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A few photos from a recent street photography tour of Phnom Penh lead by Jeff, (Jean Francois) Perigois. Jeff is a long term resident of Cambodia’s capital so can lead you down a few back alleys you’d certainly never find – or dare to go down – yourselves and his great rapport with locals provides obvious advantages for street, market…

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…

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…

As we maintained in our recent – ‘Cambodia tours – what’s the food like post’ – after having taken a backseat to its more culinarily illustrious neighbours Vietnam and Thailand, Khmer cuisine is making great strides of late so without further ado here’s a selection of  10 of our favourites of the kingdom’s varied and surprisingly tasty food offerings you…

Khmer cooking has traditionally takes a backseat compared to the more prestigious and much better known cuisines of its neighbours Thailand and Vietnam and obviously the population have had far more serious concerns during much of their recent history but it is making a strong come back of late and more and more excellent eateries are appearing in larger towns…

Yes there is a concentration on history books below but Cambodian history, whether ancient or recent, dominates so many aspects of contemporary Khmer life and society. Below is just a personal selection out of the multitude of books on both the Angkor period and the recent Khmer Rouge available and is in no way intended to be comprehensive. Note that…

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…

Hanging around the Phnom Penh riverfront or Siem Reap’s ‘Pub Street’ tuk-tuk drivers will flock to offer you massages with; fish, their sister, grannie, themselves as well as attempt to flog you the gamut of soft and hard drugs – some may even offer you a ride – but turn up in Kampot these days you’re more likely to hear,…

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…

Forget Phnom Penh’s Pochentong or Siem Reap International Airport, if you can arrive in the Kingdom of Cambodia by boat then that’s the way to go! We’ll stretch a point by including the awesome Sangkar River trip between Battambang, (near the Thai frontier), and Siem Reap and there’s the increasingly popular trip up the Mekong from Chau Doc on the…

You wouldn’t guess today, looking at the scrub covered low hills surrounded by paddy-fields and red-roofed temples, that this site some 40 kms north of Phnom Penh was for a long period the capital of the Khmer kingdom. As in Angkor times only religious edifices such as the surrounding temples and various shaped and sized stupas that dot the hill…

Following on from our previous post on Phnom Penh’s Kean Kleang Temple here’s some photographs of the excellent paintings we mentioned that are to be found on the wooden doors and window shutters of the old viharn or main worshipping hall. Couldn’t ascertain exactly how old they were – 100 years or so (?) – and sadly we’re not sure…