The bamboo bridge in Kampong Cham, a provincial capital of 60,000, is something of an annual tradition. During the dry season when the Mekong River waters are manageable, a hand-crafted bridge of bamboo connects Kampong Cham with the residential island of Paen. When the rains start, the bridge is torn down until the next season and a ferry is used. Read more
Development is booming on Cambodia’s coast. An expat told me that the adjacent Serendipity Beach and Occhueteal Beach were relatively sleepy several years ago. Now, the main beaches in the city are overrun with touts, bars, and bungalows. As rosy as the economic outlook seems, one part of the area seems to have fallen on hard times.
Most people come to the village of Jiufen, which inspired scenes in the beautiful Spirited Away, for some crowded shopping on the old street. The scenery is also a top draw, but most visitors don’t bother making it to the best vantage point in the area. A short walk from the market is the clearly marked Jilongshan Mountain. Read more
Moving from the U.S. to Cambodia wasn’t the easiest thing in the world, but it’s proven to be a rewarding experience. I tried to come as prepared as possible with some basic language skills and two previous trips to the region. Despite my preparation, there was definitely something of a learning curve.
Several Phnom Penh travel companies offer tours to the bucolic Silk Island started at about $25 per person. A couple of my friends highly recommend it, but my brother and I have a bit of an aversion to guided tours and spending money on things we could do on our own. With that in mind, Mark and I ventured on our own for a loop that included three ferry rides, 50 kilometers of riding and less than $15 spent total after we stuffed ourselves with all sorts of snacks.