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.…

Statues of Ta Phrom temple

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ancient Relics

The first place I thought of as soon as they mentioned Relics for the weekly photo challenge was Angkor Wat and its magnificent statues! Angkor includes a number of majestic temple complexes, the most famous of which is the “Temple City” of Angkor Wat. It was built as a temple and mausoleum for King Suryavarman…

Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom

The Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom

Before entering the amazing city temple of Angkor Thom  we crossed the causeway spanning the moat in front of each tower. These bridges have a row of devas on the left and asuras on the right. They are huge and towered over me as I stood next to them. Each row holding a naga in the attitude of a tug-of-war.…

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…

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.…

Meeting the rising sun over the valleys and vineyards of Cappadocia

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour. In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day. Photographers venture out on sunrise hikes or sunset treks to capture a magical shot, due to the quality of the light during that time of day. My most memorable “golden hour” moment was while floating in a…

In flight the Pelicans look so graceful

Travel theme: Pelicans in Motion

While visiting Viña del Mar a small city on the coast of Chile I was captivated by the pelicans I found at the river mouth. Pelicans are very gracious birds as they soar above the water and land without causing too much of a disturbance to the water surface. They are gracious when in motion, moving…

The Moai statues are definitely very striking!

Travel theme: Moai Sculptures of Easter Island

Moai are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock on the Chilean  Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500. They are undoubtedly the most famous sculptures of Chile and perfect for this weeks’ Travel Theme of Sculptures.  Almost all the moai statues have overly large heads that are three-eighths the size of the whole statue. It is…

Their costumes were beautiful and very elegant

Travel theme – Japan’s Summer festival Costumes

This weeks travel theme is costumes and I immediately thought of the colourful costumes the dancers wore during the Japanese summer festivals. I lived in Higashi-Rinkan, a suburb of Tokyo, Japan for a while and was fortunate enough to be there for their summer festival. Matsuri is the Japanese word for a festival or holiday and draws millions of people each summer.  Japan is the…

Park Balmaceda where I sat reading this afternoon

Travel theme: Pathways through Santiago, Chile

Santiago has beautiful graffiti covered streets but walking along the river and through the pathways of its many parks has also been a beautiful experience. These are some of the paths that I have traveled down during my stay in Santiago. For Ailsa’s travel theme of pathways I will share my favourite Santiago park pathways.  Park De Las Esculturas…