Category: Angkor Wat
|January 11, 2016||Filed under Angkor Wat, Cambodia|
Most people tour the Angkor Wat Archeological Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on a tuk-tuk or tour bus. Some people tour the Angkor Temples on bicycles or backs of scooters. Only an intrepid (or crazy) few experience the sights on foot along the route of the annual Angkor Wat 1/2 Marathon!
The 2015 Angkor Wat 1/2 Marathon was scheduled to begin at 6:30 am on December 6. Arriving before dawn, I was barely awake. The early start time was intended to beat the tropical heat, but at 5 am it was already in the low 70’s F.
As dawn broke, the race was about to begin. But no! After a start announcement, some government official arrived to make a speech. Finally, the run began to the sound of pounding drummers from the podium. (more…)
|February 28, 2014||Filed under Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Siem Reap||
I traveled to Siem Reap, Cambodia to be bedazzled by the temples of Angkor. I was. But I was also charmed by the town itself, its environs and inhabitants. Once a sleepy village, Siem Reap has become one of the top tourist destinations in the world, as well as a landing place for many expats.
The je ne sais quoi that this town exudes comes from the juxtaposition of the old and new, East and West, urban and rural, local and international. The money-driven hospitality industry is balanced by “real” Cambodia, not rich monetarily but wealthy in spirit, kindness and culture. (more…)