Kep’s Abandoned Colonial and Modernist Villas

Neglected and atmospheric architecture on Cambodia’s southern coast Kep Sur Mer (Kep-on-Sea), to give Kep its correct title, is a rather quiet coastal town in southern Cambodia. These days, it is known for its laid-back ambience, excellent seafood (especially crab)...

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2016 Travel Review in Photographs

Here we go again with a roundup of where our 2016 travels took us, featuring a lot of wanderlusty photographs. Is it really a year since our last annual travel review?! At the start of every year we catch ourselves saying “we’re going to really slow it down this...

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Double Take: From Cambodia to Shoreditch, London

They say everybody has a double somewhere out there… I got within a cat’s whisker of creeping up and surprising a guy at Chengdu airport many years ago because I thought he was my father and I actually met my double in Cambodia earlier this year - he even (almost) had...

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Cambodian jungle bikes in Mondulkiri & Ratanakiri

Cambodian jungle bikes: the mechanical work-horses of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri provinces Located in Cambodia’s far flung eastern reaches, close to the border with Vietnam, the provinces of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri see few tourists, yet both regions are bursting with...

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Preah Vihear: Cambodia’s contentious Angkorian ruins

Preah Vihear Temple: A brief guide on why this UNESCO World Heritage Site is so controversial, how to get to Preah Vihear and is it safe to visit? Situated atop a 525m high plateau in the Dangrek Mountains, Preah Vihear is one of the most dramatically located...

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Phnom Penh’s Distinctive Architecture

Discovering Phnom Penh’s Architectural Heritage from Colonial Buildings to New Khmer Architecture I’m going to begin by saying that we cannot take any credit for the contents of the walking tour of Phnom Penh which I am about to showcase. During our recent extended...

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Cycle Rickshaws: An Asian Icon

Cycle rickshaws: An Asian institution Historically not as old as I was expecting, the cycle rickshaw was first developed in Asia in the 1880s but was not used with any regularity until the late 1920s starting in Singapore. Coming in all shapes and sizes, cycle...

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Where to break the journey between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Five good reasons to break the journey between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap when travelling in Cambodia Impatient to see the mighty temples at Angkor, it’s not surprising that most people head directly to Siem Reap after experiencing the delights of the capital. But if...

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Backpacking in Cambodia in the early ’90s

What was it like backpacking in Cambodia in the early '90s? I first visited Cambodia in October 1992. Back then it was relatively easy to get a visa (courtesy of Bangkok’s Khao San Road travel agents) but options for entering the country were limited to just two. You...

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