Sonya and Travis http://sonyaandtravis.com tales of travel and adventure Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:26:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Phnom Phen, Cambodia – Killing Fields, Shooting Range, National Museum and Romdeng Restaurant http://sonyaandtravis.com/phnom-phen-cambodia-killing-fields-shooting-range-national-museum-romdeng-restaurant/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=phnom-phen-cambodia-killing-fields-shooting-range-national-museum-romdeng-restaurant http://sonyaandtravis.com/phnom-phen-cambodia-killing-fields-shooting-range-national-museum-romdeng-restaurant/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:12:55 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3633 Back in Phnom Phen we visited a few more of the cities sites, including visiting the Killing Fields, shooting an AK-47, shopping at the Central Market, visiting the National Museum and ate some unusual food at Romdeng Restaurant. Choeung Ek Killing … Continue reading

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Back in Phnom Phen we visited a few more of the cities sites, including visiting the Killing Fields, shooting an AK-47, shopping at the Central Market, visiting the National Museum and ate some unusual food at Romdeng Restaurant.

Choeung Ek Killing Fields

A chilling reminder of the atrocities during the Khmer Rouge regime, of one million people were executed in the area with many mass open graves located in the area. Today there is a memorial marked by a stupa which encases the skulls of those that were murdered.

Thunder Ranch Shooting Range

Located nearby Choeung Ek is the Thunder Ranch Shooting Range run by a unit of the Royal Cambodian Army. For forty dollars I had a taste of a noisy AK-47 assault rifle.

National Museum of Cambodia

A nice museum with plenty of Buddhist statues of devas and deities. The photographs below were taken in the surrounds of the museum.

Romdeng Restaurant

A nice way to finish Phnom Phen and our Cambodia trip, unusual foods were no-uncommon in Cambodia, having already tried fried tarantula and fresh lotus seeds. That night we order a jackfruit salad, lotus root salad,  a beef dish with fried tree ants, among other dishes.

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Around Battambang – Three Temples and a Train, Cambodia http://sonyaandtravis.com/around-battambang-three-temples-train-cambodia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=around-battambang-three-temples-train-cambodia http://sonyaandtravis.com/around-battambang-three-temples-train-cambodia/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 12:49:01 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3531 Our second day in Battambang we decided to hire a scooter to explore some of the outer around Battambang regions. 1. Killing caves of Phnom Sampeau After arriving at Phnom Sampeau hill we first visited the killing caves, the killing … Continue reading

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Our second day in Battambang we decided to hire a scooter to explore some of the outer around Battambang regions.

1. Killing caves of Phnom Sampeau

After arriving at Phnom Sampeau hill we first visited the killing caves, the killing caves was a natural cave with skylight opening that was used by the Khmer Rouge to toss victims through the skylight to their death.  Inside the cave are glass cased memorials of skulls and bones.

2. Wat Phnom Sapeau

We continued up the Phnom Sampeau hill and reached Wat Phnom Sapeau. The surrounds of Wat Phnom Sapeau is home to a bunch of macaques monkeys, which at the time were being fed by monks, this presented some good photo opportunities.

3. Wat Banan

From Wat Phnom Sapeau we headed to Wat Banan which was an ancient temple situated on a hill near the Sangker River. Wat Banan has a five tower design similar to Angkor Wat, as well some well preserved stone carvings.

4. Bamboo Train

One of the more enjoyable experiences was the bamboo train. The bamboo train is a rudimentary train consisting of no more than two axels, a metal base lined with bamboo and an small engine. All components could be lifted with two persons, though the axels which they were lifting individually were extremely heavy. As it is a single track, the protocol for two trains going in opposite directions, meeting is for the least passengers and cargo to disembark and disassemble to allow the other train to parse.

5. Wat Phnom Ek

A ruined eleventh century temple with some well preserved stone carvings. Nearby is a newly built temple and sitting Buddha statue.

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Battambang walking tours, Battambang, Cambodia http://sonyaandtravis.com/battambang-walking-tour-battambang-cambodia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=battambang-walking-tour-battambang-cambodia http://sonyaandtravis.com/battambang-walking-tour-battambang-cambodia/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:46:17 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3413 During our stay in Battambang we decided to explore the city by following the free walking tour produced by the Battambang Municipality. Along the walking tour the city’s French and Khmer history is seen in building’s architectural style. Whilst interesting, … Continue reading

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During our stay in Battambang we decided to explore the city by following the free walking tour produced by the Battambang Municipality.

Along the walking tour the city’s French and Khmer history is seen in building’s architectural style.

Whilst interesting, having arrived from the Angkor region, the city was a little underwhelming.

The walking tour is broken into two parts, Central Battambang and South Battambang.

Central Battambang

  1. Wat Pipetharam
  2. Building of the Cantonese Association
  3. Psar Nath
  4. Shophouses next to the Chinese Temple
  5. Chinese Temple / Chinese Spirit House
  6. Corner Building and Villa
  7. Street 2 ½: Series of Shop Houses
  8. Chinese School (opposite of White Rose Restaurant)
  9. Buffalo Alley
  10. Battambang Cinema (on Street 2)
  11. School Pi Thnou
  12. Apartment Building
  13. Sangker Cinema and Battambang Warehouse
  14. Department of Land Management
  15. Wat Damrey Sor
  16. Former canal south of Wat Damrey Sor

 South Battambang

  1. Exhibition Hall
  2. Provincial Museum
  3. Boxing Stadium (Sports Ground)
  4. Post Office
  5. Electricity Company and Department of Water Authority
  6. House for the Vice Governor of Battambang
  7. Provincial Court
  8. Former Prison Location
  9. Wat Kamphaeng and Stupa of 1840
  10. Kamphaeng High School
  11. Sport Centre (Au Circle Sportif de Battambang)
  12. Sala Khaet
  13. Royal Residence (Royal Bungalow)
  14. Department of Tourism
  15. First Concrete Bridge

You may download GPX way-points of the above maps by clicking on the GPS icon in the bottom-right corner.

Unfortunately, the Battambang Heritage website is temperamental, you can use these links to download the Central Walking Map and South Walking Map.

 

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Boat ride from Siem Reap to Battambang, Cambodia http://sonyaandtravis.com/boat-ride-siem-reap-battambang-cambodia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=boat-ride-siem-reap-battambang-cambodia http://sonyaandtravis.com/boat-ride-siem-reap-battambang-cambodia/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:50:26 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3349 After four days exploring the Angkor region, we were quite templed out, the idea of a ferry from Siem Reap to Battambang was a welcome change. A shared bus picked us up early in the morning, and did a round … Continue reading

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After four days exploring the Angkor region, we were quite templed out, the idea of a ferry from Siem Reap to Battambang was a welcome change. A shared bus picked us up early in the morning, and did a round collecting tourists till the bus was full, and dropped us off at a small tributary entering the Tonle Sap Lake. The dryer season meant that the boat had to start a lot closer to the lake than normal, with the bus covering initially following the shallow tributary. The boat was a colourfully painted wooden boat, with a very loud engine, do not sit at the back.

During the boat journey we came across a lot of interesting birds, animals and of course the local floating villages. Amazing to see how people lived on the Tonle Sap Lake. After seven hours we reached Battambang and greeted by comical taxi drivers on the shore all after our business.

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Prae Roup Temple, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia http://sonyaandtravis.com/prae-roup-temple-angkor-siem-reap-cambodia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=prae-roup-temple-angkor-siem-reap-cambodia http://sonyaandtravis.com/prae-roup-temple-angkor-siem-reap-cambodia/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:12:10 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3283 On the fourth day in Siem Reap we decided to visit the Angkor region one last time, our three day pass had finished so we purchased a single day pass. We made one last round of Angkor Wat temple,  Prae … Continue reading

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On the fourth day in Siem Reap we decided to visit the Angkor region one last time, our three day pass had finished so we purchased a single day pass.

We made one last round of Angkor Wat temple,  Prae Roup Temple that we had somehow missed, and gave the sunset on Phnom Bakheng a proper go.

Angkor Wat Temple

We had a quick stop at Angkor Wat from the eastern entrance, it wasn’t as crowded and still presented some nice views of the protruding central towers.

Prae Roup Temple

Pre Rup temple is an eighteen meter high platform of three large towers. Once we reached the top we saw glimpses of Angkor Wat from afar.

East Mebon

Small temple with elephant statues around the outer terraces that made for good photos.

Phnom Bakheng

Having left Phnom Bakheng prematurely previously, we decided to give the sunset viewed from this hill once last go,  it was a nice way to end our time in the Angkor region, though I still think the sunset is overrated.

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As we where cycling back, we caught a few photos of Bayon at sunset. The reds and blues were a nice backdrop to the silhouetted faces.

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Banteay Samre, Preah Khan and Neak Pean Temple, Ankor, Siem Reap, Cambodia http://sonyaandtravis.com/banteay-samre-preah-khan-neak-pean-temple-ankor-siem-reap-cambodia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=banteay-samre-preah-khan-neak-pean-temple-ankor-siem-reap-cambodia http://sonyaandtravis.com/banteay-samre-preah-khan-neak-pean-temple-ankor-siem-reap-cambodia/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:33:53 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3159 Banteay Samre Temple From Banteay Srey, we headed to Banteay Samre temple, a small, quiet temple with lots of doors and windows which allowed for good photo opportunities. Preah Khan Temple One of the temples we missed when cycling the … Continue reading

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Banteay Samre Temple

From Banteay Srey, we headed to Banteay Samre temple, a small, quiet temple with lots of doors and windows which allowed for good photo opportunities.

Preah Khan Temple

One of the temples we missed when cycling the short leg, Preah Khan has been left unrestored, overgrown by jungle similar to Ta Prohm.

Neak Poan Temple

Neak Pean is interesting in that the small temple is situated on an artificial island surrounded by water. Neak Pean was originally constructed for medical purposes, a form of a hospital, the water believed to have healing properties.

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Banteay Srei, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia – the jewel of Khmer art http://sonyaandtravis.com/banteay-srei-angkor-siem-reap-cambodia-jewel-khmer-art/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=banteay-srei-angkor-siem-reap-cambodia-jewel-khmer-art http://sonyaandtravis.com/banteay-srei-angkor-siem-reap-cambodia-jewel-khmer-art/#comments Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:03:51 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3095 On the third day of exploring the Angkor region, we decided to rest from the cycling and hired an auto rickshaw to explore some of the further out temples.  The first temple was Banteay Srei which was twenty-five kilometres from … Continue reading

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On the third day of exploring the Angkor region, we decided to rest from the cycling and hired an auto rickshaw to explore some of the further out temples.  The first temple was Banteay Srei which was twenty-five kilometres from the main Angkor region. Banteay Srei is unique due to it red colour, a result of being contrasted from red sandstone. The red sandstone also allowed for intricate carvings, which can be seen throughout the temple.

One of the interesting things we stumbled on was meeting Ted Brattstrom who was taking a giga-pixel photo of the inner portion of Banteay Srey using an automatic robotic mount. You can view the GigaPan here.

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Ta Prohm, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia – Tomb Raider Temple http://sonyaandtravis.com/ta-prohm-angkor-siem-reap-cambodia-tomb-raider-temple/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ta-prohm-angkor-siem-reap-cambodia-tomb-raider-temple http://sonyaandtravis.com/ta-prohm-angkor-siem-reap-cambodia-tomb-raider-temple/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 04:43:02 +0000 http://sonyaandtravis.com/?p=3044 Ta Prohm was one of the most impressive temples of Angkor, we visited this temple while cycling the shorter router between Angkor Thom and Banteay Kdei. Ta Prohm has been left overgrown with jungle and this can be seen through … Continue reading

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Ta Prohm was one of the most impressive temples of Angkor, we visited this temple while cycling the shorter router between Angkor Thom and Banteay Kdei. Ta Prohm has been left overgrown with jungle and this can be seen through the numerous giant silk-cotton trees and strangler fig trees intertwined with the stone architecture.

Ta Prohm was also featured in the move Tomb Raider, we overheard a tour operator point out the iconic spot where Lara Croft emerges from the temple.

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We were cycling back from the temples and out of chance we cycled past the Angkor Wat moat which presented an amazing sunset reflected on the surface, much better than our experience on Phnom Bakheng.

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