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Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor

You can’t say Siem Reap without saying Ankor Wat in 1 sentence. This is THE only sight inCambodia that all, but than ALL foreigners go to. You can do the whole site in 1 full dayif you hire a tuk-tuk to drive you around. We bought the 3-day Angkor pass (40 USD) andrented bikes for 3 days to explore Siem Reap and Ankor at our own pace (TIP: There are 2roads going to Angkor from Siem Reap. Take the mainroad on your first day as the only ticketboot is along┬áthat road). Ankor Wat is actually only one of the many...

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Pre-Ankorian capital city of Kompong Thom

You won’t see crowds of tourists in Kompong Thom. When our bus stopped there for a break and we told the driver that we needed our luggage as we were staying for a night, I’m sure he was laughing behind our back.But it’s actually not SO crazy to make a stop here. The most exciting thing that this town has to offer, are the hunderds of large fruit bats living in 3 old mahogany trees. If you have problems finding the trees, just follow the high sound that the bats are making. Wait till dusk, when you can see them...

Charming hotel/tea house in outskirts of Yangshuo 0

Biking around the outskirts of Yangshuo and boatride to Yangdi

When you come to Yangshuo, they often recommend you to take the bike and bike around the outskirts and visit the villages and fields around the mountain areas. Since our hotel was already in the outskirts, we were kinda “halfway” already. We rented a pair of bikes and headed off towards one of the more popular sights, Yulong Bridge to get a nice view of the Yulong River Valley. We didn’t manage to get there since we left kinda late so if we did go to the Yulong bridge it would have been dark already on our way back. Since...

Virgin Island near Panglao Island 1

It’s more fun in Philippines! Manila-Bohol-Panglao Island in 5 days

As my trip is slowly coming to an end, I wanted to savour every moment of the next country as it will be the last “new” country I visit. As usual, I haven’t done much research on it prior to arriving there. I did make some plans with Sarah, a friend I met back in Japan and again afterwards in Korea. As she had a short holiday in Korea, she was quite specific with what she wanted during her 4-5 day stay in the Philippines. It was her first time in The Philippines so she wanted to see some culture...

Sun setting on Gili Trawagan 0

Diving in Bali and quick getaway to Lombok-Gili Trawagan

After some surfing and commerical atmosphere in Kuta and breeze of culture in Ubud I continued my trip towards the east of Bali to do what many come to Indonesia to do: DIVING! And partly snorkeling. Amed We made our way to Amed, one of the 7 villages that make up the eastern coastline of fishing villages. The life here is slow and the scenery quite stunning which makes for a perfect place for a relaxed holiday in Bali. Amed is a recent tourist development area in Bali. They just started laying tarmac here in 2000 and telephone lines in...

Stunning laser show at Marina Bay from the Sands hotel 1

Night Lights 2012 and garden city Singapore

On friday the 24th of august, several museums in Singapore organised the Night Lights 2012 festival. We were lucky enough to catch the opening on friday and check out what the fuss is all about. It’s presented by the Singapore Art Museum and features light installations around Singapore Art Museum and School of the Arts. Visitors can enjoy a series of art works and light installations in and around the museums. They also have projections on the walls of the museums accompanied by music. We actually have a similar festival in Belgium called “Licht Festival” a similar concept using light...

Impressive sight at night, Petronas towers 0

Gathering of ethnic groups in Kuala Lumpur

Come to think of it, I really didn’t stay that long in Kuala Lumpur. not that I have anything against it but, at this point in my trip, I was getting tired of all the traveling and the exhaustion of having to move from place to place was getting to me, therefore I think my enthusiasm for visiting new places has dropped significantly compared to the beginning of my trip. However, I tried to make the best of it coz… if this is the hardest thing I had to endure, I had a pretty good life. ­čÖé Anyway, in Kuala...

More lovely sunset on Koh Phangan 0

Diving in Koh Tao and Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan

After the adventure in Myanmar, it was time for something totally different. I met up with Benny, a friend I met during my first stay in Thailand during Songkran. We met up in Bangkok and headed to Koh Tao and Koh Phangan for some diving and of course… the infamous full moon party. Koh Tao The island of Koh Tao is mainly famous its diving. There are plenty of dive shops spread out over the island and from what I’ve seen so far, it seems that it’s one of the cheapest place to get your diving certificate. You pay for...

The faces of Bayon 0

The gem of Cambodia & 8th wonder of the world: Angkor Wat

The reason why most people come to visit Cambodia or even heard of Cambodia is Angkor Wat. For the people that don’t know, Siem Reap is the city that closest to the temples of Angkor wat, the 8th wonder of the world. Actually I stayed about 5 days or so in Siem Reap just relaxing and only on the 3rd day of being there I got off my lazy ass and visited the temples. I figured the temples weren’t going anywhere so I took my sweet little time. Depending on your time schedule, you can either get a 1 day...

Some of the 8000 skulls in the Choeung Ek memorial 1

Cambodia & Khmer Rouge: Phnom Penh and the killing fields

Even before setting foot on Cambodian terrain, I’ve heard some truely wonderful and also horrifying stories about Cambodia. People that have visited are full of awe of the beauty of the country and mainly the kindness of the people there, eventhough it is one of the poorest countries in South-East Asia. What I heard was that you can shoot with all kinds of artillery there, ranging from handguns, M16, riffles and even throwing grenades and firing a bazooka. Everything is possible as long as you have the cash. People telling me the taxi drivers show you some sort of menu...