Phumĭ Réach Born (1)

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  • Day1

    First impressions

    January 25, 2017 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    As we walked off the plane, the airport building impressed me with its temple like look. As we walked in I noticed the neat dark wood counters and very clear signs both in English and Cambodian. The visa on arrival sign immediately caught my eye, hence we followed without hesitation. The form is pretty much a 2minute exercise and the organized system with lines and clear signs gave me the comfortable "american dream" feeling. There are clear yellow lines to wait your turn. The officers are firm yet friendly, 20minutes later we had our visas and cleared customs. I got the bags due to the "one at a time" policy in Asia. ( you don't clear customs as a family).

    There are CLEAR BOLD signs (AND PICTURES with a crossed out camera) everywhere at the visa and customs area of the airport to NOT TAKE PICTURES! Guess who is taking pictures??Yet he is not stressed to be arrested or taken into a small room, but more stressed about completing the form🙈and me getting lost. I can't comprehend this🙊!!

    Everyone is too busy on their phones so we walked out of the airport without a customs declaration form. Our driver had a lovely printed sign with our names. He ran off to fetch our new way of transportation, its soooo authentic!! Roedolf get 2 local sim cards for us, a standard vander travel-procedure on this trip. We need to be connected right. 4 G data boom !!! ( and so I can't get lost- Roedolfs main concern- it kills me to be so DEPENDENT gRRRRR)!

    I chatted to our driver and looked at the map as he loaded our luggage. Roedolf arrived back from the ATM ( oh and he hates cash but cash is king in Asia)- ( and everywhere else just not in his world) and off we went for our first tuk tuk drive from the airport.

    The streets are cleaner and less chaotic than Vietnam. There is actually a split for cars and tuk-tuks or bikes on the bigger roads. There is a warm welcoming feeling in the air, I am excited to explore this.

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  • Day3

    Trees @Ta Promh

    January 27, 2017 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    The ultimate Indiana Jones fantasy, Ta Prohm with its crumbling towers and walls locked in with the iconic root systems is undoubtedly the most fascinating ruin. The ancient jungle feel, make you believe you are the first explorer. We had so much fun taking pictures here, our guide was amazing and knew all the secret maze like corridors and right angles for brilliant shots.

    We were lucky and visited it just after 7am we had a wonderful experience as it wasn't packed with tourists yet. I wasn't convinced that Roedolf will get out of the tree...the pictures tell the tail.

    Time spent amongst trees is never wasted time- Katrina Mayer.

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  • Day1

    Our new home in Siem Reap

    January 25, 2017 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Airbnb is just legendary! We just checked into our new home for the next 3 days.

    For a fraction of the price of a hotel we get a one bedroom apartment with a lovely open plan living area and kitchen in the heart of Siem Reap. It has laundry facilities which means we can get our clothes from the 11 days in Vietnam washed today.

    Interestingly enough the place belongs to a German guy who has been working in Cambodia for 2 years now.

    The best part is we were able to checkin early and we can checkout very late as we are catching an overnight hotel bus to Phnom Phen on Saturday night.

    After our trip to the Angkor Wat national museum we stopped at a supermarket to stock up on foods we can cook here for the next few days. Thus 3 days without street food 😜. The supermarket on its own was a bit of an experience as most things are very different than what we are use to. A couple of cans of tuna, pasta, fruits, vegetables, bread, egg, coffee and milk and we are good to go. The meats are a far cry from a South African butchery so we are giving it a skip today.

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  • Day3581

    2010_10 Cambodia, Laos, Bangkok

    October 21, 2010 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Travel by private minibus to Battambang (approximately 3 hours). Cambodia's second-largest city, Battambang (pronounced Battambong), is a pretty riverside town of French elegance, friendly Khmer people and beautifully preserved colonial architecture. Consider a guided tour of the countryside to discover the local rural way of life – it stops off at small cottage industries that produce sticky rice, noodles & fish paste. Or perhaps take a ride on the famous bamboo train, a great chance to interact with locals. There's also an optional cooking class to learn the secrets of local dishes such as amok, Khmer curry & fried spicy chicken.

    Phnom Penh:
    Travel by public bus through rural Vietnam and Cambodia to Phnom Penh (approximately 6–7 hours). You will cross the border, exiting Vietnam at Moc Bai and entering Cambodia at Ba Vet. Your leader will assist you with border crossing procedures.

    Wolfgang im April 2017
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  • Day180

    Angkor - große Stadt und Tempel

    February 28, 2017 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Liebes Tagebuch!

    Keine Ahnung, wie man ein Reisetagebuch führt, habe ich (Marcus) nie gemacht, aber da ich jetzt dazu gedrängt werde, meinen Senf dazuzugeben, versuche ich es mal so. Damit ich mir nicht allzu blöd dabei vorkomme, heißt du ab sofort Herbert. Also Herbert:

    Unser erster richtiger Tag in Siem Reap geht einigermaßen früh los. Wir hatten uns kurzfristig entschlossen, es nicht allen anderen Touris nachzumachen und bereits frühmorgens um fünf Uhr vor Angkor Wat Stellung zu beziehen. Nein, wir wollen lieber etwas länger schlafen, frühstücken und den bekanntesten Tempel abends besuchen.

    Also beende ich gegen 6:00 Uhr meine Bärenrufe (kleiner Insider), nachdem mich bereits 5:00 Uhr der Muezzin zur Toilette rief und ziehe mich tempelfein an. Manche Wächter sind hier strenger als andere, wie ich später selbst beobachten kann. Deswegen lieber die kurze Hose soweit wie es geht runterziehen, sodass die Knie bedeckt und das Handwerkerdekolleté noch nicht zu sehen sind. Ab zum Frühstück, im Gegensatz zu Peter schmecken mir Zwiebeln gut, also muss ich sein Rührei auch noch essen. Generell scheinen Zwiebeln ein integraler Bestandteil khmerischer Küche zu sein.

    Unser Fahrer Clem wartet bereits mit seinem Tuk Tuk auf uns, hier sehen sie ganz anders aus als in Thailand. Das sind sozusagen von Mopeds gezogene Sattelauflieger. Der Verkehr ist faszinierend, viel geordneter als in Thailand, dafür mehr Mopeds und nur sehr wenig Autos oder LKW. Die meisten Transportfahrzeuge sind improvisiert. Unsere erste Station ist die Verkaufsstelle an der wir unsere Eintrittskarten bekommen. Hier ist ganz schön was los und wir müssen uns beeilen, um den Bussen mit Chinesen zuvorzukommen.
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