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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…

Once again perfect weather for this ‘rainy season’ tour of Cambodia – clear blue, dust-free skies providing some great landscape views, enough fluffy white clouds about for pretty photos and the occasional evening shower to cool things down. As with our recent Burma tour the relative lack of crowds was also a big plus – particularly at the popular sites…

Sure, Angkor Wat, Bayon and the temples of Siem Reap are the highlights for most visitors to Cambodia but there’s plenty of other fascinating sights architecture-wise to be seen in the kingdom. The country’s rich architectural heritage indeed covers everything from the the recent and French period, to Funanese and pre-Angkor sites. Here’s a few images……. Beginning with Phnom Penh’s…

Aside from the Art Deco Psa Thmei and the National Museum with its evocative Asian spires an unlikely entry in Phnom Penh’s iconic building list would be Ma-Deng or the ‘White Building‘ on Sothearos Boulevard. This 60’s concrete apartment block is so run-down and dilapidated that it’s now achieved something approaching celebrity status, (not, we don’t doubt, amongst its inhabitants…

Siem Reap’s Psa Chas, or Old Market, with it’s souvenir stalls, packaged herbs and spices and tourist friendly cafes is well known amongst visitors to Cambodia yet Phnom Penh’s version is rarely included on anyone’s city itineraries even though it’s centrally and conveniently located on 13th Street close to both the riverfront and Wat Phnom. There are no pirate DVD…

Ta Prom, Angkor – Cambodia’s famous ‘Tomb Raider Temple‘ with it’s giant trees and sprawling roots is certainly one of Angkor’s most famous and photogenic sites but consequently it does see a lot of visitors and in the high season particularly can get rather busy. A regular itinerary would have you entering by the West Gate and perhaps exiting on…

Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, a provincial capital lying on the bank of the Tonle Sap River some 2 hours north of Phnom Penh and without a doubt one of Cambodia’s most interesting and photogenic towns. (Yes we’ve already posted a couple of articles about Kompong Chnang but we reckon it’s so good a few more photos won’t hurt!) For much of…

Can’t go wrong really with giant roots and towering trees, mysterious carvings and jungle-clad ruins so here’s another selection of photos of Preah Khan and Ta Prom temples in Cambodia’s Angkor temple complex, taken on our recent Saigon to Angkor Overland small group tour. Preah Khan, as with the more high profile Ta Prom, is a late 12th century Buddhist…

Prior to the construction of Angkor Wat itself the mid-11th century Baphuon  – royal temple of King Udayadityavarman II, (trying saying that after a couple of Angkor beers) – was the largest temple of the Angkor empire and with it’s main tower surmounting the massive sandstone pyramid, said to have been clad in bronze, and its spectacular raised entrance causeway…

Well at least the Cambodia section of the trip since in fact Dan and Sara, having signed up for the Indochina Adventure, had already travelled through Northern Thailand and Laos for a couple of weeks and Yvette was doing Cambodia as part of a Saigon to Phnom Penh Overland tour. First pic then is from Phnom Penh’s riverside Titanic Restaurant…

Already did a photographs of Kompong Chnang post on the fascinating market of this provincial Cambodian town but thought we’d add a few rainy season photographs for good measure since the views do change radically with the  change in water levels. With the market being located right on the Tonle Sap riverbank, high water means the boats can unload their…

We’ll round up our series on Western Cambodia’s Sangkar River with a selection of landscapes of the highly picturesque river. Do feel that photos, or at least our photos, don’t really do the scenery justice though. It’s not like trying to capture a beach, mountain or say sunset – these are such broad vistas and wide landscapes; marshes and waterscapes…