Category Archives: Cambodia

Taj Mahal

12th Month – June video Blogs

Below is my video blog on our travels round the world on you tube from June – there are two this month.

This first centres around Cambodia and Thailand:

The second is our first two weeks in India:

Lanterns

11th month – May Video Blog

Below is my video blog on our travels round the world on you tube from May:

Sunrise

Week 49 – Temple Raiding – Siem Rep, Cambodia

‘Lord, I can’t say it in words…can you please just listen through my heart?’

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

This week has just flown by.  We’ve been raiding temples in Siem Rep, it’s like a huge temple historic park.  More temples than we could possibly cover in our time.  These are just the ones we saw – something  like 17 to 20 temples over 3 days, plus a sunrise at Angkor Wat – the biggest and most well-known.  We’ve learned that there are temples all over Cambodia, it’s just mainly concentrated in Siem Rep and surrounding area.

Phare

Phare – the Cambodian Circus

Our week didn’t start out with temple raiding, we started slowly and went out to a local physical circus troupe (Phare).  It was a high energy show.  Then we went off to some local Artisans d’Angkor to see how they are training young people in the local arts and crafts – some really nice stuff, but some of it you need to have a container to carry it.  These same artisans are the ones working on repairing a lot of the temples, so they are going to be busy for quite some time.

Artisans d'Angkor

Artisans d’Angkor

Then, we went off to a local jazz night which was nice.

Jazz Night

Jazz Night

After that, it was raiding temples time.  Don’t worry, I didn’t ‘raid’ the temples, it’s just one temple was made very famous because of a film that was done here – Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie.

Te Prohm

Te Prohm Temple – Tomb Raider was filmed here

This site is really mind-boggling as to how much can be seen.  Temples are over 1000 years old! The sun rise over Angkor Wat was a beautiful way to get the day started.  We’ve, also, learned the secret juice of coconut is the best thing to drink to renew all that is lost in the heat.

coconut juice

Coconut Juice

It’s just about to be their rainy season, it’s a little late, but great for us to see these ancient sites without getting caught in the rain and mud. I can’t possibly explain all the temples I’ve seen or the history I’ve learned in this short letter, suffice it to say it’s been a joy and a real adventure (more photos of temples at end of blog).

Today we went to a temple (Ta Nei Temple) tucked away from all others and we were the only people there, so I did one of my singing videos.  It was so atmospheric!

What wild and crazy things have you done in an unfamiliar place on holiday?

Ta Nei Temple

Ta Nei Temple

Love Debx

Angkor Wat Photos:

Bayon Temple:

gibbon monkey

Week 48 – Bugs, Killing Fields and Shadow Puppets – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

‘Sing as if no one can hear.’

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

Mural

Mural of lady who founded Phnom Penh

This has been an awesome week in Cambodia.  I’ve eaten things I never thought I would and seen the famous Killing Fields of Cambodia. It’s all here in Phnom Penh.

Our first stop this week was at the Bophana Centre

Bophana Centre

Bophana Centre – art exhibition

– a film archive.  We went here to give us a good start to understand what happened here under the Khmer Rouges.  In less than 4 years they killed approximately 3 million of their own people.  Then, there were years afterwards of starvation due to politics on the world stage.  Many charities and governments of the UN refused to give aid due to the fact that they didn’t agree with the side of Communism Cambodia was on – they were aligned a little with Russia/Vietnam rather than China.  To be honest they aren’t under any umbrella – very sad history.

Offering table

Offering Table at hotel

Still, this is an incredible place and the people are so friendly and kind.  Our staff at our hotel (Double Leaf) are extremely helpful and speak English well.  Our Tuk Tuk driver – Chamnam (tuk tuk #008) is a very hard-working young man.  Very reliable and drove us all over – long days for him.  This is a country where $15 a day means you can eat and live.  Many here earn a lot less.

Eating bugs

Eating bugs

We, then, went onto a food tour (Urban Forage) and ate bugs of all kinds and I tried my first frog legs – all very tasty!  There was a delicious dessert with lentils – over all – yummy! (More photos at end of blog.)

Sunset

Sunset River Cruise in Phnom Penh

We did an evening cruise (Memorable Cruises) on the Mekong River, went to an amazing behind the scenes tour of a local Wildlife Alliance (Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center) – so  many beautiful animals from such sad backgrounds: pet trade, torture and zoos (more photos at end of blog),

Golden Monkey

Golden baby monkey, his Mom would have been killed to get him for the pet trade.

the Genocide Museum (S21),

Last 14 victims

Last 14 victims at S21

a cultural show of the shadow puppets

Shadow Puppets

Shadow Puppets

(Sovanna Phum) and, then, our final stop was the killing field near here (more photos at end of blog).

Grave site

Grave site for victims of killing fields

One more new experience was at the local 4XD movie theatre, where you watch a movie with actual effects of the wind, moving chair, etc.  A bit like riding a roller coaster while watching a movie.

Such an incredible week of learning, having fun and finding understanding of the past.

Love Debx

Food Tour photos:

Wildlife Alliance Photos:

Killing Fields Photos: