Travel: Phnom Banan

After scaling the 358 stone steps up the recently renovated stairwell you will have a commanding view for miles around Phnom Banan. Looking down below the steep stairwell and slightly beyond into the rice fields you’ll notice, quite clearly, the remains of the abandoned 100 metre wide and 200 metres…

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A Postcard from Battambang: 3

Tourist season here is in full swing, a conspicuous manifestation of which is the number of redfaced people charging around town in their holiday socks and sandals talking loudly to one another. They even appear to outnumber the enthusiastic hot gospellers and, being an expert baiter of evangelists, I notice…

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The Road to Samlot: Part 1

The rain-damaged and badly potholed road from Battambang to S’dau has received a quick patch up, but for miles out of Battambang the air remained thick with petrol fumes and dust kicked up by dilapidated trucks which were blasting their horns whilst transporting newly picked rice around Cambodia. Battambang gets…

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Mr Kim Long

This is Mr Kim Long or Kum Mien as he is known to his friends in the small and peaceful village of Kompong Ambril nestled on the bank of the River Sangker not so far away from Battambang in Cambodia’s north east. Mr Kim Long is an unusual man for…

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Starters Orders in Battambang

After several lean months, the holiday season has arrived again and last month’s Pchum Ben will soon be followed by Cambodia’s annual Water Festival which sees the happy provincial hordes descend on Phnom Penh. Battambang was looking clean, bright and pretty last week as heats were held on the Sangker…

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