In January 2015, I had the chance to visit some temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Angkor Wat

The largest temple complex and one of the “top three” for tourists, Angkor Wat was worth visiting but crowded.

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I love the start of a new year. It’s such a natural time to reflect and remember. In addition to thinking about what I learned this past year and what advice I’d like to give myself for 2016, I wanted to take verbal snapshots of some of my most memorable travel moments in 2015. There are actually many more, but these are the 15 which stood out to me this morning as I was journaling.

The “we” statements all refer to different people or groups of people. You might recognize yourself in these moments.


1. Trundling down Bayon’s back roads in a vintage military Jeep while my mom Holly clutched her seat belt to her chest and insinuated I was trying to kill her. She even took a cryptic photo to send home to Dad, just in case.
Siem Reap Jeep Tour
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In early 2015, my mom and I spent a week in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We had three different hotels for our stay. Here’s the run down.

La Tradition d’Angkor

Upon arrival by plane from Saigon, we went straight to La Tradition d’Angkor Hotel. I’d booked this hotel because the grounds looked beautiful, and I wanted a bit of a break from the urban environment of Saigon.

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After a free upgrade to the 5-star Borei Hotel Angkor Resort & Spa, my mom and I were feeling in a fancy mood and wanted to treat ourselves to a show. We decided on the Apsara Terrace dinner buffet and performance at the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

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Earlier this year, I took a trip with my mom to visit Siem Reap, Cambodia. One of the highlights of the trip was a 4-hour horseback ride through the surrounding villages with The Happy Ranch.

As a certified horseback riding instructor, I’m always a bit wary of trail-riding ventures. Unfortunately, there are more times that I have decided not to ride once seeing the condition of the horses or the lack of safety measures. I’m pleased to say that at The Happy Ranch, things were run in a professional manner and adequate safety precautions for horses and riders were in place. The ranch is set on 10 hectares of land and has 51 horses. It was founded by a Cambodian man named Sarry Pann who spent 30 years living in California.

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