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Beng MealeaCambodia was one of our favorite countries in South East Asia.  We loved our time there and it is one of the few countries that has ended up our our short list of places we would like to return.  We connected with the people, got off the beaten track, and took lots of time exploring the temples of the Angkor Wat complex.  During our 2.5 weeks we spent time in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Kampot.  While in Siem Reap we attended Phare the Cambodian Circus, an amazing acrobatic act and took a day trip through the stilt and floating villages around Tonne Sap Lake.  In Phnom Penh we were struck by the devastation of the Khmer Rouge Regime through our visits to The Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.  The positivity of the people of Cambodia is truly amazing.  There is so much poverty and it was very hard dealing with the small children selling items at the temples, but it all added to the experience.  You can find all our posts on Cambodia here

Angkor Wat from Phnom Bakheng

Angkor Wat from Phnom Bakheng

With the heat blazing at temperatures around 35 degrees celsius (95 degrees fahrenheit) with close to 50 percent humidity we opted for a schedule unlike most while touring the Angkor temples.  We started each day leaving our hotel at 5:30 a.m. and returned between 11:30 and 12:30.  We did this to avoid the Continue Reading

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe spent 8 nights in Siem Reap and easily could have spent another week.  The average tourist to Siem Reap spends just 3 nights!  There is so much to do in Siem Reap and the area around.  We did the three-day pass to Angkor Wat and between each day of temple touring we spent some time around the city.  We did a tour to Tonle Sap Lake as well as a Cambodian cooking class.  Here are some other things we found and recommend in Siem Reap Continue Reading

Angkor

After visiting Beng Mealea, we stopped at our last and final temple, Banteay Srei.  This temple is much smaller than the others we visited during our time here, but boasts some very intricate carvings into its red stone façade.  Like many other temples, it too was in the middle of being taken apart and reconstructed to improve its structural integrity.  There are many Continue Reading