Cambodia

Trip to a Chunchiet graveyard in a shaky boat

Trip to a Chunchiet graveyard in a shaky boat

Arranging transport to Voen Sai The small town of Voen Sai is our destination for today. Apparently, we can go by car. Nick, a travel writer for Lonely Planet, would like a hike; he wants to explore a piece of untouched nature near Siem Pang. As he speaks Khmer, he offers to negotiate for us […]

Chewing sand in Banlung city

Chewing sand in Banlung city

An overbooked flight to Banlung Our motorcycle drivers already wait for us when we get out of the guesthouse, packed and sacked, to take us to the airport for our flight to Banlung. The check-in is slow but fluent. Even though this is a domestic flight, we still have to pay a 6$ departure tax. […]

An improvised visit to Silk Island

An improvised visit to Silk Island

Drivers waiting for new clients to arrive When checking out, we meet our drivers from yesterday again at the counter. Today they have no work. This afternoon a fresh load of tourists arrives in Battambang, hopefully, that provide them some job the next day. We drive to the next hotel where a crowd of about […]

The Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau

The Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau

A bumpy road sitting at the back of a motorbike After breakfast, we reserve our bus to Phnom Penh for tomorrow at the reception. Outside at the entrance of the hotel, we negotiate our trip to the Killing Caves for today with the drivers present. Eventually, we leave with two reasonably young guys on the […]

Scenic river trip to Battambang

Scenic river trip to Battambang

A spectacular boat trip to Battambang We got up early this morning for the river trip to Battambang. This seems to be one of the most scenic boat tours in Cambodia. Around a quarter past 6, a minibus picks us up. We stop at a couple guesthouses and hotels and drive fully loaded to the […]

The remote temples of Angkor

The remote temples of Angkor

A view of ordinary Cambodian life on our way to Banteay Srei On our agenda today are the more remote temples of Angkor Historical Park; Banteay Srei in the north and the Roluos group in the east. First, we head to Banteay Srei. Our driver Djam wants some extra dollars for this trip because of […]

The Big Circuit temples and the forces of nature

The Big Circuit temples and the forces of nature

A late start of our Big Circuit temples tour Today some of the Big Circuit temples are on our program. My travel mate has fallen back to sleep after I woke him up and only appears at 9 o’clock at breakfast, the hour when we would normally leave. Well, we cannot withstand to go out and […]

First temple visits in Angkor Wat

First temple visits in Angkor Wat

First day at Angkor Archeological Park A big today, as it the first day of our temple visits in Angkor Wat. At 9:15 am we are ready to start. Mr. Kasal introduces us to Djam, our tuk-tuk driver for the next three days. First, we drive to the reception of the Angkor Archeological Park to get our […]

Siem Reap by express boat

Siem Reap by express boat

Trying to catch a deal to guide us around in Siem Reap We woke up at 5.15 am to take the express boat to Siem Reap. Our motorcyclists are present at half past seven at the entrance of the hotel. The ship leaves at seven o’clock. One of the drivers asks me if he could assist […]

Confronting dark history of Cambodia

Confronting dark history of Cambodia

Poverty in Cambodia Our second day in Phnom Penh. Today I want to find out more on the dark history of Cambodia. So I decided to combine a visit to the Royal Palace and the S21 prison. As there is a swimming pool on the 3rd floor of the hotel, my travel companion would instead go […]