Day 4: Back to Siem Reap

March 23rd, 2007

Photo: Dirtbiking self-photo Photo: Dirtbiking Photo: Dirtbiking Photo: Boring road

On the last day of the trip we stopped by another few Khmer Rouge points of interest before riding back from Anlong Veng to Siem Reap. Aside from one fun section of singletrack through the jungle it was a pretty boring ride so I took a few pictures to liven things up.

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Day 3: The mystery of the mango tree

March 21st, 2007

Photo: Danger!!! Mines!!! Photo: Puppy Photo: Muddy road Photo: Treasure hunt

Last night’s rain made for some muddy riding today — fortunately, just enough to make it fun, not enough to make it tedious or difficult. After breakfast in Thailand we made our way to Anlong Veng, the last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge who controlled the area until they were overthrown in April 1998.

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Day 2: Koh Ker to Prasat Preah Vihear

March 19th, 2007

Photo: Rest stop Photo: Prasat Preah Vihear Photo: Prasat Preah Vihear Photo: Sunset

The second day we rode to Prasat Preah Vihear, a temple-mountain on the Cambodia/Thai border. Obstacles encountered today include a suicidal cow and a notoriously steep and sketchy path up the mountain to the temple.

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Day 1: Siem Reap to Koh Ker

March 18th, 2007

Photo: Precarious arch Photo: Bridge Photo: Chay Soeivibol temple Photo: Gerald and flag

The first day of my 4-day dirtbiking trip we rode about 160 km, from Siem Reap to Koh Ker, stopping at a bunch of great deserted temples. A few times today we did some stretches of really fun singletrack that I loved, and no big wipeouts!

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Dirtbiking with Hidden Cambodia

March 13th, 2007

Photo: Gerald and Lis Photo: Beng Mealea Photo: Breakfast stop Photo: Beng Mealea

I have been taking up tons of new sports lately; one that I had never tried before is dirtbiking, so I figured what better place to learn than a country covered in land mines, with no decent hospitals! I’ll just be extra motivated to stay on the bike. And so began my 5 day adventure, dirtbiking around rural Cambodia.

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Sightseeing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

March 12th, 2007

Photo: Royal Palace Photo: Psar Tuol Tom Pong Photo: Royal Palace Photo: Cambodian silk

After getting over my illness I spent a few days exploring Phnom Penh, including the Royal Palace, Russian Market, Tuol Sleng torture museum and the Killing Fields. Aside from those last couple gruesome and depressing places it’s a really nice city.

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Sidetracked by minor illness

March 1st, 2007

When I arrived in Phnom Penh I was all fired up and ready to explore Cambodia and Laos, but shortly after arriving I caught some kind of bug that sapped all my energy and took away my momentum. But I’m over it now.

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Scuba diving, Mabul and Sipadan, Malaysia

February 18th, 2007

Photo: Diver Photo: Nudibranch Photo: Reef and fishes Photo: Necklace Sea Star

I spent a week scuba diving at Mabul, Sipadan, and other islands nearby, some of the best sites in Malaysia. Sipadan is frequently rated one of the top three dive sites in the world, and I can’t disagree with that. Mabul was really cool too.

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Week in Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia

February 9th, 2007

Photo: Pulau Sibuan Photo: Pulau Sibuan Photo: Sea gypsy huts Photo: Pulau Sibuan
(pictures are from Sibuan Island, where I went diving yesterday)

I came to Semporna expecting to dive a few days at Sipadan then continue on to Indonesia or somewhere, but it has turned out to be a great place to work, so I worked most of the week and will spend the next 4 days diving at Sipadan and nearby.

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Thaipusam festival, Batu Caves, Malaysia

February 3rd, 2007

Photo: Lord Murugan statue Photo: Young Hindu devotee Photo: Crowded steps Photo: Pierced back

A couple days ago I went to the annual Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves, just outside Kuala Lumpur. Hindu devotees pierce their tongues, faces and bodies with metal skewers and hooks, and carry milk pots, coconuts, fruit and portable altars called kavadi along a 10 km route from the city and finally up 272 steps to the temple inside the cave complex.

(warning: some of these pictures are not for the squeamish)

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