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.…

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.…

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…

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…

Some of the thousands of skulls dug up in the Killing Fields

Travel theme: Spooky – in Cambodia

 While I was touring Cambodia I went to The Killing Fields, where the Khmer Rouge regime executed about 17,000 people between 1975 and 1979. Mass graves containing thousands of bodies were discovered at Choeung Ek after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. Many of the dead were former inmates in the Tuol Sleng prison. I think this…