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…

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…

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Weekly Photo Challenge: Welsh Letters

For this week’s challenge, share a photo with letters — no matter the alphabet.  Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch  is a large village and community on the island of Anglesey in Wales across the strait from Bangor. With 58 characters it has the longest place name in Europe and one of the longest place names in the world. The name means: [St.] Mary’s Church (Llanfair) [in] the…

Oxford, England

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

The Weekly Photo Challenge is Three-picture stories: In a nutshell, a three-picture story is a way to help you think about storytelling with images. To create a three-picture story, gather: An establishing shot: a broad photo of your subject. A relationship: two elements interacting with one another. A detail: a close-up of one part of…

Mom and me on our first foreign adventure together floatingin Cambodia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Moments I Treasure

I  definitely Treasure every moment I get to spend with my fabulous mother and each adventure we get to share!! I feel extremely lucky that I am able to say that my mother is also my best friend, the person I confide in and tell all my secrets to. The love that mothers give their children…