Khett Siem Reab Off The Beaten Path

  • Cambodian village.
    Cambodian village.
    by IreneMcKay
  • Cambodian village.
    Cambodian village.
    by IreneMcKay
  • Cambodian village.
    Cambodian village.
    by IreneMcKay

Khett Siem Reab Off The Beaten Path

  • Tuk Tuk Cargo Trucks

    "Necessity is the Mother of All Inventions" a famous sage said that in the 1800's and this truism is never more apparent here in Cambodia as you can see for yourself. Most cambodians can't afford to own a car and even a pick up vehicle and even large trucks as it has one of the lowest incomes in the world. But it did not deter them from being...

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  • Have a Swim at the Swimming Pool

    Cambodia is a tropical country hence, there is only two season, a wet season a dry season. If you are visiting the Angkor Complex during th summer dry season from december to may, it can get quite hot also very humid as Siem Reap has a high humidity and you easily get tired and sweatly after walking around the huge angkor complex like the Angkor...

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  • Donate Blood

    Seems like a strange thing to do while on holidays I know, but a couple of our tour group took part in giving blood. You can give blood at either the Angkor Hospital for Children or the Government Hospital in Siem Reap. Our donators had whopping bruises after doing so, but I don't believe there was any other side effects.

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  • Head to the hills

    Most of the landscape around Siem Reap is flat and not to exciting. So it is a good option to head to the hills and a very sacred place for Khmer. Phnom Kulen is a over an hour drive from Siem Reap but worth the visit. It has nicely wooded hills but the road is not too good and is one way only. Therefore you need to get their in the morning, and...

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  • Floating Village Chong K'Neas

    Just south of Siem Reap town is the floating village called Chong K'neas. I got driven to the port where I took the boat ride which takes you along a small river past the floating house boats of the locals. You also see schools and shops, anything you may see in a land based village. Amazing. Houses are powered by car batteries and most have...

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  • Headless Bovine?

    I shot this photo at Beng Mealea. It looks like a new breed of headless bovine! I wonder how it eats?

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  • Kbal Spean - Waterfalls

    As I love nature, I wanted to explore more in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat not limiting myself to temples. Our guide Neang suggested a trekking route which would take us to waterfalls. It took us approximately 1 hour car drive from Banteay Srey to reach Kbal Spean. After 35-40 minutes trekking, we found ourselves at the top of the hill where we saw...

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  • Home among the Gum Trees

    Can someone tell me why there is a grove of young Australian Eucalyptus trees on the road to Beng Mealea? My driver wondered why I asked him to stop, thought I needed a "pit stop" or something. I just had to stop and take a photo as it just something you expect to see.

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  • Beng Mealea, Cut Rocks

    Around 1km before to Beng Mealea, there is a road that heads north towards Phnom Kulen. the road takes you to tiny bridge over a creek where you can see a creek bed with the what is left of the sandstone after the rock was cut to build the temple structures etc.

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  • Chong Khneas - a tourist trap?

    Around the platform we see tens of boats with kids. Some are trying to sell bananas, others, with snakes around their necks, want to attract our attention and hope to get a dollar or two when we take a picture. Oh, and these little kids in metal bowls equipped in a stick to steer with ..., it's an unforgettable sight. It's time to go back. Our...

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  • Floating village of Chong Khneas

    We leave our tuk-tuk driver behind and follow a young boy who is to be our guide in Chong Khneas. After boarding a small motor boat (there are only two of us and the guide) the trip begins. The boatman- guide knows English well enough to give information about the place. We pass a floating village school with a basketball court, different shops and...

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  • Tonle Sap lake

    When you look at the map of Cambodia you see a big body of water; it is Tonle Sap lake - one of the biggest lakes in SE Asia. In fact, the lake changes its size from about 2 700 square km in dry season to 16 000 square km in the monsoon season. The reason is a unique hydrological phenomenon which makes the Siem Reap river diverse its flow and fill...

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  • Roluos Group

    Roluos group consists of three temples: Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei. All date from the late 9th century and give an insight into early Angkorian architecture. The group formed the ancient centre of the Khmer civilisation called Hariharalaya.Preah Ko was the first temple built by Indravarman I in the capital city of Hariharalaya. Its name 'sacred...

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  • Phnom Krom

    Phnom Krom temple itself is not very impressive, but our trip there, though not pre-planned at all, turned out to be very nice. Our tuk-tuk driver talked us into visiting a floating village on Tonle Sap lake, which was a wonderful experience. On our way there we noticed a hill with stone steps leading up. When we were coming back we decided to stop...

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  • Beng Mealea, Temple in ruins

    This temple sight is around 1.5hours from Siem Reap so its a little out of the way and will cost you around $30 in a tuk tuk but if you are prepared to pay for an aircon car, which I prefer, you will pay double as the price of gasoline is rising enormously. They have just upgraded the road to the temple and you pay a $5 ticket at a checkpoint a few...

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  • Angkor Temple - Phnom Krom

    Phnom Krom "The lower mountain"Date late 9th - early 10th century King Yasovarman I(posthumous name: Paramashivaloka) Cult Brahmanic Phnom Krom on the shores of the Tonle Sap, 137 metres in height. Of the three monuments, the temple of Phnom Krom remains the most complete in silhouette, with only the top tier on its northern and southern towers...

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  • "THE HAPPY RANCH"

    WHEN YOUR ALL TEMPLED OUT AND FEELING THE NEED TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT THEN WHY NOT GIVE "THE HAPPY RANCH" A TRY.OPENED IN 2002 THE RANCH IS LOCATED 2KM FROM THE CENTRE OF SIEM REAP RIGHT IN THE HEART OF THE STUNNING KHMER COUNTRYSIDE.MY WIFE HAD BEEN ON A HORSE BEFORE BUT THIS WAS ALL NEW TO ME AND I HAVE TO ADMIT TO FEELING MORE THAN A LITTLE...

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  • Catch a sunset over the floating village

    I will agree with previous mentions that the Floating Village is not what you would call 'exciting', but it is certainly interesting to see. Actually, I much more enjoyed the drive along the dusty road to the floating village more than I enjoyed the boat ride itself.Any tuktuk driver can bring you. You will be a ticket from the gov. before...

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  • Hotels!!!!

    There are lots of big hotels in the city (in fact, the city just a main road, you would not get lost!). To our surprise, there are tons of korea restaurants along the road from airport to city, next to hotels. Whenever we went, we bumped into korean on the street/wat. We decided to add visiting hotels in our itinary and ate kimchi. :)The korean and...

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  • Dinner with Maung Maung

    Remember I am no longer a Tourist to Siem Reap, having been there twice in the last two months alone.. and i dont live in Singapore or KL or Bangkok with easy connections there. So it is always a privilege for me to be with Maung Maung and he always makes sure that i am fed well. Lunch is usually Burmese and the dinner varies. On this last...

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  • Meet Jennifer Chin from Kuala Lumpur

    As I walked into Mandalay Inn, after a short flight from Saigon and a party to celebrate the opening of a new Burmese restaurant in Siem Reap, Amarapura, it was wonderful to see Jen from KL at the reception area.I had a special bottle of Graves and we chatted and polished off the bottle. She had to get up early to catch her flight to KL, but not...

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  • Tonle Sap Lake

    Washing, Drying salted fish. Kids swimming and playing 'water pole' is some of the daily things that happen in this lake. More pictures of the lake everyday life.

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  • Apsara Dance

    Overwhelmed with stone carved Apsara on the temple walls? Why not see real ones dancing in the town? It's the traditional Khemer dance of cambodia, Apsara dance, that tells story quite similar to ones told on temple wall carvings. Apsara Dance is available at many buffet restaurants, you could dine and watch the dance at the same time. Book early...

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  • Massage by blind

    We decided to have a massage by the Seeing Hands 4 Massage By Blind. The cost was only $US3 per hour and was well worth the cost. Most of the money is ploughed back into either the masseur themselves or to help train more.There are so many beggars in Cambodia it is impossible to give to them all we felt this was a good way to give something back to...

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  • Lake cruise - Tonle Sap

    Tonle Sap may not be in the off the beaten path category, but the journey to this large fresh water lake can be an interesting one as we passed by greenery paths and villages.The highlight of the fresh water lake tour, reputed to be one of the largest in South East Asia, is the boat ride along the river that leads to the mouth of the river and...

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  • Mini treks to the Linga world

    There is a place called Kbal Spean that requires some mini trekking to a waterfall and river with water running through scupltured stone lingas. The journey to Kbal Spean from Siem Reap takes approximately 1 hour plus by car. On the way to our mini trek destination, we stopped by Phnom Bakheng. The difficulty level of the trekking path which takes...

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  • a resort like airport

    well, actually i was here for only a transit on my way to da nang by silk air from singapore.i was surprise that siem riep's airport is so beautiful, it looks more like a resort than an airport.inside, you can find some nice shops sell beautiful souvenir, but the people don't really speak english.

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  • Into it all

    If you have a day off, it would be good to rent a bicycle from the guesthouse you're staying in or anywhere else, and just explore the place on your own. I cycled quite a distance into the villages and when I was hungry, stopped by this small stall within the villages and had these dish which was somewhat like "popiah"(some sort of pancake with...

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  • Angkor temple, Phnom Bok

    "The ox-hump mountain"Dated late 9th - early 10th century King Yasovarman I (posthumous name: Paramasivaloka) Brahmanic cultPartial clearing by Glaize in 1939 Phnom Bok is a steep hill of 235 metres in height, and the third peak of the Angkor region after Phnom Bakheng and Phnom Krom chosen by Yasovarman on which to erect his sandstone temples.The...

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  • Watch the Horses in Angkor Wat

    There are a lot of horses in Angkor Wat, is for ppl to ride on. But most of the time there are not ride.I was standing near the pond in front of Angkor Wat to take pictures of the sunrise. Out of sudden, there was a horse running to me, everyone on that track has to give way. he ran to the field in front of the small library and jumped on to...

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  • Tonle Sap Lake

    This lake cruise is a must if you have time. Most of the residences are from Vietnam and Laos and they live on boat houses. There are school and churches here. The people here live and do all their laundry, washing dishes, swimming in this lake. Young kids come to you boat to beg for money and they just make you feel so bad not giving them your...

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  • Children at Siem Reap

    A group of children dragged softly my half filled mineral water near old market once I stopped by the street side. I was in shock for a moment but instantly let go of the bottle. They looked like homeless children. No one seems to be guarding them and care for them. It is such a contrast to the 5-star hotels on the background. Some children are...

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  • The wonderful world of Tonle Sap

    The Tonle Sap lake is the largest lake of Sout East Asia. Depending of the season the lake can swell from 2500 square KM to more than 13.000 square KM. This unique ecosystem is one of the richest sources of fresh water fish in the world.The best way to travel between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh or Battambang is to take the boat and cross this area. We...

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  • Floating village Chong Kneas and Phnom...

    If you like to do something else after visiting the Angkor temples, you can visit the floating village Chong Kneas 12 kilometers southwest of Siem Reap. This is also the place from where the ferries to Pnomh Penh or Battambang leave. In case you don't take the ferry, you can get a glimpse of the daily life on the water at this place or make a...

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  • worth the ride out there

    Banteay Srei is not exactly an unknown as many travelers want to visit one of Angkor’s most intricate and different temples but since it is a bit of a ride, many motto drivers try and charge an additional fee for taking you there. Factor in the time to and fro and many decide to forgo it entirely. We were glad we bargained our driver into taking us...

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  • Treking and Waterfalls

    Now, if you're keen on treking in the Cambodian jungle but not keen to get your legs blown off, go to Kbal Spean. The trail there is well-marked, there are pretty waterfalls there,lovely sculptures that are underwater and lots of flora and fauna! Though this place is known to the tourists, not many come here because of the hard trek and the time...

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  • Cambodian Humour

    You know, despite the civil war and everything, the Cambodians haven't lost their sense of humour. If anything, it only got blacker and cheekier. Check out a crotch-grabbing Tintin with Apsara dancers on a fridge magnet. You can buy this gift for your annoying little brother as a souvenir if you need to. It's available in the touristy shops in Siem...

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  • Prahok in Psar Chaa

    Everywhere you go in Psar Chaa, you'll get to see bottles and bottles of fermented fish. Now, this is mud fish left to ferment in vats of brine and rice and it's known as 'Prahok' to the locals. Not too surprisingly, the fish is not usually eaten in its raw form because of all the nasty bacteria and the unpleasant pong it makes! Only the paste from...

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  • Going to Psar Chaa

    Don't get put off by the not so nice stories from travellers about going to this local market in Siem Reap. The truth is, if you're going to a wet market in South East Asia, chances are it'll be hot, somewhat dirty and and the smell won't be pleasant either. But heck, you'll get to see a riot of colours and sniff unusual smells that you won't get...

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  • Psar Chaa in Siem Reap

    Yes, Psar Chaa is a little wet, smelly and definitely not your average touristy joint. But if you love visiting local markets and are ready for a real culture shock, go take a look at the oldest market in Siem Reap. In this picture, you see rows and rows of air-dried sausage made from pork.

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  • Smoked Fish, Psar Chaa

    There seems to be hundreds of varieties of smoked fish in Psar Chaa. These fish are caught from the large inland lake, Tonle Sap and dried in the sun for consumption.

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  • Green Papayas, Psar Chaa

    Unlike the rest of the world, Cambodians eat green papaya ( paw-paw) ! Here's a picture of the fruit as seen in the local market in Siem Reap ( Psaar Chaa ) . Strange though it may sound, the texture of green papaya is actually soft and succulent and the taste, delicious when it is made into a salad. Yes, it is ground in the mortar with baby...

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  • More Smoked Fish at Psar Chaa

    Now if you're thinking that the bizarre-looking thing that you see on the screen is Yoda's bottom, you can't be further from the truth. It's dried fish and it can be found in the local market - Psar Chaa - in Siem Reap. Apparently, some enterprising fella did a fancy autopsy of the fish before drying it in the sun. Just don't ask me how to eat this...

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  • Colourful local fruit

    You'll find lots of colourful local fruit in Psar Chaa for a pittance. This fleshy citrus-like fruit is known as kumquat . The flesh is sweet and the skin bitter, making it an excellent grub for marmalade!!

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  • More Fruit, Psar Chaa

    Have you ever seen a hybrid of a pomelo and a Mandarin orange? Well, we South East Asians love eating this delicious fruit as the citrusy flesh is sweet like the pomelo and the skin is easy to peel, like that of the Mandarin orange. Here's a picture of the unusual fruit as seen in Psar Chaa, Cambodia.

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