Kampot

Although only 148km from Phnom Penh, Kampot is a world away from the spoilt, pampered bourgeois youth of Cambodia’s capital city with their consumerist peripherals and shiny new Japanese motorbikes. Kampot is also far, far away from Phnom Penh’s less than lovely urban sprawl. It’s hardly surprising therefore, that an…

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Daytrips: Phnom Bayang

We stop for breakfast in Takhmau. My plump Khmer companion has a hangover from the previous night. She droops in her chair, takes small sips from a glass of hot tea, and stares into her bowl of noodle soup. Sometimes I don’t know why she goes on all these trips….

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Daytrips: Kirirom Revisited

The road unfurls like a grey ribbon on a green carpet. We pass through lush orchards and grassy fields. The thickly forested mountain ahead looms ever larger. We veer right and skirt the base of the mountain. Then we begin our indiscernible ascent on a cracked and winding asphalt road….

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Cambodia Daytrips: Lovek

A small blue sign sits to the right side of the road bearing the words Traleng Keng Pagoda. Next to it is a large concrete archway, covered in elaborate designs and flowing Khmer script, over a narrow road leading through the scorched scrubland that is all that remains of Cambodia’s…

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Riding the Trails: Tips for off-roaders

If you’re thinking of hiring a dirt bike and heading out into the sticks, here are a few tips for the most serious – and not so serious – off-road adventurers. Before you go If you’re taking your own bike, get it fully serviced before long trips. Check your tyres,…

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Daytrips: Ompe Phnom

Kompong Speu is neglected in terms of tourism. Most people pass through on their way to more famous sites around the country. But it possesses a surprising array of travel opportunities. Kirirom National Park is situated in the southwest; the soaring spires of the old capital, Phnom Udong, are in…

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