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03/25/2014 – 264 days/23587 miles

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From Phnom Penh, I rode south in the rain to Sihanoukville. The rain wasn’t terrible, but it caught me off guard, as I’ve only seen it rain for about 10 minutes in over two months, and haven’t had to ride in it in that time. And luckily I arrived in Sihanoukville just in time to get my bike unloaded before…

03/20/2014 – 259 days/23208 miles

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Here’s a couple more stops I made in Phnom Penh.

First, the Royal Palace

And I saw this guy at a temple near the palace…the patron saint of concussion prevention

Next up, some fun at a military base. Thank to a little bit of corruption, its possible to go to a range at the base and shoot some of their…

03/18/2014 – 257 days/23208 miles

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Two places I knew I needed to visit in Phnom Penh were the Choeung Ek Memorial (Killing Fields) and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (aka S-21), and yes, they’re as depressing as they sound.

 
First off, if you don’t know much about the Khmer Rouge, I recommend looking into it a little bit. It’s been interesting to learn about…

03/16/2014 – 255 days/22904 miles

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Another stop I made in Siem Reap was at the Cambodia Landmine Museum.

The museum was founded by Aki Ra, a Cambodian with a pretty fascinating life…He was born in 1970 (he was only able to confirm his year of birth recently), and at age 5, his parents were killed by the Khmer Rouge. He was placed in a Khmer…

03/15/2014 – 254 days/22870 miles

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There isn’t a ton to do in Siem Reap, but the one thing there is to see is pretty magnificent…Angkor Wat, or rather, the entire Angkor Complex.

If you want information and history on the place, there’s plenty out there, and I don’t really feel like typing a bunch right now, so all you’re gonna get is some pictures.
Angkor…

03/13/2014 – 252 days/22870 miles

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I saw two different temple sites today. In the morning I went to Koh Ker, then stopped at Beng Mealea on my way to Siem Reap.

Koh Ker consists of 180 individual sites spread out over 30 square miles. Not all the sites can be visited, as the area was previously heavily mined, and some of the areas have not…

03/12/2014 – 251 days/22781 miles

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While doing some more detailed planning of my route through Cambodia, I was having issues with what I was seeing on my map, and what I was seeing on Google Maps.  Seems like there were lots of main roads missing from my map, and often times, the route different roads took was not accurately portrayed.  Turns out, the map I…

Last Stop Angkor Wat

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“It is of such extraordinary construction that it is not possible to describe it with a pen, particularly since it is like no other building in the world. It has towers and decoration and all of the refinements which the human genius can conceive of.”
-Antonio de Madalena, 1586 – one of the first Westerners to visit Angkor Wat.
Today…

One Dolla Chia

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In Cambodia’s west-central jungles lie the ruins of an ancient Khmer kingdom, at the center of which sits the impressive site of Angkor Wat. There are innumerable ruins of palaces, temples, and royal buildings immediately surrounding Angkor Wat, but it was an outpost an hour off to the northeast that initially caught our attention. We had heard stories of ruins…

The Killing Fields

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WARNING: This blog post contains graphic content. We highly encourage you to read it for your own education, but be aware that you will probably find it disturbing.
There is a high school in downtown Phnom Penh, Cambodia, known as S21. The facility is no longer used as a school on account of the blackness that fell upon it in…

Gear Review: Roasting Coffee on the Road

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When we first started our blog nearly two years ago, we intended to do regular gear reviews. So far we’ve done a grand total of zero gear reviews, and have leaned more toward stories from the road. A few months ago, GSI Outdoors came to us and asked if they could help us out by outfitting us with a brand new car…

A Unique Day in the Country

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My traditional krama scarf kept only some of the dust out of my nose and mouth as my motorcycle driver raced along the packed dirt road and I was soon covered from head to foot in the fine, grey powder. Jim and his driver had taken an alternate route out of town and were nowhere to be seen. I was on…

The Cambodiwood Encounter

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One day, in a Dairy Queen near Sheena’s parents’ house, a strange thing happened and we found ourselves sitting in the booth adjacent to the booth occupied by Alice Cooper. Several years later, in a place very much unlike a Dairy Queen, we once again found ourselves in the company of creative greatness. This time it was in Cambodia, in…

Cambodian Dolphin Hunt

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Brad had finally reached defeat. His stomach gurgled and groaned and kept him horizontal for 24 hours straight. He lay in bed exhausted by nausea and uninterested in exploring the world around him. He wasn’t the only one.
Four of the seven people in our group (myself included) came down with a nighttime bout of stomach related issues, yet…

A Chance Encounter

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It all started with a note clipped under Nacho’s windshield wiper.
Hello friends- I am a fellow Volkswagen T3 owner and have some questions for you about your set up. Please call and we will meet up. – Soenke
We found the note shortly after we had wandered out of our hotel and into Nacho’s living quarters. As we…

Waltzing through Ruins

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The temple ruins of the Kingdom of Angkor. A dream destination for historians, photographers, and travelers alike. Shrouded in misty, humid jungles, much of the city still buried in the over-growth, the full scale of the size of the city is impossible to fully comprehend from the ground.

 
Angkor served as the head of the Khmer empire from 802AD…

Why we are driving next time

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Why we are driving next time
July 28, 2013

The following are accepted facts when booking transport in Cambodia:

Two hours will mean four… or more.
Descriptions like ‘VIP’ and ‘Air-con’ are unrelated to the actual trip you are booking (they are simply added to make the sign eye-catching)
Booking a ‘seat’ does not guarantee and actual seat, contortionist manoeuvres…

Cousteau in Cambodia

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Sihanoukville.
Both one of the best and worst places we visited on our last trip.

We stayed in a seriously amazing bed and breakfast just out of town. The weather was warm. We were within a short walk of a tropical beach, with golden sands stretching to the horizon. Sounds like paradise right? Kind of.
We didn’t go with high…

Angkor Wat?

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To visit an historical site in New Zealand often means a visit to a Māori pā site which will involve standing in a grassy field, or on a headland, looking at a ditch which marks an old fence line, perhaps another which denotes a storage area. Don’t get me wrong it’s always interesting, standing there in a spot where history…

Ghosts of Cambodia’s past

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Ghosts of Cambodia’s past
May 18, 2013

The city of Phnom Penh has so many other things to offer, but as you walk past the rows of waiting tuk-tuk drivers you hear the repeated chant of ‘Killing field’ ‘Genocide museum’ it soon becomes apparent where the bulk of tourists are expected to head.
 
As we enjoy a relaxing ride…

Would you like fried tarantula with that?

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Would you like fried tarantula with that?
April 29, 2013

The sun was setting and the tuk-tuk drivers were swarming… welcome to Phnom Penh.
 
Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s bustling and confusing capital city. The glossy, neatly paved Riverfront area boasts travel agents and tourist restaurants as far as the eye can see. A short walk will take you down crumbling…

A Slooooooooooooooooooooooow Boat to Battambang

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Battambang, a dusty little backwaters in NW Cambodia. Although becoming more of a tourist draw, it is still mostly visited by the backpacker crowd, anxious to get further off the well worn “banana pancake” trail that covers SE Asia.

 
From Siem Reap there are two ways to get to Battambang. The first option is to take the mostly comfortable,…

Cambodia – beaches, temples and killing fields

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The most memorable experiences of our two-week tour through Cambodia were the beautiful beaches, the visit of the fantastic temples of Angkor Wat, and the encounter with the terrible history of the country under the regime of the Khmer Rouge.

Since we had not been to the sea for a long time, we took the chance for a few days…

The Killing Fields of Phnom Penh

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**** Warning – this post contains some graphic photos and disturbing text. It’s an incredibly important history lesson but be warned, the story isn’t pretty ***
Cambodia, a country that touched my heart for many reasons. Much of our time in the country was spent feeling disturbed but the history and modern reality of this little country in SE Asia…

Cambodia, Take 3!

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If anyone asked me how many times I’d visit Cambodia it may have been uhhh once.  Never did I think I’d have to get a Cambodian visa 3 times!  The day after we got back from Vietnam we just could not get our asses out of bed.  We had felt like we had been through a lot so we decided…

Cambodia, Take 2!

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The day after Mom and Dad left Phuket, we took a flight to BKK.  Was surreal that they were here a few days ago with us, but no worries, we shall see them soon at some point!  After doing some laundry and getting the bike’s oil checked, we had to decide…where to next???  Nick had talked to his friend Prashanth…

Angkor Wat & Battambang

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The next morning we somehow got up at 3:30am.  We like to sleep, actually I love to sleep, so this was a real feat!  Angkor Wat is the main attraction around Siem Reap and everything around the city is Angkor this…Angkor that….  It’s a complex of old temples dating back to the 1100’s dedicated to Vishnu.  You can Wikipedia…

Cambodia at last!

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When I was working at a pharmacy on the north side of Houston, we had a huge Vietnamese patient base.  Sprinkled in there were a couple of Lao, couple of Thai, and a Cambodian patient.  After meeting these people, it became more interesting to me to find out more about where these people get their names from, what is their…

Cambodja – Phnom Penh & Siem Reap

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In Phnom Penh wilden we graag een paar dingen zien die te maken hadden met het verleden van Cambodja en de Kmher Rouge: de S-21 gevangenis en de killing fields. Dus niet zo’n geweldig blije dag maar wel noodzakelijk volgens ons.
De S-21 gevangenis Was de plaats waren de ‘vijanden’ van het regime gevangen werden gezet. De Khmer Rouge hing…

Cambodja – de grens, Kratie en naar Phnom Penh

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Na een week Laos was het weer tijd om door te gaan richting onze eindbestemming, Singapore. Laos was erg leuk maar toch behoorlijk overspoeld met Amerikaanse en Europese backpackers. Op naar Cambodja via het uiterste zuiden van Laos over een grens die bekend staat door zijn “stempel bijdragen”. We zijn benieuwd hoeveel ze ons extra willen laten betalen maar hadden…