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The Best Way To See Angkor Wat

27th June 2015

banner We were a little overwhelmed with information when were planning our trip to Siem Reap. Every one had different ideas about what to do , when to go, what to skip. It was too difficult to digest all of the information so we did what all good traveller’s do and moaned to our friends until they told us what they did.

This was the fantastic message I received from the one and only, the legend Tom Jones…no not that Tom Jones, a even better one that we met while living in Korea. Him and his fantastic girlfriend Lynsey are the kind of people you’d pay to be your friend if you weren’t lucky enough to know them.

1 Here was his advice:

Hi T.

As far as I remember (it was 2 and a bit years ago) we only got a one day pass. The one day pass is valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase. SO what we did (what the hostel told us to do) was this:

5/6 pm cruise down to the ticket office with your Tuk Tuk driver, get out buy your day pass (I think you need passport) jump back in the tuk tuk and he’ll take you to the main Angkor wat super famous temple. It’s f*&^ing magnificent btw. You MUST see the main temple area in the evening if you are to avoid the crowds. The tuk tuk guy will wait for you in the car park, when your done/it’s too dark go home.

Then the same guy picks you up at like 4am the next day. (Take torches) He’ll take you back to the main site in total darkness and you can find a good spot and take pics as the sun rises over the main part of Angkor Wat. F*&^ing nice.

THEN….and this is the best part as most people (idiots) start to arrive at the main part you do one (because you’ve already done the main site the previous night) and go to the some of the other temples. They’re pretty much deserted/really quiet so you can enjoy them to the max. We did about 5 all before 9am. We weren’t rushing but were conscious of time and was really glad because as it gets closer to 9 it gets busier and busier.

One day pass was more than enough we didn’t feel short changed and saved money. We could have stayed longer or gone back too so it’s flexible but so good to avoid the crowds.

Also tried the minced chicken dish in Siem reap. I know it sounds rank but it’s wicked.

 

And there you have it. We followed these instructions to the word and had almost all the temples to ourselves. Plus he’s right, the minced chicken is fantastic.

To see more from Tom follow his instagram here: https://instagram.com/tomfalcojones/

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16 Ways To Tell You’ve Become a Travel Photographer

28th February 2015

shanghai I got my first camera for my 12th birthday. It was a wind up film camera and I loved it. The first 5 rolls were mainly photos of swans and my toys but I was instantly hooked.

Since then I’ve gone through about 5 camera but it wasn’t until two years ago that I bought my first DSLR. I had wanted one for so long and moving to Korea was the perfect excuse to take the plunge. Since then it has been glued to my side. I have to warn people now if i’m not bringing it.

Slowly over the last two years I’ve started to learn more and more. I also managed to get my photos published in a few travel magazines here so I ‘tentatively’ feel I can call my self a travel photographer (or at least a aspiring one) so I thought i’d write a list of those little signs that show you might love your camera and travel a little more than the average point and clicker.

  1. You travel with two toothbrushes. One for your teeth, one for your camera.
  2. You have more photos of strangers than of the people you are traveling with. koreanman
  3. Your bucket list has slowly become photos you want to take. it use to just be ‘See the Northern Lights’ now it says ‘Take a good picture of the Northern Lights’.
  4. You have mastered switching on your camera and taking a picture in about 5 seconds.
  5. You can still picture the photos you missed, maybe you should take up painting to re-create them? KohSamui2
  6. You’ll try food when you travel , not because your hungry but because it’ll make a good picture.
  7. Friends say they plan their holidays around your photos.
  8. Your camera comes first in regards to your suitcases weight. Clothes will be sacrificed if necessary. skyline1
  9. You plan your holidays around the photos you want to take.
  10. You can say ‘can I take your picture’ in almost every language.
  11. You use to take photos of weird things abroad, now they seem normal so you take weird photos of things back home.
  12. Before traveling you only saw sunrises when you were coming home from a night out. Now you wake up especially. sunset
  13. You know when the ‘magic hour’ is in every time zone.
  14. You’ll charge your camera battery rather than your phone.
  15. RAW means something very different to you. china2
  16. If you don’t already have a GoPro you really, really want one. You’ll take up extreme sports to make it worth while. KohSamui koreanbbq2 taiwan tarokogorge

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