• Think global – travel local!

    I admit, I am a temple enthusiast! I can never get enough of it. So, my reasons and my ways of visiting Angkor might not be representative of the majority of tourists. In fact it is not! My recommendation though would be to know beforehand why someone goes to visit Angkor. It’s not for Siem Reap town, which has developed into a Khmer Pattaya or Phuket (without the beach). It’s loud, full of people and it is neither Cambodia nor Angkor. Why would anyone go to Cambodia and then look for western food and drinks? I do my research before I go and I probably have every quality book on…

  • Angkor Tourist Hell

    During our first visit to Angkor Wat we were alone! We even climbed up the old stone stairways at that time before the wooden stairs were built and we were alone. In most of the other temples of Angkor we were mostly alone except for the occasional security guard or little children offering their tour guide services for 1$. That was back in 1999! In 2012 there were more tourists, much more. But this last trip in 2019 was just heartbreaking! I planned to just visit outlying temples and avoid the main temples like Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm, which the tourists now call „Tomb Raider Temple“ – how…

  • On the road to Angkor

    7 years after our last trip to Angkor, we decided to go back again and visit some of those magnificent temples. This time we did months worth of preparation work, because our amazing tour guide from the trips before was busy. So we decided to do it all by ourselves – research, planning and execution! We flew in from Bangkok again. Back in 2012 we took Bangkok Air, which was then one of the few ways to get there. This time we took Air Asia from the old Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok. What a mistake! I think I will never do anything from this airport again in my lifetime!…