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

Disclaimer: It is not often that I start a post with a disclaimer, but I feel like this one deserves it.  My original intent was to have this be a review post for a poor guest house experience I had at the Bun Kao Guest House in Cambodia.  It was so full of false advertising through booking engine Hostelworld that I complained to the site directly, and just noticed that the advertising on the site has changed entirely reflective of my complaints. All is well for future travelers.

My stay at the Bun Kao Guest House in Siem Reap, Cambodia started off quite fantastic.  Wonderful reviews on Hostelworld had it as one of the best rated dorms I have ever booked and the price of about $3.50 per night could not be beat (Bun Kao listing is located here).  But as the days went by, my patience wore thinner and thinner with the staff that ended only wondering how the review got so high in the first place.

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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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