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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

14 Sep

This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge is “Inside” and our own interpretations and compositions for it. My post for this is from the Ta Prohm temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This is a temple complex where the temple walls and trees have merged to become one entity and it is difficult to decipher who is supporting whom. You can read my detailed post on it here.

In this complex, I found this apsara peeking through a tree trunk, such that she looked to be “Inside” a tree trunk.

The apsara inside a tree trunk, Ta Prohm, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The apsara inside a tree trunk, Ta Prohm, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Carefree

20 Aug

This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge is – Carefree and my interpretation of it is – being without a care or worry in the world. So my image for this theme is one that I took while on a cruise on the River Mekong in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This cruise was a memorable one with beautiful sights of Phnom Penh against a glorious setting sun while relaxing on the deck with wind blowing through your hair. This picture reminds me of being free on a summer afternoon to just cruise on water, with no worry or any responsibility in the world. Or in a word – just being carefree 🙂

Carefree

Carefree

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Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

10 Aug

This week on the daily post, photographer Jeff Sinon wrote an interesting article on photography composition i.e. finding that perfect shot in portrait or landscape.  And then the interesting weekly challenge followed – One Shot, Two Ways where we need to capture one scene / subject in two images — a horizontal and a vertical version.

I captured both these shots from the same spot in Siem Reap, Cambodia in the famous Angkor Thom or the Bayon temple. The horizontal image is of the entire temple complex and shows the detailing of the carvings and a glimpse of some of the 54 pillars with 216 faces of the Buddha.

Angkor Thom temple

Angkor Thom temple

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Things to Do in Cambodia (apart from the temples)

2 Dec

Whenever you talk to people about visiting Cambodia, the first thing they say is – “visit the Angkor Wat Temples” and if some people know a bit more than they talk about visiting the Khmer Rouge rule and the killing fields etc in Phnom Penh. But after my trip to Cambodia, I discovered that this country has so much more to offer (apart from the normal touristy stuff mentioned in various websites and guidebooks) that one should definitely incorporate in their travel itineraries. So I have decided to list down a few things that I feel you should definitely keep time for whenever you decide to visit this beautiful country.

  • Interact with local people – This is one of my most recommended things to do here. The local population here is very poor (yes I felt that even after coming from India) and have suffered immensely under the Khmer Rouge rule (every person you meet here has lost numerous family members to this tragedy). Still they are open to talk about the history, about what happened, how they lost their family, the politics, how they survived against all odds, etc etc. And the best part is that during this entire conversation, they talk about moving forward and their future plans for their kids. So much so that you really feel like lauding them for their courage, hard work and positivity. This encounter also helped me thank god once again for what I have and am in life. Also, if you are into portrait photography, then you will find very interesting models in people and kids around here.
Monks at the temples of Siem Reap

Monks at the temples of Siem Reap

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Reaching Siem Reap from Poipet

19 Sep

Cambodia is not a very easy place to reach, more so if you are budget traveler and looking to save money. It is not as well-connected by flights and the tickets are normally quite expensive. So, for my own budget trip, I had to put in numerous hours of research on the net and speak with loads of people and travel agents to decipher the best and cheapest way to reach Siem Reap. Since I had put in so much of an effort, I decided to write a detailed post on the best ways to reach Siem Reap from Bangkok for my other fellow travelers who too are struggling as I was.

Since the post is very long I have split it into 3 parts –

  1. Part 1 – Bangkok to Aranyaprathet (Aran) Border (Thai border) by train, bus, mini-vans or taxi. – Already done and available at http://wp.me/p29z7S-iT
  2. Part 2 – Visa requirements, Visa on arrival Vs e-visa in Cambodia, the Border Crossing and the various scams near the border at http://wp.me/p29z7S-jo
  3. Part 3 – Transport from Poipet Border (Cambodia border) to Seam Reap by bus or taxi.

This post is part 3 of this 3 post series and in this I shall cover on how to travel from the Poipet border to the city of Siem Reap. This journey (Poipet to Siem Reap) takes about 2 – 4 hours (depending on your mode of transportation) and is best covered during day light hours.

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Cambodia – Visas, Border Crossings and Scams

17 Sep

Cambodia is not a very easy place to reach, more so if you are budget traveler and looking to save money. It is not as well-connected by flights and the tickets are normally quite expensive. So, for my own budget trip, I had to put in numerous hours of research on the net and speak with loads of people and travel agents to decipher the best and cheapest way to reach Siem Reap. Since I had put in so much of an effort, I decided to write a detailed post on the best ways to reach Siem Reap from Bangkok for my other fellow travelers who too are struggling as I was.

Since the post is very long I have split it into 3 parts –

  • Part 1 – Bangkok to Aranyaprathet (Aran) Border (Thai border) by train, bus, mini-vans or taxi. – Already done and available at http://wp.me/p29z7S-iT
  • Part 2 – Visa requirements, Visa on arrival Vs e-visa in Cambodia, the Border Crossing and the various scams near the border.
  • Part 3 – Transport from Poipet Border (Cambodia border) to Seam Reap by bus or taxi.

This post is part 2 of this 3 post series and in this I shall cover the visa requirements for visiting Cambodia, the actual border crossing experience, tips for the border crossing between Thailand to Cambodia and finally the various scams prevalent around the land borders.

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Travel from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet Border (Thai border)

10 Sep

Cambodia is not a very easy place to reach, more so if you are budget traveler and looking to save money. It is not as well-connected by flights and the tickets are normally quite expensive. So, for my own budget trip, I had to put in numerous hours of research on the net and speak with loads of people and travel agents to decipher the best and cheapest way to reach Siem Reap. Since I had put in so much of an effort, I decided to write a detailed post on the best ways to reach Siem Reap from Bangkok for my other fellow travelers who too are struggling as I was.

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