With velvet skies full of twinkling stars and the sounds of the forest, what better way to experience Southeast Asia than by camping. At night, some of the most famous destinations in the world take on a new persona with the night sky for entertainment and perhaps a campfire. Here are some of the best places to camp out under the stars in Southeast Asia. [Read more…]
“It is therefore important for you to have a theme song for every trip you take” – the Adventurer
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 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…]
“This year I took part in Trek For Hope 2014 to Cambodia. I enjoyed myself as it was really an eye opener and most importantly it made me realise how fortunate I actually am…. [Read more…]
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…]
One of the most profound pieces of news came my way this week and I feel like I must provide my opinion on it. Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC Mr Ang Wei Neng said in Parliament that field trips abroad would help the youth in the country better appreciate the success Singapore has experienced. The feeling is that today’s youth have a sense of entitlement and don’t truly value the concept of a life that includes helping others. (link here)
“Instead of city lights, the students would enjoy a beautiful sky full of stars,” he said. “Instead of air-conditioning, students would enjoy the fresh morning dew. Instead of morning traffic noise, the students would enjoy the sound of singing birds. After going through the relatively tough field trip, the students will hopefully appreciate the infrastructure in Singapore better.” [Read more…]
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.
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