Zentraveler on anti-aging drug metformin.

Silicon valley is finally getting the message as they are now spending billions of dollars on Research and Development to find the fountain of youth.  Lets start with the lowly worm which through years of research has added years to its life cycle.  Then lets go through the mouse study which added years to their lifespan by simply taking the drug metformin.

Until recent it was very difficult to get seed money for longevity studies since old age wasn’t considered a disease.  However since we are in the age of ME.  Researchers are pulling out all of the stops to develop a low cost longevity pill!

Enter Metformin which was originally developed as a antidiabetic drug and discovered by accident that  patients who were taking the drug were living longer.

Fast speed forward with several studies demonstrate that metformin reduces the risk of heart attack, and is associated with reduction in stroke, atrial fibrillation and death from all causes including tumors and cancers.

If this isn’t enough to curb your interest some of the most knowledgeable scientific researchers are taking the drug metformin on a daily basis for a nickel a pop.  New research shows the world’s first anti-aging drug could see humans live to 120 years.

We know that it is possible for handfuls of people to live to very old age and still be physically and socially active, so clearly they carry some kind of protection in their bodies.  They are essentially not ageing as quickly.  If we can harness that, then everyone can achieve those lifespans.

Dr Robert Temple, deputy director of the FDA said:  Their hope is that a wide variety of age related problems, loss of muscle tone, dizziness, falls, dementia, loss of eyesight, all of those things.  That would be something never done before.  If you really are doing something to alter ageing the population of interest is everybody.

It surely would be revolutionary if they can bring it off.  DR Simon Melov of the Buck Institute for Ageing Research added: You are talking about developing a therapy for a biological phenomenon which is universal and gives rise to all of these diseases.  And if you have a therapy for this thing, these diseases just go away!

So there you have it…METFORMIN  IS THE ANTI-AGING DRUG that can improve your life, reduce diseases, and give you a longer lifespand.

Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on Zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

QUOTE: “You are what you eat.  And you are what they eat. ”  eat a sensible diet!

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:Ageing has been targeted by genetic and dietary manipulation and by drugs in order to increase lifespan and health span in numerous models. Metformin , which has demonstrated protective effects against several age-related diseases in humans will be tested in the TAME trial as the initial step in the development of increasingly effective next generation drugs.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your Life….Its the only one you have!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: If you want to extend your quality of life and maybe be disease free why not try a trial of daily METFORMIN….has very few side effects and can be taken before or after meals. Caution please check with a medical doctor before taking this drug.

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Zentraveler treatise on designer jeans!

 

Just as the real world slips and slides from fake news Zentraveler uses an old Zen trick called a Koan to make sure you are paying attention!  As I write this treatise I am in my old designer jeans but they are in noway related to the designer genes of the future.  In the immediate future you can have your DNA set up for designer genes to insure your offspring will have the features you want them to have.

We have come a long way baby from cloning sheep to replacing a head on a horse.  The next area will allow you to pick out a nose, ears, size of head etc.  But don’t rush to judgment because this could soon get way out of wack.  Let’s say you scan Brad Pitt and put that image into the gene pool and because it went viral now you have one million Brad Pitt babies running around the world….or if you are on the dark side you might ask the gene machine to turn out The Elephant Man just to spite your wife.

As you can clearly see before you give your DNA to the Gene machine maybe its the new year and you can evaluate yourself and decide to improve the world step by step.  After-all we are all connected to the Universe through various harmonics and all you really need is a good tuning fork to create world harmony and eliminate unnecessary discord throughout the world.

Some of my best friends including animals realize we have limited time on this planet.  Best advice from Zentraveler is Get your spacesuit in order and beam me up SCOTTY! Ill see you when I see you as we adventure toward the unknown universes.

QUOTE: A single thread of harmonics holds us together like a spider web

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Einsteins theory of realativity

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: planet earth

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Save the earth or exit to other planets…its your choice!!!

 

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Zentraveler wishes everyone HAPPY HOLIDAYS

This is the time of year to use your best zen spirit to help everyone in the world.  The warmongers and terrorists have it all wrong.  Since the beginning of civilization we have made great advances in technology and war machines and have lost the most important thing which is life itself.  We should be at an advanced civilization where we share the ability to feed everyone in the world using our technology.  We now have DNA research where we can target every disease in the world and track its success with digital database therefore eradicating even the worst disease in the world including cancer.

However the world is wobbling like a bobber in a lake and and one false move will pull the bobber under meaning… GAME OVER.  OK WHAT WENT WRONG?  POWER MONGERS PUSH THEIR WAY INTO OUR LIVES BY SCARING US TO DEATH, BOMBING OUR TEMPLES AND HOUSES, RUIN OUR CHILD EDUCATION, JEALOUS OF OUR DEMOCRATIC WAY OF LIFE AND CONTINUE TO TRY AND SCARE US MAKING SCARED PEOPLE COMMIT ALL TYPE OF ATROCITIES AROUND THE GLOBE.

WE NEED A REAL NATO ORGANIZATION THAT PLOWS TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO HELP THE POOR ACHIEVE A BETTER LIFE…WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY AND THE NEW NATO SHOULD HOLD ACCOUNTABLE ANY CORRUPT NATIONS THAT DENIES ITS CITIZENS PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS AND PERSONAL FREEDOM FROM TYRANNY AND WAR LORDS.

WE NEED TO RISE UP ABOVE THE FREY AND START BY PLANTING TEN TREES PER PERSON TO HELP WITH AIR POLLUTION, TRAIN THE SCHOOLS  TO TEACH THE CHILDREN NOT TO LITER PLASTIC IN OUR LANDS AND OCEANS, AND TEACH PEOPLE TO GROW THEIR OWN FOOD AND HELP THEM COME INTO THE CYBER AGE.

EVERY PERSON ON EARTH HAS A DIRECT CONNECTION TO A BUILT IN SAFETY VALVE WHICH CAN BE ACTIVATED SIMPLY BY MEDITATION ON A DAILY BASIS.  THE DALY LAMA MEDITATES FIVE HOURS PER DAY AND IS IN COMPLETE PEACE WITH HIMSELF AND THE UNIVERSE..

YOU TOO CAN ACHIEVE THE SAME PEACE BY CONNECTING TO YOUR INNER-SELF WHICH IS CONNECTED TO THE UNIVERSE THEREFORE HELPING THE WORLD TO BE A BETTER PLACE.

WHAT IS THE COST TO DO THIS?  YOU DONT NEED MICHAEL JORDAN TENNIS SHOES, GOLF CLUBS, TENNIS RACKETS, GYM SHORTS ….THE ONLY THING YOU NEED IS YOUR COMMITMENT TO MEDITATE FOR AT LEAST THIRTY MINUTES EVERY DAY.

THATS A PRETTY CHEAP COST TO HELP SAVE THE WORLD WOULD’T YOU THINK?

ZENTRAVELER  IS NOW LIVING IN THAILAND AND AFTER SOME QUALITY TIME FOR REFLECTION WILL CONTINUE WRITING THE ZENTRAVELER BLOG IN THE NEW YEAR.

QUOTE: YOU ARE ONE WITH THE UNIVERSE, BUT WE ARE ALL CONNECTED.

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: HOW TO FIANCE THE WORLD USING BITCOINS.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: THE WORLD .  its a pretty cool place

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: He wishes everyone HAPPY HOLIDAYS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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Zentraveler showcases Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia.

Monks Angkor Wat

ANGKOR WAT-THE 7TH WONDER OF THE WORLD.

Angkor Wat, in its beauty and state of preservation, is unrivaled. Its mightiness and magnificence bespeak a pomp and a luxury surpassing that of a Pharaoh or a Shah Jahan, an impressiveness greater than that of the Pyramids, an artistic distinctiveness as fine as that of the Taj Mahal. Angkor Wat is located about six kilometers (four miles) north of Siem Reap, south of Angkor Thom.  Entry and exit to Angkor Wat can only be access from its west gate.

Angkor Wat was built in the first half of the 12th century (113-5BC). Estimated construction time of the temple is 30 years by King Suryavarman II, dedicated to Vishnu (Hindu), replica of Angkor Thom  style of art.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat, the largest monument of the Angkor group and the best preserved, is an architectural masterpiece. Its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief’s and sculpture make it one of the finest monuments in the world.

Large Temple

Wat is the Khmer name for temple (the French spelling is “vat “), which was probably added to “Angkor “when it became a Theravada Buddhist monument, most likely in the sixteenth century. After 1432 when the capital moved to Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat was cared for by Buddhist monks.

Angor Wat

It is generally accepted that Angkor Wat was a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and oriented to the west to conform to the symbolism between the setting sun and death. The bas-reliefs, designed for viewing from left to right in the order of Hindu funereal ritual, support this function.

Angkor Wat is a miniature replica of the universe in stone and represents an earthly model of the cosmic world. The central tower rises from the center of the monument symbolizing the mythical mountain, Meru, situated at the center of the universe. Its five towers correspond to the peaks of Meru. The outer wall corresponds to the mountains at the edge of the world, and the surrounding moat the oceans beyond.

Entrance Angkor Wat

The Angkor Wat Temples are so amazing I can honestly say words cannot describe this experience, however If you can’t visit Angkor Wat there is a plethora of excellent research from scientists, paleontologists, geographers, photographers, scholars and historical architects.

Even though Angkor Wat is the most photographed Khmer monument, nothing approaches the actual experience of seeing this temple. Frank Vincent grasped this sensation over 100 years ago.

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The general appearance of the wonder of the temple is beautiful and romantic as well as impressive and grand it must be seen to be understood and appreciated. One can never look upon the ensemble of the vat without a thrill, a pause, a feeling of being caught up onto the heavens. Perhaps it is the most impressive sight in the world of edifices.

Entwined Trees

Angkor Wat occupies a rectangular area of about 208 hectares (500 acres) defined by a laetrile wall. The first evidence of the site is a moat with a long sandstone causeway (length 250 meters, 820 feet; width 12 meters, 39 feet) crossing it and serving as the main access to the monument. The moat is 200 meters (656 feel) wide with a perimeter of 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles).

Female God

There are several options available for viewing Angkor Wat which include a tuc-tuc pickup at your hotel who will take you to the ticket office to purchase your ticket. They will photograph you and will be embedded on your ticket useful for various checkoff points amongst the many temples.  Your tuc tuc driver even though quite knowledgeable about the temples is not a licensed guide.  He will stay with you all day and drop you off at various temple sites and pick you up later as you walk through the historical temples.

Buddhist Monk

This was the choice I used, however his signage or communication says Tuc Tuc tour Angkor Wat approximately $10.00 us dollars, which does not include your entrance ticket another $10.00.  Make sure you have loose cotton clothing, extra bottles of water, and comfortable walking shoes…as you will be doing some serious trekking on a one day outing.  They have local eateries for snacks, water and going to the toilet.  Did I mention maybe a good idea to take your camera or cameras and take digital pictures till the cows come home. Also don’t forget to give your tuc tuc driver some bottled water and a tip…they provide an excellent service.

Kings Swim Pool

Other options include a guide which would be very informative, a three day pass which is still not enough time to photograph, and grasp the grandeur and enormity of these temples. Second day you could bicycle out… have lunch and just kick back while taking in the sites.

Temple Outdoor

So there you have it!  If you want to experience one of the greatest world heritage sites in the world…jump on an airplane, bus in from Thailand, take a river cruise or arrive on a water buffalo and just like that you are now a part of the wonder itself. Tip: Seeing Angkor Wat at sunrise should be on anyone’s must-see list. You won’t be the only one there, however. Expect a lot of tourists! It’s still best to go at sunrise, as more tourists arrive later in the day, and the heat becomes stifling anyway.

Contour Temple

QUOTE: God is in the details.  If our people can build Angkor Wat they can do anything.

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: The sun rising behind the five signature lotus-like towers, combined with the artificial pools situated in front of the temple, creates a perfect mirror perspective that enhances this heavenly and colorful natural display.  It’s a beautiful sunrise and a magnificent sandstone temple worth seeing twice, at the same time.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Old Temples and such they are a goldmine if preserved.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Add Angkor Wat to your travel and bucket list and enjoy one of the seven wonders of the world.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.  Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free?

 

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Zentraveler views explosive Asteroid to destroy earth!

Using telepathic wave lengths magnified fifty billion times there is a huge odd shaped asteroid dead reckoning directly toward earth. The actual date could be light years away or with just a minor adjustment could hit within the next few years.

I believe theirs something catastrophic that will happen whether its this asteroid or another that will teach human beings a lesson to be remembered because we have reached a limit of deterioration in all aspects of life. We have taken earth for granted in everything. We destroy whats innocent and pure and we place value of money over the value of human interactions , we put a price tag on everything including humans so something must happen to restore equilibrium again.

Should I call my Insurance Agent and purchase Asteroid Insurance or just go with the flow? It all depends on the size of the Asteroid.  A relatively small asteroid could wipe out an entire city and a extremely large one would destroy the earth as we know it.

QUOTE: Imagine a giant asteroid on a direct collision with Earth.  That is the equivalent of what we face now (with climate change}, yet we dither.  James Hansen

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:

What Is An Asteroid?

Asteroids are small, rocky solar system bodies that populate interplanetary space out to the orbit of Jupiter. There are millions of them, and they are often grouped by their composition. The planetary science community refers to them as minor planets, a general term applied to solar system bodies smaller than moons. Asteroids are mainly made of materials left over from the formation of the inner solar system words. Most of them orbit the Sun between Mars and Jupiter, although there are groups of them that orbit closer. Asteroids come in three composition classes. C-types (chondrites) are made of clay and silicate rocks. S-types are the so-called “stony” asteroids and are made mostly of silicate rocks and nickel-iron mixtures. M-types are metallic nickel-iron. These categories indicate how far from the Sun they formed in the early solar system.

Facts About Asteroids

Asteroids are clues to the formation of the rocky planets of our solar system. The objects we see today are leftover from a time when the solar system formed 4.5 billion years ago. There are a LOT of these leftovers out there. Let’s learn some cool facts about them.

  • Asteroids aren’t the only things that hit Earth. Each day, more than 100 tons of material from asteroids and comets falls toward Earth. Most of it is destroyed by friction as it passes through our atmosphere. If something DOES hit the ground, it is known as a meteorite.
  • While asteroid impacts were more common in the past, they aren’t as frequent today.
  • An asteroid impact some 65 million years ago contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs. (It was one of several factors that affected all life on Earth at that time.)
  • Earth suffers an impact from an object the size of a football field about once every 2,000 years.
  • A car-sized meteoroid (a piece of asteroid) falls into Earth’s atmosphere about once a year. The result is a beautiful fireball, but the meteoroid usually burns up before reaching the ground.
  • Asteroids are rich in precious metals and other metals, as well as water.
  • Some asteroids are actually blown-out comets. The ices are gone, and all that’s left is the rocky material.
  • Some asteroids have moons of their own!
  • Most asteroids orbit the Sun in the Asteroid Belt, which lies between Mars and Jupiter.
  • Asteroids are also referred to as minor planets or planetoids.

Near Earth Asteroids & Impacts

Earth and the other planets formed as objects in the early system smacked together and made larger worlds. The process of collision and impact continues to this day, although with smaller objects (since all the larger ones became the planets we know).

Asteroids continue to come close to Earth in their orbits. They are called near-Earth objects (NEOs) or Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs). If orbital conditions are right, it’s possible that a NEO could crash to Earth’s surface. Depending on the size of the impactor, the damage to our planet (and us) could range from very little to catastrophic. A small incoming object would likely break up in our atmosphere. A larger one could rain very large pieces down on the surface or into the oceans. There are groups of astronomers searching out and mapping the positions of these NEOs in order to predict possible impacts weeks, months, or years in advance. Several organizations are making plans in case something should hit and cause damage. The chances of something hitting Earth are very small, but also depend on the size and orbit of the object.

So there you have it!  You could build a bomb proof cave bunker like they have in Afghanistan. Prepare your body to be frozen with the flip of a switch or fly with Branson to another planet…or just hangout to things cool down!

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: The Earth!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Make sure to store semen and DNA so future historians from other planets can study humanoids from Earth.  You should include a plastic bag of grasshoppers as they are an important part of Zen.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.  Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free?

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Zentraveler on Forest Bathing!

Forget the Norwegian Strong man contest, the Gamers Marathon or multi-tasking in the electronic age and go back to the caveman environment if you want to be smarter not dumber.  Studies have proven that multi-tasking slows down the brain and can even burn out the brain.

Enter the new field of FOREST BATHING which simply means you learn to hug the trees, listen to the trees and watch your stress level drop out of site. You don’t need a new pair of Michael Jordan Tennis shoes for $375.00, jock tight bicycle outfits, golf clubs, helmets, designer jeans  or even high tech bird watching binoculars.  All you need you already have in your closet or if you don’t have anything… you can Forest Bathe in the nude.

We live in the virtual world, but we need the wild is even more true in today’s chaotic lifestyle.  We all heard the phrase stop and smell the roses, can’t see the forest for the trees.  This is all leading up for you to save yourself from burnout by spending more time in nature.

It doesn’t matter where you live you can always find a green area, city park, national parks, river walks, Appalachian trail and even the Darien Gap for the adventurer.  Each tree is special and has its own Aura.  A  colored emanation protective circle above the tree.  Simply stare at the top of the tree against a blue sky and soon you will experience the trees Aura.

A new study suggests that by talking to trees and getting away from the technical age the brain can be fifty percent sharper by Forest Bathing.

So there you have it.  If you want to save yourself and society take up Forest Bathing and can even be a great pick-up line.  You introduce yourself and invite whoever on a Forest Bathing outing.  Who could possibly turn you down on such an offer.  Maybe the Grasshopper he’s been Forest Bathing so long he’s  smarter than the average bear and has been hearing this pick-up line for years.  However there’s always a chance you could get a Forest Bathing date with the Grasshopper.

QUOTE: Shinrin-yoku The Japanese practice of ‘Forest Bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health.

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Forest Bathing is defined as making contact with and taking in the atmosphere of the forest. What sets forest bathing apart from simply taking a walk in the forest is that we consciously take in the sights, sounds, smells, and the whole experience, rather than allowing our minds to do the things they habitually do, like putting together a mental grocery list.

Results of a study of 280 subjects conducted  found that forest bathing was associated with lower levels of a stress  indicator called cortisol, lower pulse rate, and lower blood pressure. The participants of the study had decreased activity in the part of the nervous system that activates when we are stressed and increased activity in the part of the nervous system that activates when we are relaxed. Relaxing like this is crucial for good health if you consider the fact that chronic stress reduces immune function and makes us more prone to depression, heart disease, and other disorders.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Trees…They are a lot more than they appear.  Watershed, Shade, Human, Animal and Bird feed, natural antibiotic, shelter, bird nests, wild honey bees, ants galore and more.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: STOP BEING A TECHNICAL GEEK AND GET BACK TO NATURE.  HAVE YOU HUGGED A TREE TODAY, IF NOT GET WITH IT AND GAIN SOME BRAIN POWER.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.  Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free?

 

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Zentraveler buses to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

 

Angor Wat Temples

After spending a week in Phnom Penh the bustling capital of Cambodia I went to a travel agent and purchased a bus ticket on Mekong Express Limousine Bus lines to Siem Reap on the northern part of Cambodia.  You never know what you are going to get when you book a bus as the travel agents are biased to certain bus companies and often offer a lesser less convenient service.

All aboard as I am picked up at my hotel and delivered to the Limousine Bus which was as the name implies.  After adjusting my very comfortable seat with ample leg room the female bus attendant gave each passenger a sandwich and a bottle of water and the bus had a toilet in the back of the bus…which is really a nice luxury to have especially on long trips.

Local Tuc Tuc

You can tell immediately If you have a good bus driver as he shifts smoothly and keeps the bus at even speed without passing on curves, blowing his horn. as if that would make a difference to a water buffalo or turned over tractor trailer truck on a blind curve. This bus trip was absolutely amazing and gave  passengers time to enjoy the scenery consisting of  huge rice fields, water buffaloes, cattle egrets and small towns as we proceeded north.

Elephant Hotel

We had a twenty minute snack break with local foods and a sit down restaurant. We arrived in Siem Reap in five hours even though the agent said it was six hours.  Bus stations are a challenge worldwide…you never know exactly where the bus might stop and then get your next mode of transport to the hotel district.  Thank god for the internet since it told you to either take regular taxi (expensive) or take local tuc tuc with the exact fee to pay.

I hopped in the first tuc tuc and negotiated the price to the tourist area and off I went like royalty in their well appointed tuc tucks with comfortable seats and open air to take in the sights as you motored along.  Siem Reap is a bit of a mystery as you cruise along wide treed streets with French Architecture and well appointed corporate and local buildings nestled into the landscape.

Pub Street

Immediately you think to yourself this city has style and would be an excellent place to hang your hat for a while.  It has fresh bakeries, many excellent restaurants, coffee shops everywhere, many churches and religions, hospitals and local clinics, and an entire block called Pub Street which is a great place to take a beer, eat in its many restaurants, ideal for a night out of bar-hopping, enjoy local bands or just people watch.  It reminds me of New Orleans during Mardi Gras, but here the party goes on every night of the year.

Another plus factor about Siem Reap is the cost of living is quite reasonable and a retiree could easily live here for under $1000 per month.  Hotels run the gamut from cheap to expensive and I found a brand new boutique hotel with a large room for $300 dollars a month and had its own bar and healthy cuisine located in the green area only five minutes from down town.

Angor Wat

What draws millions of visitors to Siem Reap is their ancient temples called Angor Wat. Angkor Wat is a UNESCO Archaeological Site and is listed as the 7th Wonder of the World.

Buddhist Monk

Angkor Wat is the ultimate expression of Khmer genius – an awe-inspiring temple that is stunning for both its grand scale and its incredible detail.  Angkor Wat, in its beauty and state of preservation, is unrivaled. Its mightiness and magnificence bespeak a pomp and a luxury surpassing that of a Pharaoh or a Shah Jahan, an impressiveness greater than that of the Pyramids, an artistic distinctiveness as fine as that of the Taj Mahal. Angkor Wat is located about six kilometers (four miles) north of Siem Reap.  Listed as one of the best travel destinations in the world… Angkor Wat will not disappoint.

Stilt House River Tour

Another adventure which should be on your list is a river tour to Tone Lake Sap area where you can take a local boat and  experience river life at the small town of Kampong Khleang which feels genuinely untouched and peaceful.  You will see stilt houses as far as the eye can see. More than a village, Kampong Khleang is a small town with its schools, its 3 pagodas, its clinics and everything such a large community requires to function. For those of you who have never seen such things before, it is a truly mind-boggling experience.

Travel like the Natives

Once your boat navigates away from the stilt houses, you will enter the “actual” floating village: several dozens of wooden houses floating on the river. The village moves along the river according to the seasons, and even sits on Tonlé Sap lake during the dry season. Just amazing.

One of the best things about Kampong Khleang is that the boat service is still owned by the locals, which means that the money we spend on the boat trip gets back to the community. We really hope it remains this way.

Zentraveler

So there you have it Siem Reap is a hidden gem that has something for everyone and should definitely be on your bucket list as a travel destination.

Magnificent Culture

QUOTE: “If a picture is worth a thousand words, why did God invent captions?” -David Mellonie

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Angkor Wat ( or “Capital Temple”) is a temple complex in Cambodia  and the Largest Religious Monument in the World, with the site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres).[ It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Our Historical Temples…they are a reflection of who we are.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: If you plan to go to Siem Reap, Cambodia you should be dressed like the famous Indiana Jones, carry a professional looking camera, some round spectacle glasses and a leather bound copy of poetry in your back pocket.  Also Beards are welcome as you mingle with the pseudo-intellectuals who are sipping strong coffee, munching on French croissants and vividly re-living past civilizations.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.  Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free?

 

 

 

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