Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Conquering Mountains: Mt. Talamitam

I have set my sights on another mountain for the weekend that mountain is Mt. Talamitam in Nasugbu, Batangas. It was only a day trip but the hike was exciting and the sights were amazing. We took the bus to Brgy. Bayabasan for P124.

Mt. Talamitam


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Itinerary & Expenses in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap was a worthwhile trip for me not only because of its temples and ancient ruins, but also its people. The people were friendly and welcomed tourists to enjoy what they have to offer. There were still touts and the occasional pesky vendors who charge extreme amounts of money for food, beverages, and items, but nonetheless Siem Reap and its rich history more than make up for it.

Angkor Wat


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Outside the Temples in Siem Reap

After every temple run, I get the chance to explore what Siem Reap has to offer outside the confines of ancient ruins and temples. Siem Reap has an artistic and cultural vibe that I came to love unexpectedly. There was the typical backpacker restaurants, bars, and night markets, but there were also small, intimate family-owned restaurants and stalls that have endeared me to Siem Reap.

Pub Street


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Snapshots Cambodia

If I were to describe my stay in Cambodia through photos these pictures would do the trick.

Cambodia the Kingdom of Wonder

"You never realize how small you are in the vast expanse of history until you sit down and think about it."

Angkor Wat


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Top Temples in Siem Reap

The main draw of Siem Reap is the temples from its ancient past. There are plenty of temples to go to, but for travelers who are on a short stay or are on a tight budget you don't have to see all of them. Here is my biased list of top temples in Siem Reap:

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Spotlight On: Borovets

Guest Post by Catherine M.

The town of Borovets, situated in the Sofia Province in Bulgaria, is a popular resort on the northern slopes of Rila that has huge potential to become one of the go-to skiing destinations for beginner and intermediate skiers. Not only is it slightly quieter, with less crowded slopes than its overly popular neighbours, but if you book one of the all inclusive ski holidays online, you can benefit from some fabulously affordable stays that won’t break the bank too.



Monday, February 11, 2013

Getting Lost in the Ruins of Cambodia's Grand Circuit

It was the last stretch f my stay in Cambodia and I was going on the grand circuit of the temple tours. The tours around the Angkor ruins are cut into parts depending on distance. The far temples (Beng Mealea, Banteay Srei, 1,000 Lingas, Koh Ker, and others) are normally combined with the grand or mini tour or put into an entire day separately.

The mini tour includes the temples Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphuon, Terrace of Elephants, Terrace of the Leper Kings,  Phimeanakas, Takeo, and Ta Prohm.

The grand tour consists of the temples Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, and Preah Khan.

Pre Rup


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Intricate Carvings of Banteay Srei & The Ruins of Banteay Samre

My stay in Cambodia was coming to an end and I was thinking of things to do, and then I realized "why not visit another set of ruins?" since I wasn't templed out it didn't seem like such a bad idea.

Banteay Srei


Monday, February 4, 2013

Cambodia Tours: The Jungle Ruins of Ta Prohm

The next stop on the Cambodia tour that Best Cruises provided took me to the jungle ruins of Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm was built in the 12th century, the ruins followed the Bayon style in architecture. The temple was built by King Jayavarnaman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist university and monastery.

Ta Prohm


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Cruise and Stay Holidays Explained

Guest post by Catherine M.

Imagine waking up in a new destination every morning, enjoying a leisurely breakfast from such delights as croissants, freshly baked pain au chocolat, smoked salmon or perhaps sausage sandwiches. Then it's time to pack a day bag and head off into today's destination, to spend time exploring the sights and sounds in your own time or as part of an organised tour. At the end of the day it's back onto the ship to enjoy a refreshing sundowner, perhaps on the top deck watching the sun go down, before you take your pick from the restaurants on board for a fabulous dinner, and finally head off to enjoy an evening show, kick back in the piano bar or - if you've got the stamina - dance 'til the early hours in the nightclub.



Friday, February 1, 2013

Private Cambodia Tours: The Kingdom of Wonder

After an exhilarating day of adventure in Beng Mealea, it was finally time to visit Angkor Wat. This leg of my Cambodia tour was what I was eagerly waiting for. I started out early to catch the magnificent sunrise over the ruins of Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat sunrise