November 2013 – 2104 Budget Travel Talk

  It is hard to believe that we are well into the month of December.  The perfect to time to reflect on our year of travel. I’ve  made a coffee so why don’t you join me for a recap of Budget Travel Talk from November 2013 to November 2014. November 2013 We returned to Australia […]

Monkeys by the Angkor Wat Moat

Driving by the moat after a full day spent viewing Angkor Wat, the Bayon (smiling faces) in Angkor Thom and Ta Phrom (overgrown by trees), we spontaneously asked our Tuk Tuk driver to stop.  We wanted photos of the moat from here where it had a dreamlike quality and then our guide Borith mentioned there […]

Angkor Wat is Heaven on Earth

About. Angkor Wat is the earthly embodiment of Mt. Meru the home of the Hindu Gods – or Heaven on Earth.  The Hindu Trinity comprises Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Sustainer and Shiva the Destroyer. The largest religious complex in the world began life as a Hindu but is now – like 95% of Cambodians […]

Sihanoukville Sunset

Having spent all day at Otres Beach Sihanoukville’s quiet beach option we found ourselves lounging on Pappasan chairs some 10km away on Ochheuteal Beach in Sihanoukville, hoping for a stunning sunset. It did not look promising.         45 minutes later we were enveloped in a purple glow and then suddenly the sky was dark. […]

Otres Beach Sihanoukville’s Quiet Option

Sihanoukville is a fairly laid back kind of place, casual enough in fact to be safely referred to as Snook. We loved Snooks’ restaurants and cafes – me because I could stuff myself with lemongrass and ginger scallops BBQ’d in the shell – and Marty because whilst patiently foot tapping in an alfresco jewellery shop […]

Ten Photos from Intriguing Kampot

At first I named this post Ten Intriguing Photos from Kampot.  Then I realised what I meant to convey was that Kampot itself was Intriguing, not the Photos themselves Per se. Kampot the fourth stop on our Cambodian Itinerary was the perfect break.  It’s peaceful vibe, wide river boulevard, and quirky restaurants and bars made it an […]

Kampong Pluk A Fishing Village on Stilts

We decided on the spur of the moment to visit Kampong Pluk a fishing village on Tonle Sap some 30 km south-east of Siem Reap in Cambodia. [pinit] During three weeks in Cambodia in 2013 we spent four days in Siem Reap. Our spontaneous decision was made on a day trip to Beng Melea, an impressive ruined […]

Sihanoukville Market Cambodia or Phsar Leu

The business district of Sihanoukville Cambodia is on a small hill with the beach areas of Serendipity, Ochheuteal, Sokha, Independence and Victory spread below like a skirt front, while our favorite beach Otres is 5 km away on the outskirts.  Phsar Leu or Market Upper is central in the upper town, and is so named […]

In Search of Salt Fields at Kampot

Bicycle riding is a great budget way of exploring KAMPOT  country. Having heard of the existence of salt fields across river we decided to take a look.  Hiring beat-up bicycles for $1 USD/day we prepared ourselves for the challenge of the old bridge.  Destroyed by the Khmer Rouge it had been rebuilt but with mismatched […]