Category Cambodia, South East Asia

Monday Morning Blues – Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

Happy June everybody. This weeks’ Monday Morning Blues comes from my 2015 visit to Cambodia. The lake pictured surrounded a wonderful small temple called Neak Pean, which we visited as we geared ourselves up for an assault on the main temple sites of Angkor. It also happens to be the lake that features on the […]

Sunday Photo – My Forthcoming 3rd Book

Cambodian Drama I am currently going through the editing process of my latest book, which will be released on Amazon soon. The ebook cover is ready and is this weeks’ Sunday Photo. It is my first foray into fiction writing and it follows an average English couple who unwittingly get mixed up in a terrifying […]

Wordless Wednesday – Buddhist Dragon, Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

Monday Morning Blues – My Fiction Writing Debut

Hi, an unusual Monday Morning Blues from me. I have spent the lockdown writing my first fictional book. Titled ‘Drip By Drip’, it is a drama set primarily in Cambodia with action also taking place in Vietnam, Thailand and England. I am currently editing the book and have drafted a possible ebook cover that you […]

The Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe #3 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh – Population 1.5 million The Cambodian capital is a special place. Synonymous with the suffering of the Khmer Rouge genocide, but also rich in royal history with a stunning palace complex and fine temples. Phnom Penh sits astride the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, both waterways providing the lifeblood of the city. I […]

Sunday Photo 27

Me having recovered from a bout of food poisoning whilst in Siem Reap last October, we decided to forego heading off to more temples on our last day in the region and took a tuk tuk out into the countryside instead. We stopped en route so I could take some photographs of water buffalo and […]

The Environs Of Siem Reap

What to do on last full day in SR when 80% fit? Rush off to Bayon Temple? Visit the floating islands? How about just taking a tuk tuk to no particular place at all? We chose the leisurely latter and were rewarded with some wonderful memories. Mrs Wilbur, a former English teacher, even gave an […]

Ta Prohm

Before I finally succumbed to the dreaded lurgy, I managed to see half of what has become known as the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’. This is the one that became completely swallowed by nature and has been left part entwined with the jungle, as much for preservation as aesthetics. To remove the trees would cause parts […]

There are wonderful sites and then there are parasites…..

For anybody that was wondering why I had fallen silent on my trip, unfortunately I committed the cardinal traveller’s sin of ingesting some pesky parasites. To be honest, they would have probably floored one of the elephants that I will sadly not now get to get close to in Laos, suffice to say I have […]

Angkor Wat

   So did the actual experience live up to the anticipation? Sadly not quite. To use yesterday’s analogy, the animated family of cheetah outweighed the pair of sleeping leopards. Like a kid at Christmas, I had built the visit up to seismic proportions and maybe I had just set the bar too high or maybe […]