I’m not proud of saying this but I got closer to the sculptures at Banteay Srei than I should have. And I had help… from a local guard. This is the first time since it happened that I’m sharing it openly.
The peak season had just begun when I arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia last November. I knew from experience that the usual popular spots for sunset at Pre Rup and Phnom Bakheng would be packed. There was no way I was going to jostle with ill-mannered tourists again. Instead, I took a ride to Phnom […]
‘Tuk-tuk, sir? Tomorrow you go see Angkor Wat sunrise?‘ That’s the call of tuk-tuk drivers waiting for business in the temple town of Siem Reap. It’s also one of the most popular and spectacular things to do. Getting the most out of the DIY experience requires planning, however. Forgoing it will only result in stumbling, scuffles with […]
Fresh from a visit to the temple ruins of Angkor with one more day on my pass, I scanned the other trips that were listed on the Siem Reap Hostel whiteboard. In addition to the places that I’d already been to, there were trips to Banteay Srei, Tonle Sap lake and the waterfall at Kbal Spean (I saved […]
What? Cycling Angkor in this heat? Haven’t you seen them all already? I may have seen Angkor Wat, the Bayon, Ta Prohm and a few others on my first full day in Siem Reap, but that’s not all there is to see. There are more ruins on the grand circuit and they most definitely do not look […]
It pays to do some research before jetting off, especially if it involves a culture one is not immediately familiar with. I did mine five years before setting foot in Angkor, the temple-dotted capital of the ancient Khmer Empire, and it saved me a tidy sum when I finally made the trip. I have the Asian […]