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Cat Tales: February 2012

Posted on 29 February 2012 by brett

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Our trip is moving faster than planned. Vietnam is here and now, about a month ahead of schedule. We have decided to use our time traveling more wisely and leave Southeast Asia mid-year. This decision opens up a whole new world of possibilities. After Asia, we figure Australia could be a good middle point since we’ll probably never vacation there. Southern wine country and the great barrier reef are on the table. We may trace our ancestry from Turkey and make our way through Eastern Europe visiting family and places on our list to see in our lifetime. Visiting dear friends in Spain and Portugal is a definite, as well as a visit to Morocco to see our friends Tosha & Adam who will be moving there this summer. Latin America offers several intriguing options as well, especially if we can visit late in the year into early 2013 during their summer season. We are open to all possibilities! Any ideas? Please share! Continue Reading

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Jungle Trek around Ratanakiri, Cambodia

Posted on 24 February 2012 by brett

Ratanakiri Trekking Crew

Days of searching for a great trek company and group to spend our days with had finally come full circle. We were ready to venture off on our 3 day/2 night trek around the jungle of Ratanakiri, Cambodia. The all-star trekking crew couldn’t have been more perfect: Paul (Tour guide, Ban Lung), Hoarb (Ranger/Jungle Boy, Kalai 2 Village), Unknown (Porter, Ban Lung), Sian (Trekker, England), Ronja (Trekker, Germany), Katja (Trekker, Finland), Mara (Trekker, Germany), Brett (Trekker, USA), Christie (Trekker, USA) Continue Reading

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Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia

Posted on 19 February 2012 by brett

Kinchaan Waterfall

Ratanakiri Province is filled with amazing waterfalls, wonderful trekking opportunities, a 200,000 year old crater lake and all the peace and quiet you need from the busy city life. Our journey to Banlung town in Ratanakiri began with a 6am bus from Siem Reap to Kom Thom (4hrs) with freezing blast air conditioning. People were wrapping themselves and the A/C duct with the curtains. We met two single Germans who had just met at the station while waiting one hour for transfer. A shitty local bus with no A/C and crop-lined central walkway picked us up for our 6 hour sweaty ride to Ban Lung. Upon arrival, we were bombarded by moto and tuk-tuk drivers scheming for a ride from bus station to our hotel in Ban Lung. We grabbed a tuk-tuk and had our hotel pay for the free transport. (didn’t think our backpacks could fit on a moto). Continue Reading

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The Forgotten Angkorian Temples

Posted on 16 February 2012 by brett

Prasat Preah Vihear

After several long days exploring the Siem Reap Temples of Angkor, we headed out to the countryside to peruse the more remote Angkorian temples.  The only way to get there is by private taxi or moto.  Considering the spotty road conditions, we booked a private taxi for $125 from RTR tours near the Siem Reap night market on Pub Street.  The driver picked us up at 6am for the 3 1/2 hour journey north (140km from Angkor Wat) to Preah Vihear at the Thai/Cambodian border.  

In 1962, following a lengthy dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over ownership, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) awarded the temple to Cambodia.  In 2008, Preah Vihear was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  An ongoing conflict between the countries over land adjoining the site has led to periodic military clashes of violence.  Continue Reading

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Magnificent Temples of Angkor

Posted on 14 February 2012 by christie

Christie & Brett at Angkor Wat

Temples of Angkor
The kings of Cambodia’s ancient Khmer empire from 800 to 1200 AD built hundred of temples with amazing archaeological designs trying to surpass their predecessors.   Today, the Temples of Angkor are one of the world’s most renowned ancient sites.   Unesco named Angkor a World Heritage Site in 1992.  We didn’t think an ancient city could outshine Bagan (Burma), but Angkor has done just that.  The temples are so unique creating an experience of their own.  Many of the temples were abandoned for centuries and the surrounding jungle has swallowed them up and become part of their structures.  The jungle temples were our favorites as once you step inside you experience such a mystical feel with man vs. nature. Continue Reading

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