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Travel: Around Kampong Chhnang

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A few months ago, I made a trip to Kampong Chhnang with my friend, Srey Mom, to check out the old, abandoned Chinese-built airport and some of the surrounding Khmer Rouge era infrastructure. While the massive airport, large enough to…

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Annual Trek

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I’ve just returned home to Cambodia from my annual trek to America. Being one who prefers being on the ground I generally go overland to Bangkok, not to mention that, at least until recently, it’s been quite a bit cheaper…

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Cambodia Daytrips: Prasat Sras Keo, Takeo

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Dusting off an old archaeological survey of Takeo I found some time ago, I headed down to the provincial capital recently in search of several obscure pre-Angkorean temples. Even with specific place names, it’s not always easy to find these…

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Skull Tourism: Cambodia’s Rise from the Mass Grave of History

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Cambodia is a mass grave, a shallow hole in the ground, blood-soaked, bone-filled, holding the rotten corpses of the millions slaughtered by Pol Pot’s psychotic, genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. Ironically, though, it is this brutal, bloody history that is helping…

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Cambodia Daytrips: The Road from Battambang to Ek Phnom

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The northern route out to Ek Phnom will take you along the river road with the normally benign and muddy stream of brown water weaving its way to your left of Battambang old town. This route has recently been sealed…

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Cambodia Daytrips: Wat Ang Sleng, Takeo

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By: Mac Hathaway Returning to the town, we went back to the restaurant where we’d gone before and again pestered the proprietors for travel tips. There’d been discussion in our absence, and new ideas had emerged. This time, we were…

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Cambodia Daytrips: Wat Kiribobaram, Kompong Cham

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Just a short drive toward Kompong Cham stands the tall, red archway to the entrance to Wat Kiribobaram. An ornate naga bridge, with the dragon’s undulating body as the railings that lead from this first gate to the inner one,…

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Cambodia Daytrips: Wat Puthai, Takeo

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By: Mac Hathaway Without a guidebook to point out the way, my plump Khmer ex and I embarked on some genuine countryside exploration last year, pestering shopkeepers, accosting motodops, and sniffing out leads to any out of the way little…

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Drop the Dead Dolphin

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A group of local fisherman, several district community members and a representative of the national tourism authority have all been implicated in perhaps the largest scam perpetuated in SE-Asia. Kratie, a small town in Cambodia, has long been famous for…

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A Month with the Monks

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Below are the ramblings of an experience in a Thai monastery. I got nothing of what I expected, and expected nothing of what I got. My time was filled with constant physical pain and suffering, emotional torment, mental anguish, hunger,…

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