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Angkor Wat is best explored by bicycle. Our favorite moment was to experience sunrise at the Bayon temple. One by one the carved faces of the 54 towers of this temple caught the sunlight. And we were all by ourselves besides a lonely dog and a monk... The other memorable activity was to cycle for 65 long and sweaty kilometers to Beng Melea Temple. Besides discovering the Indiana Jones feeling in you when climbing this temple, the way there is fascinating crossing the villages and ricefields surrounding Siem Reap.
Not all of the animals we saw in Asia were still alive unfortunately, or barely alive... At least this part of life is not hidden in Asia, like it often is in the West. With the exception of India it was't always easy for us vegetarians... Luckily this was compensated with some amazing wildlife and of course cows and water buffaloes everywhere...
What better way to explore the island of Bali than by scooter. It allowed us to get off the main roads into the woods and on top of the mountains. Thanks to a local friend we found relaxing and special places to stay. We even spent some nights in a traditional 'Lumbung' (ricehouse), which was traditionally used for storing 'beras' (rice) and is just big enough for two people.
After snorkling and scuba diving at the Togian islands in Sulawesi we thought it wouldn't get any better. Until we swam with Manta rays, the largest of all rays. They are not dangerous, but it is quite freaky when they suddenly turn and gracefully fly your direction at amazing speed with their gigantic fins. They are found only 15 minutes by boat from the beach of Nusa Lembongan as the area is a so called reef-side "cleaning station" to let cleaner wrasse remove small parasites from their skin and gill cavities.
Whether you can relate to Buddhism or not, the serenity of the Buddhist temples will stay with you. Talking to monks gave us interesting insights. If you want to see all varieties of Buddhist temples all over the world in one place, head to Lumbini in Nepal, the birth place of Buddha, where all Buddhist countries are represented with a temple.
A mysterious place and while quite touristy it is easy to escape this, especially if you explore by bicycle. Old temple-ruins everywhere you look. We criss-crossed the area for three days, beating the heat (end of March) and watching sunsets from lonesome temples. One of the most romantic places in the world.
We skipped all the nightbuses in Burma (in fact during our whole year in Asia), and took the local bus, the boat, the rickshaws and went by foot. It brought us to very special people and places.
We had no plan, so which direction to choose in China? National Parks are abundant, and high on our wish-list, but choices have to be made in this huge country. We arrived in Beijing with the Transmongolia Express all the way from Amsterdam, and after seeing some of the mandatory sights, we took the train heading West with the Tibetan plateau as our destination. We liked and disliked China at the same time. While the food was very tasty, it got boring very quickly for us vegetarians, and we regularly found pieces of pork in our food. After 3 weeks the pollution gave us extreme coughs. And in the National Parks the Chinese move in large, very large crowds and there is no way to escape. Nevertheless, we met very humble and kind people, the nature is astonishing and the Tibetan plateau was a rich and mysterious experience.
One of the highlights of our trekking in North-Vietnam was our visit to Dong Van where we visited the weekly market, visited by many different colourful ethnic hill tribes, a number of motorcyclists and us. It combined cattle trading, lots of meat (including dogs), fabric and furniture with people enjoying the local food and home-brewed rice wine. By 10am most of the products were sold out and most people tipsy.
We did not make it on one of the authentic brown sailing boats like on the famous Ha Long Bay pictures (all boats are now painted white, because authorities say that this change benefits the bay's recent international recognition..), but the rest was picture-perfect!