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Bokor Hill Station and Abandoned Casino

Bokor Hill Station in Preah Monivong National Park, Cambodia was built in the 1920s by French colonists wanting to escape the heat and humidity of the capital Phnom Penh. The main feature of the resort was the Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino. Because of the remote mountain location, building the resort was labour intensive and nearly 900 people lost their lives during construction.

Besides the Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino there was a post office, shops, church and royal apartments. At the time of its operation it was known for its luxury and grandeur and was one of the crown jewels of France’s South East Asian colonies.

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Live footage of the Bamboo Train Battambang

In 2013 i was in Cambodia as part of my bigger Central and SEA tour for just over a year.
In Battambang I took what is fondly referred to as "The Bamboo Train", their proper name is a Norry or Nori and can get upto speeds of 50kmh. It certainly felt like it!!

Norries have low fares, and are frequent and relatively fast, so they are popular despite their rudimentary design, lack of brakes, the state of the rails (often broken or warped) and the lack of any formal operating system. Its simple construction and light weight means that a norry can be easily removed from the track – if two meet on the line, the one with the lighter load is removed from the rails and carried round the other. At the end of the line the vehicle is lifted and turned.

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Kbal Spean-“River of a thousand lingas”

Kbal Spean is an ancient Khmer site in Phnom Kulen National Park, a remote place located at considerable distance from Siem Reap and the main Angkor monuments.

The site stretches out over a length of about 150 meters through the jungle along the Stung Kbal Spean river, known as the “river of a thousand lingas”.
In 2013 during my long stay in Cambodia I visited this site. An experience not ever forgotten and one of my favourites.

As we were there during the dry season, the river was somewhat dried up. On several places, we saw beautiful images in the stones. You have to look carefully because sometimes an image does not stand out at all. The path is easily passable, but it can be rather hard at times, especially when it rains or immediately after it has rained. The whole climb is doable; you don’t have to be in great shape.

From the starting point (parking spot with eateries) you walk to the top part of the river in about 45 minutes (it took me an hour). Most travelers combine a visit with a stop at Banteay Srei, another beautiful Angkor temple.

we walked back down again; in the direction of the waterfall. which due to the dry season, was very small, but it still didn't stop me having a cool off underneath it before continuing down back to the car park.

I hope you enjoy seeing a few of the carvings I saw, you will see it was well worth the effort!

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Title: Keeping Sacred by Emily A. Sprague

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Walkabout in Siem Reap

This is my video from my recent trip to Siem Reap, more famous for Angkor Wat , than the town itself. I have been to Angkor before and this was purely a getaway break and relax. This gave me time to relax and enjoy the ambience of Siem Reap itself.

Siem Reap is one of those places that caters to every taste. It’s difficult to get bored in this ever-evolving city. The variety of cuisine, accommodation, shopping, modes of transport, and daily activities is quite astonishing for what is actually a relatively small – and new – city on the edge of the Tonle Sap lake.

Whether it’s enjoy sipping a coffee and people-watching in the town, taking a quad bike out into the countryside, or bargaining for silks and silver in the burgeoning markets, there are plenty of reasons to extend a stay after becoming “templed out”. The central shopping and restaurant area is concentrated around the south of the city near the Old Market. Nearly every week a new bar, boutique, massage spa, or restaurant seems to open; such is the pace of development. What can seem a sleepy town by day (because everyone is at the temples) is teeming with people in high season after sunset, with tuktuks and motos jostling for space on the small streets.

Perhaps the most famous street in town is Pub Street – no guesses where the name comes from. Dominated by two night clubs – Temple Club and Angkor What?, it is lined with bars and restaurants, and is the go-to place for travellers looking for a large night out.

For those who prefer a quieter evening, the adjoining alleys are host to a myriad of smaller, idiosyncratic establishments – many of which are just as quaint to explore in the day time as at night.

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