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Coming up, and based on some 15 years of leading tours to Cambodia’s UNESCO World Heritage site; a few small tips and suggestions on how to optimise your Angkor visit. Firstly though one very big tip! Try and time your visit for the low season. The awesome, often jungle-clad, temples in Western Cambodia are obviously today a huge draw and…

At long last; – despite several incident free years following on from 2008 border skirmishes between Cambodia and Thailand – the UK Foreign Office has finally seen fit to declare the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site of Preah Vihear ‘safe to visit’.  This (mainly) 11th century Hindu temple is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular Angkor period temples being located…

Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh has 3 main downtown markets that casual visitors are likely to come across; Psa, Thmei, Psa Chas and Psa Kandal – psa, (or Phsar), being, as you may have guessed the Khmer word for market thus translating as New Market, Old Market and Central Market. A 4th, slightly out of the town centre but very popular…

Mondulkiri: one of the few Cambodian provinces we’d not yet visited but with new road construction easing transportation concerns we thought it was definitely about time we did check out this remote yet picturesque province in the kingdom’s northeastern highlands. The intention is to include the province in a planned, 2 week off the beaten track Cambodia tour but we…

Sambor Prei Kuk; – the earliest known Khmer city in Cambodia is a superb site, yet one that’s largely overlooked by visitors to the kingdom. Dozens of decorated brick towers dating from the 6th and 7th centuries – some ruinous, some still remarkably well preserved, are scattered through picturesque forest some 30 kms north of the provincial town of Kompong…

Traditionally Cambodia’s 2nd largest city, the western town of Battambang has surely been overtaken by now by booming Siem Reap and although still relatively prosperous from the Province’s fine farming land, (indeed it’s sometimes known as ‘Cambodia’s rice bowl’), it has been largely bypassed by the country’s tourism boom. Well until recently that is but these days Battambang’s definitely an…

Delighted to welcome Jean-Francois, (Jeff), Perigois to our team for the upcoming 2014/15 high season. A superb travel photographer and long term Phnom Penh resident and with his  vast local knowledge and boundless enthusiasm Jeff seemed to us the ideal person to lead our photography tour groups around the country he loves. We’ve continued our successful Images of Burma, photography…

An isolated and very rarely visited ruined Angkor period temple site, Prasart Kok Roka in Cambodia’s Kompong Thom Province is famous, well locally at least, for being the area’s very own leaning tower. According to some locals the depression in the ground in front of the temple is rumoured to be a bomb crater which supposedly tilted the tower to…

Another classic Khmer offering we overlooked in our recent Cambodian food post is the excellent traditional noodle dish nom prajok. Thin rice noodles are steamed then served with a curry, fresh herbs, condiments, (and of course chillies). The various items are presented on separate dishes so you then kind of construct your own bowl of curried noodles yourself according to…

Came across this ruined temple whilst poking around in some villages outside of Siem Reap recently: even the locals didn’t have a name for it and though these days the few remaining stones scattered across the grounds of a contemporary Buddhist wat don’t really merit the term ‘temple’ it’s interesting to think that even these meager remains once constituted what…

Fascinating background reading for anyone considering visiting Cambodia, this was a serious omission from our earlier Cambodia reading and viewing list. An unusual perspective too in that whilst most Cambodian history books you’ll come across cover either the Angkor or Khmer Rouge eras, Cambodia’s Curse is an account and analysis of events and history post Khmer Rouge up until the…