The Backpacker Circuit In Summary

Cambodia, Laos, Thailand

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The Backpacker Circuit In Summary

What we did: Two months covering Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. We originally planned to include Vietnam in this trip, but we ran out of time and decided to save it for a future trip. Where we went: This entire leg of our adventures was overland, using trains and buses. We spent one week in Koh [...]

Cambodia- Recently.

Cambodia

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Cambodia- Recently.

Cambodia is not one of those countries that hits the news media too often. Which is why it is no surprise to see the general lack of knowledge many have about it’s recent past. Cambodia’s people have suffered one major catastrophe after another: a major genocide, decades of civil war, and more recently a 1997 [...]

Scenes from a beachside restaurant, part II

Cambodia

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Scenes from a beachside restaurant, part II

Our final days at the beach brought an untimely arrival of heavy wind and rain. Luckily the open air restaurant that had become our mainstay had a covering that didn’t leak too much. Dave was sleeping in, so I found myself wandering down to the ocean to lose another day to a book and a [...]

Scenes from a beachside restaurant

Cambodia

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Scenes from a beachside restaurant

There is a certain indulgence in losing an afternoon to a book and a lively atmosphere. It is something that I have not had enough of on this trip, and something that Sihanoukville has offered up to us in spades. Our regular restaurant is a lazy beachside establishment with little focus on service or on [...]

Back to the Beach

Cambodia

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Back to the Beach

We left Phnom Penh during one of two national ‘festivals’ in Cambodia. What the actual festival was to celebrate was unclear, but what we could surmise is that it means a long weekend for most of the country- like Memorial Day or Labor Day. Our bus was packed with people excited about returning to home [...]

Because we had to...

Cambodia

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Because we had to…

We reluctantly left Siem Reap on a Monday morning minivan headed for Phnom Penh. It didn’t matter how many travelers told us to skip the city- we had no choice. For us, it wasn’t about visiting Phnom Penh, it was about visiting India’s Embassy. Having truly adored Siem Reap we were entirely uninterested in considering [...]

Little Village on Big Stilts

Cambodia

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Little Village on Big Stilts

Due to flooding, the floating village outside Siem Reap was inaccessible. This ended up being a stroke of luck, since the less toured village of Kampong Phluk was the recommended alternative. Kampong Phluk is a village on stilts over a lake. In the throws of wet season, it pretty much looks like it’s floating. The [...]

Dave's Wicked Stomach Prevails Again

Cambodia

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Dave’s Wicked Stomach Prevails Again

I’m not a night person. It’s rare for me to go out late, and even more rare to enjoy myself if I do go out late. Which is why when Dave decided to go have a beer with some fellow travelers, I stayed back and read a book. Little did I know, Dave went out [...]