THE INDOCHINEEX BLOG

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...

Siem Reap Countryside Exploration Cycle

Cambodia doesn’t have many asphalted roads and Siem Reap is no exception however the countryside is criss crossed with sandy paths in the dry season and muddy tracks during the rains, which means the best way to explore is by mountain bike. A couple of kilometers in...

Phnom Kulen; Porpel Village to Kbal Spean overnight Bike Ride. Part 2

We pulled bits of bike from Mr Kim’s taxi and assembled them in front of the MoE station at Preah Ang Thom. The same ranger from the last trip slung the AK47 round his shoulder and piled his moto with our bags, Alistair carried the supplies while we cycled free in the...

Phnom Kulen; Porpel Village to Kbal Spean overnight Bike Ride. Part 1

Actually it wasn’t a cycle trip but it’s going to make a great one! We’ll start at Preah Ang Thom by the reclining Buddha, then cycle to Porpel Village, the local community we’d like to coopt with to look after our guests. The villagers will receive a conservation linked income from the services they provide. From Porpel a 10km cycle through mixed evergreen forest and cleared chamkar to the campsite beside the stream in open dry deciduous forest.

A mountain bike ride through Phnom Kulen National Park

I can remember the sense of excitement I felt the first time we left the dusty plains of Siem Reap behind and snaked up the now concreted path onto the Phnom Kulen Plateau. And awe as the forest closed in bringing relief from the relentless Cambodian sun. “Why aren’t...

The Paths Less Traveled Around Angkor

We set off at 8 by way of The Boulangery for caffeine then past the somewhat inappropriately named Charming City and on to the outer perimeters of the Apsara zoned Angkor Park. The Siem Reap most tourists see is the swimming pool in the center of their hotel, maybe...

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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