Journey through the Cambodian Countryside

After three days of scrambling over the ruins of Angkor’s ancient temples we set off on the next leg of our journey through Cambodia. We decided to continue our journey through Cambodia by land, despite having a rather rough entry into the country at the Aranyaprathet/Poipet border crossing. Land borders always make the best travel stories. Too often, people take the easy route by flying and in the process, they miss so much of the countries they are traveling through. Continue Reading →

The Banyans of Ta Prohm

Perhaps it’s the time of day that lend the ruins hidden deep in this jungle a sense of transcendence. It might be the stillness of the jungle or the distant humming of insects. It’s so quiet, I can practically hear the vegetation growing around me. I lay my hands on a towering gentle giant. These sentient beings are everywhere, breaking over stone and crushing a lost world in their roots. My heart is seeking a different rhythm as it gallops, Continue Reading →

And On The First Day….

There are several ways to see Angkor Wat. Some people start small and work their way up to the colossal grand-daddy of them all, the megalithic structures of enigmatic Angkor Wat. Others start big and work their way down through the smaller and no less beautiful and mysterious smaller temples in the giant park. We opted to visit the ancient sandstone structures of Angkor Wat early on the morning of our first day. We hit a major temple site at Continue Reading →

Reflections of Angkor

  With my three day pass to Angkor Wat. It’s almost impossible to post pictures of Angkor Wat. There are millions of images of Angkor available on the web and none of them really do it any justice. Angkor is indescribable…but I’m going to give it a try. The best part of the day to visit is definitely early morning. By 9am, we were roasting in the heat, so we got up at 5am each morning and took a tuk-tuk Continue Reading →

Cambodia Photo Journal: Remote Community Near Siem Reap

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Kneightley Hand-carved boats sitting in storage. Believe it or not, our first day in Siem Reap was not spent at the ruins of Angkor Wat. Whenever John and I embark on a new journey, we each make a list of things we want to do and places we want to go to in a Continue Reading →

Photo Moment: Strange and Hellish Pagoda in Cambodia

This seemingly charming pagoda is located in the middle of the village of Kompong Khleang in rural Cambodia. The ornately carved rooftiles and spires glistened in the sun as we climbed the cracked stone steps leading up to the front entrance, which is brightly painted with depictions of Heaven and disturbing and horrible images of Hell. Take particular notice of the naked women climbing wickedly barbed trees and the large tub of boiling water, which contains the severed heads of Continue Reading →

Cambodia Photo Journal: The People of Ton le Sap

Every life has a story. – A&E Biography Cambodia. Never have I been to a country that has created so much flux and turmoil in my heart. When we left Cambodia, I thought surely I will never return to this god-forsaken place. I saw misery and destitution in Phnom Penh. The constant barrage of the homeless, child hawkers, beggars and amputees wore on my soul. At one point after our arrival in Sihanoukville, I felt, for the first time ever, Continue Reading →

Peace of Angkor

The Peace of Angkor is a private villa nestled in the heart of Siem Reap  This English-run villa is located in a quiet residential area within minutes of the downtown core of Siem Reap. Operated by Dave Perkes and Colleen Allan-Burns,  the Peace of Angkor has earned itself a terrific reputation for being a first-rate guesthouse in Siem Reap.  It certainly deserves its mention in Cambodia’s Lonely Planet for providing exceptional service, a clean and quiet atmosphere and a terrific place to relax at any time of day.  Peace of Angkor Continue Reading →

The Hidden Faces of Cambodia

Mysteries abound in this strange land as do hidden faces.  The stillness of the air at Ta Prohm and the buzzing of the cicadas in the early pre-dawn light left me with a feeling of unease.  We were not alone.  Miniature sandstone faces at Ta Prohm. Giant tree roots disturb an ancient stone carving at Prasat Ta Som. Carvings at Banteay Kdei. A hidden face on Ton le Sap.