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Trip: Laos & Cambodia 2005

There are [18] stories from my trip: Laos & Cambodia 2005


Leaving with a Sabaidee

THAILAND | Saturday, 12 Mar 2005 | Views [1197]

We're killing time in a bakery/coffee shop next to the Siam Centre. The bus threw us out at the airport after an all-nighter from Vientiane, crossing out of Laos' borders and into Thailand at the Friendship Bridge and then endless miles of real Dual ... Read more >

Tags: Airports


Laos, last(ing) thoughts from Luang NamTha.

LAOS | Friday, 11 Mar 2005 | Views [2737]

I'm scribbling notes in the Luang Nam Tha airport "waiting lounge"; rammed earth floor, bamboo hut and BeerLao bunting hanging abundantly from the grass roof. "Sabaidee"... and a glass of Lao green tea arrives steaming. There's ... Read more >

Tags: Weird and crazy


From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

LAOS | Saturday, 5 Mar 2005 | Views [3380] | Comments [2]

Relax, then laugh. Relax some more and laugh again. So goes an afternoon of tubing down the river in Vang Vieng (Laos) At the end of the dry season, the Nam Song river runs pretty slow – sometimes imperceptibly drifting around long ... Read more >

Tags: laughter


Elephant Bidet

LAOS | Monday, 28 Feb 2005 | Views [1588] | Comments [1]

Much to STC’s delight, we found some Heffalumps in Vang Vieng. Whilst watching a herd of water buffalo loll about in the river, which we thought was pretty impressive in itself, we spied 2 even bigger grey lumps further up the banks. ... Read more >

Tags: adventures


Desiccated monkey

LAOS | Sunday, 27 Feb 2005 | Views [1209]

Yesterday, I saw a desiccated monkey lying on top of a mysterious pile roots, bark and leaves – the shop of a local herbalist layed out on a blanket in front of the post office. There were a dozen or so blankets offering grubby organic wares, but only ... Read more >

Tags: Doctors, hospitals & health


Laos... land of going slowly

LAOS | Saturday, 26 Feb 2005 | Views [1915]

Is it possible? At first glance, Laos seems spotless – devoid of the endless blue plastic bags that littler Cambodia from the temples, through the slums and down to the beaches. There’s a tidy town award here in the making ! The slow streets ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Gallery: Cambodia Colour

CAMBODIA | Friday, 25 Feb 2005 | Photo Gallery


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On The Box

CAMBODIA | Friday, 25 Feb 2005 | Views [1181]

I didn’t expect to find myself watching TV in Cambodia… but the daily siesta forced upon us by cloying weather and heat radiating off at a nuclear temperature from the concreted roads and buildings, has us scuttling indoors for a few hours of relief.... Read more >

Tags: Weird and crazy


Health hazards to date

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 23 Feb 2005 | Views [1603] | Comments [2]

Damn! That malaria pill is still in my pocket. I must take it sometime today. After all it cost me a small fortune to visit the GP and buy all the tablets – they came in very unhelpful packs of 7… The pharmacist presented me with about 11 little ... Read more >

Tags: doctors, hospitals & health


Bubble Tea

CAMBODIA | Saturday, 19 Feb 2005 | Views [2760] | Comments [7]

Bubble tea is not a local delight that I’ll return for in a hurry. Just what are those globules of brown tacky goo at the bottom of my drink? Not unpleasant in flavour (not much flavour to describe really!); but the fact that they get sucked up the ... Read more >

Tags: food


Artist In Residence, Sihanoukville

CAMBODIA | Friday, 18 Feb 2005 | Views [1335]

Roger Dixon... artist in residence - at Coaster's Resort, a few doors down from 'the gallery'. Roger was in Serendipity beach for several months on a painting trip of his own when he handed a brush over to some of the beach kids. Only a few days ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Kids Art Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Friday, 18 Feb 2005 | Views [1575] | Comments [2]

On the tropical beaches of Sihanoukville, Cambodia a bunch of kids have been given paint brushes and canvas for the first time in their lives. It's a small break from trying to earn a living selling fruit and collecting cans from the tourists on ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Squid + noodles + soup

CAMBODIA | Friday, 18 Feb 2005 | Views [1760]

The dish with no official name, not being on any menu – merely a concoction thown together by some generous women hosts at a small roadside cafe near the Ream naval base. They looked at us quizzickly when we asked for some food. The request was fine ... Read more >

Tags: food


Still-green coconuts

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 17 Feb 2005 | Views [1983]

Still-green coconuts have their heads and bottoms lopped off so they can sit comfortably on the small table whose legs disappear into the sand on this beach. The top is shaved off to leave a little round flap at the top of a gentle peak of softly fibered ... Read more >

Tags: food


Market Yum-Yums

CAMBODIA | Tuesday, 15 Feb 2005 | Views [2046]

It’s inevitable that one of my travel obsessions to make it in words in going to be food. Cambodia does not disappoint on this front and i’ll need to upload some photos to bring all the colour to life. This is just a small snippet from a market foray ... Read more >

Tags: food


Cambodia: Bonkers

CAMBODIA | Monday, 14 Feb 2005 | Views [968]

The world has been filled with the chaotic sights, smells, sounds and tastes (especially tastes!) of Cambodia. The initial rush of landing in a dusty, colourful country has passed now and I can cross the road confidently as a million motorbikes speed ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Gallery: Transport

CAMBODIA | Monday, 14 Feb 2005 | Photo Gallery

Sometimes it just doesn’t seem possible that all those people can fit on a motorbike, that the road rules can be so flagrantly ignored and that anything with wheels is better than without!
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Fresh eyes / Familiar Asia

CAMBODIA | Tuesday, 8 Feb 2005 | Views [854]

STC’s snapping with new camera is frenzied and the results electrifying. We’ve only been here for 24 hours – fresh eyes’n’all that! Cambodia is feeling a little more familar than I thought – Vietnam in 2002 was a great Asian introduction ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road