In October 2010, my mother and I spent almost 2 weeks in Cambodia, mostly in Siem Reap.
We volunteered with the Ponheary Ly Foundation, visiting local schools and families in very poor and rural villages. We participated in the Pchum Ben holiday and fed our ancestors by the light of the moon, saw the temples of Angkor, had a crazy 12 hour boat ride (should have been 5 hours) to Battambang, and rode the Bamboo train.
We ate well; every thing from street food to insects to fancy French and Khmer cuisine. We were blessed by an abbott in an old wood pagoda across from Angkor Thom and spent a last busy day in the capitol of Phnom Penh. It was a fantastic trip!
Where next and why: Cambodia 2010
Tips for Visiting the Ancient Temples of Angkor; What to see, Guides and Guidebooks, Transportation, etc.
October 1-3: On the way to Cambodia, a stop in the Taipei Hello Kitty Airport
October 3rd: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and the Seven Candles Guesthouse
October 4th: Knar First Day of School 2010 and Khmer Kitchen Restaurant
October 5th: Why we came to Cambodia; Koh Ker School and Srayang Girl’s House
October 6th: Eating like a local in Cambodia (Noodles, Morning Glory & Insects, Oh My!) plus a return to Knar school
October 7th: A One Day Visit to Temples of Angkor and Abacus Restaurant
October 8th: Feeding My Ancestors; Cambodia’s Pchum Ben Festival
October 9th: The Neverending Boat Trip to Battambang
October 10th: On the Rails in Battambang, Monks Trump All
October 11th: A visit to Tchey School and a Trip to Siem Reap’s Central Market
October 12th: Bashi & Blessings, Plus Food At Siem Reap’s Old Market
October 13th: Phnom Penh; Visiting Tuol Sleng/S21 and the Central Market