Temples of Angkor (In Pictures)

Only because of the sheer numbers of temples, I’ll have to do most of this in pictures! Besides Angkor Wat there are many other complexes in the reserve. Before Buddhism spread into Cambodia, the Shaivism and Vaishnavism branches of Hinduism were widely followed. The Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesh deities are craved all over the Angkor temples along with stories of…

Simply, Siem Reap

“Lady, you live in village…” said the tuk tuk driver while turning another corner as directed. You know I’m in my hood when taxi drivers ask me for directions and Siem Reap and I, have acquainted pretty well in this past one week. He wasn’t wrong. Far from the infamous Pub Street, in the middle…

Sunrise over Angkor Wat

Loosely known as the 8th Wonder of the World, the temple complex known as Angkor Wat in Cambodia is huge (for the lack of a breathtakingly better adjective!). On the UNESCO World heritage list, it was commissioned by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century. Constructed to be a Hindu temple to honor Vishnu. Later in the years,…

Passing through Phnom Penh

With my airport pickup not showing up despite several email reconfirmations, it spelled out how things work in Cambodia. While I usually try not arrive in a new place after dark, there are very limited connections to Phnom Penh from Sydney. Arriving half-dead on the back of a tuk-tuk at midnight is a sight probably…

Woo Me, Asia!

Last time I wrote about heading out on the road again, I jinxed it. So this time I made it absolutely bloody sure not so much to even chirr about it till I was well on the way and cruising! Actually I forbade the entire household to speak about it because they could attract negative…