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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 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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Travel Report: War Remnant Museum, Siem Reap.

War Remnant Museum, Siem Reap. January 2020. I’m unlikely to ever forget our visit to Siem Reap’s so-called War Remnant Museum. Not, I should point out, for the right reasons. Sladja and I had some truly unforgettable experiences during our seven months in Siem Reap. Hiking with the elephants of Kulen Forest. Meeting the legendary […]

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Travel Report: Tribe Art Gallery, Siem Reap.

Tribe Art Gallery, Siem Reap. June 2020. I always enjoyed the flourishes of street art peppered around Siem Reap’s trendy Kandal Village. Each time we came here, usually for coffee at The Little Red Fox, sometimes for breakfast at Ivy Guesthouse, Sladja and I would notice something new. Eventually, an almost shameful six months into […]

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Travel Report: Royal Independence Gardens, Siem Reap.

Royal Independence Gardens, Siem Reap. May 2020. I’ve spent a great deal of time championing the city of Siem Reap on these pages of mine. Hopefully, at the very least, I’ve dispelled the misguided notion that there’s not much to do beyond the world famous temples. That said, it’s probably time to share one of […]

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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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