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    Posted August 29, 2013 by
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    Cambodia
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    Cambodia’s spectacular ruins

    Cambodia Travels

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer hkoons has been fascinated by Cambodia since 1970, when he first traveled to the country. "Everything about Cambodian life I find interesting!" he said. These images date from a trip he took with his wife in 2004 to Siem Reap, home of the haunting temple palaces of Angkor Wat. The last image was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for March 6, 2014.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    The ancient ruins at Siem Reap, including Anchor Wat, are not to be missed. But, Cambodia’s vibrant life extends beyond the confines of the ancient city.
    In 2004 my wife and I had the opportunity to travel overland from the Thai border, north of vast Tonle Sap Lake to Siem Reap and then down the Tonle Sap river across the lake to Phnom Penh. When in Phnom Penh we visited a performance at a temple where two young men dressed in a lion costume jumped along six-foot high pedestals.
    After exploring the nation’s capital we took a bus to Kampong Cham northeast of Phnom Penh. Hours I stood at the shore watching scores of fishing boats ply the waters of the Mekong River setting their nets in family cooperation to later bring their catch to the local market to sell at the highest price offered.
    After returning to Phnom Penh we boarded another vessel that took us eastward to Chou Dok, Vietnam. After our tour of Vietnam we re-entered Cambodia from a more southern route to Sihanoukville, a beautiful coastal town where we again boarded a vessel taking us across the Bay of Thailand into Thailand for our return home.

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