Kep – Cambodia

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Kep is a province in Cambodia’s southern coast that is famous for it’s Seafood.  It is a former resort town known throughout Cambodia for its chilled out beaches and its fresh crab cuisine. Many of the local families will make their income from fishing in this area. Tourists make the trip here to enjoy in its coastal assets, unspoilt islands such as Rabbit Island, and the fantastic fresh seafood that can only be got here. For more information on getting to Kep go to Trip Advisor or Lonely Planet

Sihanoukville to Koh Rong.

Koh Rong

Caught this fishing boat finishing up for the day while I was returning to Sihanoukville from Koh Rong on the ferry. Beautiful Koh Rong is an Island off the west coast of Cambodia. Easily accessible by ferry. The Island itself is more of a party area so if you are looking for somewhere a little more relaxing maybe try out Koh Rong Samloem which is a little more expensive but less hedonistic and much cleaner.

The temples of Angkor.

Angkor Wat is a huge temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Angkor is the largest religious monument in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. It was originally founded as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire but over many years it gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple.

Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor were voted no2 in the top twenty-five destinaions in the world by Trip Advisor

Kampot Salt Flats, Cambodia

Local produce in Kampot includes Salt.

The salt is created by letting sea water flow into shallow man-made ponds. It’s then left in the sun until the water evaporates and the workers will labouriously scrap all the salt content and move it to a small warehouse close by. Not a job I’d enjoy under midday sun.

Tonle Sap – Siem Reap

Tonle Sap Lake is the largest fresh water in South East Asia. It usually varies in size and depth depending on the monsoon or dry seasons. Tonle Sap is filled by water flowing from the Mekong. The lake itself is a massive resource commercially for Cambodia as it will provide more than half of its fish. It is also a massive tourist attraction with tour boats visiting every 30 minutes or so.

The lake itself boasts over 300 species of fresh water fish. It is home to snakes, crocodiles, tortoises, turtles and otters. There are more than 100 avian varieties including storks and pelicans.

The floating village has a school, basketball court and even a crocodile farm which can all be visited on the tour.

The boat tour lasts about two hours and costs twenty dollars per person. Not so good in the dry season but I can imagine it would be well better when the water is much deeper.

Robam Tep Apsara

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Robam Tep Apsara is a traditional Cambodian dance that was created by the Royal Ballet of Cambodia during the middle of the twentieth century, around the 1960s. The Apsara who is played by a woman, wears traditional Khmer dress.

The Apsara’s graceful, curving gestures narrate classical myths and old religious stories. This mystifying performance is a popular go-to for foreign tourists who are visiting Cambodia. Most shows are accompanied by a meal where you can have some traditional Khmer food. The duration of the evening is generally around two hours and feature many traditional stories from Cambodia. While in Siem Reap you can go to the free evening viewing of the show at The Temple on Pub Street.

Psar Nat, Battambang Market, Cambodia

The man asked me to take his picture while I was strolling around the morning market of Psar Nat in Battambang. He spotted that I had a camera and asked me to take his picture.

Psar Nat is a fine example of some of the markets in Cambodia. Most restaurants and families will trade and buy all the produce they need at these markets. Visiting the markets can give you a good insight to cambodian life.

Long-tailed Macaque at Phnom Sampeau, Cambodia.

A photograph of a long tailed Macaque at Phnom Sampeau just outside Battambang in Cambodia. The Long-tailed Macaque are fairly common in rural and suburban areas in South East Asia. They can usually be seen in troupes waiting around to be fed by locals and tourist.They are quite tame but don’t be tempted to bring a bag of your own food near these as they will quickly take it off you.

Long Beach, Koh Rong, Cambodia.

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On the west side of Koh Rong is Long Beach. It is an empty and fairly un spoilt area of the Island. The beach itself is probably the best area on Koh Rong to catch the sun set.

To get to long beach you need to hike for one hour across the island through a jungle. There is a small bit of climbing involved but it is worth it as the beach is quite spectacular.

If you are feeling lazy though you have an option to squeeze into an over filled water taxi that will take one hour and cost roughly five dollars.

Farming in Cambodia.

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Spotted this cow hanging around close to the last station on the bamboo train tour in Battambang. There doesn’t seem to be much work for these guys at this time of the year but I am sure as soon as the rainy season is over he’ll be back in action. Traditionally, draft animals such as water buffalo and oxen have had an important role in the preparation of rice fields throughout Cambodia.

The Bamboo train tour is a unique experience to part take in while in Battambang. Your tuk tuk driver will take you there and it costs around 10-15 Dollars. Be prepared to be bothered by the kids at the end of this tour…so bring plenty of single dollars!!

The Baphuon, Angkor, Cambodia

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The Baphuon is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia. Built in the mid-11th century, it is a three-tiered temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.

If you are visiting the temples in Siem Reap I would recommend doing a day trip as it is plenty of time unless you have a serious interest in the temples and tolerance for heat.

Make sure you go early to catch the sunrise. Usually if you book a decent Tuk Tuk driver they will collect you from your hotel/hostel around 4:30/5 am. Once you get there he will bring everywhere you need or want to go…its one of the better day trips in Cambodia. Take plenty of water, sun cream and DEET with you. some of the best advice for the day trip can be found here