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Travelling the Tonle Sap River from Battambang to Siem Reap

The Tonle Sap is a combined river & lake in Cambodia.  Its the largest freshwater lake in South-East Asia and is a major ecological hotspot which was designated as a UNESCO biosphere in 1997. If you are interested in reading more about the Tonle Sap, you may like to read the Wikipedia article. However if you just want … Continue reading

Bokor Hill Station – Cambodia

In the Preah Monivong National Park in southern Cambodia, about 20kms from Kampot, is the ghost town Bokor Hill Station. It was built by the French in the 1920s and the main buildings of the Bokor Palace Hotel & Casino as well as the Church are still standing, ready for exploration. Its high in the hills … Continue reading

Cambodia and Genocide : Photography and Tourism

When I look back through my photographs from my first trip to Cambodia back in 2007, there are parts of our trip where I simply didn’t take any or only a handful of photos. When we returned to Cambodia last Christmas, we just visited Siem Reap and the spectacular temples of Angkor. We took thousands … Continue reading

Uses for leftovers – a travel tale

I never give money to beggars when travelling in developing countries, unfortunately it encourages begging as a career and creates a much bigger issue long term. I do however give to organisations in the areas I travel through. I also try to support NGOs in many of these places who provide work skills and an … Continue reading

Baying on about Bayon – Bayon Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Some people like the impressive expanse of Angkor Wat, others admire the intricate carvings of Banteay Srei, others want to find their inner Tomb Raider at Ta Prohm.  Personally, of all the temples that I have been to in the Siem Reap area, the one that I love the most is Bayon. Bayon was built around … Continue reading

Wat Phu – pre-Angkorian temple in Southern Laos

While the temples in Cambodia in the Angkor region are simply swarming with tourists, in southern Laos is a beautiful pre-Angkorian temple which you can visit almost on your own.  Its known by a number of names, Wat Phu, Vat Phou, Wat Phou and so on. Though not as spectacular as the plethora of temples in … Continue reading

Kuang Si Falls and Free the Bears Sanctuary in Laos

While in Laos we had the opportunity to visit the Save the Bears sanctuary at Tat Kuang Si Park, a protected area near Luang Prabang. Free the Bears is an international charitable organization started by an Australia woman with a goal to rescue bears kept in captivity and rehome them in safe sanctuaries throughout Asia … Continue reading

Angkor Wat at sunrise… yawn…

If you read your guide books, they tell you that the one thing you absolutely can’t miss is sunrise at Angkor Wat. What they don’t tell you is that there will be around 60,000 other sleepy, sweaty tourists, a million or so mosquitoes, hawkers and a rather underwhealming experience as the sun comes up in … Continue reading

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