Cambodia Travel Articles, Photos and Panoramas

Top 5 Experiences in 2007

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We are often asked "What were your best experiences? What are your favorite places?""All-time favorite places" is a difficult one to answer without writing a book, but if we limit the question to 2007 (as we did in our personal growth exercise last night), the answer becomes manageable and something worth sharing with our readers. … [Read more...]

Interview with Adrianne and Rick

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We introduced Adrianne and Rick earlier on this blog. Having told their story to several people recently and feeling renewed inspiration, we wanted to share more about them and their work.We feel that Adrianne and Rick can tell their story better than we can. Below are excerpts from an email interview conducted after they returned to Canada from their latest work … [Read more...]

Southeast Asia Round Up

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As we write this, we are in Tbilisi, Georgia and about to head to Armenia. But just after spending almost five months in Southeast Asia and releasing our site, we find that we're being asked “what was your favorite ______ in Southeast Asia?"Here is our attempt to answer those questions, preempt a few others, and provide an overview of our experience. … [Read more...]

Adrianne and Rick – Making a Difference in Cambodia

Adrianne with Cambodian orphans

When we began our journey, one of our goals was to meet inspiring people who are making a difference in this world - however small – and to tell their story. Adrianne and Rick, a couple we met while admiring the monitor lizards in Bangkok's Lumpini Park, were the first people to fit this description. We feel fortunate to have met them. It’s not just the work that they … [Read more...]

A Few Words on Entertainment in Phnom Penh

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Why try to be funny when others can do it for you?In that vein, we'd like to share some advice from Khmer Guides on entertainment and relaxation in Phnom Penh. This is a direct quote.Relaxing Places: There are many foreiners night clubs along the riverfront and all the visitors can relax with snooker and romantic song with beautiful girls. Moreover, all the … [Read more...]

Going Against the Stats – Lovin’ Cambodia

A New Friend

If you refer to the statistics on Cambodia – poverty is widespread, as is AIDS, the country is still recovering from the Khmer Rouge (and has yet to put anyone on trial for war crimes), corruption is institutionalized and entrenched, health care is lacking, there are still an estimated 6 million unexploded land mines, indentured sex workers are common (children too), … [Read more...]

Bruised Bottoms to Battambang

Tonle Sap Lake - En Route to Battambang

There are two ways to get to Battambang from Siem Reap: 1) bus on reliable roads, 5 to 6 hours or 2) boat on less than reliable waterways, 5 to 10 hours. We chose the boat option, having read that the journey along Tonle Sap Lake is the best water trip in Cambodia, where beautiful scenery and active floating villages accompany you most of the way. … [Read more...]

Bugs and Blessings

Grilled Beetles

First the Bugs Curious, Dan struck up a conversation with a table of people enjoying their late afternoon snack of bugs and sugar cane juice near the river in Battambang. After inviting us to sit with them, he received a proper - and unexpected - lesson in art of bug eating. Step 1: remove the wings and legs. Step 2: pop them into his mouth, Step 3: chew a long, long … [Read more...]

Battambang on a Motorbike

Primitive Pastoral

Spending a day on the back of a motorbike going around the villages and sites near Battambang is one of the best ways to take in Cambodia’s countryside while getting a bit of an adrenaline kick. This trip proved one of our personal travel hightlights in Southeast Asia. … [Read more...]

Motorbike Driver Chronicles

Praying at Phnom Sampeau

While visiting Battambang, we hired motorbike drivers for a day to take us through the surrounding countryside. Our day with them yielded an authentic look at Cambodian country life. Our drivers also shared glimpses of their own personal stories with us. Their stories were typical of many Cambodians and serve as a collective memory of a country that lost half its … [Read more...]