Category Archives: Cambodia

A Thousand Words: Jungle Living

My inspiration of the day — the overgrown jungle at the ruins of Ta Prohm in Angkor, Cambodia. (Click the photo to really see.) A small reminder of what Earth is capable of when left to its own devices. Happy Earth Day, everyone!

Bicycling through Angkor, Cambodia

Tuk-tuks are the vehicle of choice to the many tourists who visit the Angkor temples, but bicycles lend the freedom to explore. Rent one for $1 per day from a local vendor in Siem Reap, and have your pick of the majestic Angkor Wat, the mystical faces of Bayon, the overgrown jungle of Ta Prohm and more. By bicycle, all of Angkor is yours.

Ghosts of Family Past: Phnom Penh and the Khmer Rouge

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When I told mom I was traveling to Cambodia this summer, she didn’t hide her apprehension. “Cambodia? Why do you want to go to there?” The thought of her little girl in a faraway Third World country didn’t do much for the nerves. But she had every right — she herself had escaped the war-torn country just 30 years ago.

A Thousand Words: More to Angkor than Wat

Angkor Wat is the icon of Cambodia, the pride and joy of their history and the emblem of their country. But most people don’t realize just how expansive the kingdom of Angkor was. Amidst the grounds of this ancient city was a large network of temples, palaces, lakes and irrigation networks built many centuries ago.

A Thousand Words: Welcome to Cambodia

This intricate wrought iron design is part of the gates to the Silver Pagoda, a Buddhist temple located on the grounds of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It’s just one symbol of the incredible history of art and architecture that was largely destroyed and dismantled during the Khmer Rouge regime — Angkor (the pictures of which I will hopefully upload soon) is also another.

A Thousand Words: Innocence

My friend Kel asked me what my favorite thing about my trip was so far. One of the first things that came to mind was the children of Phnom Penh. Cambodian children will break your heart and lift your spirits. Their infectious smiles and carefree friendliness — despite their destitution –really embody the spirit of this persevering country.