The rise and fall of the Angkor Empire was ironically brought about by the very grandeur of the spectacular temples it created
Angkor has scores of awe inspiring temples to visit – here are five of those that you really shouldn’t miss
Getting to the ancient temples of Angkor is easy from Bangkok, allowing you to see the temples in a couple of days
I’ve been to Angkor Wat twice now. The first time was as a backpacker a couple of years ago, and then more recently in October 2005, when I returned to see Cambodia’s awe-inspiring ancient temples with my parents.
Although Cambodia is one of Southeast Asia’s cheapest countries, costs are rising and you’ll need to set aside a reasonable budget to see the best of the country and have a comfortable trip.
After a long, hot day of touring the spectacular temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Foreign Correspondent’s Club provides a glorious retreat for tired travellers to relax and contemplate Angkor’s ancient wonders.
Sixty kilometres from the heart of the Angkor empire in Cambodia lies the ruined temple of Beng Mealea, almost the same size as Angkor Wat but reclaimed by nature a millennium after it was first built
Phnom Penh has survived the darkest years of its country’s history and its own near-destruction to become a city of life once again.
One of the new breed of boutique hotels in Phnom Penh, the 240 offers great rooms, helpful staff, free wifi and a decent cafe right on the premises, all within one of Phnom Penh’s most picturesque areas
Its incredibly easy – and incredibly cheap – to get a local sim card for your iPhone or Android phone at Phnom Penh airport: here’s how.
If you’re going to see Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious complex and the jewel of South East Asia, you’ll get a lot more out of it if you know a little bit of the history. The History Channel’s Angkor Wat documentary is currently on YouTube
The key to getting a full day out of the temples is getting up early in the morning. This isn’t just to make the most of the day, but more to beat the heat and to beat the crowds too.
The following morning we headed out again at 7am to Kbal Spean, an hour’s drive away from Siem Reap, the town nearest to Angkor. The main reason I wanted to take my parents to Kbal Spean wasn’t so much to see the ancient monuments there, but more for the drive through the Cambodian countryside.
There’s been plenty of good things written about the new ARTillery Arts Cafe in Phnom Penh. The only problem is – how to find it?
Book piracy is big business in South East Asia, with an eclectic range of counterfeit novels, travel guides and history books all on offer to backpackers looking for an illicit bargain
As the Khmer Rouge trials continue in Cambodia with the testimony of Duch, the former commandant of the Tuol Sleng prison, it’s worth remembering the remarkable story that brought him to justice. It’s told by photographer Nic Dunlop in his book The Lost Executioner, which was my Book Of The Year for 2005. I gave […]
The Lost Executioner chronicles photographer Nic Dunlop’s obsessive hunt for Comrade Duch, the man who presided over the deaths of thousands as the commandant of Tuol Sleng, Cambodia’s notorious interrogation centre, during the genocidal regime of the Khmer Rouge.
The Mekong River defines much of South East Asia, but it was only explored by Westerners for the first time in 1866. John Keay’s Mad About The Mekong charts the exploration that paved the way to South East Asia’s colonisation.
A small pocket book from art publishers Thames And Hudson provides a dazzling visual introduction to Angkor’s history that’s easy to understand and quick to read
If you apply for your Cambodia visa online, you can get a free copy of Travelfish’s essential downloadable Angkor Wat guidebook, which usually retails at $2.95
They come from Los Angeles, but Dengue Fever are bringing a whole new twist to Cambodian pop music and fusing it with a mess of other influences to create a new Khmer sound