Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Weekend viewing

This is a face I'll be re-visiting this weekend. Its one of the beautifully sculpted faces at the temple of Banteay Chhmar, in the northwest of Cambodia, not too far from the Thai border. This is a temple I love so I am very happy to be returning there. A group of staff (33 to be precise) from Hanuman Tourism are undertaking a 3-day FAM (familiarization) trip to Battambang, Banteay Chhmar and the floating villages near Siem Reap to see some key areas of Cambodia that all, except me, have never seen before. As a company we are keen to ensure our staff have personal experience of the areas they are promoting to our clients and this is just one of the FAM trips we undertake each year. In fact, next month I'm off to experience the beauty of Laos for at least two weeks with half a dozen colleagues before making my way back to Cambodia on my own, travelling through southern Laos and across the Cambodian border and back to Phnom Penh. For the story of my 2005 visit to Banteay Chhmar with photos, click here.


Blogger Allan said...

hey andy, if you would like information on the remote Angkorean Ruins in Southern Laos just e-mail me ( as I visited Prasat Wat Phu, the the few nearby easy to get to reuins of Prasat Op Muang (there are 2x Op Muang, one a bit up the mountain), but there are multiple other ruins deep down south.. i visited a few of them but was cautioned off from one of the last sites within the province (i was only 12km away from it) because there were uniformed vietnamese soldiers patrolling the area from the mekhong towards the thai-laos border... there is still one last province in the south I need to visit (the one that borders cambodia's stung treng) to check out the ruins there.....
the ruins that I did visit were really remote, and an adventurous adventure... I asked the museum curators if they heard of these other angkorean ruins and none knew of their existence... i'm pretty sure i am one of the first foreigners to visit these ruins... (i'm not saying the first but maybe one of the first) hehehe

April 23, 2008 at 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, Andy - wish you good luck in your upcoming trip to Laos and look forward your visiting and reporting also about the numerous Khmer temples Thailand has grabbed from Cambodia - Kheo

April 23, 2008 at 10:32 PM  

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