The once great Indochinese kingdom that's home to glorious Angkor Wat & the proud Khmer civilization has seen a tourism boom in recent years, now welcoming nearly 2 million visitors yearly to capital Phnom Penh & the cultural & ecological riches beyond.

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Kratié/Mekong River one of '5 of the World's Best Spots for Stand-up Paddleboarding'

The mighty Mekong is home to as many as 1,000 Irrawaddy dolphins, unique among cetaceans because their heads are rounded, and their beaks are short. Only 92 are left in a small section of the river between the town of Kratié (pop. just over 38,000) with its French-colonia-era architecture and the border with Laos. Most visitors take boat excursions, but stand-up paddleboarding is a wonderful way to spot this where you can spot this critically endangered species; explore remote river beaches and…

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11 frequently asked questions about travel to Cambodia

Situated between Vietnam and Thailand, Cambodia also shares a border with Laos in the north. It covers 181,035 square kilometers of land and has a population of 15 million (with a density of 82 people per square kilometer). Many people may have heard of its most famous attraction, the ancient complex of Angkor Wat (top), but there are also a lot of misconceptions out there about travel in the Land of the Khmer. read post

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10 terrific tropical resorts in Cambodia & Vietnam

I once read a quote that "time wasted at the beach is time well spent." Tranquil and serene, beaches have that magic, that makes you forget the outside world, and time spent here is the time he/she gives to him/herself, sitting for hours gazing at the azure tides and listening to the rhythm of water. At the same time, some can also offer adventurous water sports, to get your adrenaline flowing. And Vietnam and Cambodia offer all of the above, along with some fabulous luxury resorts at which to…

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Cambodia's fascinating best hits

Majority-Buddhist Cambodia is a small, semi-authoritarian constitutional monarchy between Vietnam and Thailand with a rich history dating back to the founding of the Khmer Empire in 802. It suffered greatly during the Vietnam War era and especially in its aftermath, when the radical Khmer Rouge régime unleashed a genocide between 1975 and 1979 that shocked the world and killed more than two million. But the historical legacy of centuries still lives on to be enjoyed, as well as marvelous…

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  • I just read that Air France will resume flights to Phnom Penh for the first time since c.1970. How much will this boost travel to Cambodia?
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  • A few months Tripatini ran a story about the cruise ship showdown in the Mekong River Delta. Now a manager at one of those companies, Compagnie Fluviale du Mekong (CFM), says these routes may be imperiled by environmental changes. "I feel that global warming and the eventual effects of China’s dams in the Upper Mekong might lower water in a irreparable way," says Ship Manager Yves Boccuni. "We certainly will have to rethink Mekong cruises within the next decade." He urges the formation of an association of competing cruise lines to cope with this and other problems. Would these competitors really cooperate much with each other?
  • Angkar Wat is magical, its a dream come true.
  • Don't miss member Roderick Eime's survey of Mekong River cruising, this week in the blog.
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