Phum Spéan Thmei

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  • Day7

    Siem Reap lazy day

    February 11, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Decided to have a more restful day today so no alarms set & woke up just in time for breakfast. Walked to the town - quite dusty lanes & very hot. Wandered around the market - interesting to see all the different fish, fruits and vegetables. Stopped at a cafe for some beers and a crocodile pizza - meat was a little chewy but nice! Caught a tuk tuk back to the hotel but were stopped by the police part way back as our driver was not wearing his helmet. We had to wait while he paid his fine (he had to borrow part of our fare from us to pay this) before we carried on (driver still not wearing his helmet). Swim & rest beside the pool - watching a family of rats run through the gardens at the edge of the pool. Went on the hotel tuk tuk back into town for the evening. Walked around the night markets & had dinner in Pub Street.Read more

  • Day4

    I like Wat

    July 4, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    I like to Wat.. was a phrase we heard a bit today.. one of our guides (Mr Brad Pitt) likes the word play.. Wat means temple or pagoda and we certainly liked to wat today too.

    It was an early start.. 0445hrs at the front.. onto the bikes and off on the 7km ride (in the dark) for the sunrise at Angkor Wat.. we had our passes (which have to include your photo) so we were pretty much straight in and the fact that it is now the low season meant that there were relatively few people… however the weather bit not play nice so there was no sunrise… well obviously the sun CAME UP… it just didn’t do it in a particularly spectacular or attractive way. We were very lucky to have a great guide who took us all around the amazing complex and told us all about the history of the 900+ year old temple ….. Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and one of the largest religious monuments in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, it was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century…. The super structure was built from local volcanic rock and then clad with stand stone mined at Kulen Mountain (which we visited yesterday) this was transported 65km down the river and then across country in what must have been an amazing feet of logistics which took some 39 years.

    After several hours wandering we headed off to a café for breakfast which was quite welcome – Deb and I had a breakfast box from the hotel which was a tad bread heavy – the fare at the café would have been better… although I do have to say that the coffee was great!

    Then it was bike for an approx.. 3km ride to Ankor Thom Wat – this was a smaller temple but part of a larger complex. The name means “Great City” and we visited the the centre of the city which is Jayavarman's (the King who did the building – in rather a rush apparently) state temple, “the Bayon”.
    Here’s what we learned about it… it is a richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII…. Following Jayavarman's death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences. The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak. The temple has two sets of bas-reliefs, which present a combination of mythological, historical, and mundane scenes. We had a great wander about before jumping back on the bikes

    The next leg was 6.4km to Ta Prohm Temple – this involved ridding some narrow, off road trails through the “jungle” which was a little challenging for me – I still haven’t quite got used to the bike set up. We had a photo pause at the “gate of the Dead” and then it was on to the Temple which is apparently famous because it was used in the movie “Lara Croft Tomb Raider” built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara it was built by King Jayaraman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university in honour of his mother and his religious mentor. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors. UNESCO inscribed Ta Prohm on the World Heritage List in 1992. Today, it is one of the most visited complexes in Cambodia’s Angkor region… and basically it was pretty cool.

    Next it was the 13km (approx) ride back to the hotel complete with an episode of pelting down rain for the last 5 minutes. A quick clean up and then we headed out to a local massage place were we paid $10 USD each for an hour massage – delightful! And then wandered 350m down the road to “New Leaf Eatery” which is a social enterprise café. Again fantastic – I enjoyed a green mango salad and a Khmer Iced coffee – yummo, while Deb had smashed avo with tofu and a fantastic coffee.

    The afternoon was spent at “This Life Cambodia” and NGO doing some amazing work with young people in the province. We heard a great presentation about the work they do – particularly the domestic violence campaign for which they won an award – this is a link to their website: we also visited their vocational training workshop (braving the crazy rush hour traffic on our bikes)
    Back to the hotel for a refreshing shower and “Happy Hour” before heading off to Hoem’s house for tea and a fantastic home cooked Cambodian meal. It was lovely to enjoy the food and conversation and to receive a Khmer scarf as a gift.

    Returning to the hotel we headed out to “Pub Street” where we enjoyed a “fish foot spa” and then a drink (Amaretto for Deb, Italian Coffee with Amaretto for me) at the “Red Piano” rooftop bar, while enjoying watching the street life pass by. A banana crepe on the way home and now bed is once again calling as it will be an early start heading off to Battambang.
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  • Day77

    Lilys Secret Garden

    April 21, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    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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  • Day125

    When one journey ends, another begins

    February 2, 2020 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    So it's the absolute last day of the tour, with some teary goodbyes (not me, I'm a bad gyal innit). Lane and I met with George and the school's headteacher Sophach. Lane was brave enough to try BBQ crocodile, but I'm really not about that; adventurous food during a global virus outbreak, life 😂.

    So excited for the week to come! 🙈🙈
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  • Day131

    Last day in Siem Reap

    February 8, 2020 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Sadly, it's Lane and I's last day. We decided to lounge by the pool and top up our tans. We also went to a lovely healthy restaurant in the evening and had vegan and Mexican food in the day
    Honestly, Siem Reap is a perfect blend of Western styles mixed with food and produce from the East. This place definitely has a piece of my heart and I will be bringing the fam along in the future.

    One thing I never thought I'd miss is a squat toilet. May have to convince the parents to install one 😂
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  • Day97

    Flashback: Kambodscha

    December 28, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C


    Was für abgefahrene 4 Wochen: Inselfeeling 🏝️, Volunteering 👩🏼‍🍳, Yoga & Meditation 🧘🏻‍♀️ We love life ❤️

    Wir wollen Insel, wir kriegen Insel. Und was für eine 😍 Koh Rong ist genau das, wonach wir suchen. Keine Autos, keine Geldautomaten, kein Sightseeing. Unsere Tage bestehen daraus, mit dem Moped durch den Dschungel und über den Strand zu cruisen, abzuhängen und das Leben zu genießen. Der Lonely Beach ist mit Abstand der friedlichste Ort, an dem wir seit langem gewesen sind 🌴

    Wir helfen dem Inhaber einer Kochschule in Battambang, sein Business zu optimieren. Und tauchen dabei tief in das kambodische Leben ein. Wir teilen unser Zimmer mit der Familie, haben kein fließendes Wasser, frühstücken auf dem Wochenmarkt mit den Einheimischen Nudelsuppe 🍜. Eine Woche voller Up's & Down's. Erster Gedanke: nichts wie weg hier 😂 doch nach wenigen Tagen sind wir Teil der Familie und haben das Gefühl, das echte Kambodscha kennenzulernen. Ein unvergessliches Erlebnis.

    Über Weihnachten sind wir offline, in vielerlei Hinsicht. Wir geben unser Handy, iPad und Kindle ab, ernähren uns vegan und meditieren zweimal am Tag nach einer Yoga Session. 'Oh Gott - ist das nicht langweilig? 😱 Was machen wir dann den ganzen Tag?' - Unsere Gedanken vorab. Vor Ort: kein einziges Mal Langeweile. Lesen, gute Gespräche, zeichnen, Pool, Hängematte. Uns geht es gut. Wir lernen uns selbst mal wieder kennen und merken, dass wir gar nichts müssen. Am liebsten würden wir hier noch eine Weile bleiben 😍

    Natürlich haben wir auch gesehen, wofür Kambodscha bekannt ist: Die Tempel von Angkor wat, eine Kampot Pfefferfarm, wir haben die dunkle Vergangenheit des Landes bei den Killing Fields kennengelernt und Zeit in Siem Reap sowie Phnom Penh verbracht.

    Kambodscha war eine intensive Zeit, der bisher prägendste Abschnitt unserer Reise. Wir reduzierten unser Tempo, leben noch mehr im Hier & Jetzt und begrüßen ab sofort jeden Tag ganz bewusst als Geschenk 😊
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  • Day7

    Wrestling Show

    February 19, 2020 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Heute Abend war es sehr verrückt!! Wir waren bei einer Wrestling Show.. Wir haben uns darunter mehr vorgestellt, aber letztendlich war es dann doch ganz cool, wie die jungen Kerle sich einen Show-Kampf geliefert haben.
    In der Halbzeit wurde zum Bier Kontest aufgerufen und da sag ich nicht nein!! Um die Wette Bier aus einem Strohhalm trinken ist nicht einfach!
    Mein Team hat gewonnen und Preis war ein Bier-Turm!! Freibier für den Rest des Abends! Hat sich also sehr gelohnt.
    Am Ende der Show hat mich eine kleinere Version von Vin Diesel zum Karaoke Duett auf den Boxring geholt!
    Verrückter Abend 😳😝
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  • Day76

    EoCambo Residence

    April 20, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    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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Phum Spéan Thmei, Phum Spean Thmei, ភូមិ ស្ពានថ្មី