Cambodia

Interview with owners of the Here Be Dragons Hostel in Cambodia

When I was backpacking in Cambodia, I had the best time in Battambang, the second-largest city in the country. This is largely contributed by my stay in the incredibly cozy Here Be Dragons hostel. I have always been interested in how hostels are started, especially when I spent all my backpacking stays in hostels. Who is behind the scenes? What are the challenges? I was able to interview Jen, one of the owners of Here Be Dragons hostel. About Here Be Dragons Official opening of bar: 20 October 2012 Number of employees: 11 4 double rooms, 1 twin room, 6 dorm beds Price range: $2 – $10 Amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Pool, Garden, Roof Terrace, Free Wi-Fi, Travel Advice and Tickets, 10 mins walk from town centre Who are you and what did you do previously before starting your own hostel? I was born in a small village in the English countryside, but moved.
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My Backpacking Guide for Cambodia

Having completed my backpacking trip in Cambodia, I felt that it’s only apt by giving back to the travelling community by creating a backpacking travel guide for backpackers looking to travel to Cambodia. To travellers from Europe or Americas, Cambodia is one of the exotic countries in Asia that’s just so different in terms of culture and landscape. To travellers from Asia, the country is seen as a cheap getaway to travel to. Way of life in Cambodia Coming from a busy metropolitan city like Singapore, I find my pace slowing down the moment I landed in Cambodia. Sure the slightly more developed cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap have more people but you won’t get knocked by people on the street. In fact, the culture in Cambodia is that everyone owns a motorcycle or bicycle (and the wealthy people drive cars, of course) and there is hardly anyone.
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Chicken Lok Lak

Lok Lak is another popular Cambodian dish that tourists enjoy, perhaps second to Amok. Served with white rice, Lok Lak is stir-fried marinated chicken served with fresh red onions, served on a bed of lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes with a dipping sauce consisting of lime juice, sea salt and black Kampot pepper. Lok Lak is also available in beef and pork variants too. I ordered my Lok Lak from a local stall for 3.50 USD after a long day touring the Angkor Wat. Having skipped breakfast to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat. I was really glad that the portions were good as I was very hungry. I like how the crunchy lettuce and onion works well with the tender chicken meat. As an easy stir-fry dish, this dish is simple but full of flavor..
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How to enjoy the full Angkor Wat experience in 2 days – Part 3

The final part of the tour is Ta Prohm, a temple built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. This is the temple where we look at the trees growing on top of the ruins, more than the ruins. To movie-goers, Ta Prohm is probably better known to them as the Tomb Raider temple. I see tour guides emphasizing this to tourists as well, including a walk-through on some of the scenes that happened in the movie. I listen in amusement because Ta Prohm has so much more to offer than references to a movie. Ta Prohm is probably the most visited temple after Angkor Wat. When I reached the temple after finishing my Angkor Thom tour, the temple was already flooded with tourists. Like I mentioned earlier, Ta Prohm is a nice temple in its own right, but the trees that have grown around the temple has given.
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How to enjoy the full Angkor Wat experience in 2 days – Part 2

Angkor Thom, which means “Great City” in Khmer. It is the last capital city of the Khmer empire before the kingdom declined in which the city was abandoned some time before 1609. Personally, I prefer my visit to Angkor Thom compared to Angkor Wat because there is so much to see, walking around a city, compared a single temple (regardless of the size). It’s a shame that towards the builders started to use wood for construction (probably because the forest provides builders with an infinite supply of materials), and all wooden constructions have perished. Entering Angkor Thom through the south gate, you will be greeted by two big Naga statues in a tug-of-war with a row of devas on the left and asuras on the right. Given the level of detail in the architecture, I imagine the city during its prime would have been very grand. Bayon Temple The next stop.
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