Flying into Cambodia from Bangkok is inexpensive. The trip is about an hour to either Phnom Penh or Siem Riap. Air Asia is a popular discount airline. That's my flight at the bottom. Siem Riap is the city that serves the famous ruins of Angkor Wat.
Siem Riap (which means "Siam Conquered", is a big town/small city with a nice feel. Plenty of buildings from the French colonial era are still standing.
This walking bridge over the river is in the historic center of town. It's touristy, but not in a resort way. Travelers from all over the world flock here as a must see destination.
The neon at the top says "Pub Street". I don't think any further explanation is necessary.
If you're on the road long enough, you might just want to try this for a taste of home. As for me, I stuck to Khmer cuisine.
Ok. Now begins the tour of the ruins. Don't worry. This will just be a sampling!
Having a sit and reading up on this amazing site. It's not hard to find a quiet corner even with the thousands of visitors.
Join the masses who flock to see sunrise over Angkor Wat. If nothing else, it helps you get an early start.
Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world. All the temples here are Hindu. Cambodia is now 95% Buddhist.
Climbing the ruins is not for the faint of heart. You also need to be reasonably fit and have comfortable shoes. There's a lot of walking and climbing.
Many of the ruins have been overtaken by trees. You'll no doubt be told that Angelina Jolie was here to film Tomb Raiders. True.
If you do a program in Phnom Penh, you'll stay in the Tattoo Guest House.
Tattoo has a nice open restaurant area. Meals here are included in the program.
Your first glimpse of Buddhist monks will seem exotic. You'll see plenty more.
Moving on. Here are a few glimpses of available projects. Urban Poor Women Development is a great empowerment and legal aid organization.
We think this orphanage is a great place to help orphans and at-risk local youth. The spirit of the place will amaze you.
We might call this "Study Hall" in the US. There aren't enough teachers to go around, so the kids spend some of their time unsupervised. Here they're doing homework.
The Joy Day Care takes care of the children of rag pickers. They keep the children out of the dumps, feed them, clean their clothes daily, and give them pre-school style instruction.
Here are some of the day care center's children. Sorry for the bad quality photo!
Here, orphans learn classical and traditional Cambodian dance. Keeping traditions alive.
The school's director spent 3 years in a work camp under the Khmer Rouge. Her story is in our director's blog, under the "Experiences" tab on the menu.
The Royal Palace is worth a visit.
The National Museum has an excellent collection of sculptures. Here's the courtyard.