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Cambodia’s recent history under the Khmer Rogue is filled with suffering and death, however the country is steadily rebuilding itself and actively promoting tourism to assist with its economic development. Among a rich ancient Khmer culture, beautiful countryside and friendly locals there is much more to Cambodia than its tragic past.

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Cycling in Cambodia

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Cycling in Cambodia

The Idea Two days earlier, I had arrived in Siem Reap with little more than an idea: to go cycle touring in northern Cambodia. With no information available online, I set off with little idea what to expect and nothing but a small rucksack filled with a single change of clothes, a few spare bike parts and enough food and water for a couple of hours. It wasn’t long before I left the busy tourist centre with its many souvenirs and hawkers and entered instead, a local’s market. Fruit stalls lined the roadside; each one with its own makeshift...

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AMA Waterways Expands Exotic Itinerary Options

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AMA Waterways Expands Exotic Itinerary Options

Calabasas, CA – (Apr. 14, 2016) – AmaWaterways today announced that it has enhanced its “Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong” itinerary, providing travelers with even more options to experience Southeast Asia. “We are delighted to introduce flexible new itineraries on the fabled Mekong River this year,” said Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President and Co-owner of AmaWaterways. “Whether it is the direction in which the cruise sails or the numerous included excursions we offer, we truly...

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Discovery Adventure Travelers To Visit New Hope

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Discovery Adventure Travelers To Visit New Hope

Discovery Adventures Offers Travelers A Chance To Give Back To Local Communities In Tours To Thailand, Southern Africa And Peru (Toronto, September 4, 2013) — Discovery Adventures, the tour operator developed in partnership with Discovery Communications and G Adventures, offers three exciting trips for travelers looking to support special community initiatives and projects, as well as engage with local cultures. These three tours – Thailand and Angkor Wat Cultural Journey, Southern Africa Safari, and Amazon & Incan Adventure – allow...

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Battambang, Bamboo Rail-Riding in Cambodia

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Battambang, Bamboo Rail-Riding in Cambodia

Battambang Bamboo Rail-Riding in Cambodia A Trip to Battambang ‘What would my insurance company say’, I wondered, ‘if I tried to make a claim for getting thrown off this thing?’ Especially since I had discovered my mode of transport, the Battambang, Cambodia, bamboo train, was actually ‘unofficial’ — or, illegal but in a legal kind of way. I had been excited about my trip to Battambang (pronounced ‘bat-tam-bong’), a city about three hours’ bus drive from Siem Reap and the second largest in Cambodia. The bamboo train, also know by the Khmer as...

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New Tour from Backyard Travel: Highlights of Cambodia & Vietnam

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New Tour from Backyard Travel: Highlights of Cambodia & Vietnam

Backyard Travel Release New Tour: Highlights of Cambodia & Vietnam Bangkok, Thailand (June 18, 2013): Backyard Travel, Asia’s most innovative tour company, has released news of a marvelous new multi-country trip which allows travelers the chance to enjoy the inspiring highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam, led by expert local guides. The twelve-day, eleven-night tour gives travelers the opportunity to delve deep into the sensational culture and fascinating tradition of the similar yet vastly different Southeast Asian nations. Travelers will...

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Phnom Penh’s Past and Present

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Phnom Penh’s Past and Present

  The Tragic Past And Positive Outlook All In A Day In Phnom Penh   There was a group of people doing the Gangnam Style on the boardwalk, with arms wildly swerving and legs kicking to the full Psy effect. Their leader, a young fitness enthusiast with a microphone hooked to his ear, shouted out the instructions and with him the rest of the group turned left and right, moved back and stepped forward in such uniformed precision capable of rivalling the contestants in an International Line Dancing competition. This was just one of the...

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Update: Compassion in Cambodia

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Update: Compassion in Cambodia

Water Deprived Villages in Cambodia A few years Christine and I traveled through Southeast Asia and met a very compassionate man, Nu Tarth. On our return we posted a story on In The Know Traveler about how he survived the genocide of the 70’s “Killing Fields” to start the Angkor Charity Organization, a non-profit devoted to providing clean water and schools. We were so inspired by his work that along with friends, family, and co-workers, we pooled our funds several times to drill wells. Cambodia Lacks Clean Water The World Health Organization...

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Kep the Crabs Coming

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Kep the Crabs Coming

A visit to the seaside town of Kep I visited the crab market in Kep with the intention of ‘just looking’ before grabbing a couple of baguettes for a late breakfast. Following the steps of the locals I found myself surrounded by bamboo baskets hoisted out of the sea by ladies in gum boots and thick gloves, bargaining for my breakfast. Crabs for breakfast may seem a bit odd, but by the size of the crowd gathered here on the promenade, I am not the only one with the appetite. Kep, a small seaside town in Cambodia, is famous for its...

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Beyond Angkor Wat: the stilt village of Kampong Khleang

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Beyond Angkor Wat: the stilt village of Kampong Khleang

“Want tuk tuk? We go to Angkor Wat!” touts a few enthusiastic tuk tuk drivers as we strolled out of our hotel. It is assumed here that Angkor Wat is the sole purpose of all tourists who come to Siem Reap, after all, the town has been receiving foreign visitors for 120 years, acting as a gateway to the Angkor temples. We had different ideas however, and stayed in Siem Reap a little longer to get a sense of what else there is to see beyond the famous temples, for with such a scenic town with such lively people, there had to be...

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Aqua Expeditions expands into Indochina

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Aqua Expeditions expands into Indochina

  Lima, Peru – November 8, 2012: Following the success of river cruises on the Peruvian Amazon, Aqua Expeditions is launching its third luxury vessel in 2014 to sail the Mekong River through Cambodia and Vietnam, it was announced today by Aqua Expeditions CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro.   The Aqua Mekong will be the first boat of its class on the river. Keeping in style with the M/V Aria and M/V Aqua, the M/V Aqua Mekong will be small enough to be intimate, and large enough to be spacious and luxurious, paying every attention to detail from...

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Travel to Myanmar Opens Up

Posted by on 9:30 am in Announcements, Cambodia, Myanmar | 1 comment

Travel to Myanmar Opens Up

Myanmar is a truly spiritual destination, largely untouched by the influence of Western civilization. The stunning landscape of pagodas and temples surrounding Bagan has changed little in 1500 years.  Since the elections in November 2010, the government has started to open its doors and Secretary Clinton’s visit this week is the first step in ending the country’s international isolation.   Interest in travel to Myanmar has increased dramatically in the past few months since the National League for Democracy, founded by Nobel Prize winner...

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Travel Indochina Introduces Exclusive Mekong River Cruises

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Travel Indochina Introduces Exclusive Mekong River Cruises

With increasing demand for river cruise experiences, Travel Indochina introduced a brand new boutique-style river cruise liner, The Jahan, to its product offerings. The Jahan is the smallest and most luxurious cruise boat to wind through the majestic Mekong Delta between Vietnam and Cambodia. From the bustling city of Saigon to Siem Reap, gateway to the spectacular Temples of Angkor, the Jahan has just 26 spacious luxury cabins, including two elegant Jacuzzi Suites. With a maximum passenger capacity of 52, the liner offers an intimate...

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Uniworld Expands River Cruises in Asia

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Uniworld Expands River Cruises in Asia

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises introduces a new ship, River Saigon, and expands their Asia river cruises and tours in 2012, so travelers can experience this destination in world-class style and comfort for which Uniworld is known. With over 100 departures on 8 itineraries ranging from 10 to 24 days in China, Vietnam, and Cambodia, travelers can unlock the richness and vast diversity of this region. From the Great Wall of China to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, from Spiritual Tibet to bucolic Vietnam, and from the mighty Yangtze to the languid...

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Sofitel in Phnom Penh Opening

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Sofitel in Phnom Penh Opening

Phnom Penh, 21 March 2011 – Traditional Khmer music, Buddhist monks, Cambodia’s deputy prime minister and apsaras will help announce the grand opening of one of Southeast Asia’s most anticipated new hotels March 29 as the Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra makes its debut. The hotel takes the stage in Phnom Penh as the first new five-star hotel to open in the capital in more than a decade. Its eight restaurants and bars, expansive meetings facilities, spa, sports club and executive lounge herald an emergence of sorts for a city...

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Observations of a Farang

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Observations of a Farang

I’m a Farang. If you’ve got European ancestry, you are too. Although the word exists in many linguistic forms throughout the Siam and Khmer Empires and beyond, this Thai version is the most well known. Its widespread use lends credence to the theory it entered the region long ago as a corruption of the Persian word for “foreigner”, though occasionally it’s used as a slur directed at Euro-males escorting young Asian women. You’ll find, however, that when taxi drivers or market vendors address you this way it nearly always means...

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