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Cambodia Travel on a Budget

download (7)The most expensive part of travel to Cambodia and indeed any international destination is the price of the airplane ticket. This is particularly true for Cambodia which doesn’t have a direct destination link with major airlines based out of the South East Asia catchment area. However the introduction of online airline booking systems has made the costs to travelers more competitive. It is now possible to receive price comparisons from over 100 different airlines in a matter of minutes. The arrival of budget airlines in the South East Asia area has also made the market more competitive and offered more assistance to the budget traveler.

With the cost of internal air travel in Cambodia expensive the budget traveler will be seeking out alternate forms of transport. Cambodia fortunately has very efficient bus services utilizing the country’s modern highway system. Where is your favorite destination point in Cambodia? Is it Siem Reap in the north to view the majestic Angkor temples? Is it the coastal region to the south including the port and beaches of Sihanoukville on the Gulf of

Central Asia Travel

download (6)Central Asia was the center of Great Silk Road connecting East with West. More than silk, spices and gemstones passed through on the caravans. Language, culture and religion found these roads easy to travel as well.

Central Asia Travel destinations: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. These countries are considered the jewels in the necklace of Silk Road.

Central Asia cities like Samarkand, Bukhara, Tashkent, Khiva, Turkestan, Merv and Kashgar are truly majestic. Many minarets and royal palaces are kept at its authentic forms and restorations are done so carefully as not to diminish the originality of these ancient architectures. When you walk around exploring these archaic monuments you feel as if you have traveled back in time. These cities are not overly crowded unlike many other tourism destinations which allows visitors to enjoy their visit entirely by delving into their surroundings more closely. It is also important to pay close attention to the structural design of these buildings such as the domes and naves of palaces because you will definitely see similar models of these prototypes, their architectural designs in many European archaic buildings. This

5 Great Tips to Stop Travel Anxiety

download (5)While most of us enjoy holidays and traveling, many find the associated travel anxiety tough to bear. Travel anxiety isn’t a disease but it is rather the fear of the unknown. Fear of travel is usually caused by several factors. Some people may worry about their house and pets when they are away while others might have had unpleasant traveling experiences during their previous trips. Others are afraid of flying. Some fret that the trip will turn out to be a disaster and worry about all of the details. All of these are examples of worries related to travel that can lead to varying degrees of uneasiness. Regardless of the causes or intensity of your anxiety, it can really compromise the pleasure and excitement of your trip.

Although, travel anxiety is common in both experienced and novice travelers, most travelers have positive traveling stories to tell. Probably, they learned how to manage their anxieties and have regained the joy of travel. It is not too late; you can also overcome travel anxiety by following a little advice. The following 5 tips to stop travel anxiety could prove

Holiday Cambodia Travel Guide

The Cambodian Khmer style of cooking is similar to that found in Thailand or Vietnam but also has its own distinctive flavours. Most dishes are served with rice, and Khmer food usually has a sourer taste than the Asian food that westerners are used to. Dishes to look out for while in Cambodia include their prahok fish paste, their k’tieu noodle soup that is served with pork or seafood and their lok lak beefsteak dish.

The city of Kratie lies in Eastern Cambodia, and one of its more memorable temples is the Laotian-style Wat Roka Kandal, which is located a short drive out of the city. Staying at the temple guesthouse by night and exploring this ancient place by day is the typical type of holiday Cambodia offers. The temple has been recently restored, and tourists can also visit the nearby handicraft shops run by the Cambodian Craft Co-operation.

Kratie is also home to one of the last schools of Irrawaddy dolphins living in the Mekong River area, and visiting the river to catch a glimpse of this school is one of the most popular things to do in this city. At the last count, there

Exploring One of the Best Destinations in Asia on a Budget

Traveling on your own or joining other travelers to soak in the sights and enjoy a historical tour of Cambodia and other interesting Asian destinations? Give in to the wanderlust in you and prepare for an educational and enjoyable trip to maximize the wonderful opportunity. Pack suitable apparel and don’t forget comfortable footwear. Since a focal point of your journey will be to see the breathtaking Angkor Wat and other treasures in the vast Angkor temple complex, you must have suitable footwear that will take you across the moat (which surrounds the famed Cambodian religious structure) to the temple. If you’re a first-time traveler, you may check out the internet for an overview of the numerous famous spots you will be trekking to.

At Siem Reap, be ready to be amazed by one of the most photogenic of the temples – Ta Prohm. It stands out amidst giant fig trees and other gigantic creepers ensconcing the stone foundations of the structure. An amazing showcase of architecture melding with nature, this is one of the scenic spots featured in the Tomb Raider movie. Also worth exploring are the many galleries with columns, pavilions, courtyards and ponds that give

How to Travel Around the World Safely

Nowadays, many people love to travel to different countries to experience new things, meet new people and just to experiences the cultures of the places that they visit. It is such a great adventure when we travel to a country that we never see or visit before and enjoy the different ambiances that we may not get in our home countries; get some relaxing massage surrounded by the beauty of Bali’s scenery or have a little adventure on Xintiandi while enjoying the entertainment that this city offers us. What a great moment that we will never forget. To enjoy the trip even more without have to worry of anything, you can easily use some safe traveling tips while you enjoy the holiday in any city on the world:

1. The perfect moment will be more unforgettable when we have someone to share with. Taking some vacations with your beloved ones or people that have close relationship with you will make the holiday even more fun than doing the traveling alone. While walking around the city, it is recommended that you keep on walking on the main street and have companion with you especially during night traveling.

Health and Vaccination Information for Travel to Cambodia

From the architectural wonders of the Angkor Wat temple complex to the white sand beaches of Sihanoukville, at the heart of Southeast Asia, Cambodia has become an increasingly popular tourist destination, its affordable travel deals making this exotic destination accessible to a wide range of travelers. But exposure to such diverse nature and geography involves some health risks as well, and travelers who are thinking about a trip to Cambodia should be sure to consider the proper vaccinations, antimalarial treatment, and other health precautions beforehand, to ensure their trip is a safe and enjoyable one.

The Center for Disease Control recommends that travelers to Cambodia be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B and typhoid. Those who plan to spend a lot of time participating in outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, or working with animals, should also obtain a rabies shot. And for travelers who plan to visit rural or farming areas, or in periods of increased disease prevalence, the vaccine against Japanese encephalitis is also recommended. Before any trip abroad, travelers should check that their routine vaccinations against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and polio are current. This is particularly true with regard to the

Cambodia Tours Don’t Have to Be Endless Comparisons to Thailand

One of the best and worst things to happen to Cambodia’s tourism industry is the fact that people often compare it to Thailand. The endless comparisons benefits Cambodia in some way because, for the most part, Cambodia is a better price value compared to Thailand. Also, the former Khmer Kingdom is relatively unspoiled and pristine compared to highly commercialized and tourist-saturated Thailand. With that said, Cambodia often gets the short end of the stick when people compare it with its more popular neighbor. That is the reality of life-you always get compared to those closest to you. Cambodia is no exception. It has less infrastructure than Thailand. Its tourism industry, and related accommodations, is not as developed as Thailand’s. And so on down the line. In fact, in the eyes of some people, Cambodia’s list of negatives is longer than Thailand’s. However, to take such comparisons to their logical extremes would be to truly miss the point about Cambodia.

Comparisons are useful… up to a point

There are no two ways about it-comparisons can be useful. They help us size things up fairly quickly. They help us quickly zero in on certain elements something has when

Indonesia Visa Requirements Indonesia Travel Requirements

Indonesia requires an Indonesia visa to travel the exotic Indonesia lands. You can get the visa at your Indonesia embassy in your country or there is a visa on arrival option. Indonesia has several different Indonesia visa to fit your stay. Kitas are different they are for those staying longer than 60 days and is usually initiated by an Indonesian citizen or company. Recently, a retirement kitas has been added.

Indonesia Visa on Arrival:

Indonesia visa on arrival is for the indonesia tourist planning to stay less than 30 days, the visa on arrival it is non extendable and expires when you leave the country.

o visa on arrival can be purchased at Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, Medan, Padang, Pekanbaru, Manado, Biak, Ambon, Balikpapan, Pontianak, Kupang, Batam, and South Sumatra airports.

o Visa on arrival is also available at a limited number of seaports, including the Batam and Bintan ferry terminals near Singapore

o visa on arrival allows travel to different islands in Indonesia

o There are four regions in Indonesia that the foreign national is not allowed to visit without special written permission and approval; Maluku, Poso, and Irian Jaya/West Papua.

The Cheapest Awesome Places to Travel

International travel doesn’t need to be expensive. In fact, if you pick your destination properly you’ll be able to live at a much higher standard of living than you can Stateside without spending any more money than you’d shell out for an average weekend of forgettable nonsense at your usual low-rent haunts.

If you’re in the mood for some low-cost travelling that won’t leave you broke, consider the following awesome cheap places to visit.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin has held the title as Europe’s premier low-cost capital for nearly two decades now. Despite being the capital city of the world’s third largest industrial power, the fall of the wall back in the late 1980’s set the stage for an affordable international party hub. During Berlin’s half-century of schism the Soviets just couldn’t stop building unnecessary new neighborhoods and utility buildings in the East and that means to this day East Berlin continues to stretch out in a nearly endless sprawl of city blocks slowly being transformed by artists, immigrants, and anyone with a dream and a lack of capital to make it happen elsewhere. Cheap housing = cheap everything, and it’s easy to have a truly

How to Thailand Holiday Packages Tips

Thailand, island nation located in the south east of Asia. Thailand is a country rich in culture and natural beauty. It has been hallowed with liberal natural parks, productive plains, isolated jungles, beaches washed by turquoise waters and humid islands bathed in endless sunshine. The country has more visible historical indication of its past cultures than any other country in Southeast Asian. Its history is very composite, involving the incursion of many different peoples, the rule of different kings, the concern of various kingdoms and the interaction of dissimilar cultures. Thailand is known for its prominent hospitality, sacred temple, and breathtaking natural beauty.

Thailand offers something for all type of travelers. Thailand’s restrictions stretch to adjacent regions of Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Gulf of Thailand and the Indian Ocean. You plan to visit Thailand between July and November; the weather can be awkwardly for you. Around July and November, it will be rainy season in Thailand. The weather is at its best from February to March. It is perfect time to go to the beaches. Places of tourist significance in Thailand include Phuket, Koh Samui, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Koh Chang and Koh

Successful Travel Photography

Travel photography is quite different from other photographic endeavors especially if you plan to make a living from it.

Most successful travel photographers are writers as well. Actually in the print world, you can’t separate words from pictures. They complement each other.

What the picture can’t show, the words explain in greater detail. So it’s no surprise that some travel articles are sometimes from husband and wife teams.

That’s the perfect job for couples. Think exotic locations, the love of your life with you and endless adventures together.

My biggest problem with travel photography is that a lot of the imagery you see have been so photographed that they’re the equivalent of visual clichés. What comes to mind when you think of China? Great Wall of China, or the Forbidden City in Beijing? Egypt? The Great Pyramids. India… the Taj Mahal. Indonesia…Borobodur. Cambodia…Angkor Wat.

As in most printed media, the pictures tend to be more important than the words. A visually striking image will draw a casual browser of publication into reading an article even if the headline is not well-written.

A great selection of pictures of one destination can save

Tips For Visiting Ankor Wat

Most people who take a Cambodia vacation will visit Ankor Historical Park. Ankor Wat and the surrounding temples are best visited at sunrise and in the early morning and late in the afternoon towards sunset. There are two reasons for this, the light creates a completely different atmosphere, and it is not so hot. Break up your day and avoid the heat of the sun. Your pass will be valid for as many visits as you wish to make – so get up early, and see the sites of Ankor before it gets to hot. Then, mid to late morning, come back to your hotel in Siem Riep and relax in the heat of the day. Later on, when the weather cools down, go back to the temples for sunset.

Take your time – if you decide to rent a bicycle (pedal or electric), this is one of the nicest ways to see the temples, and it gives you independence but if you are not used to riding in hot environments it may be a bit tough.

Just about everyone in Siem Riep is a “guide”. Moto dops (motorbike taxis) will often tell you they

The Most Magnificent Temple of Cambodia

I suppose if you were to pick two places to visit in Cambodia in hope of grasping a bit of what its about they would be the two we visited: the capital Phnom Penh and arguably the most amazing ruins on the planet, the temples of Angkor Wat.

Lose yourself in the magnificence of a lost civilization. Angkor is the heart and soul of Cambodia, a place of extravagant beauty and the perfect fusion of creative ambition and spiritual devotion.

Angkor Wat is the most famous temple ground in the entire Angkor plain. It was built by King Suryavarman II in the middle of the 12th century over a period of about 30 years. Like many other Khmer temples, Angkor Wat was built as architectural allegory of the Hindu religion. The central tower stands for Mount Meru, the center of the universe according to Hindu mythology; the top of Mount Meru is considered the home of the gods.

The temple ground is surrounded by a wall and a moat, not only for demarcation purposes, but also because in Hindu mythology Mount Meru is surrounded by other mountain ranges and oceans.

The main entryway to

My Next Top 10 Travel Tips

Earlier, I wrote my Top 10 Travel Tips. I had a number of people offer suggestions, so I thought it was time to write the next Top 10 Travel Tips.

Hope these are helpful!

1. This one is from a friend. Pack with travel cubes – or any other type of bag within a bag. This helps keep clothes organized and when security rifles through everything, “things” won’t go flying.

2. Wear shoes that slip on and off easily to the airport – I like Dansko.

3. Drink a glass of water every hour (when the water is safe).

4. This one if from friend…and a little gross. Put a little Vaseline in your nostrils and a just a little in the corners of your eyes – you get less dry. I tried it and it works!

5. When making decisions about activities, ask yourself how you’d feel 5 or 10 years from now about each decision. Do I go to the museum or do the boat tour? Do I have a fancy dinner or go to a play? Spend an extra day in Paris or see the countryside? Lie at the

Biking Travel Guides, Biking Travel Tips, Adventure Travel Guidesin Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia

Did it begin with the Buffalo Soldiers, a turn-of-the-century infantry who customized bicycles to carry gear over rough terrain? It was August 1896, the riders, black enlisted men and a white lieutenant, rode from Missoula, Montana, to Yellowstone and back, an arduous 800 miles. Their mission: to test the bicycle for military use in mountainous terrain.

Or was it the Velo Cross Club Parisian (VCCP) of France? Comprised of about 20 young bicyclists from the outskirts of Paris, who between 1951 and 1956, they developed a sport that was remarkably akin to present-day mountain biking. These riders juiced up their French 650-B bikes with an extraordinary degree of technical sophistication.

Maybe it was John Finley Scott who was probably the first mountain bike enthusiast in the United States. In 1953 he built what he called a “Woodsie Bike”, using a Schwinn World diamond frame, balloon tires, flat handlebars, derailleur gears, and cantilever brakes. John was more than twenty years ahead of his time, and while he remained an off-road cycling enthusiast, at the time there were not many others who shared his passion.

We believed that the inception of mountain biking needed to be a

4 Tips to Travel Safely in Cambodia

Once listed as one of the most dangerous places on Earth to visit, Cambodia has stabilised to the point that it is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in south-east Asia. In fact, in the early part of this century it was almost impossible to obtain travel insurance of any kind, but now things have changed dramatically.

Travelling to any destination in Southeast Asia exposes you to some dangers, but no more than you would expect when travelling anywhere else. It is just as dangerous in some American and European cities at night as it is anywhere in Cambodia. The point is, with a little common sense a trip to Cambodia will be a rich and rewarding experience and will provide you with many a tale to tell your friends on your return.

But just to be safe, here are some timely safety tips for you to follow when you visit Cambodia.

Regional violence. There are occasional incidences of border tension with surrounding countries, particularly Thailand. Although violence is rare most countries maintain a strong military presence so you should check local media outlets for reports of danger spots.

Scams. Some tourists

3 Things You Should Know About Water Travel in Cambodia

Cambodia offers tourists the unprecedented opportunity to travel its extensive waterways to obtain a unique view of this emerging tourist behemoth. With rivers stretching from the North East to the south and extending to the east via a network of rivers and lakes, water wise tourists can plan and exciting trip. But for you start making detailed plans, it is important that you make sure that your travel insurance plan will cover any health problems that may arise.

That is not to say that Cambodia is a dangerous destination, it is just common sense to make sure that when travelling on all land of limited health resources that you have the peace of mind you need to undertake a journey into some remote locations.

So, with the formalities out of the way let’s take a look at some of the things you should know about water travel in Cambodia.

  • Ferries. Government run ferries operate between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, a journey which takes around five hours. This is a popular trip was tourists as Siem Reap is close to Angkor Wat, probably the most popular tourist destination in all Cambodia. At various times of

Cambodia Weather

Are you planning a trip to Cambodia, but are not sure what time of year offers the best weather for your trip? You’re not alone. Trying to figure out the weather patterns in Cambodia and neighbouring countries tends to be one of the most common questions asked by travellers planning their Cambodia holiday.

The weather in Cambodia can best be described as tropical. Depending on which area of Cambodia you’re planning to travel to, there are large differences in temperature and the amount of precipitation. The average daily temperature is 27° degrees Celsius.

Generally speaking, the best time of the year to travel to Cambodia is from October through to March, which is the dry season, when temperatures are more moderate. In April, Cambodia’s weather can easily reach temperatures of 40°C, and travelling through the country in these temperatures can be uncomfortable!

The rainy season runs from mid June until mid October, when the south-western monsoon causes heavy rains almost daily from June until October, usually during late afternoon or evening. The heavy rains don’t need to ruin your day, however, as the afternoon showers can often refresh the air and bring the temperature down.

8 Must See Temples in the Angkor Achaeological Park, SIem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor which means “great city” was the capital of the Khmer Empire, an empire that once flourished and had a stronghold over Southeast Asia. The ruins of the ancient city can be found in the province of Siem Reap, Cambodia. The site has become a major tourist attraction because of several breathtaking temples within what is now the Angkor Archaeological Park. Some of the structures date back to the 9th century. Below are the most popular and most touristy temples in the park:

The Angkor Wat

The Angkor Wat is the grand attraction of the Angkor Archaeological Park. It was constructed in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II in honor of the Hindu God “Vishnu,” known as “the preserver.” During that period, Hinduism was the country’s main religion. Etched on the walls of the temple corridors are intricate images of deities and inscriptions from Hindu literature. One of this is the “Churning of the ocean of milk,” a story that appears in the Mahabharata. It tells of the Devas and Asuras, enemy forces that are compelled to work together with the aid of the god Vishnu in a pursuit for “Amrita,” which was believed to

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