Archive for the 'Sightseeing & activities' Category

Jul 29 2012

Banteay Srey day trip from Siem Reap

Dancing butterflies, taking time out for a drink

Small, pink hued and featuring the most exquisite and detailed carvings, Banteay Srey is considered by many to be one of the loveliest of all the Angkorian temples. Just under 40 kilometres from Siem Reap, the ‘Citadel of the Women’ was beautifully restored by French archaeologists who described it as a “precious gem” and a … read the full post

Jun 15 2012

Games in Siem Reap

We’re fast approaching the time of year when long stretches of hot, soggy sunshine are interspersed with hour to two hour bursts of hot, wet rain, and it’s therefore time to look at the idea of ‘strategic stranding’. To be honest, the rain is not actually that big a deal unless in taking shelter you … read the full post

Apr 01 2012

Siem Reap’s north riverside evictions…

A few weeks ago, I described a short walk on the north riverside of Siem Reap, and attempted to paint a picture of a lively slice of of the town, one that you won’t see around Pub Street or wandering through the temples. It’s a part of ordinary, everyday Cambodia, full of bustle and barking, … read the full post

Mar 12 2012

Where to work out in Siem Reap

I’m writing this now, but as it’s 983 degrees I’m as likely to think it’s a good idea to head for the gym as I am to host my own public disembowelment. On the other hand, I do know there are some people out there who are not as congenitally bone-idle as I am, so … read the full post

Jan 18 2012

Corporate social responsibility in Siem Reap

It will surprise many of Siem Reap’s visitors to know that, despite the enormous amount of money spent by all two million of you each year, Siem Reap province remains the third poorest of Cambodia’s 23 provinces. This is a devastating statistic, and indicates that very little of the money that you spend here is … read the full post

Nov 25 2011

The open road to Banteay Chhmar

For years, a rusty, rutted, oftentimes impassable track linked Poipet and Siem Reap, the bane of farmers and tourists alike. Efforts at construction, then re-construction then more re-construction were made, half-hearted and soon thwarted by the elements. If you listened to rumours, they’d tell you that it was all to protect the monopoly one airline … read the full post

Oct 11 2011

Ecotour or not ecotour, a few questions you should ask

Ecotourism is the most important word in the Cambodian tourism lexicon at the moment. Everyone is at it, or claims to be, in response to the growing desire of tourists to enjoy something that’s at once different, involved or “experiential” to use the other crucial industry buzzword, and environmentally responsible (we won’t talk about airline … read the full post

Sep 07 2011

Angkor’s grandeur on a minor scale: Dy Proeung’s work

The question of overcrowding at Angkor Wat is becoming a serious one, and efforts are being made by numerous bodies to try to address it. One Cambodian artist has been doing his own bit too as his work offers a novel way of viewing Angkor: in miniature. Dy Proeung, 75, is one of the few … read the full post

Jul 15 2011

Swimming in Siem Reap

How hot and sticky is it in Siem Reap? Even in the cooler months of the year, after a day spent trampling around Angkorian temples or visiting any of the many other things to see, you feel horrible before it’s even midday. Clothes are stuck to everything. A river, a whole river, of sweat has … read the full post

Jul 11 2011

A tree house in Angkor Wat

Dan Haneveer runs the popular travel blog Voyagner and he’s come out with a gem of a story this morning. Put off by the crowds and a misplaced Angkor pass, his enterprising tuk tuk driver led him off to what sounds like a fabulous spot to enjoy sunset — a tree house at Angkor Wat! … read the full post

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