war in the clouds: preah vihear

[click for bigger image] Far from the beaten roads of Siem Reap is an interesting yet less popular archeological UNESCO heritage site in Cambodia. The border disputes, proximity and perpetual military presence made this place hidden away from the tourism radar. Preah Vihear is a place,...

siem reap the sequel

Half a decade ago, a hyper-active, overly excited and juvenile version of me first set foot on the rustic town of Siem Reap, the mecca for every small boys who dreamt of becoming Indiana Jones (or maybe Lara Croft). I remember waking up when the aircraft wheels...

Hello Stranger (Part 1): Siem Reap, Cambodia

"the tormented heart doesn't just find happiness, it becomes happiness". ¬umeed merchant. "the ground beneath her feet" by salman rushdie my feet drew me to the sound of rock. and you, i was not so sure. but it must be a constant sadness that made us roam...

crossing the border

The Khmer empire constructed buildings, irrigation system, city structures that were far advanced during it’s time, superior to its neighboring counterparts. The fact that they were able to weave such magnificent framework of technology that world has never seen, not just impeccably made but intricately...

the living ruins (a photo essay)

Knowing locals and immersing in their everyday lives  are the things that we never failed doing whenever we go out on a trip. It's a leaning, enriching and inspiring experience. It makes us feel like toddlers all over again--ignorant and clueless as blank slates. My favorite subject is people,...

Tarantula Canapé, anyone?

The town of Siem Reap is a provincial capital, a concrete oasis sprouted out of the vast land of scattered temples, rice fields and jungle. It has its own international airport and a fair share of first class accommodations. No building is higher than three floors and...

on sadness…

"the tormented heart doesn't just find happiness, it becomes happiness".   ¬umeed merchant. "the ground beneath her feet" by salman rushdie my feet draws me to the sound of rock. and you, i am not so sure. but there must have been a constant sadness that made...

the finesse and the robust

Yes, this is an addendum to what Monette just posted couple of days back. Banteay Srei trully deserves an encore. Unlike other temples in Angkor, Banteay Srei is not within the cluster of structures surrounding Angkor Wat. It is 25 km (15 miles) north-east of the main...

of beauty and drowning

There is such a thing as being lost to reality. A reality spun by ancient dream weavers so that what you see is a reflection of what used to be. Angkor's magic is like such, and we were willing to get lost in its web.  Banteay...