Live continues along the Mekong River

Wordless Wednesday: Life continues along the Mekong River

The Vietnamese people rely on the Mekong River for almost half the water used to irrigate their crops. The Mekong River also serves as a significant transport channel for the Vietnamese people. It is also a trading centre; as the Vietnamese hold their floating markets on the river. Published as part of Wordless Wednesday Advertisements Continue reading Wordless Wednesday: Life continues along the Mekong River

Sunrise on the Mekong River

Sunrise on the Mekong River

One of my most memorable experiences was watching the sunrise while floating along the Mekong River in Vietnam with my mom. The Mekong River is the 12th longest river in the world. It is about 2,700 miles long and flows through China, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. My mom came to visit me in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam where I was living and … Continue reading Sunrise on the Mekong River

Weekly photo challenge: Creepy in Cambodia

 This week, share an image of something creepy. Unsettling. Eerie. Disgusting. My most unsettling and creepy travel experience was visiting the Killing Fields of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. This mass murder site, where the Khmer Rouge executed about 17,000 people between 1975 and 1979 is definitely very unsettling. The place is filled with mass graves containing thousands of bodies , many of the dead former inmates … Continue reading Weekly photo challenge: Creepy in Cambodia

Yangshuo, China

Weekly photo Challenge: Humanity

This weeks photo challenge is photographs that capture humanity — of everyday people around the world — and that provoke compassion and an understanding of our differences. These are some of my favourite captures of people around Asia. My favorite photos capture the emotions of others and spark a curiosity about their lives. For me, these images reflect humanity and create connections between us. Continue reading Weekly photo Challenge: Humanity

Chong Kneas floating village

Giant water snakes and crocodiles at Siem Reap’s Floating Villages

This is a trip that is definitely for the adventurous traveler! It started with a dusty tuk-tuk ride down a pot hole filled road to a long open boat on the Tonle Sap lake. One of the things that make Asia so unique and special are the floating villages and markets you find on most lakes and rivers. Each floating village is quite unique with its … Continue reading Giant water snakes and crocodiles at Siem Reap’s Floating Villages

Ta Prohm Temple

Root shrouded Ta Prohm Temple

The ancient city of Angkor used to be a capital of the ancient Khmer Empire of Cambodia and one of the largest cities in the world. This huge complex of buildings, covering about 600 square kilometers, was known far beyond the Khmer Empire until it was destroyed by Siamese troops in 1431. Till the end of the XIXth century, more than 100 palaces and temples … Continue reading Root shrouded Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Prohm

Overgrown Ta Prohm, the “Tomb Raider” Temple

The overgrown Ta Prohm temple is maybe best known for the part it played in the movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”. And yes, this is where I first learnt about this beautiful temple so I was quite excited at getting to explore this temple for myself.  Although it is known that the film took visual liberties with other Angkor temples, its scenes of Ta Prohm … Continue reading Overgrown Ta Prohm, the “Tomb Raider” Temple

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. We really appreciated the services of our local guide, and … Continue reading The Jungle is Reclaiming Beng Melea Temple

Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat Temple, the most magnificent temple in Cambodia

My favourite place I have had the opportunity to explore is Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Angkor Wat is a huge temple complex built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. It is here that my mother and I spent 3 amazing days exploring the ancient capital of the Khmer Kingdom. We got to … Continue reading Angkor Wat Temple, the most magnificent temple in Cambodia

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 II in 1112-1152. It’s considered to be one of the … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Ancient Relics

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 as they end up being a shower drain in the … Continue reading The Beautiful Beaches of Sihanoukville

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. Scintillating aromas of grilled squids waft from their swaying baskets. … Continue reading Fresh Squid on Sihanoukville beach

Food Market of Phnom Pehn

The local Food Market is a Colourful, Noisy and Smelly Asault on the Senses

Asian food markets are the best places to experience the culture and the people. It is here that you get to shop and eat like the locals. The local Food Market in Phnom Pehn is not aimed at tourists so you don’t find any souveniers here but what you do find is way more interesting. The market is filled with colourful fruits and vegetables, second hand clothes, fresh meat, eggs … Continue reading The local Food Market is a Colourful, Noisy and Smelly Asault on the Senses

Choeung Ek

The shocking Mass Grave filled Killing Fields of Phnom Pehn

Driving through the dusty countryside of Cambodia looking out over the rice paddies and lonesome palm trees scattered about it was hard to believe that we were on our way to the famous Killing Fields of Cambodia. I tried to find out more about what happened here before I arrived and watched Roland Joffé’s movie “The Killing Fields”. It was shocking and could hardly believe … Continue reading The shocking Mass Grave filled Killing Fields of Phnom Pehn

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 its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in … Continue reading Phnom Pehn, City of History of Genocide and Torture

Wat Phnom

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia’s city of Genocide, Temples and Palaces.

I know Phnom Pehn is not at the top of everybody’s sightseeing list but I think it is an absolute must see for its history and even its culture. Phnom Pehn is a chaotic, dirty city filled with people who try to swindle you out of your money if you dont know how to barter, se be careful. Getting a motorbike taxi or a tuc-tuc … Continue reading Phnom Pehn, Cambodia’s city of Genocide, Temples and Palaces.