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Apr 152013

The way Angkor Archaeological Park works is that the whole area – temples, roads, towns, and everything in between – is accessible only by paid admission. You pre-buy a daily ticket, and police are stationed at all the main roads to make sure every non-Cambodian gets it stamped on their way in.

There are however a few exceptions – more remote attractions that require a separate ticket of their own. Yesterday’s visit to Bang Melea was one such exception – so today, my third day of tourism around Siem Reap, actually only counts as day two…
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Apr 112013

On my second day in Angkor I decided to hit some of the farther-off destinations, so I hired a motorbike and driver.

First stop: Beng Mealea.

Beng Mealea is a spectacular sight to behold. It’s one of the most mysterious temples at Angkor, as nature has well and truly run riot. Built to the same floorplan as Angkor Wat, exploring this titanic of temples is Angkor’s ultimate Indiana Jones experience.

Now that sounds like a “must see” if I’ve ever heard of one!
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Apr 092013

As I’m sure you’re well aware, I’ve been really struggling lately with how to keep blogging manageable. Now that I’m traveling more or less full-time, plus running my plugin business, maintaining US Radar’s core software, and of course keeping up with daily life – fitness, social, etc – there simply aren’t enough hours in a day. So rather than continue to complain while I fall farther and farther behind, I’ve come up with a more concrete solution I’d like to try out.

The thing is, it’s really the writing and proofreading that takes so much time – I’ve already got thousands of photos I could share, but my format of “a column of photos on the left, a narrative on the right” requires that I produce and arrange enough text to fill the space beside each and every one.

So instead, I’m going to try out a more typical gallery-style approach: grids of photos, perhaps split up with little blurbs but documented primarily by captions. Of course this will result in far less detail – I won’t be describing every little encounter or thought – but I’m hoping it’ll prove sufficiently less labor-intensive to allow me to catch up. And stay caught up. Or at least, stay closer to caught up than I’ve been in the past 😛
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Apr 072013

Now that the sun had come out, the rest of my first day at Angkor was nothing short of exceptional. I rode my little granny bike 65 kilometers in all, pedaling, hiking, climbing, and exploring from sunrise clear through till sunset.

Here are my findings of the day:
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