomnom) has quite possibly the tastiest food of any country I have been to, ever; and I found myself feasting like a mad man.

Due to some last minute travel plan changes resulting from bad weather in parts of Vietnam, I skipped some cities in Cambodia to get to the islands in Thailand quicker, and only hit Siem Reap along the way.  I had to break my no-fly rule twice because of this, but it worked out well in the end.  So for this post, I’ve included my four days in Cambodia as well for lack of time spent in the country to warrant its own post.

My observations about Vietnam and neighboring Cambodia, like all places, have both positives and negatives.  If you ever want to spend time in either country, the following things might be important to you.
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