Beng Mealea Temple, Cambodia

Beng Mealea Temple (129)Beng Mealea Temple in Cambodia is about an hour or so from the more famous Angkor Wat Temple complex. It has similar style and is thus assumed to have been built at approximately the same time and by King Suryavarman II in the early 12 Century. It is also known as the forest temple, because it is largely overgrown and half in ruins. Beng Mealea still has a large 45 metre wide moat (approx 1,000 metre x 800 metre) which would have contained the Khmer city with the temple at the centre.

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Sanur Beach in Bali

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Sanur, on the west coast of Bali, is a relaxed and very pleasant place to stay. You can just wander up and down the beach, watch the guys kite surfing, see the traditional boats and there’s plenty of small cafes selling cold beer and food.

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Bangkok Seashell Museum

Bangokok Seashell MuseumQuite by accident I discovered this new little museum down near the end of Thanon Silorn, just up from the State Tower in Bangkok that has Sirroco Restaurant  on the 63rd Floor. It is a delightful 3 story building with an array of colourful and interesting seashells from all over, arranged in ecosytem groups. There are signs in Thai and English and even a children’s hands on display in a sand bucket making it very child friendly. Continue reading

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Boats at Tanjung Lesung Sailing Club, INDONESIA

Tanjung Lesung Sailing Club

Boats at anchor at Tanjung Lesung Sailing Club

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Royal Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo (5)The Royal Melbourne Zoo is definitely worth a visit, particularly for the kids. There’s plenty to do, decent maps all over the zoo plus good food options for when you get hungry. The zoo also has evening performances and holiday activities for children so be sure to check out their website before you go.  Continue reading

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Or if we place it into an Indonesian  context; Masjid Istiqlal, which I blogged about here, holds an estimated 100,000 people. If Friday prayers were held it would not even fill up one corner very much….Suddenly not so impressive.

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Melbourne City Walking Tour

Royal Exhibition Building

Royal Exhibition Building

I discovered a free walking tour of Melbourne,  so one winter’s day decided to try it out.

“The Melbourne Free Tour is a three hour walking tour around one of the most culturally captivating cities in the world. Follow the story of Melbourne from European settlement right through to modern times and get an insiders guide to the lane ways, arcades and street art scene!

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