Cambodia 2010

by wired2theworld on October 17, 2010

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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

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Julie November 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Wow! Your site is incredible. Amazing journeys!

I look forward to meeting you both soon!

Your friend,

Julie

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2 Derek Helt December 8, 2010 at 8:46 am

Just discovered your site. I was in Cambodia in late October/November, 2010. Went to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap (Angkor complex), and Battambang. Love Cambodia. Thanks for the extended writing about your trip.

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3 wired2theworld December 8, 2010 at 9:38 am

Thanks Derek! Check back, there are a few more days to come.

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4 Tris January 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Beautiful photos! I love the “Feeding My Ancestors” post. What an amazing event to be able to participate in.

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5 wired2theworld January 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Thanks Tris! Yes, it was an amazing event.

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