July: Thailand, Cambodia, and Singapore

July was my month off from teaching with no responsibility to be at either of my schools. Beleaguered by the slow-moving process to renew my visa to work in Indonesia, I had to leave again, so why not make a vacation of it?

The original plan was for Chiang Mai and Bangkok in Thailand and Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia (where I met up with a good friend of mine). Along the way I had to extend my plans to include Singapore, where I would stop to arrange for the visa with the Indonesian Embassy (yay).

I was content with eating fabulous food, making discoveries on foot and bicycle, and peering into Buddhist temples. Since I’ve already been hiking in the jungle to a waterfall here in Indonesia, it didn’t seem so special to do that near Chiang Mai—besides, I totally felt right at home at the market there.

A friend of mine is working in Phnom Penh for two months, and what great timing that I could visit during my vacation time. A fun time was had just hanging out and also seeing the amazing temples at Angkor Wat. I also worked through some weird culture shock (American who has been deeply immersed in rural Batak-Indonesian culture traveling in Cambodia encountering American expat culture…I was lost to know what cultural norms to use).

Altogether 3 weeks, it was a lot of fun. Now it’s time to get back to teaching, so stay tuned for updates on that soon.

Please see the photos below! And find the whole sets on flickr for Thailand, Cambodia, and Singapore.


Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai
Waroros Market – Chiang Mai


Wat Phra Kaew – Bangkok


Victory Monument, Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
Ta Prohm Temple
at Bayon Temple
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat


Little India

2 responses to “July: Thailand, Cambodia, and Singapore”

  1. Photos don’t do some of these places justice. For example, with Angkor Wat, even in National Geographic, there are close-up pictures of the amazing rock carvings, but there is never the sense from photographs that some murals are over 12 ft. tall and 150 ft. long, showing a continuous scenes of a progressing story. I, of course, love the tree root temple, too.

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