Beng Melea Temple

The Jungle is Reclaiming Beng Melea Temple

Nestled in the jungles of Angkor Wat lies Beng Melea a sprawling temple covering over one square kilometer. This temple is hidden away and not very touristy, giving it an adventurous, ‘lost temple’ feel. Luckily for us our “guide” or rather tuc-tuc driver knew where we could see the best temples even if they weren’t on the tour map.…

Giant stone Faces of Bayon

The Giant Smiling stone Faces of Bayon

The giant stone faces of Bayon have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture. The state-temple, Bayon is set at the center of the city Angkot Wat. As we approached Bayon my mom and I stopped and stood stunned before it. It was like nothing else I had ever seen before. The…

Entrances to Angkor Thom

The Grandiose Entrances to Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom (Big Angkor) is a 3km walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire. There are five entrances or gates in to this city. There is a gate at each cardinal point leading you to the Royal Palace and we actually got to visit three of these gates.…

The faces of Bayon at Angkor Wat

5 Reasons to Travel while you’re Young

1: When you’re still young and you don’t have too many serious commitments, its important to take your opportunities when you can. 2: Broaden your horizons. Try new food, learn a different language and explore other cultures. You will carry these experiences with you for the rest of your life. 3: Meet new people. You…

Valley of Love of Vietnam

The Heart filled Valley of Love of Vietnam

Dalat’s Valley of Love is definitely a very cheesy place with a carnival atmosphere but has a beauty of its own. It  is a common stop on Dalat tours and is very popular with honeymooners as it offers so many photo opportunities. The whole valley is filled with corny heart shapes from the top to…

Beaches of Sihanoukville

The Beautiful Beaches of Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s main beach destination and is popular with locals, backpackers and expats alike. This was my first holiday destination after moving to Ho Chi Minh city. A group of us expats took a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Sihanoukville. I quickly learnt that toilets are nearly non-existent at rest stops in Vietnam…

Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple

Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple

If there is one sight that is worth getting up at 4am for it is to see the sun rise over Angkor Wat Temple. It is one of the most beautiful scenes I have had the opportunity to share with my mother. The modern name, Angkor Wat, means “City Temple” , so fitting as this…

Cau Dai Temple

Asia’s most Colourful and Gaudy Temple ever

I quite enjoyed my visit to this very colourful and very kitch temple. It doesn’t look so inviting from outside but once you are inside the colours and dragons and pink is definitely eye catching. I wonder who chose the colour scheme and decided that gaudy dragons is the perfect adornment for a collective religion.…

Sihanoukville beach

Fresh Squid on Sihanoukville beach

On the long white beaches of Sihanoukville, yoke-basket women trudge across the hot, blinding sand, their silhouettes etched against the shimmering sea. These woman shield their faces from the tropical sun with palm hats and their limbs with long-sleeve blouses and pants. They look as if they have just walked out of the rice paddies.…

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Phnom Pehn, City of History of Genocide and Torture

One of the most shocking and depressing places I have ever visited was the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Pehn. The site, a former high school, is filled with horror stories of torture and death, mutilation and torture. This school was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from…

Cu Chi Tunnels

Firing AK 47’s and Claustrophobic Underground tunnels in Vietnam

No trip to Vietnam will be complete without visiting the famous underground Cu Chi tunnels. It is as huge a part of Vietnam’s history as its temples and pagodas. These underground tunnels were the Viet Cong’s (Vietnamese guerrilla army) base of operations, where they lived and fought from during the Vietnam War. As a child I used to watch countless of “war” movies…