Cambodia

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Cambodia was a place that, aside from Angkor Wat, I didn’t have a lot of expectations for going into. I was blown away, then, by the sites and feel of the country. Other than my body attacking me and laying me low for three days (no Embassy phone calls needed, thankfully), I enjoyed almost every … Continue reading »

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Bribing Guards at Koh Ker

In places like Cambodia, Indonesia, and Uzbekistan (to name just a few) the most important factor in life doesn’t always seem to be who/what you know but, rather, who and what you pay. Rules are flexible everywhere, but in some places all it takes is a bit of cash to make them disappear. So with … Continue reading »

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Mekong Islands

The other really awesome thing about Kampong Cham is the islands sitting in the middle of the Mekong River just south of town. Accessible during the dry season by a bamboo bridge with a $1 toll, this was easily one of the most harrowing driving experiences of my life.  With every inch forward the bamboo … Continue reading »

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Cambodian Killing Fields

5/17/2010 Choeung Ek Killing Fields Genocide Memorial; Phnom Penh, Cambodia The weirdest thing about this place is that in the midst of somewhere with such a tragic and violent past, everything is just so discordantly pleasant.  Its shady, birds are chirping, and there’s somebody with a weed-eater somewhere nearby.  This could be any park, anywhere, … Continue reading »

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Kp Cham

Reason #549 that guidebooks may, in fact, be worthless:  Kampong Cham. Lonely Planet says: “It’s a good stopover, but otherwise there’s little reason to linger.” I’ve found the city to be full of awesome people, cool temples, temples full of awesome people, little islands in the middle of the Mekong River, small Muslim villages tucked … Continue reading »

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Driving in Cambodia

Traffic isnt bad, but man the roads could use some work…

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Beng Mealea

The last of the places Tori recommended to me, Beng Mealea temple was on of the most overgrown and one of the largest temple complexes I visited around Siem Reap.  Built in the early part of the 12th century, it looks almost as if it has been deserted since the day it was built.  Though … Continue reading »

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Koh Ker Temples

The start of first day with Sok was the Koh Ker temple complex.  We went here mainly because it was a convenient middle point between the other two that I really wanted to visit, but it ended up being another of the highlights of my time in Cambodia so far.   Along with the numerous … Continue reading »

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