Every travel itinerary in Cambodia must, by all means, contain Siem Reap and the amazing Temples of Angkor. It is yet another UNESCO protected area and for some the most impressive and memorable of all Southeast Asia’s ancient sites. You can tell by the intro that our hopes and expectations were really high regarding this adventure 🙂 We did not even bother ourselves with the typical budget minded question of buying a one day – 37$, 3 day – 62$ and 7 day- $72 pass. We wanted to see it all and spent as much time as possible in this place but did not have quote as much time as a whole week.
Adventure! Why visit Angkor
Well there is many reasons but to us main ones are:
Bucket list experience – who does not have it on their list?
Experience a very magical and spectacular sunrise with most iconic ancient skyline – lotus lake to the front of Angkor Wat is the place to be
It’s home to impressive architecture, some dating as far back as 12th century
It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site – and rightly so as it represents an important part of Khmer Empire history
It’s got some amazing art – you can find almost 2,000 carvings of apsara – celestial female spirits – on its walls, alongside other detailed etchings of Hindu and Buddhist myths. Play an explorer and try to find them all.
It’s easy to get off the beaten track – the whole complex is located on 163 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres) of land. You can cycle around for days and still find new places of interest.
It will leave you amazed and thinking about it for years.
We all have this feeling of longing for the beach once in a while, or if you are anything like me it’s all the time! I love tropical weather, the sand between my toes and turquoise warm clear waters I could just stay in all day long! That is me, dreaming, but for some it’s a daily routine. Ah those lucky people who don’t live in the UK or any cold-ish European country for that matter. I cannot complain though as we have been to some amazing places all over the world and we have seen some many so-called paradise islands and beaches. Would that make me an expert? Hardly say so. I just know what we like and Seychelles (and snorkeling spots in Seychelles) we DEFINITELY liked. Full stop.
Why go to Seychelles
If you have never heard of Seychelles ( I really doubt it but who knows!), it is an archipelago of 115 islands located in the Indian Ocean, off East African coast. They are pretty popular all year round as Seychelles weather is fantastic, they don’t suffer from long monsoons, hurricanes etc. and have warm temperature always stay around 30C and above. With its spectacular marine flora and fauna, the islands rank on the top of the lists for best beach holiday destinations around the world. They are also very well-known for its diving and snorkeling experiences.
We were super excited about the later as it had been ages since our last island hopping experience. Was it better than say snorkel we did in and around Malaysia (#shoutout to Perhentian Islands!!!), Great Barrier Reef or even Red Sea (Love Dahab!)? Sadly not, but I still think it was an amazing experience overall due to the laid back atmosphere of the islands and stunning scenery. I know what you are thinking now – EXPENSIVE! Well, it is definitely not a poor-backpacker friendly place but definitely the trip would be cheaper than Maledives, as in Seychelles you can find some decent budget accommodation.
This country seems to be on everybody’s ‘To Do List’ and to be frank it has a right to be there! It is an amazing culture rich country with varied terrain spanning Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert and Amazon Basin rainforest. Bolivia is also a home to many places with ‘the highest’ next to its name i.e La Paz is world’s highest capital city at 3660m; Potosi is the highest situated town at 4070m; Lake Titicaca is the largest high altitude lake in the world at above 3800m. You should travel Bolivia soon!
If you enter the country from Paraguay, as we did, the winding Andean road offers you the most tremendous views. Majority of it was just a sandy path that had space hardly for one bus not to mention two vehicles so prepare yourself for an adventurous ride. I was ‘lucky’ to sit on the cliff side of the bus and had to hold my breath every time the bus came too close to the edge. It is part of the adventure, right? Would have done it again, though…. if only for the perfect sunset over these mountains.
After touring the country we have this picture of Bolivia in our mind: rough, dry, desert-like terrain with sandy roads and colourful people. Yes, the colourful comes to mind immediately. Surprised? Let us explain why.
Little did we know about Paraguay except for the fact, that it is by far the most unacknowledged by travelers part of South America. Information you find is a little bit confusing as on one hand it is the most secure country in SA and on the other hand Brazilians would swear it is deadly dangerous. I think this coming from them is a big statement haha We spent the most amazing 15 days in Paraguay. You are probably wondering what there is to see? So here is a list of our 5 top things to do in Paraguay!
The bridge linking Brazil and Paraguay is also supposed to be a dangerous place to walk along and we were unsure if we want to cross it by foot or if we should take a bus/taxi. When we got to the Brazilian immigration point we saw trucks full of soldiers, DEA and INTERPOL agents. ‘What the hell is this place?’ – we thought. We asked the woman who was stamping us out if it was ok to walk alongside the bridge and she just looked at all the military around and smiled. Sure it was, at least that day 🙂 Later on we read online that a few days later after our crossing all those agencies made a major bust of the leading drug cartel in a region confiscating 1500kg of cocaine and arresting 20 people. I guess that was what they were waiting for;-)