Hotel roundup: Where we stayed in Cambodia & Vietnam

I suppose that few people are planning trips to Asia lately, but one day this whole virus craze will simmer down, and someone out there may find this post useful. I did a great deal of preparation for our recent self-guided trip through Cambodia and Vietnam, including research on the best hotels in several cities…

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Trip roundup: More thoughts on Cambodia & Vietnam

We are now safely back in Toronto, getting reacclimated to the brisk temperatures and snowstorms. I’m still trying to rework my circadian rhythm to get over this terrible jet lag, so am forcing myself to stay awake by writing this blog post, with a few more random thoughts on my recent journey through Cambodia and…

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Chasing waterfalls and watching the circus in Siem Reap

We had a wonderful final day in Cambodia, with a daytime tour to the holy mountain Phnom Kulen and an evening at the Phare Circus back in town. Both excursions came highly recommended and we were not disappointed. A day at Phnom Kulen Phnom Kulen, which literally translates to โ€˜Mountain of the Lycheesโ€™ (named for…

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Glimpses of local living around Siem Reap

Our penultimate day in Siem Reap was spent getting a glimpse of everyday life in Cambodia. We opted to skip out on more temple tours and instead mixed up our itinerary with a traditional Khmer cooking class in the morning, and a floating village tour near Tonle Sap in the afternoon. Cooking at Lilyโ€™s Secret…

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The one with all the Angkor temples

We got right into the action soon after our arrival in Siem Reap. Our second day in town was spent on one of our most highly anticipated excursions of this trip: a visit to the Angkor temples. Getting there Angkor Archaeological Park is a massive complex spanning over 400 square kilometres, containing magnificent remains of…

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Food adventures in Siem Reap, Cambodia

After a short stop in Phnom Penh, we have now swiftly moved onto the Siem Reap portion of our Cambodia trip. Mr. Chuckles and I flew with Cambodia Angkor Air on an early morning 50 minute flight into Siem Reap, opting to save the time that would otherwise be spent sitting in a car or…

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Welcome to Cambodia: Weird experiences on our first day

Susadei from Phnom Penh! Mr. Chuckles and I survived over 24 hours of transit and landed in the bustling capital city of Cambodia to begin our second trip back to Southeast Asia, this time taking us through a bit of Cambodia and across Vietnam. Our first day was fairly eventful, starting off with a bizarre…

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E-Visa applications: Cambodia edition

In my last post, I outlined the e-visa application process for Vietnam. Today, I finally wrapped up my pre-trip preparation with approval of my Cambodia visa. The Cambodia tourist visa application process is a bit more straightforward than in Vietnam. There are again two options: visa on arrival (VOA) or the e-visa. Unlike in Vietnam,…

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Saving the date for Cambodia & Vietnam

My work schedule for the first quarter of 2020 has been set and my vacation dates confirmed, so now it’s time to start anticipating my next travel adventure! After an awesome trip to Thailand and Laos this past April, I knew that I wanted to return to Southeast Asia. Next February, Mr. Chuckles and I…

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