Trekking in Siem Reap, Cambodia: Unveiling the Secrets of Phnom Kulen – Part 2

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“After one week, your friends will not remember about your trip. 1 month later, your family will forget. Sometime down the road, you will also forget the details of the trip you ever took…”

“It is therefore important for you to have a theme song for every trip you take” – the Adventurer

Continued from Part 1 of Trekking in Siem Reap, Unveiling the Secrets of Phnom Kulen

The sound of eggs cooking from the oil pan awakens me in the morning. There are some early birds who woke up ahead of me in search of coffee or the direction of the sunrise. I am still in a daze from last night’s wonderful cosmic display. Coupled with the sweet melodies, we all had a satisfying evening last night. I always identify a song from every trip to help me remember the details whenever I hear it. This time it will not be any particular song, but a genre of slow Russian folk music. [Read more…]

The Day the Sun Always Smiled – Trek For Hope, Cambodia 2014

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The sun was scorching hot as we turned into Ta Trau village, a 30 minute drive away from Siem Reap. It was as if someone up there turned up the heat on the thermostat and forgot to turn it down again. I felt as if I was a piece of meat on the hot plate of the Cambodia barbeque I had enjoyed the night before.

A telling sign that this was an almost a forgotten village by the government when we drove past the World Heritage Angkor temples on well laid tarmac for their 3 million annual visitors – abruptly turning into bumpy dirt tracks which led to the village. [Read more…]

Trekking in Siem Reap, Cambodia: Unveiling the Secrets of Phnom Kulen – Part 1

WP_20141114_11_45_51_RawI was momentarily stunned. If destiny had a calling card, my phone was definitely ringing off the hook this day.

On 8 Nov 2012, I left Cambodia after spending 3 days with the people in the small town of Sisophon, 2 hours drive from Siem Reap. It was my first trip to Land of the Khmers. A country so bent on leaving an impression on me that upon my departure, flashed a rainbow in the sky, bidding farewell yet reminding me that I haven’t seen my day in the sun yet. [Read more…]

Trek For Hope: Cambodia (The Birth of An Empire)13 to 18 November 2014

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We will be travelling to Siem Reap, Cambodia on 13th to 18th November 2014 as part of the Trek For Hope initiative started by the Singapore Nature Adventurous Lovers meetup group. Here’s all you need to know about this trip in one info-graphic:

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Trekking and Camping at Mount Kulen, The Holy Mountain of Siam Reap, Cambodia

One of the things that I always look forward to doing over the holiday season is to take an adventurous trip with my son Nicolas. He’s 9 and I think he loves to explore even more than I do! This year was an extra special trip for me, as December is my birthday month, so I wanted to do something that the two of us would remember for the rest of our lives. That’s why I booked a trip to Siem Reap.

Why Siem Reap? Not many people would choose an adventure like this over their holiday break, but for me, it was incredibly exciting. I visited Cambodia last year with my church and I knew I had to go back to explore some more. When I first saw this country with its beautiful landscapes, I couldn’t help but smile. In return, it almost felt as if the country was smiling back at me.

It was love at first sight. And, as a father, I knew that sharing this love with my son so that he could experience it for himself was critically important. That’s why for three big days, we saw the very best of what Siem Reap has to offer the world with the area surrounding Mount Kulen.

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The Holy Mountain of Phnom Koulen (Mount Kulen) Cambodia – Aerial Videography

Voted one of the world’s most mysterious places alongside the Easter Islands and Peru’s Nazca Lines by Wanderlust travel magazine (Oct 2013 issue) – time stood still as we took a 40km trek into the jungles of Mount Kulen and was magically transported into the birthplace of the Khmer Empire.

This post – compilation of video clips we took along the trek (including aerial). Full post of this trek coming right up.

Ancient Angkor – A Retro Timelapse Cambodia

Angkor is a region of Cambodia that served as the seat of the Khmer Empire, which flourished from approximately the 9th to 15th centuries. The word Angkor is derived from the Sanskrit nagara (नगर), meaning “city”.

The ruins of Angkor are located amid forests and farmland to the north of the Great Lake and south of the Kulen Hills, near modern-day Siem Reap city (13°24′N, 103°51′E), in Siem Reap Province. The temples of the Angkor area number over one thousand, ranging in scale from nondescript piles of brick rubble scattered through rice fields to the magnificent Angkor Wat, said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. Many of the temples at Angkor have been restored, and together, they comprise the most significant site of Khmer architecture. Visitor numbers approach two million annually, and the entire expanse, including Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom is collectively protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – wiki