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VIDEO: In the Shadows of Angkor, Cambodia

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Angkor Wat Cambodia is one of the spiritual  power centers  on this earth and has the ability to humble all who walk through its root covered ruins.   After being slightly traumatized by our filming of the Full Moon Party on Ko Phan Ngan, it was nice to get back to Bangkok and make the journey to Siem Reap, Cambodia, home of the Angkor temples.  I had made the journey in 2005 when the road between the border of Thailand, Poipet and Siem Reap was just a mangled pot holed mess.   The journey was infamous for being torturous as backpackers and their backpacks would be crammed into the back of a pick up truck  for a 8 hour journey.   When I did it, a guitar was stolen from us and it lived up to its hellish reputation.  This time however, it went much smoother although it wasn’t without its hickups.    We made the journey in the relative comfort of a first class bus from Bangkok to the border and then got a  ride in a mini van to Siem Reap.    We found a recommended driver and scheduled him to be our guide for the next two days.   We started our first day before dawn as we wanted to take some photos as the vine and root covered Ta Prom temple at sunrise.    It was a beautiful experience as we were the only ones there for the first hour and has the magical ruins to ourselves.   As the sun came up the heat and humidity were punishing with the temperatures reaching 108 degrees.  We were covered with sweat but that did not stop us from seeing most of the temples, some of which are 20 miles apart from one another.

Photos and videos cannot do justice to the experience of being at the temples, but we hope this video can give you a small taste of the sites and sounds of Angkor.

We will be posting a large photo gallery of Angkor in the next week, so keep your eyes peeled for our next post.

Enjoy!

-Ben

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VIDEO-Shiva, Shakti, and Buddha too! Buddha Park, Laos

North of the capital city of Vientiane, on the river banks that seperate Laos and Thailand sits Buddha Park. One of the most interesting religious monuments I have ever been to, it was the project of a a Shaman Luang Pu (Venerable Grandfather) Bunleua Sulilat. He mixed Buddhism with Hinduism and the concrete sculptures that adorn the park feature deities from both religions. He designed all 200 of the sculptures and had his followers who had no experience building statues make them. At the entrance lies a giant pumpkin with a Tikki like head that you enter through the mouth. The pumpkins has three levels that go from scenes from hell on the bottom to nirvana on top with a great lookout from atop the pumpkin of the entire park. We loved it there and was definitely one of the most bizarre places we have ever been. Enjoy the video above and the photos below (-: CLICK THIS OR PHOTO TO VIEW PHOTO ALBUM

Buddha Park, Vientianne, Laos
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