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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: 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 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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Travel Report: Phare, The Cambodian Circus.

Phare The Cambodian Circus. March 2020. I can pinpoint the precise moment the world last felt normal. If I can even use such a word. It was the 3rd of March and Sladja and I were making our way inside the red, big top performance arena for a night at the circus. I say it felt […]

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Travel Report: Fudge Kitchen, Cambridge.

May 2019. How could I have left Cambridge without popping into the amazing Fudge Kitchen on King’s Parade? Back in the mid noughties, I had an annual tradition of coming here to grab some of the best fudge in the country. In those days it was known as Jim Garrahy’s Fudge Kitchen and it was […]

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Travel Report: Miniature Replicas of Angkor, Siem Reap.

Miniature Replicas of Angkor, Siem Reap. January 2020. I really have met some fascinating people here in Cambodia these past eight months. Moreover, the experience of telling their stories on these pages will stay with me for the rest of my life. In January Sladja and I met a man with a story quite unlike […]

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Travel Report: Prague, The Czech Republic.

Prague, Czech Republic. In late 2002 I was living in Bratislava where I worked as an English teacher. Any free time us teachers had went on gobbling up the seemingly endless travel options in and around Slovakia. My first trip to Prague was a particularly memorable one in that I went with a great bunch […]

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Travel Report: Chanrey Tree Restaurant, Siem Reap.

Chanrey Tree Restaurant, Siem Reap. July, 2020. Sharing birthdays with your other half is fun! In July Sladja and I had our first double birthday celebrations, mine on the 8th, hers on the 9th. Among various other treats to ourselves, we decided that each of us could choose a restaurant for our respective birthday dinners. […]

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Travel Report: The Black Lady Temple, Koh Ker, Cambodia.

The Black Lady Temple, Koh Ker. June 2020. It had been a long, fruitful morning exploring the isolated temple ruins of Koh Ker. Now, edging into the unforgiving temperatures of early afternoon, Sladja and I found ourselves at the day’s penultimate stop. We’d been looking forward to this one, mostly due to its curious name. […]

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