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Phum Spéan Thmei

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  • Day59

    Siem Reap

    November 7 in Cambodia

    Kambodscha ist nach wie vor eines der am stärksten verminten Länder der Welt. Daher gibt es seit 2015 ein NGO-Projekt, das mit Hilfe von Riesenratten hektarweise Land von Minen befreit. Die Ratten erschnüffeln unfallfrei den Sprengstoff und arbeiten effizienter als Detektoren. Im "HeroRats"-Visitorcenter habe ich heute viel über die Geschichte Kambodschas gelernt und die Ratten in Aktion gesehen. Spannend!

    Thematisch passend hat Jan dann gleich eines der Nationalgerichte probiert. Nein, kein Rattenfleisch. :) Fischcurry in einer Kokosnuss, genannt "Amok".

    Geendet hat unser Tag mit Cambodian Circus und Nightlife.
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  • Day77

    Lilys Secret Garden

    April 21 in Cambodia

    We talked about taking a cooking class when we were over here. It’s a good way to meet people but also to learn the culture and, well, get better at cooking, and so you can make the same dishes you love here, at home.
    Jackie found an awesome home cooking class, that, turns out is literally right behind the hotel, two streets over, called Lily’s Secret Garden. The place is run by Lily, a Cambodian chef as far as we can tell, and her husband Chris, a Belgian who has a flare for business, maybe.
    Chris picked us up in a tuktuk at our hotel and took us to the local market to buy the ingredients for whatever we were cooking. This is the market where only locals shop...astounding place. We took our groceries to Lily’s to meet the chef. I think we all thought she was the one doing the cooking class. They had another character, Darwin, a Cambodian with a great sense of humour. Also a chef at a local high end restaurant.
    Stay tuned for an invite to Cambodian night.
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  • Day76

    EoCambo Residence

    April 20 in Cambodia

    We have had pretty good luck with accommodation. Really only one place where the room may have not met everyone’s standard. We stayed at the Don Bosco Hotel School in Sihanoukville and were extremely impressed. The place we are in now must have taken the cream of the crop from that group and brought them here. The service is impeccable. They love to hear how your day was, what your plans are for the next day, every whim, they are on it.
    The rooms are spotless, hot water, no smell, no insects and they literally run to to help you out, simply awesome. EoCambo Residence, street 22, downtown eastside, Siem Reap.
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  • Day77

    Phare!

    April 21 in Cambodia

    There is a school in Battambang, (say it like Battumbong) that takes disadvantaged kids and develops their musical, dancing, acting and acrobatic skills. To raise money for the school they put on cirque du soleil type shows.
    It’s just outside of town a few minutes in a tiny little dome circus tent kind of thing, holds maybe 300 people?
    But for the price of admission you get a fabulous show of daring acts, acrobatics, dancing, and singing. It’s actually really good and totally worth it. If you want the ultimate in entertainment pay for the front row, otherwise save your riel and get the seats on the side.
    There’s beer and popcorn too, what more could you want?
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  • Day79

    Just another day in Cambodia

    April 23 in Cambodia

    Because we like to keep our travel plans open, we don’t book anything in advance and kinda let the trip take us wherever we wanna go. Works well for us, mostly. Eight months ago when we booked the trip to Singapore and then home from Manila we didn’t give much consideration to how or when we would book a flight from wherever we were at the end of the vacation to get to Manila. And this revelation hit us just the day before we needed to be in Manila to catch the flight home.
    And when we did look into it months ago, to fly from Siem Reap, say to Manila, it was about $80 per person. That’s really good. If you wait until the day before that price goes up. We hoped to just fly to Shanghai and make our connection there with our original booking and not have to go to Manila at all and give us an extra day in Cambodia. China Eastern Airline, while being an awesome airline for the actual flying part, aren’t so hot with their customer service, we actually still haven’t heard back from them.
    So Robert and I set out to find the China Eastern Office in Siem Reap and straighten things out. Now, many of the tuktuk drivers don’t speak English, and from what i can tell some don’t read either. And the streets are seldom signed, if at all. And every bloody road looks the same as the last, so we weren’t any help either. Three tuktuks later, and stopping for directions three times, we accidentally stumbled on the China Eastern Airline offices. They were closed.
    Little did we know, when the girls took off at the same time as us, for a yoga class, they had the exact same “issue” with their tuktuk as well. It’s all a a work in progress.
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  • Day79

    Our Last Night in Town

    April 23 in Cambodia

    We still had to pick up a couple gifts and souvenirs, and get another damn massage...there are massage places everywhere!! And Amber needed a pair of sandals; she blew out her last pair walking around the temples.
    So we went down to the night market, though it was daytime and bummed around down there. We ended up at the Hard Rock Cafe to see a live band. Of all the places to eat and drink in Cambodia, I’m pretty sure we found the most expensive.
    But the band was awesome. ROCKSTORM, local Cambodians playing all your favourite metal hits from the nineties. Absolute riot, check ‘em out next time you’re here.
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  • Day76

    Angkor National Museum

    April 20 in Cambodia

    From everything we read and what we had been told by other travellers was to go check out the National Museum prior to our visit to Angkor Wat and all the temples. Seemed like a reasonable plan, even driver thought so.
    Unfortunately, its much less a museum and more an art gallery. The 3D dome in the centre of the building is a stunning piece of work and the twenty minute video was interesting cinematically, but none of it informative in any way.
    And then there is a bunch of original artwork downstairs for sale. And ice cream, which we tend not to miss very often. Might want to save your money for a guide at the temples themselves.
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  • Day18

    Angkor Thom and beyond

    November 11 in Cambodia

    We started the day at Angkor Thom. As we approached the South Gate, there were Buddhas lining one side of the roadway and demons on the other (similar to the churning of the ocean of milk yesterday), while the gate is topped with four faces of Buddha, representing compassion, equinimity, sympathy and charity. We visited the Bayon temple first. I think it was my favorite, in Siem Reap. It has 54 towers, representing each of the provinces at the time it was built. Each tower then has four Buddhas, for a total of 216 Buddhas looking down at you, as you visit. The towers are different heights, depending on the size of the province; for example, a populous province would be taller than a less populated one. Surrounding the structure were extensive carvings that depicted a day in the life of your average Khmer. It was quite intricate, with scenes detailing such things as daily markets, a buffalo nursing its young, and a man stoking a fire; however, no dinosaurs. We stretched out our stay as long as we could, since all of us enjoyed it so much.

    We eventually moved on to Baphuon, which is a three level, pyramid looking structure. There are few carvings to see on the building, but the view at the top offered a glimpse at the surrounding jungle. The steps were very steep and reminded me of the ones that take you above the tree tops at Tikal, in Guatemala. I’m sure they have visitors that get to the top and have a hard time coming down. Unlike the Bayon temple, which was a Buddhist dedication, with hints of peace toward Hinduism, the Baphuon is a Hindu temple, dedicated to Shiva. We didn’t spend a lot of time here, as it was less spectacular than what we had been seeing, so we walked toward the Royal Palace. At the gate, a banyon tree had completely destroyed a building and as we walked by, we could see a few stone blocks stuck in the trunk. I suspect that all of it will be covered someday. We got through the gate and looked at Preah Pithu. We could not climb up because it has been closed for some time, due to a tourist diving from the top to his death. It, too, had a pyramid feel to it, with large lions guarding the building on the corners. This building was within walking distance of the king’s pools, as well as the Terrace of Elephants. The terrace sits high off the ground, and the supporting walls have enormous men and elephants carved onto the side. The terrace was used for the king to watch out over military exercises and other ceremonies, in a large area in front of the terrace. Across the meadow, there were 12 buildings, which we understood to be armories; one building for each type of weapon.

    From here, we drove out from the grounds. We stopped in for lunch before being dropped at the airport, where we left for Laos. The flight was about two hours, and we experienced no problems getting through immigration. Our guide, Nik, definitely has the best English, yet. He was exceptionally friendly and helpful. He taught us a little Laotian, so that we can be polite with the locals. He also recommended a quick trip down to the night market. We made it about 20 minutes before we made our first purchase.
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  • Day72

    Hard Rock Cafe and Massage

    August 14 in Cambodia

    No tours today, just lunch at the HRC with a much needed massage on the way back to the hostel, then hanging out by the pool with a book. This evening I'm off to the circus, which is an acrobatic show and should be pretty cool according to some folks who have already been. Tomorrow I'm back to Phnom Penh.

    Out for now. ✌️

  • Day24

    Back to the Nature

    January 26 in Cambodia

    Ganz weit oben auf meiner to do list stand natürlich auch Ta Prohm, der versunkene Tempel im Dschungel. Ta Prohm war ursprünglich ein Kloster und enstand im 12. Jahrhundert.
    Heute umarmen gigantische Wurzeln die bröckelnden Mauern von Ta Prohm.
    Die mystische Atmosphäre einer vergangenen Welt...
    Wäre es auch, wenn der Tempel nicht durch den Film Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie so bekannt geworden wäre.
    Dutzende Chinesen kommen mit Reisebussen hier an und los geht das Blitzlichtgewitter.
    Von der Mystik leider keine Spur 😔
    Positives gibt es zu berichten, das die grösste Tempelanlage der Welt seit über 20 Jahren schon von einen Deutschen mit seiner Frau in mühevoller Handarbeit Schritt für Schritt renoviert wird und somit auch noch der Nachwelt erhalten bleibt. ( GERMAN Apsara Conservation Project ) ☺
    Morgen früh gehts weiter per Boot Richtung Süden den Tonle Sap hinunter nach Phnom Penh. 🚣😁✌
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Phum Spéan Thmei, Phum Spean Thmei, ភូមិ ស្ពានថ្មី

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