Preah Vihear

Preah Vihear Temple Monk

By far the best thing we did during our trip to Cambodia was to hire a driver for two days to visit some of the remote temples in the northwest of the country. The circular route we took was as follows:

Siem Reap → Preah Vihear (overnight stay) → Koh Ker → Beng Mealea → Siem Reap

Our driver, a friendly guy named Sophea, picked us up from our guest house early in the morning and we drove around 5 hours north over dusty roads to the border between Cambodia and Thailand. Read more

Wat Bo

Wat Bo Monks

Travelling is rarely as glamorous as it’s made out to be and after a nasty encounter with an aggressive Tuk Tuk driver, upon our arrival into Siem Reap, my impression of the city was immediately soured. Read more

Toritsu-daigaku Sakura

Toritsudaigaku Sakura

A little less than a year ago I moved to the sleepy neighbourhood of Toritsu-daigaku (都立大学) in south-west Tokyo (15 mins from Shibuya). An old ryokudo (緑道) “green road” lined with cherry blossom trees runs through the centre of the area and at the end of April, almost overnight, it sprang into full bloom. Read more

Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom

1.7 km north of Angkor Wat and covering 9 km² lies the last capital of the Khmer empire which was established in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman VII. At the centre of the city is Jayavarman’s state temple, the Bayon, with the other major sites clustered around it. Read more

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat Sunrise

While Cambodia’s recent history has been fairly brutal, the country is probably best known for the sprawling ruins of the Khmer Empire which spanned the 9th to the 15th centuries and encompassed parts of modern day Thailand, Malaysia, Burma, Laos, and Vietnam. Read more

Bangkok to Cambodia by Train

Train to Cambodia Sunrise

In recent years my vacation time had become so compressed that there was rarely ever the time to take the scenic longer route anywhere. When it came to visiting Cambodia it would have been fastest to fly in via Bangkok or Ho Chi Minh but since I had managed to carve out two weeks of leave I instead opted to take the train. Read more

Bangkok Backstreets

Bangkok Tailor

Over the Christmas holidays I travelled to Cambodia by way of Bangkok, spending two nights and a day in the capital. Since I’d already seen most of the main sights back in 2012 it was nice not to be under any pressure to do anything specific and steer well clear of the crowds. Read more

Meiji Shrine Wedding

Meiji Jingu Shinto Wedding

One of my favourite places to take first-time visitors in Tokyo is Meiji Jingu Shrine (明治神宮). Situated in a lush 175 acre forest on the doorstop of fashionable Harajuku it’s far less crowded than Senso-ji in Asakusa and provides the perfect escape from the city. Read more