THE INDOCHINEEX BLOG

My Holiday

Land of a Thousand Hills – or was it lakes Drinking Tusker overlooking the valleys of Kigali City shrouded in wisps of dissipating cloud, the city appeared bottle green after flying across the brown plains of Africa. The Virunga Volcanoes The Embraer to Kigali was...

An Angkorian Paddle

An Angkorian Paddle Background The rise and fall of the Angkorian Empire, which lasted 500 years from the 9th to 14th century, was centered in what is now Siem Reap Province, around its greatest monument Angkor Wat. A population of a million in an area of 1000 km2...

A BeTreed Adventure

A BeTreed Adventure Waived away by the staff, who’ve sort of got used to my bizarre behavior. Legs aside my trusted steed. In this case a new 125cc Honda Dream. Gloves, scarf, helmet, a hat in the front basket and most importantly an incredibly complicated set of...

Prek Toal by way of Phnom Kraum

Prek Toal by Way of Phnom Kraum All adventures start with The Little Red Fox Coffee Shop and the morning crew; Jady this time with temple water management people and Darryl the Angkorian historian. Feathercraft on top of Dy’s electric blue Highlander. Our Solar...

The North West Passage

THE NORTH WEST PASSAGE Our mission to boldly go where no kayak had ever been before. As an avid reader of the Indochine Exploration Blogs you will be aware of my sexual fantasies around water management in Angkor. I am not alone and discovered over a latte at Little...

In Search of a White Elephant (or a Smiling Albino)

In Search of a White Elephant (or a Smiling Albino) Our quest for the day was Boeung P’Rieng, a lake in amidst flooded forests on the edge of The Great Tonle Sap that will be subsumed when the back flow begins and the water levels rise. Previous attempts had started...

The New Khmer Movement

NEW KHMER ARCHITECTURE (NKA) Architecture was part of a new exuberant and modernistic Khmer movement encouraged by King Sihanouk and expressed in music, dance, film and architecture, that was not seen in neighbouring parts of Indochina when they gained independence....

Hydrology Made Sexy

HYDROLOGY MADE SEXY Angkor is an amazing place. You can not 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 had achieved had only started to dawn on me in the last few years. It...

Temple Hunting with Zsu Zsa and Lors

The countryside surrounding Angkor is one of paddy fields and sugar palms. Dotted with small villages of traditional wooden houses built on stilts surrounded by fruit trees. Trapaeng or pools, vast ancient baray or reservoirs and the rivers and channels that still...

BUNTHA AND NICK’S SATURDAY MORNING KAYAKING EXPLORATION

BUNTHA AND NICK’S SATURDAY MORNING KAYAKING EXPLORATION A million miles from the dusty city centre and the tour buses jamming the road to Angkor lies the ancient lake of Boeung Ta Neue. Our mission that morning was to discover if this was a kayaking adventure or just...

Ngin and Nicola’s Temple Hunting Saturday Morning Adventure

Ngin and Nicola’s Temple Hunting Saturday Morning Adventure      An essential Large Little Red Fox latte while Loklak snapped at a French lady then into Panya’s tuktuk for the journey to Phnom Bok. Panya had the unnecessary ability to find every pothole on the...

A Night on Kulen Mountain

A Kulen Mountain Adventure Our quest was to seek out the Silver Langur in the forests of Kulen Mountain and whatever other wildlife came our way. ‘Nick I’ve been to Corbett, Kana and Tadoba in India. The Serengeti, The Okavango, etc in Africa, but I don't expect...

The Indochine Exploration Water Festival

THE ICE (Indochine Exploration) WATER FESTIVAL ‘Nick I’ve got an amazing booking for you,’ said Christian the GM of Shinta Mani. ‘That’s great, what do they want to do?’ I replied a little apprehensive knowing Christian. ‘Kayak,’ ‘Ok how many?’ ‘120’ ‘We can't do it.’...

Lena and Sebastian’s Battambang Adventure Part 2

Back in the village by 9am our journey into the heart of darkness (actually lush, pastoral Battambang) began. The waterway was fringed by hyacinth and undulating green margins of scrub with the occasional hamlets of floating houses or shacks tied to trees. The first...

Lena and Sebastian’s Battambang Adventure. Part 1

The Floating Village of Prek Toal & The Core Bird Reserve. Vans, big motorboats, little motorboats, kayaks, bicycles, trains and taxis all had a part to play in our adventure from Siem Reap to Battambang. Overnight in the floating village of Prek Toal and the...

Puok River Recce

Puok River (that wasn't) Recce ‘To boldly go where most sane Khmer’s don’t.’ We knew the launch point beside the Angkor Crau Bridge, Sokun (tuktuk driver and Indochineex adventure guide) found it immensely funny that we hadn't a clue where we were going. We inflated...

Prek Toal The Hard Way (by kayak)

The current was flooding up the channel and a Southerly headwind was blowing as we set off from the boat station at Maichrey. Clouds grew dark then faded or pulled down by the weight of the moist air they released heavy drops of rain which exploded around our kayak...

Route 66. An Angkorian Adventure

This is the story of 2 familys adventures along an ancient Angkorian Highway in search of temples hidden in the forest. A thousand years ago a canal was dug to ferry the giant blocks of stone that were used to build the temples of Angkor from Kulen Mountain where they...

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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