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Travel Report: Koh Rong Island, Cambodia.

Koh Rong Island, Cambodia. December 2015. It was hard to imagine that Christmas was around the corner. In just under a few weeks I’d be flying back to Scotland where there’d be snow, mince pies and dog walks in the local forest. It was all a million miles away from the blue skies and glistening […]

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Travel Report: Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

Sihanoukville, Cambodia. December 2015. It was a typically hot and humid Cambodian afternoon when Wonderboy and I arrived in the city of Sihanoukville. The plan was simple, all we wanted was a few days of beach lazing and overeating before our boat out to the nearby island of Koh Rong. Where, funnily enough, exactly the […]

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Travel Report: Battambang Bamboo Train, Cambodia.

The Battambang Bamboo Train December 2015. I’m so glad I set aside a couple of days for Battambang during my first cross-country adventure in Cambodia. Having thoroughly enjoyed the mind blowing parade of bats at Phnom Sampeau Mountain, it was now time for one of the world’s most unique rail journeys! Yup, for just $5 of your hard […]

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Travel Report: Phnom Sampeau, Battambang.

Phnom Sampeau, Battambang. December 2015. The picturesque province of Battambang in Cambodia doesn’t seem to get much tourist love. It’s a real pity, as the region is home to two of the country’s most fascinating sights. One of these is Phnom Sampeau, a limestone mountain 12 kilometres outside Battambang City.  It’s a steep forty five minute […]

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My Finished Travel Guide to Siem Reap!

My Finished Travel Guide to Siem Reap! Hi everyone! It’s been a strange old day here at Leighton Travels. Firstly, I have just arrived in the Turkish capital, Istanbul! Yup, that’s right, I finally said goodbye to Cambodia after nine memorable months. An exciting 18-day adventure awaits us here in Turkey. Thus I really can’t wait […]

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Travel Report: Kampong Khleang Floating Village, Cambodia.

Kampong Khleang Floating Village, Cambodia. July 2020. We were into our last few days in Siem Reap when Sladja and I realised we still had an unticked box on our to-do list. Back in my 2015 SR days I embarked on a half day trip to Kampong Phluk, one of several floating fishing villages out […]

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Travel Report: Kampong Phluk Floating Village, Cambodia.

November 2015. The fascinating floating village of Kampong Phluk lies deep in the countryside of Siem Reap Province. The village is home to around three thousand people, most of whom are fishermen. My visit to this amazing corner of Cambodia came on a day tour organised through Naga Angkor Hotel. We set off early morning in […]

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Travel Report: Wat Thmey Pagoda, Siem Reap.

Wat Thmey Pagoda, Siem Reap. January 2020. Back in 2015 my old travel buddy Wonderboy and I spent a day in Phnom Penh learning about Cambodia’s harrowing genocide years. Firstly, we spent a few grim hours visiting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a Khmer Rouge detention and torture centre. Then, we headed out to the equally […]

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Travel Report: Wat Preah Prom Rath, Siem Reap.

January 2020. I remember feeling surprised by how incredibly clean and colourful Wat Preah Prom Rath Temple is. In fact, both Sladja and I were literally blinded by a cauldron of sparkling colours as we entered. These competing streams danced around in all directions under the glare of the afternoon sun. Indeed, I had never […]

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Travel Report: Wat Damnak Pagoda, Siem Reap.

January 2020. There are a number of fine temples and pagodas to enjoy in Siem Reap. My favourite of these is the pretty Wat Damnak Pagoda, SR’s largest Buddhist centre located on the eastern side of The Siem Reap River. Moreover, it was just a short tuk tuk ride from our place at Foster Apartments, in […]

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