Travelling And Eating Around Phnom Penh, Cambodia Attractions – Part V

Travelling And Eating Around Phnom Penh, Cambodia Attractions – Part IV

Phnom Penh Attractions

Wat Phnom (Wat Phnom Daun Penh)
Wat Phnom, the namesake and symbol of the capital city of Phnom Penh, sets prominently atop an artificial 27 meter hill (or ‘Phnom’) in the northeastern section of the city. Legend has it that Daun Penh, a wealthy widow, retrieved a large koki tree trunk from the river. She had hoped to use it for a house, but inside a hollow of the trunk, she found four statues of the Buddha. She then ordered for a section of her property to be elevated for a small shrine to be erected to revere the statues. This became a sacred site and people started to settle around the hill; eventually, this became the city it now is. It is here that the city gets its name: ‘Phnom’ means hill in Khmer and ‘Penh’ is of course the name of the lady.

Royal Palace
The Royal Palace of Cambodia is a complex of buildings, even though it is generally understood to be the royal abode of the King of Cambodia. The compound was the citadel of King Ponhea Yat (1393-1463) and rebuilt to its present state in 1886, when King Norodom (1834-1904) relocated the royal capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh. The buildings with beautiful towering spires are a great example of classic Khmer architecture found in Cambodia today.

Along with numerous other interesting buildings, within the 183,135 square meters (421m x 435m) compound is The Khemarin Palace, also known as Prasat Khemarin or the “Palace of the Khmer King.” This is officially the residence of His Majesty, King Norodom Sihamoni.

Silver Pagoda
The Silver Pagoda, also known as the Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morokat (the Emerald Pagoda) to Cambodians, lies within the grounds of the Royal Palace, which is situated near the banks of the Mighty Mekong.

Originally a wooden structure, the palace was initially constructed in 1892 during the reign of King Norodom, but rebuilt to its present grandeur by King Norodom Sihanouk in 1962. The king spared no effort to make this a true embodiment of brilliant Khmer art. More than 5300 pcs of 1.125 kilo silver tiles are used to cover the floor of the Silver Pagoda, and the silver pieces collectively weigh over six tons.

National Museum
The National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh is the country’s leading historical and archaeological museum. It was officially inaugurated by King Sisowat in 1920.

Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach)
Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach) built in 1958 as a memorial to Cambodia’s war dead and to celebrate independence from foreign rule, the monument stands majestically on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the centre of the city. It is designed by the influential Cambodian modern architect Vann Molyvann in the form of a lotus-shaped stupa in the same style seen at the great Khmer temple at Angkor Wat and other Khmer historical sites.

Phsar Thmey (Central Market)
Phsar Thmey, also known as Central Market, is a unique colonial style building constructed in 1937. The location where the Central Market now sits was once a swamp area and occupied by a lake known as Beng Decho. Today, this beautiful market has become a prominent landmark in Phnom Penh. In the Khmer language, Phsar Thmey literally means ‘New Market’.

More reading at: http://www.tourismcambodia.org/provincial_guide/index.php?view=attraction&prv=15

Phuket, Thailand Travel Guide – Must-See Attractions

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Phuket is an island off the south-west coast of Thailand in Asia.
The most important places to visit in Phuket are: Phang Nga Bay, Old Phuket Town, Bangla Road Nightlife, Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples, Big Buddha, Phi Phi Island and many more.
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A little vlog I made from my family’s trip to Bangkok back in January. Good times.
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2. Chromeo – Bonafied’ Lovin (RAC Mix)

3. Capital Cities – Holiday (Madonna Cover)

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Things to do in Chiang Mai Thailand | Top Attractions Travel Guide

Things to do in Chiang Mai Thailand | Top Attractions Travel Guide

When deciding on a base in Southeast Asia we carefully thought about where to go. Soon it became a no brainer that Chiang Mai would be the perfect fit. Considering how affordable it is to live there in tandem with the amazing dining options certainly won us offer. Moreover, the Chiang Mai offers numerous top attractions and things to do. In our latest travel guide we attempt to highlight as many of our favorite attractions in Chiang Mai as possible:

1) Chiang Mai is famous for its night markets. We suggest starting off at the Sunday Night Market which is best explored from Thapea Gate. From handicrafts to silverware and from souvenirs to silks, you’ll shop until you drop. In my opinion, an even better thing to do at the market is to indulge in as much Thai street food as possible.

2) Elephant tourism runs rampant in and around Chiang Mai. Unfortunately, the well being of the elephants is rarely a consideration. Visiting the Elephant Nature Park, known as an elephant sanctuary and rehabilitation center, is somewhere you can go to interact with elephants knowing full well they are being taken care of and not exploited. A trip to the park is a memorable experience that is both incredibly fun and extremely education.

3) From the roof of our apartment building we had often had unobstructed views of Doi Suthep. It was only a matter of time before we decide to take a Songthaew up to explore it on foot. Although it is very touristy, it is still well worth a visit – especially for the views of Chiang Mai!

4) Few cuisines are more famous around the world than Thai food. While you’re in Chiang Mai be sure to take a cooking class to learn how to make all of your favorite Thai dishes. An even better idea is to go to the countryside where you can have a more authentic and rural cooking experience.

5) Although I love the Sunday Night Market my favorite night market in Chiang Mai happens on Saturday. Possibly because it is only a stone throw away from where we lived in Chiang Mai, I just enjoyed wandering through the maze of people and shops to eat as much Thai street food as possible.

6) You can’t visit Chiang Mai without trying its most famous Northern Thai dish – Khao Soi. Crispy and soft noodles float around in a coconut milk base with various vegetables. It’s delicious and one of the cheapest meal options in the city!

7) When you have time – and a friend to go with – reserve a table at a restaurant that specializes in Khantoke sets. Served with sticky rice and a plethora of small dishes you’ll get a real sense of what Northern Thai food is all about.

8) Wander around the neighborhoods outside of the city center. A big part of why Chiang Mai is so charming has to do with its various neighborhoods. Get off the beaten path and just go explore around. Here we show you our neighborhood, which is not far from Chiang Mai South Gate.

เมื่อตัดสินใจ บนฐาน ใน เอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้อย่างเรา คิดเกี่ยวกับ ที่ที่จะไป เร็ว ๆ นี้ มันจะกลายเป็น เกมง่ายๆ ที่ เชียงใหม่ จะ เป็นแบบที่ สมบูรณ์แบบ พิจารณา วิธีการที่เหมาะสม ก็คือการ อาศัยอยู่ที่นั่น ควบคู่กับ การเลือกรับประทานอาหาร ที่น่าตื่นตาตื่นใจ อย่างแน่นอนเรา ได้รับรางวัล นำเสนอ นอกจากนี้เชียงใหม่ มีสถานที่ท่องเที่ยว ชั้นนำของ จำนวนมาก และกิจกรรมน่าสนใจ ใน คู่มือ การท่องเที่ยว ใหม่ล่าสุดของเรา เราพยายามที่จะ เน้น เป็นจำนวนมากของ สถานที่ท่องเที่ยวที่ ชื่นชอบของเรา ในจังหวัดเชียงใหม่ ที่เป็นไปได้ :

This is part of our Travel in Thailand series. We’re making a series of videos showcasing Thai culture, Thai arts, Thai foods, Thai religion and Thai people.

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30 Things to do in Thailand Travel Guide, Top Attractions & Thai Street Food

During our time backpacking and traveling around Asia we spent more time in Thailand than any other country in SE Asia and for good reason. Unlike most tourists who visit Thailand, we decided to skip most of the beaches located in the southern regions of the country and instead focus most of our time in Northern Thailand. Chiang Mai, our home away from home, became our base for several months and by the time we left we promised ourselves we’d return again in the near future. What makes Chiang Mai such a great base for foreigners? Firstly, it’s cheap. You can find high quality serviced apartments for under 0 (some are less than 0) that offer modern amenities and are in located in close proximity to the old square of the city. Secondly, the food – both Thai and International – offers as much diverse selection as any city I’ve ever visited. If you want to gormandize on authentic Thai delights you’ll have no shortage of options ranging from Thai street food to high class Thai restaurants. For the culture vulture, no shortage of opportunities exist to explore temples such as Doi Suthep, markets such as the Saturday night market or interact with animals such as at the Elephant Nature Park. When you get tired of Chiang Mai, the sleepy hillside town of Pai awaits where the pace is slower and you feel more like you’re out in the countryside. Whether you love it or hate it, most journeys in Thailand begin and end in Bangkok. This steamy chaotic city offers some incredible temples to explore (such as Wat Arun and the Temple of the Mount) along with great shopping and nightlife. The following is a top attractions travel guide offering a snapshot of the best things to do in Thailand during your next vacation to Land of Smiles:

30 Things to do in Thailand Travel Guide and Top Attractions Travel Video Playlist:

1) Elephant Nature Park Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
2) Pai, Thailand Travel Guide and Things to Do (ปาย)
3) Wat Arun (วัดอรุณ)
4) Eating Thai street food at the Chiang Mai Saturday Night Market Walking Street on Wua Lai Road
5) Eating delicious Khao Soi (Northern Thai Noodles: ข้าวซอย) at a restaurant in Chiang Mai Thailand
6) Learning How To Cook Thai Food at an organic Thai cooking school in Chiang Mai, Thailand
7) Visiting Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market to Eat Thai Street Food and to shop for Thai Souvenirs
8) Bangkok Water Taxi Boat Ride along a canal nearby Chao Phraya River to visit Wat Saket Temple
9) Our Neighborhood in Chiang Mai, Thailand | A tour of some Thai Buddhist temples, Thai homes and dogs
10) Thai Visa run border crossing from Mae Sai, Thailand to Tachilek, Myanmar (Burma) Travel Video
11) Eating the best Pad Thai ever (ผัดไทย) at Chang Chalaad Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand
12) Eating the best Pad Thai ever (ผัดไทย) at Chang Chalaad Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand
13) Feasting on Thai street food at the Chiang Mai Saturday Night Market | Thailand Travel Video
14) Riding our bicycles down the street during a flash flood in Chiang Mai, Thailand Travel Video
15) Visiting Wat Saket (The Golden Mount Temple) on a Buddhist holiday in Bangkok Thailand
16) Eating Northern Thai Cuisine Khantoke Set Feast (ขันโตก) for dinner in Chiang Mai, Thailand
17) Train Ride in Thailand from Chiang Mai to Bangkok Travel Video: Thai Railways การรถไฟแห่งประเทศไทย
18) Eating Korean Food in Thailand | Delicious Korean Meal (김치전 & 군만두) at the Korea House in Chiang Mai
19) Eating Mango Sticky Rice Thai Dessert (Khao Niaow Ma Muang: ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง) in Chiang Mai
20) Eating Thai Banana Pancakes Roti in Chiang Mai, Thailand | Thai Street Food Travel Video
21) Eating Thai Yellow Noodle Dumpling Soup at Chiang Mai Gate, Thailand | Thai Street Food Series
22) Flying from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, Thailand in first class (business class) with Thai Airways
23) Train Ride in Thailand from Bangkok to Chiang Mai including a word association game
24) Visiting Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand (วัดพระธาตุดอยสุเทพ)
25) Eating Thai Vegetarian Food at Pun Pun Restaurant at Wat Suan Dok in Chiang Mai, Thailand
26) Shopping at Thai Shopping Mall MBK (Mahboonkrong Center มาบุญครอง) in Bangkok, Thailand
27) Eating lunch at Salad Concept – a vegetarian friendly restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand
28) Tuk-Tuk Auto Rickshaw ride in Bangkok, Thailand with an update about our upcoming travel plans
29) Train journey from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, Thailand Time-Lapse Sequence Travel Video
30) Shopping For Thai Souvenirs in Chiang Mai

Music by Kevin Mcleod under a creative commons attribution license. All photo & video by Samuel Jeffery & Audrey Bergner:

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Things to do in Cambodia | Top Attractions Travel Guide

Things to do in Cambodia | Top Attractions Travel Guide

Few countries have left more of an impression upon me than Cambodia. I’ve now visited four times and each and every time I had a completely different experience. I learned what I loved and what I disliked about the country. In particular, I became fond of cities such as Siem Reap and Battambang whereas I found Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville to be less appealing. The shining star attraction I could never get enough of was the Temples of Angkor. Cambodia is a country with a tragic past; however, the future appears to be brighter as it becomes more frequented by tourists every year.

The following is a list of the top things to do while traveling in Cambodia with an emphasis on the top attractions in this travel guide:

1) Angkor Wat! Visiting Cambodia and not going to Angkor Wat is the equivalent of a traveler going to Peru and not checking out Machu Picchu. As the largest religious structure in the world you’ll be amazed at it sheer size!

2) One of the more quirky attractions in Cambodia is the Bamboo Train in Battambang. For a small fee you can hop on a bamboo platform and race across rickety old rail tracks. With the wind in your hair you might – once or twice – wonder about the safety of the experience.

3) Khmer cuisine is delightfully delicious and learning how to make it is surprisingly affordable compared to the costs of cooking classes in many neighboring countries. We tried our hand at making Amok, a fish in a coconut curry base, and Lok Lak, tender beef strips in a thick sauce.

4) Trying traditional Cambodian food. We had a big platter of different Khmer delights in the heart of Siem Reap. It’s worth it just to dig right in and enjoy!

5) To learn more about the tragic history of Cambodia a visit to Choeung Ek, also known as the Killing Fields, is a must. The brutal Khmer Rouge regime executed 1 in 4 of its population with many being tortured and killed here – eventually being discarded in mass graves.

6) To enjoy Khmer arts and performances I’d highly recommend a traditional Apsara show. The performance consists of several parts including a folk dance, folk music and mime.

7) Want to feel happy inside? How about trying a happy pizza in Siem Reap? Not long ago, these special Khmer pizzas featured marijuana as a topping. Nowadays, it is just spices and herbs. A pizza pie won’t cost you a fortune and it certainly tastes good.

8) In Phnom Penh, one of the main tourist attractions is the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum formerly known as S-21. What was once a primary school became converted into a detention, interrogation and torture center for the Khmer Rouge. An estimated 20,000 died here between 1975 and 1978. The evil man behind all of this was Pol Pot.

10) One of my favorite temples, aside from Angkor Wat, is Bayon located in Angkor Thom. At these ruins, you’ll notice many cold faces that offer a hint of a smile. If you’re good at counting try to spot the 216 faces that exist!

11) The local circus in Battambang supports a great cause while offering an entertaining show. Run by an NGO helping out disadvantaged children the performances are spectacular. What was great to hear is that some of the most talented performances have won scholarships to study abroad – truly a chance of a lifetime for them.

12) If you must have beach time I suppose you could consider Sihanoukville. I would not suggest Serendipity beach however – it’s an absolute dump filled with garbage on the beach and sleazy behavior in the town.

13) If you wake up early enough and head straight to Banteay Srei you may just have the entire temple to yourself. That’s exactly what happened to us as we were the first to arrive.

14) While visiting the temples of Angkor chances are you’ll hear traditional Khmer music. Many of the performers playing traditional Cambodian music are landmine victims.

15) Have you ever watched the movie Tomb Raider before? If you have you’ll notice Ta Prohm. This is where nature dominates architecture.

16) Taking a bus in Cambodia is never dull. Just look outside of your window and you’ll be treated to stunning scenery and automobiles that don’t exist elsewhere.

17) When visiting Cambodia be sure to check out the rural countryside. We took a countryside tour of Battambang where we got to see how certain foods are prepared and we even got to try eating insects! They tasted yummy!

That concludes our travel guide to Cambodia. Do you think we covered most of the best things to do? What would you recommend to others that wasn’t included on our list?

This is part of our Travel in Cambodia series. We’re making a series of videos showcasing Khmer culture, Khmer arts, Khmer foods, Khmer religion and Khmer people.

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Cambodia Vacation Travel Video Guide

Travel video about destination Cambodia.
The kingdom of Cambodia is one of three nations within Indochina. A fertile country with a friendly population that appears to have forgotten its recent dramatic history that comprised French colonial times, Vietnamese occupation and the cruel rule of the Khmer Rouge.The former palaces of the gods have now been transformed into tourist attractions and regal splendour and shining pagodas indicate that a new era has begun. Phnom Penh is the reawakened capital of Cambodia and former Land of the Khmer. It is a wonderful city with all the charm of a bygone age. During the second half of the nineteenth century Phnom Penh became a French colonial town with wide streets, shops, government buildings, hotels and villas all in colonial style. Within its park-like surroundings the Temple Of The Blooming Lotus Blossom features perfect harmony with nature. The Temples of Angkor are the remains of various religious buildings that were built by more then ten kings of the Khmer realm between the seventh and sixteenth centuries A.D. The Ta Prohm Monastery was built in 1186 in honour of the king’s mother and was the centre of the health care for the entire country. Twenty kilometres north east of Angkor Thom are the remains of the ancient sanctuary of Bantey Srei, also known as, The Women’s Citadel. To many visitors to Cambodia this unique and atmospheric temple site is the most impressive of all the country’s historic monuments. Cambodia is a country that is slowly awakening with a population that is willing to forget its past and look optimistically into a bright new future. After thirty years of strife and deprivation this south Asian jungle realm is today a fine tourist destination that is friendly, natural and unspoiled.
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Things to do in Laos Travel Guide, Top Attractions and Lao Cuisine

When you get tired of the often hectic pace of traveling in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, the sleepy alternative of Laos awaits. With a slower pace of life and a rich culture, Laos offers a lot to potential visitors in terms of its attractions and cuisine. If you have to ask me to pick only one city in SE Asia that I could ever visit again it would be a close call between Chiang Mai, Thailand and Luang Prabang, Laos. Having visited the city several times before, I convinced Audrey – who was visiting for the first time – to stay for several weeks for an opportunity to relax and really appreciate all that the city has to offer. We spent our time exploring local temples such as Wat Xieng Thong, climbing hills such as Mount Phou si for great views of the city, visiting the night market, gormandizing on local Lao cuisine and learning how to cook Lao food. What really won us over though is the lack of street traffic, slower pace of life and charming colonial architecture. It’s a city where you’ll want to linger for days on end and if we decided to return to SE Asia – in the near future – it is a potential base for us. After reluctantly leaving Luang Prabang, we ended up in the capital city of Vientiane after taking the overnight bus. Although Vientiane, has a bit of a bum rap (some have called it the most boring capital city in Asia) we happen to think it’s a decent stopover for a couple of nights. You can spend your days exploring museums and temples and your nights cooling off along the Mekong River (where you’ll notice locals exercising and relaxing) before grabbing tasty intentional cuisine. The following is a top attractions travel guide offering a snapshot of the best things to do in Laos during your next vacation to the most chilled out country in SE Asia.

Things to do in Laos Travel Guide, Top Attractions and Lao Cuisine travel video playlist:

1) Things to do in Luang Prabang Laos | Top Attractions Travel Guide
2) Our first impressions of Vientiane, Laos
3) Eating Lao Food and Lao Cuisine for lunch at Tamarind Restaurant in Luang Prabang, Laos
4) Learning How To Cook Lao Food at Tamarind Lao Cuisine cooking school in Luang Prabang, Laos
5) Slow Boat to Luang Prabang cruising down the Mekong river three day tour from Thailand to Laos

This is part of our Travel in Laos series. We’re making a series of videos showcasing Lao culture, Lao arts, Lao foods, Lao religion and Lao people.

Proudly presented by: http://nomadicsamuel.com & http://thatbackpacker.com

All photos and video taken by Samuel Jeffery (Nomadic Samuel) and Audrey Bergner (That Backpacker).

This video features music from Kevin Macleod available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Commercial license.

ສິ່ງທີ່ຄວນເຮັດໃນລາວການເດີນທາງ Guide, ການລົງທຶນທາງເທີງແລະລາວ Cuisine ເດີນທາງ playlist ວິດີໂອ:

1) ສິ່ງທີ່ຈະເຮັດຢູ່ໃນແຂວງຫຼວງພະບາງລາວ | ທາງເທີງການລົງທຶນການເດີນທາງ Guide
2) ການປະທັບໃຈຄັ້ງທໍາອິດຂອງພວກເຮົາຂອງລາວ
3) ການກິນອາຫານລາວແລະ Lao Cuisine ສໍາລັບອາຫານທ່ຽງຢູ່ຮ້ານອາຫານ Tamarind ໃນແຂວງຫລວງພະບາງ, ລາວ
4) ການຮຽນຮູ້ວິທີການແຕ່ງກິນອາຫານລາວຢູ່ໃນໂຮງຮຽນປຸງແຕ່ງອາຫານ Tamarind Lao Cuisine ໃນແຂວງຫລວງພະບາງ, ລາວ
5) ຊ້າເຮືອກັບແຂວງຫຼວງພະບາງ cruising ລົງການທ່ອງທ່ຽວແມ່ນ້ໍາຂອງມື້ແມ່ນ້ໍາສາມຈາກປະເທດໄທກັບລາວ

ນີ້ແມ່ນສ່ວນຫນຶ່ງຂອງການເດີນທາງໃນໄລຍະລາວຂອງພວກເຮົາ. ພວກເຮົາກໍາລັງເຮັດໃຫ້ໄລຍະການຂອງວິດີໂອ showcasing ວັດທະນະທໍາລາວ, ສິລະປະລາວ, ອາຫານລາວ, ສາສະຫນາລາວແລະປະຊາຊົນລາວ.

I can’t exactly say I’m the travel expert but I am a fellow backpacker who went to Laos and this is what I found out!

Recommendations!
http://www.easygohostel.com/
Easy Go Hostel, Vang Vieng, not exactly the most luxurious place but the friendliest atmosphere! So easy to meet people and really friendly staff. Good location too.

And here is a little bit of the Backpacking Bananas adventure in Laos

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