About ten kilomers up the western bank of the Kampot river from the town is a shabby zoo that looks like it’s fallen on hard times once again. Despite being featuring a variety of A-list animals (lions, tigers, bears, elephants and much more) and a seemingly well-intended staff, the privately-owned Teuk Chhou Zoo is in need of some overhauls. This isn’t the first time the zoo has faced problems.
Koh Kong, just ten kilometers from the Thai-Cambodia border, is something of a pitstop to travelers heading east to Sihanoukville or west to the Thai island of Koh Kong. It’s less known as an actual tourist destination, but it’s a nice waterfront town with some unique outdoors attractions that can be reached by bicycle.
Kampong Cham is typically a short stopover for people coming or going to Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri or Laos. There’s isn’t a whole lot to do in this provincial capital about 3 hours from Phnom Penh, but’s it’s a pleasant stay with a massive riverfront area, crumbling colonial architecture, and plenty of attractions just out of town. Here are some of my favorite sites from the two separate weekends I’ve spent in Kampong Cham.
South Korea is off the typical backpacker trail for one big reason: it’s too expensive compared to all the other countries in the region (barring Japan). According to governments statistics, only 12 percent of tourists hail from the Americas or Europe, with almost half of all visitors coming from nearby China. Price conscious visitors are keen to avoid the country, because with all its comforts and infrastructure, things can easily become expensive. That’s what concerned my brother and I when planning our four-night trip to Seoul.