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How the Cambodians Easily Catch Crickets
Whilst on the road, our tuk tuk driver quickly pointed out these hanging sheets and said "crickets" as we sped past them. I whizzed out my trusty DSLR and snapped them. Turns out that these simple contraptions are an ingenious method for capturing crickets. No doubt for serving up, crispy-fried, to tourists as were in Bangkok.

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Eating in Cambodia
In Cambodia, we tried to stick with local food for our meals and did so effectively for most of them. By local, I mean traditional, as the non-traditional food we had was local, but a local style of burger for instance. I think you know what I mean. Here are some of the things we ate. I make my apologies now since we had no idea what most of these dishes were.

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In between visiting a floating village at the Tonle Sap lake and Beng Melea, we stopped off for lunch at a local market. Our driver Marom (above) chose a place that had all the food already prepared in big bowls, so we could just point at what we wanted. The dishes were a mixture of meat and veg (not very unusual) with different tastes.

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Filling up Petrol in Cambodia
To me, even the most mundane thing can be beautiful. Seeing the rows of differently coloured petrol sparked this thought, even though it was just a detail of our visit to Cambodia - a moment when our tuk-tuk driver pulled over to fill up.

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These petrol stalls are scattered about the roads and seem to point to small scale entrepreneurism along with other stalls selling other goods.

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Baked Tarantulas and the Siem Reap Old Market
Linh and I checked out the Old Market (and also the New Market nearby) in Siem Reap a few times but did it with little enthusiasm since we had already seen "enough" in a multitude of markets in Bangkok the previous week. Still, on a different occasion it would be a lovely place to pick up some souvenirs - silk, clothes, textiles, statues and other craft curios. Some bright, bamboo-packaged spices caught my eye.

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There's an area of the market for food stuff too and Linh went in search of some fruit whilst I wandered around.

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Sunset at Phnom Bakheng
Phnom Bakheng was a Hindu temple in the form of a temple mountain at Angkor. Dedicated to Shiva, it was built at the end of the 9th century atop a hill. We past it several times before eventually stopping on this evening to walk up for the sun set.

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Phnom Bakheng always seemed to teem with tourists and today was no exception. It seemed to be especially popular for the sunset views. To reach the temple, visitors first have to climb the hill it sits on by way of a gently sloping path that curves around it.

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