5 must dos in Siem Reap

In Siem Reap, don’t get all tired and templed out. Here is my guide to the best of what this remarkable city of temples has on offer… 1. ARTY SOUVENIRS Buy authentic Cambodian keepsakes – lacquer tableware, a wooden statue or some pearl jewellery – at Artisans d’Angkor. For silk scarves, bags and accessories, take…

Friday photo: Apsara

I used this week’s Friday photo as an excuse to dig deep into my ancient photo archives. And I came upon this old favourite. Apsaras in stone and in flesh – at the Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap. This is what I had written about these apsaras in a story on these temples for…

Friday photo: Angkor Wat

This week, a photo from the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat… While on this, read an old story I’d written for Mint – Temple Performance Also see: Friday photo series

Beyond Angkor, what?

So you have risen at the crack of dawn, or even earlier, and made your sleepy way to the Angkor Wat to see the famed sunrise. You have followed in the glamorous footsteps of Anjelina Jolie to the ruins of the Ta Prohm temple (where parts of the film ‘Tomb Raider’ was shot), held captive…

The apsaras of Angkor

From a longer piece I had written on the Angkor experience some time ago… *When I first catch sight of them, the apsaras are resting on the cold stones of Angkor Wat. One is flexing her foot, mimicking the action of the stone apsara dancing just behind her on the wall. The others are talking…

Temple performance

Published in Mint Lounge recently – original version posted here… Read the pdf version online here – or if the link vanishes, you can read it here… *** Day one among the temples and I keep remembering a delightful phrase I had come across long ago. Vuja de. Looking at the familiar with new eyes….

Shifting Shapes

My article on life on the floating village near Siem Reap, on the Tonle Sap lake… appeared in HT Cafe today… Read the article online here… or here now… *** Our very first evening in Siem Reap, we venture tentatively in a noisy boat into the Tonle Sap lake. We are there for a ‘sunset…

Cambodia calling…

Cambodia seems to the flavor of the month – I may add, the hottest destination (considering it is the beginning of peak summer there and all that). In March alone, two of the most popular travel magazines, India Today Travel Plus and Outlook Traveler carried pieces on Cambodia. Specifically, the area around Siem Reap, home…