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An Asian Adventure - Wrap Up

3 countries
16 days
6 flights
1470 photos
1 trip to the circus (if you ever get the chance to see the Cambodian circus DO IT!)
Boats, tuk tuks, planes, trains, taxis, buses.........
All templed out
Buckets sweated
Tigers, elephants, water buffalo, insects (some tasty), geckos, snakes...........
A few million steps not made for people with short legs
Awesome & not so awesome food
New friends
Amazing experiences
More adventures to come.........

I'm home, surfaced from some much needed sleep, eaten some western food, brushed my teeth with tap water & unpacked

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Angkor Wat

4.40am wake to see this
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Sunrise at Angkor Wat

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Group shot at Angkor Wat

Our local guide showed us around the temple as we got our daily workout up & down steps, even got to see monkies.

A break for breaky before heading back out to visit Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm also in the Angkor park.

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Quiet afternoon before one last family dinner, most people continue on there travels or head home Saturday, me I'm lucky enough to have another day which I might just use to chill

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Pirates

Decided to visit the Grand Palace in Phnom Penh this morning, tagged along with some others from the group in a guided tour was interesting.

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A 40min flight mostly over Tonle Sap Lake which we later took a cruise on to see a floating village. A little but if a disappointment actually but it is low season for the lake. The exciting but was the "pirates" felt a bit like a scene out of a Pirates of the Carribean, there you are casually cruising along & next thing you know the kids from the boat that just went past us on your boat trying to sell you drinks. At one point we had boats with snakes on either side & you can't help but want to give these people money, you see the way they live & it's worlds apart from our lives.

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Tomorrow is the bug day, what we've all been waiting for.....no not the end (not ready for that is there a life outside this trip? Continuing on & redoing Vietnam has crossed my mind) .....it's Angkor Wat!!! 5am leave I'm not looking forward to but it's so going to be worth it.

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A Moving Day

WARNING THIS POST INCLUDES PHOTOS OF HUMAN REMAINS

Only in South East Asia can a walk along the rivers edge at 8am cause you to drip sweat. And I can repeat it tomorrow in Cambodia instead of Laos.

So we took a midday flight to Phnom Penh (can scratch Cambodia off the map now) love hour long flights even if it is a bit bumpy & the food lets not discuss the food......why must everything have banana in?

Cambodia is meant to be worse weatherwise, we've sweated buckets inThailand & Laos, here we were sweating 44's!! But the rain did come & cooled us down for a whole five minutes.

We visited the Killing Fields, they don't have the money the excavate all the bones so they come up every time it rains. They're just lying there, some piled up, others not yet all the way to the surface, you try not to walk on them but I must say ashamedly I think I walked on some.

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The Genoside museum was chilling, you walked through cells I guess, so many faces with numbers, all very sad. We were lucky to met one of the two living survivors, such a happy chap.

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Experienced the street kids (ironically on our way to dinner at Friends a place set up to give the street kids skills) this one girl 10 if that hassled us outside our hotel. She was feisty and conned a lot of the boys to play Rock Paper Scissors so they would buy her braided bracelets, she was pretty quick to call anything that looked like cheating yet she was the biggest chest of all.

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Yet Another Dodgy Road

Roads in Laos seem to be very windy & bumpy.

We headed from Vang Vieng to Vientiane, only a four hour drive.

Lunched at a place opened up to keep kids off the street, great food if only a bit slow but then we are a group of 30 odd.

Sunnies came on to see the Luang Stupa & the large sleeping Budda
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Nearly died climbing the 200 odd steps up the Patuxai (Laos own Arc de Triomphe) it's hot, sticky & half of us had no energy but we did.
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Felt a bit school trip like but we visited the COPE centre and learnt about the damage caused by landlines, very interesting however you are only allowed in the visitors centre (they do play a movie for you) but it would have been interesting to see there workshops & things.
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Had planned on browsing the markets & observing Thailand on the otherwise of the river but suddenly the wind picked up and they packed up, looks like a storm headed our way. The power has flicked a couple of times, fingers crossed we don't end up in the dark. Tomorrow we head to Cambodia.

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