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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

Trip ExpensesOur first 10 days were spent in Cambodia and the rest of the month was spent traveling through Vietnam from the South to the North.  We took 2 flights this month, both in Vietnam.  One flight was from DaLat to DaNang and one from DaNang to Hanoi.  We took several buses in both Cambodia and Vietnam.  We had motorbike rentals in Kampot, Cambodia and Mui Ne, Vietnam. Continue Reading

killing fields-S-21

Once a high school and later known as the S-21 prison where the Khmer Rouge held thousands of prisoners and killed many others during the years of their regime (1975-1979), is now known as the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide.  This museum sits in the middle of Phnom Penh, Cambodia where over 14,000 people entered and only seven were found alive when it was discovered.  Prisoners here were tortured, interrogated and killed.   Many were shipped off to the killing fields outside of town to meet their fate, but this was only one location out of hundreds that were in use throughout the country.  Some of the photos that you are about to see are disturbing and should probably not be viewed by young children. These are however facts of life and prove that there are evil people all over who take on different shapes and sizes.   Continue Reading

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