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Cambodia ✦ Vietnam 2009

Cambodia ✦ Vietnam

Cambodia Siem Reap   Wat Thmei Angkor Wat Angkor Thom   Baphuon   Phimeanakas   The Terrace of the Elephants   The Terrace of the Leper King

Banteay Samre Banteay Srei Kbal Spean Preah Khan Bakong Ta Prohm Lolei

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Vietnam Hanoi Halong Bay Hue Hoi An Mekong Delta Ho Chi Minh City   Cu Chi Tunnels

Tay Ninh   Cao Dei Temple

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Cambodia Siem Reap The Villa Siem Reap 12-9-2009 to 15-9-2009

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Siem Reap

Flew Vietnam Airlines to Ho Chii Minh City, then with Cambodia Angkor Air to Siem Reap arriving late evening on September 15. From the airport transferred by tuk tuk to The Villa Siem Reap for my three night stay and exploration of the Angkor region. My first day spent on the Outlying Adventure Guided Tour to Bantreay Samre, Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean and the Ruluos Group. The second day was on the Angkor Discovery Guided Tour to Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm. On my last day I went to Wat Thmei and Preah Khan by tuk tuk before leaving for the airport for my 6pm flight to Hanoi.

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Angkor Wat 

Angkor Wat means “City Temple” and was built for king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture and is also the most impressive in the character of its grand composition, being comparable to the finest of architectural achievements anywhere. Angkor Wat is the a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag. Angkor Wat lies 5.5 km north of the modern town of Siem Reap and covers an area – including its 190 metre wide moats – of nearly 200 hectares.

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Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom was the last capital city of the Khmer empire. Established in the late 12th century by king Jayavarman VII. It covers an area of 9 square km, within which are located several monuments from earlier eras as well as those established by Jayavarman and his successors. At the centre of the city is the Bayon, with the other major sites clustered around the Victory Square immediately to the north. The city lies on the right bank of the Siem Reap River, a tributary of Tonle Sap. The south gate of Angkor Thom is 7  km north of Siem Reap, and 1.7  km north of the entrance to Angkor Wat. The walls are 8  m high and flanked by a moat, are each 3 km long and enclose an area of 9  square km.

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The Terrace of The Elephants The Terrace of the Leper King

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Banteay Samre

Middle of the 12th century Brahmanic (Vishnou) This monument that takes its name from the Samre people – is found to the east of the earth embankment forming the eastern wall of the East Baray. Anastylosis has transformed Banteay Samre into one of the finest monuments of the Angkor group, and one of the most complete. Its ornamentation, exceptional in quality and very well preserved in its entirety, became thereafter presented in its unified integrity – it is a pure specimen of the classic art from the finest period where the decoration, shown to its best advantage on a clear background, is itself a function of the architecture.

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Banteay Srei

Second half of the 10th century Brahmanic (Shivaïte) The miniature temple of Banteay Srei is located 20 kilometres north-east of the Bayon and situated in the middle of the forest and in a remarkable state of preservation. It has the excellence of a near perfect ornamental technique and is a “precious gem” and a “jewel of Khmer art”. Its small blocks of stone cut from a durable sandstone retain its sharp profiles with visible decoration is so well preserved.

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Kbal Spean

Commonly known as the valley of a 1000 Lingas, Kbal Spean is an Angkorian era site on the southwest slopes of the Kulen Hills in Cambodia, 25 km from the main Angkor group. It consists of a series of stone carvings in and around the Stung Kbal Spean river. The motifs for the stone carvings are roughly three: • myriads of lingams, depicted as neatly arranged bumps that cover the surface of a rock; • lingam – yoni designs; • various Hindu mythological motifs, including depictions of gods and animals.

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72  ✦  Kbal Spean

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Preah Khan

Second half of 12th century Buddhist The large ensemble of Prah Khan, forming a rectangle of 700 metres by 800 surrounded by moats, covers an area of 56 hectares. The temple is flat in design, with a basic plan of successive rectangular galleries around a Buddhist sanctuary complicated by Hindu satellite temples and numerous later additions. The outer wall of Preah Khan is of laterite, and bears 72 garudas holding nagas, at 50 metre intervals.

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Late 9th century Brahmanic (Shivaïte) Bakong is the first temple mountain of sandstone constructed by rulers of the Khmer empire at Angkor. In the final decades of the 9th century A.D, it served as the official state temple of King Indravarman I in the ancient city of Hariharalaya, located in an area that today is called Roluos. Of all the temples on stepped terraces of the Angkor region, Bakong is perhaps the one which most closely responds to the idea of the Mount Meru on 5 levels, corresponding, from bottom to top respectively, to the world of the Nagas, the Garudas, the Rakshasas, the Yakshas, and then to the Maharajas of the four cardinal points with their court.

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84  ✦  Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Middle of 12th to early 13th century Buddhist The Khmer temple Ta Prohm is a Buddhist monastery laid out on a single plane, no longer followed the principle of multiple levels, but where the notion of elevation was rather expressed by the rising of the towers and predominant central sanctuary from within an arrangement of concentric galleries. Here these number three, and the principal east-west axis, formed by a succession of towers and passages, gives a sort of ‘sacred vista’ straight to the heart of the monument.

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92  ✦  Lolei


Late 9th century Brahmanic (Shivaïte) The temple of Lolei is the northernmost temple of the Ruluos group and is situated north of Bakong. Once an island temple formed an island in the middle of the Indratataka – a large reservoir of 3,800 metres eastwest by 800 north-south whose excavation started to provide the capital city (Hariharalaya) with water and to irrigate the surrounding plains. The appearance of the monument is marred by the unfortunate presence of various pagoda buildings.

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Vietnam 16-9-2009 to 27-9-2009


Golden Sun 1 Hotel and Victory Hotel

Halong Bay

Bien Ngoc 12 Junk


Thanh Noi Hotel

Hoi An

Cua Dai Hotel

Ho Chi Minh City

Hong Vy Hotel

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Flew to Hanoi September 15 staying at the Golden Sun 1 Hotel for the first two nights. Spent a day touring with Phong, a student of On September 17 met up with the Intrepid group and stayed at the Victory Hotel. Hanoi is the capital and second largest city of Vietnam and is located on the right bank of the Red River. Hanoi is considered to be the cultural centre of Vietnam with many interesting historic monuments for visitors and residents alike. The Old Quarter near Hoan Kiem Lake has the original street layout and architecture of old Hanoi – each street had merchants that specialised in a particular trade.

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Halong Bay

On September 18 we travelled by bus for four hours to Ha Long Bay. Glorious weather and calm seas we boarded the Bien Ngoc 12 Junk for our overnight stay. Cruised through the very scenic bay and stopped to visit Hung Sun Sot. Kayaked for three hours into the evening then a swim in the very warm water. Seafood for dinner and very tired layed on a deck lounge on the top deck almost falling asleep then to the air conditioned cabin for a great night’s sleep.

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â?– Halong Bay

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Spent September 19 on the overnight train from Hanoi, then the next two nights in Hue. Blue skies and very hot we visited the Citadel on the first day followed by a swim in the hotel pool then a group dinner in town. Our second day in Hue the group toured by bike, travelling single file through the countryside stopping at a market and watched incense being made. Had lunch at a nunnery then went on a boat down the Perfume River. We had a banquet dinner with all of the group dressed in period costume with musicians and singers. Finished the evening at the DMZ pub.

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Hoi An

September 21 we travelled by bus passing through the Hai Van Pass and past Marble Mountain. On arriving, Tho took us on an orientation tour, then had lunch at a restaurant overlooking the river. Toured the countryside by bicycle women created for us was better. Most of the group went with Tho to Bale Well, basic looking restaurant in a back alley, metal top tables and all you can eat for $4. The ancient town of Hoi An is 30 km south of Danang and lies on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Occupied by early western traders, Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century.

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Mekong Delta

September 23 – After a long delay we flew to Ho Chi Minh City having to do our cyclo tour into the evening. Had dinner at one of the outside restaurants next to the market. The following day we travelled by bus to the Mekong Delta. We toured on boats along the river system, walked through the fields and also on motorised carts. The Mekong splits in Cambodia into two main rivers, the Bassac and the First river, then in Vietnam into a more complex system, creating a maze of small canals, rivers and arroyos interspersed with villages and floating markets. Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and all the villages are often accessible by river rather than by road.

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Ho Chi Minh City

September 25 – the group travelled to the Cu Chi tunnels, then on to the Cao Dai temple. Went to Pho 2000 for dinner and walked the streets around the market area. Spent my last day touring on my own visiting the parks, the Reunification Palace, City Hall, City Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and along the Saigon River. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the largest city in Vietnam and the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam. The city center is situated on the banks of the Saigon River, with the metropolitan area populated by more than 9 million people. The city is adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings.

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200  ✦  Tay Ninh (Cao Dei Temple)

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Priti Veja, Neil Lucas, Verena Bartl, Maria Nespeca, Beverly Jones, Alexandra Winter, Diane Rollin, Frank Gatt, Nerio Nespeca, Tho Nguyen, Dave Jarvie, Nicola Sergiou,

Cambodia ✦ Vietnam 2009

Cambodia ✦ Vietnam

Vietnam Cambodia 2009  

Travels in 2009

Vietnam Cambodia 2009  

Travels in 2009