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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...

The Phnom Kulen Langur Trail

Phnom Kulen National Park covers a line of hills North of Siem Reap. The birthplace of the Angkorian Empire, Kulen predates Angkor Wat by 200 years. The rocky terrain of forest and hilltop villages hides temples, animal statues, rare animals and birds. A conservation...

A Wow! Christmas Eve in Cambodia

We set off in the Jeep from The Navutu Dreams Lodge on an uncommon and deliciously cool Christmas Eve morn for a special day with Anke and Brando. Leaving Siem Reap behind we headed into a Khmer countryside of patchwork paddy fields dotted with sugar palms,...

The Adventures of LokLak revisited on Koh Thmei

Yes he was coming again back to the island where Kavita had saved his life. She had sat on the balcony with the badly wounded dog gently pressing her palms onto his broken thighs, soothing the fear and pain and easing the shock from his accident. The day he shat a...

Prek Toal on The Amanbala

The incredibly rare milky adjutant lived in Prek Toal and it was my mission to save it even before I got to Cambodia and understood what it was. Small details such as there isn’t a milky adjutant, it’s a Milky Stork and a Greater Adjutant didn’t detract from my zeal,...

The Adventures of Lok-Lak in The South West of Cambodia

My name is Lok-Lak, you can see a picture of me in the boat with my Master Nicky, who’s drinking beer and looks silly in a plastic rain coat on the way to Phnom Da. I’m a country dog from Angkor. Manus found me when I was a very little puppy and took me to Nicky, who...

Battambang in a day with Indochine Exploration

Dean and I were on a recce trip for Amansara; cycling, kayaking and riding the famous Bamboo Train but it had to be done in a day so that the guests could be showered and ready to dine in the Aman Restaurant that night. Just 2 hours from Siem Reap, Battambang once the...

Maichrey Floating Village Kayak

The rainy season is well in progress so the paddy fields were green and bursting with life as we left the highway and headed along the earth road to Maichrey. Not much more than a dry season ditch until a couple of years ago when a deeper channel was dredged for the...

Kbal Spean Forest Walk

It’s a pretty drive to Banteay Srei, initially through the Angkor Park past the jaw dropping Prey Rup Temple, then typical Khmer wooden houses, rice paddy and the blue line of the Kulen Hills to the North. June and July are good months to visit Angkor as there are not...

Route 66. A Temple Hike

Route 66 was the ancient highway connecting the cities of the Angkorian Empire and is still marked on modern day road maps though in reality is little more than an overgrown sandy track for much of the way. From Banteay Chma in Odar Meancheay Province near the Thai...

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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