Cambodia Journals

Planning Cambodia

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A travel journal to Cambodia by SeenThat

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1. Welcome to the Wild East!

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Entrance Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Cambodia is not Thailand; it is less user friendly and offers less quality for more money. Nonetheless, its rich and tragic recent history adds an important dimension to a trip in the area; even without reading any historical accounts of the events the scars are still fresh everywhere, as if the country was an open encyclopedia. Traveling to Cambodia is doing a cultural trip back into the Khmer civilization. Since it is far less developed than the surrounding countries, it imparts a feel of being closer to the nature and to their ancestral culture. Traveling Around...Read More

2. Entering the Kingdom of Night

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Inverted Tea Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Getting a VisaA visa is needed to enter Cambodia. Getting it through the travel agencies on Khaosan Road is slow and expensive. It is possible to issue a visa at the crossing points, but Cambodian immigration officers there tend to augment the official fee.Hence, the best approach is to reach directly the Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok. Getting there fro...Read More

3. Forts, Fruits, and Decisions

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Inverted Tea Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Almost a City: SihanoukvilleWhere am I?Sihanoukville is 232km south of Phnom Penh, and is served by regular buses from there. If arriving by boat from Koh Kong then you are at the port on the western side of the town: walk through the road leading south and eastwards, avoid the slums at your left. If you arrived by land, most probably you were dropped at the small cluster of buildings that makes the town’s center.If I am in Sihanoukville, then where is the city?Sihanoukville is a city only in the maps, as the few villages forming ...Read More

4. Phnom Penh’s Colonial Blues

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Inverted Tea Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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In the often-confused cities of South East Asia, Phnom Penh numbered streets are a spectacular example of order, even that the houses themselves are numbered by their order of construction rather than by their geographical co-ordinates. The streets follow a grid layout, comfortably divided from time to time by broad avenues. The ruined or non-existent asphalt and the deep puddles that appear with every sudden monsoon rain are quickly forgotten under suc...Read More
Inverted Tea Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Mighty MekongThe Mekong River is Cambodia’s main highway, serving the transport needs along the country; using it is much faster that any land transport. The river is connected through the Tonle Sap River to the lake of the same name which occupies a big chunk of the country's northwest; both rivers meet at Phnom Penh, creating a much needed serenity point in that noisy city. From a traveller’s point of view, the river is a picturesque option to reach the northeastern ...Read More

6. Angkor and Northwestern Cambodia

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Inverted Tea Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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From Phnom Penh there are three ways heading northwest; that opens the way for a convenient loop if exiting Cambodia through Laos or Vietnam. Road Six was a big adventure before it was paved; nowadays, its only point of interest is the spiders’ eating town of Snuol.The Tonle Sap river-lake complex is by far the fastest way of reaching Siem Reap.Road 5 i...Read More