My UNESCO World Heritage checklist

When the UNESCO World Heritage list was first published in 1978, there were only 12 places included. Since its inception, the list has now grown to encompass over 1000 sites worldwide, identified as places on Earth that are of outstanding value to humanity in terms of cultural, historical, or scientific significance. The UNESCO designation confers…

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Food tours around the world

If you’ve been following I’ve Bean Travelling for awhile, you will know that most of my travel is very much centred around gastronomy. Mr. Chuckles and I absolutely love to go on food tours as an avenue to discover new cuisines, meet other travellers, and see local sights, all at the same time. I’ve mentioned…

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How I cancelled an international trip during COVID-19

Back in late January before the world completely imploded, there were already stirrings of a brewing outbreak. At that time, COVID-19 was primarily contained in China but many people travelling to surrounding areas in Asia were becoming concerned about the safety of proceeding with their trips. You may recall me mentioning that my mother was…

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#Alphabet Adventures: Travel memories from A to Z

I’m bored. The province of Ontario is finally looking at a gradual re-opening of the economy, but the process is going to be a slow one. This is surely appropriate, but it unfortunately means that my beloved hobby of travel planning is still on hold since I don’t know when I will be going anywhere!…

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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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