Arrived in Siem Reap, I decided to go visit the Angkor Wat temples. I met Guillaume, a french dude who knew me through the wanaka sun, the newspaper in Wanaka while he was staying there. He contacted me through Instagram and we had a beer together then we planned to go explore the temples by bicycle in a couple of days.

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

It’s weird how a such a cultural place can attract such a crazy town by its side. When I arrived in Siem Reap, I didn’t really liked it. It was by night and there was many people in the street everywhere, brights lights, loud music screaming out of every bar… Not the kind of place that I usually like.

While I was here, I’ve been scammed by a lady who asked me to buy her┬ámilk for her kid. As I was tired and didn’t really aware I bought her a $30 box of powder milk for baby. I realised very soon that it was a scam. Two hours later I came back to the store to buy something to eat for myself and saw her with a guy ready to buy her a box of milk. I told the guy that I just did buy her the same box 2 hours before. He thanks me and we realised that we were living a few km away in France. So we went for a beer.

Phnom Penh is an amazing place with many (huge) temples and each temple is very unique. It doesn’t look at all like the other ones around. It was such a great time and very long day exploring the area by walk and bicycle.

There is some pics of the temples:

Cycling to the temple!

Cycling to the temple!

How many faces can you see?

How many faces can you see?

Hello!

Hello!

Asking a stranger to dance for me.

Asking a stranger to dance for me.

Sunrise on 1000 years old temple.

Sunrise on 1000 years old temple.

Golden light

Golden light

Aligned heads

Aligned heads

Bi-color lizard

Bi-color lizard

Feeling peaceful

Feeling peaceful

Buddha heads everywhere

Buddha heads everywhere

Light ray on an old wall

Light ray on an old wall

Doors inception

Doors inception

Doors inception bis

Doors inception bis

Another stranger dancing for another camera

Another stranger dancing for another camera

Walking in the frame

Walking in the frame

Heads heads heads

Heads heads heads

Phnom Penh

Mainstream MSX, one of my sponsors, sent me a parcel with some new products but as Fed Ex can’t ship to Siem Reap, I had to go to Phnom Penh to get it. It’s 6 hours of bus one way. While I was in Phnom Penh I realised that I couldn’t find my passeport anymore. So I decided to come back to Siem Reap and check out my bags left with my bike in a bike shop in Siem Reap. No passeport here neither… Bad news. I went to the tourist police in Siem Reap to make a declaration then I got back down to Phnom Penh and went to the French embassy to ask for a new one. I’ll have to wait two weeks to get it. Not too bad. I’ll go to the islands and Kampot.

floating on the Mekong

floating on the Mekong

Market umbrellas from above

Market umbrellas from above

Koh Rong Samloem and Kampot

I took a bus to Sihanoukville then a boat to the island Koh Rong Samloem. Such a paradise and I decided to not touch my computer anymore for the time that I was there just to have a real break.

There is some photographs of this paradise:

Finally, I went to Kampot, famous for its pepper fields. Really nice little town and Bokor Mountain is amazing to explore with many abandoned buildings. There is some photographs:

First sunrise at Koh Rong Samloem

First sunrise at Koh Rong Samloem

In the lighthouse

In the lighthouse

Look at that water!

Look at that water!

So crystal clear water!!!

So crystal clear water!!!

Bokor Mountain abandoned buildings

Bokor Mountain abandoned buildings

Can you see the face?

Can you see the face?

Poporkville waterfall

Poporkville waterfall

Poporkville waterfall bis

Poporkville waterfall bis

My first monk portrait... I'm not good with portraits...

My first monk portrait… I’m not good with portraits…

I'm better taking photographs of people's back

….I’m better taking photographs of people’s back

Someone posing for another camera

Someone posing for another camera

This temple sits down on top of a huge mountain... like if we were sitting on a cloud

This temple sits down on top of a huge mountain… like if we were sitting on a cloud

When the myst disappeared we realised there was huge buildings around us

When the myst disappeared we realised there was huge buildings around us

an abandoned church

an abandoned church

and we had fun inside!

and we had fun inside!

So many abandoned buildings I could spend a week there taking photographs everyday!

So many abandoned buildings I could spend a week there taking photographs everyday!

guiding lines

guiding lines

Old casino, we played with the guard to try to come in....

Old casino, we played with the guard to try to come in….

recreating a scene of the lion king with my Mavic pro

recreating a scene of the lion king with my Mavic pro

Security guard

Security guard

Heaps of gold workers in here

Heaps of gold workers in here

This cave is totally not touristic at all and impressive

This cave is totally not touristic at all and impressive

Looks at this temple inside it!

Looks at this temple inside it!

Flying over the waterfall a bit stressed

Flying over the waterfall a bit stressed

Old church

Old church

 

Since Monday 22nd of May i’m back in Phnom Penh and as I’m writing this article it’s Wednesday 24th and I didn’t receive my passeport yet. Hopefully I got it by tomorrow…. this case is to continue.

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