Cambodia’s Offshore Islands | Part 2

In this second part of a three-part series about Cambodia’s offshore islands, you will experience some, but not all, of the smaller and less visited islands. There are also one or two of the better-known Cambodian islands. Cambodia’s Offshore Islands | Part 2 After visiting Koh Kong, Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samlouem you could…

Cambodia’s Offshore Islands | Part 1

This is the first part of a two-part series about Cambodia’s offshore islands. In part one, the islands visited are Koh Kong, Koh Rong, and Koh Rong Samloem. Part two will take a look at some of the less and some of the rarely visited islands. Cambodia’s Offshore Islands | Part 1 Have you ever…

Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville: Beaches, the New Macao The town of Sihanoukville, or Kompong Som, is a coastal destination south of Phnom Penh: it is also known as “Snooky”. While this dusty and hilly place won’t win any beautiful-town competitions with its excessive and often unwanted development and dozens of casinos, it does have one draw card. Also,…

Koh Dach

There are many day trips by bicycle from Phnom Penh. One place northeast of the capital is Koh Dach; known as “Silk Island” by foreigners. It is a pair of islands in the Mekong River about five kilometres from the Japanese Friendship Bridge. So, leave the hustle and bustle of the capital for the day…

Pailin to Battambang

If you want to attempt some adventure cycling, then take a look at Pailin to Battambang. It is not far from Battambang and only about 15 kilometres from the Thai-Cambodia border. So, you can enter from Thailand or make a side trip from Battambang, or vice versa. Either way, it is an adventure you won’t…

Pailin

Cambodia’s Wild West One of Cambodia’s rarely visited destinations is Pailin Province. Few tourists go there, which is reason enough to put the province in your travel plans. The area has a long history and although Pailin City is small with a wild-west flavour, there are plenty of places to visit in and around town….

Tonle Bati

Not far from Phnom Penh is Tonlé Bati, which is a lake popular with locals who go there to enjoy a day out by the water and for a couple of twelfth-century Angkorian temples in the area. And all this can be achieved on a day trip from the capital. To get to Tonle Bati…

Cambodian Ceremonies

Hatches, Matches and Dispatches Of the many Khmer ceremonies that are celebrated; births, weddings and deaths are the ones a visitor to Cambodia is most likely to bump into or participate in; for better or worse or death do you part. Cambodian ceremonies sometimes have tents thrown up on streets; not to be confused with…

Holidays in Cambodia

One international list that Cambodia tops is the country with the most holidays. The Kingdom has 28 public holidays per year. Many of these public holidays are Buddhist occasions. However, there are also celebrations for Independence from France, Human Rights Day or International Labour Day to name a few. Many of the latter public holidays…

Cambodian Martial Arts and Dance

Two of Cambodia’s ancient traditions are, on the one hand, well known, and on the other hand, mysterious. The former is Apsara dancing, a delicate style of dancing also known as classical Khmer ballet. The latter is Cambodia Martial Arts or more propley known as Khmer Martial arts. Both stem from Cambodia’s distant past and…

Cambodia History | 1995

“No, not possible” was the reply followed by “Too dangerous.” Apparently, travelling by bus could end up being stopped by bandits, or worse the Khmer Rouge, and taken hostage then a ransom demanded, or else. It appeared my plan to visit Angkor Wat had run into a hurdle. Cambodian History | 1995   This was…

Siem Reap Province

In Khmer, the Siem Reap in Siem Reap Province means “Siam Defeated”, or more accurately “Siam Kneel”. Not a happy entry point into Cambodia if you are Thai. Siem Reap is also the name of the province the town is located in. Siem Reap Province is famous for the ancient city of Angkor; however, the…

Cyclebodia | Cambodia on a Bicycle

Phnom Penh to Battambang Cyclebodia takes you on a journey from Phnom Pen to Battambang via Kampong Chhnang and Pursat. When you start early Phnom Penh is quiet: not much traffic, the city is waking up, and an army of street sweepers come into play. Lots of Phnom Penhers like to exercise in the cool…

Cambodian Bus Travel

Getting about Cambodia can be challenging; however, it is best achieved by bus. There is also an art to Cambodian bus travel. Cambodian buses access nearly all destinations in the country, and they’re cheap and regular. There are, of course, drawbacks to bus travel. Cambodian buses aren’t truly regulated, so most buses bump and grind…

Kampot Cambodia

It is not hard to see why people become entranced with Kampot, Cambodia. It doesn’t have Siem Reap’s temples or the glitz of Sihanoukville; however, the town is charming, laid-back and perfect for relaxing and taking a breather from the dusty trails of Cambodia. Kampot Cambodia Kampot doesn’t look like much at first with its…

Water Festival Cambodia

The annual  Bon Om Touk  ( Cambodian Water Festival )is a must-see event and should be on every Cambodian bucket list. Boat crews from all over the country descend on Phnom Penh to compete in boat races on the Tonlé Sap River, actually, the rallying point is just below the Chrouy Changva bridge and the…

Things To Do In Phnom Penh

You will not run short of things to do in Phnom Penh. All it takes is a little bit of perseverance and the traveler spirit. Most of the sights, interesting places and things to do in Phnom Penh are within a relatively short drive or decent walk. A taxi ride is cheap and those that…

Living In Cambodia

A personal story of our media director living in Cambodia. He shares experiences from the mundane to the unusual. His information is essential for anyone who will be volunteering for any length of time in Cambodia or planning to fully explore the rich Khmer history of Cambodia. Make sure you have all your essential items…

Cambodia Travel Visa

There is a lot written about obtaining a Cambodian travel visa on the internet. You will find government websites, blogs and travel guides offering advice. In general, obtaining a Cambodia travel visa is very simple and straightforward. We do not know of anyone who has had their visa application at a border crossing unreasonably refused….

Banteay Chhmar

Once you make it to Siem Reap then you are in the heart of Angkor. However, not so far from the ancient capital are many less visited Angkorian temples. There is Beng Mealea and Preah Srey, perhaps Phnom Koulen; one much over-looked place is Banteay Chhmar. Banteay Chhmar |One of The Lessor Known Angkorian Temple…