1 Rural Village, 1 Khmer Wedding & a Bucket of Rice Wine

Motorcycle tours in Cambodia are a lot of fun. I’ve seen my fair share of incredible places from the back of a motorcycle. One of my favourites is a rural village called DaSian, 100km to the east of Siem Reap. To get there by dirt bike we head deep into single track jungle trails until we come out at the deserted Preah Kahn Temple. Continue Reading →

A Story About Human Trafficking

A story of human trafficking – Ben Randall, a traveling photographer who lived in Vietnam, talks about his friend “M”, who was kidnapped from Vietnam. She is believed to be a victim of human trafficking and was most likely sold to be a wife or prostitute in China. Find out how you can raise awareness about human trafficking. Continue Reading →

A Remote Border Crossing in Cambodia and Vietnam

April mornings in Cambodia get hot really fast. We were standing on a dusty road in Cambodia waiting for our hired car to arrive and take us from Sihanoukville to the Chau Doc border crossing at Kaam Samnor, Cambodia/Ving Xuong, Vietnam on the Mekong River. Our driver was late as to be expected. Everything works on its own time in South East Asia. Continue Reading →

The National Palace Museum of Cambodia

The National Palace Museum is a short walk from The Grand Palace just off Sithowath Quay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The terracotta roofed museum is fashioned in a traditional Cambodian design and was built between 1917 and 1920. I particularly enjoyed spending time between exhibits in the garden courtyard of the complex. I was a bit surprised by the lack of security in the museum. Most of the displays were set out in the open. There weren’t any visible alarm Continue Reading →

The Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

A monument situated on the palace grounds. Just a short walk from the lively river-side promenade of Sisowath Quay in the heart of Phnom Penh stands the lovely Royal Palace, or Preah Barom Reachea Vaeng Chaktomuk as the Khmers know it. The palace was built in 1866 and has been occupied by the kings of Cambodia ever since. The Palace was not occupied during the period of time when the Khmer Rouge reigned terror over the country. As a palace Continue Reading →

Some Thoughts on Peeing in Public

What’s up with peeing in public in Asian countries? Is there something I’m missing? Is it OK to do this? In Asia, it seems to be common practice. Perhaps peeing in public is preferable to public restrooms. I don’t know. Over here no one seems to bat an eye when someone decides to relieve themselves in full view of everyone. On occasion, I’ve noticed people doing this in North America, but not very often and usually at night or behind Continue Reading →