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Month: February 2014

Ingenious bamboo trains in Battambang , Cambodia

Ingenious bamboo trains in Battambang , Cambodia

One of my spontaneous, on-the-fly decision when in Cambodia was to visit a small river-side town called Battambang, around 5 hours journey from Siem Reap.  I will highly recommend Battambang to anyone who wants to experience a real slice of the rural Cambodia. Considerably less touristic than Siem Reap (which is literally flooding with tourists in every nook and corner), quieter and beautiful in a subtle way – Battambang was absolutely the right way to finish my 7 day Cambodia…

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On being an Indian girl and traveling solo

On being an Indian girl and traveling solo

When I first took the decision to go ahead with my travel plans to Cambodia, even when I couldn’t find suitable travel companions, I spent hours and hours reading about solo traveling. I found great advice from various stellar travelers but almost all of them were westerners. There are just so many blogs narrating the stories of girls from the west traveling the world solo! But I could hardly find any Indian women among them. And rightfully so! A girl…

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Cambodia Vs India, is it similar or not?

Cambodia Vs India, is it similar or not?

When I was in Cambodia and ever since I got back, a number of curious souls have asked me whether Cambodia is the same as India. The question isn’t flawed since many ancient Cambodian kings were of Indian origin and you can see Indian influence spread across Cambodian architecture and traditions. Plus, you don’t have a lot of Indians around here for people to really “know” about India, so naturally I become a scapegoat and had to answer this question…

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

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…

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The floating world of Chong Khneas

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…

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