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Wat Phra Singh Buddhist Temple, Chiangmai’s Most Impressive
Wat Phra Singh is an impressive Buddhist temple within Chiangmai's old city centre walls and located at the far western end of Ratchadamnoen Road.

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It contains one of Thailand's three important Phra Singh Buddha images, with the other two at Wat Phra Mahathat in the city of Nakhon Si Thammarat and in the Bangkok National Museum.

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Cambodian Country Roadside Housing
Since we weren't used to it, riding open air for long periods in a tuk-tuk was sometimes a little tough, but at the same time, we wouldn't have had it any other way. When the weather was hot, it was a refreshing way to feel closer to everything around us in Cambodia. The view was wider and more open and great for taking photos.

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Out in the rural areas, we passed plenty of housing (on stilts, similar to Longhouses in Malaysian Borneo) which although looked more primitive than the town houses, still had an appeal about them.

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Roadside Cambodian Children
Linh and I spent alot of time on the road being ferried around in our open-air tuk-tuk while visiting Siem Reap. One of the lasting memories I have, are of all the children that just seem to be everywhere, from walking or cycling along the roads to just playing on the floor beside them.

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If they were cycling, we'd sometimes see that the kids were way too small for the bike and it would almost be comical to me if I didn't think that they had any other choice.

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Cambodian People Carriers
I'm all for cutting costs, but Cambodians really know how to tighten the belt. I'm slowly getting used to seeing overloaded vehicles now in East Asia. This is coming from a country (the UK) where (I believe) the police stop cars that perhaps carry one or two extra passengers over the allocated seat space. Well, stop these!

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The Child Sales People of Angkor
If there's one thing that isn't on the attractions list of the world famous heritage of the Angkor temples in Cambodia, it's all the kids touting their tourist tat. It's an understandable sight for a country that thrives on tourism and whose local people have livelihoods to uphold.

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I found it to be equally heartbreaking and admirable at the same time. Heartbreaking because these kids should be at school but instead face the daily, difficult task of selling to nonchalant tourists who were also sometimes rude to them.

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