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There are now a number of excellent websites with Cambodia as their main theme. I don't intend to list them all but I do recommend those below as worth stopping at and having a look. For a start, log onto my own Blog at Andy's Cambodia to keep up to date with my personal slant on Cambodia.

Accommodation & Guides:

Some of my closest friends in Cambodia have a presence on the web - my home from home in Phnom Penh is with the wonderful people at the DaraReangSey Hotel in the capital. The Shadow of Angkor in Siem Reap gets my vote for the top guesthouse near Angkor, though the HanumanAlaya Boutique Hotel is well worth a look for an extra bit of luxury. And of course my own webpage on my Recommended Guides is here. Contact Denise Heywood if you are seeking someone to lecture, write an article or lead a tour to Cambodia. Actor Sereyvuth Kem, who played the likeable cyclo-driver in the Matt Dillon film City of Ghosts, has a website to help him in his new role, as a tour guide.

Authors:

A Cambodian author whose books have received widespread acclaim, is my pal Loung Ung. For a peek into the work of art historian and Angkor expert Dawn Rooney, visit her Cultural Archive site. More authors with websites include Chanrithy Him, Oni Vitandham and Theary Seng. And visit the To Asia With Love website to read about a great guidebook I contributed to. Sophie Stagg's return to Cambodia is told in full here - she wrote her own story in the book, Hear Me Now. Read about her new book, Bones That Float, by Kari Grady Grossman.

Charities & NGOs:

I readily support the Cambodian Arts & Scholarship Foundation, who do fantastic work in helping to educate the children of Cambodia, as do the excellent British-based charity, Schools for Children of Cambodia. I am proud to have raised funds for both of these very worthwhile charities. And don't forget the incredible Sunrise Children's Village orphanage run by Geraldine Cox. Cambodia Trust, a UK Children at the new Wakako Hironaka School in Preah Vihear province. Photo courtesy of Douglas Schlemmercharity providing free artificial limbs and braces to Cambodia's disabled, now have a website to keep you up to date with their activities, as do other NGOs, like the newly-formed UK-based Cambodian Children's Charity. There's Cambodia Corps and USIEF, who offer training and education in the US. The Sharing Foundation are adoptive parents who are helping to give orphans in Cambodia a better chance. Also read the story of Harry Sarak and visit the Famcam websites.The newly-established Center for Khmer Studies is an important research and teaching facilty based in Wat Damnak in Siem Reap. Visit the non-profit site for Cardamom.org. Andrew Page has some great photos of the Angkor Dance Troupe from Lowell, MA in the States. FEDA are an NGO in Battambang that are making a difference in the rural community. An ambitious project to build 200 schools in rural parts of Cambodia, with solar panels and computers, is underway at Rural Schools Project. Also pay a visit to the Future Light Orphanage near Phnom Penh and the Mosquito Net website. All Ears Cambodia is leading the way in providing relief for people with hearing impairment and deafness and the preservation and protection of hearing in Cambodia.

Film & documentary websites:

There's been an explosion of films in recent years focusing on Cambodia. You can visit these film websites for more details: New Year Baby, The K11 Project, Out Of The Poison Tree, The Golden Voice, Last Seen At Angkor, The Red Sense, Rain Falls From Earth, Don't Think I've Forgotten, The Killing Fields.

General Information sites:

There are a variety of other interesting websites with a distinctly Cambodian bias, which will arouse the curiosity of fellow Cambophiles. The first I recommend is by Kent Davis and his extraordinary Devata.org website dedicated to Apsara and Khmer women. You must visit this website without delay. Gordon Sharpless is a Siem Reap resident who hosts an extensive website, which is well worth a long look. The ITIS site has a wealth of data available in addition to a selection of my own photographs. The pages of the Phnom Penh Post and the Bayon Pearnik are well worth a visit. If you're thinking of cycling across Cambodia, you must visit Mr Pumpy & Felix and their excellent Biking Southeast Asia website. A new Cambodia report has been added. Launched in January 1997, the Cambodian Genocide Program site is a must see, as is the Dith Pran Holocaust Awareness Project (Dith Pran is pictured left; he was the Dith Pran, on whom much of the film, The Killing Fields, is basedsubject of the film, 'The Killing Fields') amongst the sites dedicated to informing the world of the horrors that Cambodia suffered in the mid-to-late 1970s. Also stop by the Cambodian Auto-Genocide and the DC-CAM pages. A champion of Cambodia for many years, Carlton TV have dedicated a site to John Pilger, the Australian-born journalist. Websites concentrating on the landmine problem in Cambodia include CMAC while Tim Grant has an interesting site on landmines with links to many others. You'll find a great deal of information on general Cambodian issues presented by the campaigning group Amnesty at their site. A detailed country study can be found at the Library of Congress site. Visit the LHRIC webpage for another view on Angkor. Bruce Sharp's long-running Beauty & Darkness website is well worth visiting. A major source of up-to-date information and travelling tips for the mainland South-East Asia region can be found on the Lonely Planet Thorntree site, while the Cambodia Travel Center has a long list of links worth following. Peter Geiser's Internet Guide to Cambodia has lots of info. KIDS host the Cambodia Daily newspaper supplement site. A translation of Maurice Glaize's 1944 book on the Angkor temples can be found on a site belonging to former VSO worker Nils Tremmel.

An important resource on the web are the Visitors Guides for Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, freely available in magazine form around the bars of the capital and beyond. They have transformed their website into a detailed resource with practical information on accommodation, eating out, etc. Looking for up-to-date information on accommodation, restaurants, bars and travel, then try the Cambodia Pocket Guide website. And if you want information about life in Cambodia, go to the good folks at Expat-Advisory. Dance - The Spirit of Cambodia is a mine of information on Khmer dance. Visit the Gnarfgnarf site or the excellent Guimet Museum site in Paris. Improved schooling in the northern part of Cambodia around Anlong Veng is the focus of Mick Yates' excellent website. Peter Leth's 'Travel on the Really Cheap!' is a mine of information on shoestring travel in SE Asia. The APSARA authority, in charge of research, protection and conservation of the Angkor complex, as well as urban and tourist development in the area, has launched its own website with some interesting information on preservation projects at the various temple sites. Have a look at its on-line Yashodhara bi-annual bulletin. Click here to find out more about King Norodom Sihanouk's film career. A comprehensive site aimed at backpackers is Passplanet Cambodia by Benoit Saint Girons. This Japanese website, by Youme & Masaru Goto, has an interesting collection of photographs from their time in Cambodia. The GoCambodia site has a wealth of info and Sue Downie's piece is interesting. Film extra Ron Morris has some excellent links. For a very detailed map of Cambodia, click here but it may take a while to download. See this page from the aroundtheworlds team.

Take a look at the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' new e-Visa on-line service. The idea is to access the Ministry's website and enter your passport and credit card details, and hey presto your e-Visa will be delivered to your pc inbox for you to print and avoid those delays on arrival in Cambodia, when at least a dozen immigration officials in uniform take about 15 minutes to process your visa application. The on-line version costs a few extra dollars but it might suit some of the tourist fraternity to get theirs before they leave home.

Tour Companies:

Hanuman Tourism are the leading in-country tour operator, have a great place to stay in Siem Reap (the HanumanAlaya Boutique Hotel) and much more, and I now work for them, so they must be good! I used to post links to a couple of other travel companies but as I now work for Hanuman that is a conflict of interest, so About Asia and Hidden Cambodia will now have to do their own advertising (which they already do very well).

Travelogues, Blogs & Photo-sites:

Cambodia travelogues worth visiting include the following: Gregg Butensky, Marcel Stoessel, Mercury, Denys Meakin, Rich Garella, Patrick Hawley, Brett Mackay, Rene van Dam, David Fish, Anne Okerson, Frank Kriz, John Spragens, Karen & Scooter, Paul Durham, Koen, Shawn & Yasuko, Kennerly Clay, Doug Burnett and Marie Javins. Bert Hovius, Robert Bremec and filipdebont. John Squier and Ian Holdsworth have completed treks across Cambodia's land borders and posted pictures of their travels. Jane Harrison's Fulbright trip to Cambodia is worth a look. Bernard Heiser has posted an excellent photo-travelogue, whilst Andy Carvin has travelled extensively around South-East Asia and its his serious work that is well worth a visit at 'From Sideshow to Genocide'. Frans Bellaart, Paul Hastings and Paul-Francois Beziat. Aussie traveller and photographer Garrie Maguire's site has some great photos. A website by Naoki Hatano has the most comprehensive collection of photos taken from eighty temples in and around Angkor and a lot more - this site is a definite 'must-see' for all temple enthusiasts. Ian Taylor's two sites (1, 2), Ken Swann's photo gallery has a collection of his pictures taken in Kompong Cham City. Photographers with Cambodia amongst their portfolio are Jeremy Wolff and Ian Taylor.

John Week's blog at webbed feet, web log will open the door to a plethora of other blogs on Cambodia. A fast developing website and blog belong to Rachel Madden - take a look. If you are looking for a collection of short stories about Cambodia and other Asian countries, look no further than ThingsAsian. Whilst you're at ThingsAsian, have a look at Don's weblog. Rale has travelled extensively around Cambodia, so make sure you visit his site. Try John Lancaster's site. Have a peek at this latest Pookaibooks weblog, also the new Cambodian Online website. Ben Tindale is Living In Cambodia, whilst Kong Mangkornkarn's website has panoramic views of the main Khmer temples including Banteay Chhmar. British couple Colin and Julie's travelogue with photos. There's Dinah Gardner's Cambodia Less Travelled and a photo-site, Klaus Vaessen. A collection of Cambodia travelogues are at travelhog.net or read Mary & Will's Millennium Snapshot. Also read about Alvin Lim and Chris Finnie as they pay visits to Cambodia. Bruce Sharp returned to Cambodia in 2000. Read stories from Paul Aitken. Kelly McEvers spent time working in Cambodia as an editor with The Cambodia Daily newspaper. Darina Hul gives her impressions on a return to Cambodia. Three websites with pictures belong to QT Luong, Cheryl Marland and Marc Heuse. Also have a peek at Ursula Kammlott's photos of the Angkor complex. Here's an extensive photo gallery: Noboru Komine. Photos from Erin & Chris Ratay's Cambodian leg of their RTW road trip will be an eye-opener to anyone who's not been to Cambodia. Here's 2 websites that might be of interest to you; Victoria Brooks & Peggy Turbett. Cathy & Gary return to Cambodia.

Do you know of any other good websites? If you do, drop me a line. Updated:. PAGE RE-DESIGNED MAY 2007


I'll list just a few of the many links available to sites dedicated to Vietnam. Its a country that induces lots of travellers to post their stories and pictures onto the web and some of those have already been mentioned in the Cambodia travelogue section above. Best of the bunch is Jan Dodd, author of the Rough Guide to Vietnam, who has her own excellent site which includes up-to-date information, a discussion forum and lots of links. Others that are worth a visit include the home of Sue & Tony Wright, Nick Ferdinand, James Wilson, Denys Meakin and especially Karin Muller's top quality site. Pop into the excellent Destination Vietnam and Russell Gilbert's Around Vietnam. An e-pal of mine. Mark Ashwill has written a new publication called Vietnam Today: A Nation at a Crossroads, click to read more.

Okay, so I know it's in Northeast Thailand (also known as Isaan), but the Khmer temples in Khorat are well catered for at this site. There's also quite a few pictures of the temples here. If you are thinking of spending a few days touring the Khorat Plateau, get a copy of Michael Freeman's book, 'Khmer Temples in Thailand & Laos'. It's an incredibly detailed pocket-sized guide to the magnificent sites of the former upland Khmer Empire that include Phimai, Phnom Rung, Muang Tam, Phnom Wan and Preah Vihear (known as Khao Phra Viharn in Thai). Published in 1996, it's available through River Books of Bangkok. Also well worth a look is Granot's book, 'Along the MaeKhong River and the Cambodian Border'.


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