Doing it our ancestors’ way: Flying between trees in the Angkor jungle

Wonder what I am talking about here?  Yes, I flew (the monkey way 😉 ) in the “Flight of the Gibbon” – an amazing zip-lining experience in my recent trip to Cambodia. When it comes to Siem Reap or Angkor, all that everyone talk about are the temples, but this incredible zip-lining experience in the middle of a tasking temple exploration itinerary is so refreshing that it is an absolute must-do!! I took a long time to decide on the booking since it was a tad expensive for my student budget. But now, I can vouch for a completely satisfying experience which will leave you with not regretting the $79 for sure 😉

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The floating world of Chong Khneas

Having spent most of my 3 days at Siem Reap visiting temples, I wanted to do something different before leaving for Battambang today afternoon. That’s when I heard of Chong Khneas – a whole village floating on the waters of Tonle Sap, the biggest lake in South East Asia. So, how did I miss this in my itinerary?!? I went back to my Lonely Planet guide, and after much searching I saw a tiny paragraph quoting that the visit to the floating village had become too touristic and over-priced. Still, I was not satisfied with the other alternatives and decided to take the trip! It turns out that Lonely Planet was indeed right but I did enjoy some parts of the trip, so let me share them with you 🙂

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My 18 hour bus journey or How I reached Siem Reap, Cambodia

By far, this is the longest I’ve spent in a bus travel! So how did this happen?! Allow me to explain 😀

The original plan was a 12 hour ride from Ho Chi Minh City with a one hour stop over at Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The ultimate destination is Siem Reap, which is the base city for visiting the Angkor temples. With all enthusiasm, I boarded the Mekong Express Limousine Bus at 7 AM. Everything was smooth until we started from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Then the trouble began! I’ve never seen such crazy traffic before in my life. Coming from an Indian, it sure does mean a lot. We were stuck for almost 4 hours, scarcely moving and covering just 20 km in that span of time. Apparently, the reason for the congestion was Chinese new year!  I ditched travelling in Vietnam during this time for the very same reason 😛

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