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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…

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…

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…

Finding an undiscovered gem is part of the charm of taking Southeast Asia tours and for those in search of their own piece of colonial Cambodia, Kampot ticks all the boxes. The city, which is famous for its durian fruit and salt and pepper production, lies to the southwest of the capital Phnom Penh and has just 35,000 permanent residents….

A selection of superb Cambodia photographs from Gary Latham taken on his recent Images of Indochina photographic tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. So, without further a-do…..all images by Gary and comments by All Points East. (Please note that for the purposes of speed and space the images’ resolution have been reduced so apologies for any loss of quality!) Unusual star-lit…

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…

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…

Firstly we need to point out that this, and any other of our first choice accommodation options, are always subject to availability and are never guaranteed! In Siem Reap and all other destinations we do have satisfactory alternatives and indeed in several spots we rotate the choices anyway. Sometimes depending upon the group composition, (certain hotels are more family orientated…