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New Khmer Architecture

NEW KHMER ARCHITECTURE Architecture was part of a new exuberant and modernistic Khmer movement encouraged by King Sihanouk and expressed in music, dance, film and architecture, not seen in neighboring parts of Indochina when Cambodia gained independence in 1953. The...

The Stone Cities of Cambodia

THE STONE CITIES OF CAMBODIA Banteay Chma We cheated. We had a helicopter. It would have taken the late nineteenth century French explorers years to hack through the jungles of Cambodia to alight on the lost Atlantis (plural) that we’d planned for our guests that...

The Road to Nowhere

A Race to the Middle of Nowhere – The Scramble for Kulen with apologies to Thomas Packenham (The Scramble for Africa*) We were about a thousand years too late but then it wasn’t for the first time, the Angkorians had been here before. And anyway the British, French,...

Dry Season Temple Hunting Safari

The Dry Season Temple Hunting Jeep Safari We travel in reverse chronological order starting with 2 temples from the Bayon period. The Buddhist king Jayavarman VII (or JVII for short) crammed into his thirty year rule the largest building program ever undertaken during...

The Adventures of BeTreed

A BeTreed Blog or The Adventures of BeTreed BeTreed by myself in January 2017 (A BeTreed Adventure; https://indochineex.com/blog/a-betreed-adventure), Then the Phnom Tnaut hike with Buntha and the boys. Hiking in the hills along snake trails and dodging trees while...

The Churning of The Sea of Milk

The Churning of The Sea of Milk The bas-reliefs on the walls of Angkor Wat are perhaps the pinnacle of Khmer Art. The carvings 2 meters high, stretch for a staggering 600 meters around the temple and depict scenes from the great Hindu stories, including the...

An Angkorian Paddle

Background The rise and fall of the Angkorian Empire, which lasted nearly 600 years from the 9thto the 14th century, was centered in what is now Siem Reap Province, around its greatest religious monument Angkor Wat. The metropolis of Angkor comprising nearly a million...

A Spanish Sojourn

Spain May 2019 Panic on the M23, it was shut, Gatwick terminals are panic at the best of times. The plane left on time for my cycling adventure / Spanish sojourn. Pink Prosecco fueled the flight, the stuff of 3rd division footballers wives. Premier league would drink...

The finfoot is Hatched

finfoot 1. The finfoot is Hatched finfoot was born in Prek Toal and conceived in the myriad of marshy waterways that come and go with the flood and ebb of the lake across the floodplain. The Tonle Sap Lake during the ebb and Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve (below) The...

Christmas Lunch with Jayavarman IV

Christmas Lunch in Prasat Pong Keou Temple  In the glory days of our romance with Amansara* we had helicopters and oxcarts to and from the Tamarind Temple in the city of Angkor as a standard trip. Last year Apsara, the temple authority built a road and put an end to...

The Bill Bensley Boat Races by Indochine Exploration

The Bill Bensley Boat Races by Indochine Exploration ‘Nick I’ve got an amazing booking for you,’ said Christian the GM of Shinta Mani. ‘That’s great, what?’ I replied a little apprehensive knowing Christian. ‘Kayak,’ ‘Ok how many?’ ‘120’ ‘We can’t do it.’ ‘Why are you...

A Rwenzori Ramble

A Rwenzori Ramble                                                                                          Uganda April 2018 Summary Saturday 28th          Depart London Sunday 29th              Arrive Nairobi and onward flight to...

Hydrology Made Sexy – A Detective Story

Introduction Angkor is an amazing place. You cannot fail to be impressed even stunned by the grandeur, detail and scale of the monuments. The true wonder of the Angkorian Empire and what it achieved has only started to dawn on me in the last few years. It was when the...

A Kulen Mountain Bike Odessy

A Kulen Mountain Bike Temple Odyssey Phnom Kulen lit Kulen Mountain or Mountain of The Lychees is our mountain bike playground, bisected by the Kulen super highway (in fact a red earth road), which climbs the mountain at the Western end. Runs to the central tourist...

The Road to Nowhere

The Race to the Middle of Nowhere – The Scramble for Kulen About a thousand years too late but then it wasn’t for the first time, the Angkorians had been here before. And anyway the British, French, Germans and Italians took it in turns to claim large chunks of...

A Family Get Together

An Audience with a Northern Buff Cheeked Crested Gibbon Etiquette is important in the ape world, or are they monkeys? It all depends on how long the arms are – long, so apes like us, which makes us relatives and our meeting a family call. We invited the Northern …....

INDOCHINE:

Indochine was the French name for the forested regions between India and China. The largest herds of deer and wild cattle outside Africa roamed with tigers and leopards in hot pursuit and elephants migrating with the rain.

The dripping jungle was home to exotic hornbills, all manner of monkeys, of course snakes….

And hidden deep in the forest was the remnants of one of the greatest civilisations the world has ever seen, the Angkorian Empire.

This heady mix creates an intoxicating tale of romanticism, mystery, excitement, danger and the exotic that begs exploration.

This is the essence of Indochine Exploration Adventures.

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