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Return of John G from Bangkok and Siem Riep

Return of John G from Bangkok and Siem Riep

Aug 5th, 2002, 11:16 AM
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Marilyn, I saw the Apsara show at the Angkor Hotel. The dancers and musicians all go to a school in Siem Riep to learn the "lost arts" of the Khmer.

It is very interesting to note the symbolism of the dance. The way the dancers hold their fingers signifies the planting of rice, and the lifting of the legs symbolizes the walking through the rice paddies.

I bought a CD of Khmer music while I was at Les Chantiers Ecoles, reminding me of Cambodia while Im at home.
 
Aug 5th, 2002, 11:18 AM
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Barb, sorry, but I can't help you. I flew to Siem Riep from Bangkok and only visited Siem Riep in Cambodia.
 
Aug 6th, 2002, 01:20 AM
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Aug 6th, 2002, 10:42 AM
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John, I've really enjoyed reading your Thailand / Cambodia posting. It brings back memories from my last trip there this past January/ February. Was it you who posted a query regarding the Killing Fields memorial in Siem Reap, which I responded to? It seems most people only know about the one in PP.

Anyway, happy to read you had a fantastic time. South East Asia remains one of my favorite areas in the world. Cheers.
 
Aug 6th, 2002, 01:53 PM
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Dear Barbara,
After seeing your message, I realize that it will be helpful to give you some information. Although most people fly on Bangkok Airways to Bangkok, it is possible to travel by car from Siem Riep to Poipet across from Aranyaprathet in Thailand. I read recently that road condition got so much better that you could get to Poipet in 2.5 hours rather than 7, but even I myself still doubt this. Then, it should take 3.5 hours to get to Bangkok from Aranyaprathet.
The friendship bridge links Nongkhai in Isan (Thailand's NE region) with Vientiane, the Laotian capital. Unless you are adventurous, traveling north of Vientiane is not recommended, and staying overnight in Nongkhai will be better.
 
Aug 6th, 2002, 03:03 PM
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Now that I have a few minutes from my hectic job, I wanted to relate an amusing anecdote about the taste in footwear of Asian women. It seems these women just love slippers.

My mother and I watched with amusment a well-dressed Asian woman (ethnic Chinese maybe) carrying a huge shopping bag ladden with Romeo y Julieta cigars. She disembarked from the Oriental ferry at the Skytrain station, along the Chao Phraya, right in front of us. We couldn't believe how she carried that heavy bag as she teetered on 6-inch heeled mules. She made it across the dock and up the flight of stairs to the train terminal, with us applauding her all the way. (Continued)
 
Aug 6th, 2002, 03:14 PM
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Later, in Siem Riep, the cleaning woman at our hotel constantly complimented my mother on her black-leather slides. She never took her eyes off of these shoes while she cleaned the room. In fact, we joked that along with our passports and money, we should put the shoes in the safe when my mother was not wearing them! When we were at Angkor Wat, I said to my mother, "I wonder if the maid is walking around in our room wearing your shoes?" We would then both crack up with laughter. (Our guide thought we were nuts.)

Then, the icing on the cake was when we were going through customs in Bangkok when returning from Siem Riep, and the female passport agent said to my mother as we walked past her after getting our passports reviewed, "Oh, Madame, your shoes are so beautiful. You buy them in America?"

So, girls, if you want to be a big hit in Asia, bring all your backless shoes along for the ride.
 
Aug 8th, 2002, 12:45 AM
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John, of course Asian women have good taste in shoes, the great Jimmy Choo is from Penang, Malaysia!

Enjoy your report, any more juicy details?

 
Aug 8th, 2002, 12:55 AM
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I thought Jimmy Choo was from Kelantan, Malaysia.
 
Aug 8th, 2002, 08:44 AM
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Wayne, I met Datuk Choo in London last year and he told me himself. He also gave me good advice on fengshui. A friendly guy despite his fame.

Sorry John G, didn't mean to hijack your tread. Please tell us more about your trip. Did you see Wong Kar Wei's film 'In the mood for love'? The last scene where Tony Leung revealling his secrets to a hole in the temple wall, was it filmed in Cambodia or Thailand?
 
Aug 8th, 2002, 09:26 PM
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Hi John,
What time did you arrive in Siem Riep? I'm asking because we are to arrive @ 6:45 PM and I'm trying to find out if I can get a visa at that late hour.
 
Aug 9th, 2002, 07:25 AM
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I'm not John, but you can get a visa at the airport no matter what time you arrive.
 
Aug 9th, 2002, 08:53 PM
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Thanks Kathie!
 
Aug 13th, 2002, 06:37 PM
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I have already decided to start planning my summer holiday for 2003--to Hanoi and Phnom Penh. Of course, I will be staying at the Metropole in Hanoi, and Hotel Le Royal in PP. I will be doing some research in the next few months on how to spend my time in these cities. If anyone has suggestions, please advise.
 
Aug 13th, 2002, 06:47 PM
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To Butch as Hell, sorry, but I have never seen IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE. I have seen Wong Kar Wei's CHUNKING EXPRESS and HAPPY TOGETHER. Since Wong Kar Wei is from Hong Kong, I always assumed he filmed there (except, of course, for Buenos Aires).
 
Aug 14th, 2002, 02:04 PM
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Aug 15th, 2002, 04:49 AM
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John G,

You should see 'IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE' if you have the chance, IMO it is Wong Kar Wei best work. Maggie Cheung looked gorgeous in her 20 changes of cheongsum.

A friend told me last night that the last scene of 'In the mood....' was filmed in Cambodia but did not know the actual location. Thanks anyway.
 
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