Cambodia

Snapshots from Cambodia

Snapshots from Cambodia

    Snacking on fried beef and red ants Uploading cheap films and music at Rogue Becoming addicted to unusually good coffee in Phnom Penh Passing enormous garment factories en-route to the coast Staying at hotels bearing the ‘childsafe’ kitemark to signify that they don’t tolerate child sex trafficking Tucking into fish amok (fish in […]


War Museum

War Museum

Today we went to the War Museum in Siem Reap, which contains remnants of the struggle which endured from 1979 until 1991. The People’s Republic of Kampuchea, established after the Khmer Rouge were dispelled by the Vietnamese army, continued to fight the Khmer Rouge after they retreated to the Thai border under the ongoing leadership […]


The temples of Angkor

The temples of Angkor

We’ve spent the last couple of days touring ten of the beautiful temples of Angkor. Built around a thousand years ago Angkor Wat itself is thought to be the biggest religious structure in the world. Sitting within a broad rectangular moat, each side of which is over a kilometre long, its three lotus shaped towers […]


An ingenious solution

An ingenious solution

Before we left for the temples of Angkor today, I completely forgot that you have to cover your shoulders as a mark of respect in a lot of temples. Alas, I had forgotten to bring a shirt.  Jane to the rescue though, who saved the day with a particularly dainty, pretty, shiny, coloured scarf. Needless […]


The best value beer in town

The best value beer in town

This evening we found a bar which offers you a ‘fish massage’ by none other than the ‘fish doctor’. Click on the video and you can see that this intriguing proposition involved sitting with your feet in a tank, while a load of fish nibble at your feet. It’s a bizarre sensation, and, whilst my […]


A tale of darkness and light

A tale of darkness and light

We had been following a fairly well established traveller’s trail through Laos and were getting a little tired of staying in the bland backpacker ghettos that had sprung up along the way. Attempts to get off the beaten track had been thwarted by the shape of the country, poor infrastructure and over ambitious scheduling on […]


The net effect

The net effect

The last time I went backpacking was in 1991. I was 18, and together with my two best friends, Jason and Adryan, went Inter Railing around Europe for a month. In those days, I seem to recall that around £200 bought us each a month of unlimited rail travel throughout Europe, including some ferry crossings, […]


S-21 and the Killing Fields of Choeng Ek

S-21 and the Killing Fields of Choeng Ek

As a child growing up in the 70s and 80s, my impression of Cambodia was fed largely by the nine o’clock news – Khmer Rouge guerilla attacks, foreign office warnings and the strangely named Pol Pot. It didn’t mean much to me at the time and those early impressions were quickly supplanted in my adult […]



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