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Nine wonders in 26 days

Nine wonders in 26 days Planning ahead has never paid off quite so much. If you're thinking about a big trip for the fall, kick around Abercrombie & Kent's "Nine Wonders of the World" excursion. A private jet will cart you to the most impressive destinations our planet has to offer over 26...

Circus with its roots in helping refugees is in its sixth year

Circus with its roots in helping refugees is in its sixth year If a trip to Cambodia is in your future this coming March or April, here's an event to look for. Tini Tinou 2009 is a megawatt circus-type festival that has its roots in doing good works. The non-profit group Phare Ponleu Selpak, started in the l980s to help Cambodian...

Budget Travels' top 10 budget destinations and a Gadling twist

Budget Travels' top 10 budget destinations and a Gadling twist As you may have noticed, Gadling's been busy this month with budget destinations. Each one we've found deal worthy from personal experience. Budget Travel magazine has picked top 10 budget destinations for 2009. The variety is such that anyone should be able to find a deal...

Top Destinations for Independent Travelers in 2009

Top Destinations for Independent Travelers in 2009 BootsnAll, a great online resource for independent travelers, has put together their list of top 10 destinations for 2009. The locations on the list are lauded for the options they offer the experienced traveler who is looking to explore on his or her own. Last year's list...

The fall of the Khmer Rouge's 30th anniversary

The fall of the Khmer Rouge's 30th anniversary Yesterday, the country celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979). The festivities were concentrated within the walls of the country's capital and the site of the start of Year Zero, Phnom Penh. Based on conflicting reports, around 60,000...

Ecotourism comes to Cambodia

Ecotourism comes to Cambodia Mountain bikers can reclaim wilderness that once belonged to illegal loggers and poachers. Hidden in the foothills of Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains, the village of Chi Pat is now home to a mountain biking experience that is unparalleled in trail and impact. This new program...

The adoption travel experience

The adoption travel experience Several of my close friends and family members were adopted, adopted a child, or are in the process of adopting a child from Asia. In fact, my sister is months away from traveling to China to pick up her daughter, and our very own Gadling writer, Jamie Rhein has a daughter...

Travel Read: 100 Places Every Woman Should Go

Travel Read: 100 Places Every Woman Should Go I never knew there could be a book so thoughtful and inspiring for women as this one. Stephanie Elizondo Griest's second travel book, which lists far more than just 100 Places Every Woman Should Go, is truly an encyclopedia for women travelers. It's the kind of book that...

Photo of the Day (12.29.08)

Photo of the Day (12.29.08) I'm loving this image of the "Banana Girl" taken by StrudelMonkey in Cambodia -- the colours are fantastic. Also, you can't help but notice the details: the dirt under her fingernails, on her vibrant dress -- she works hard for her living, selling bananas so that tourists...

The land of badly behaving Buddhists

The land of badly behaving Buddhists Cambodia's dictator for life prime minister, Hun Sen, recently appealed to the country's Buddhist clergy, telling them to clean up their act. The PM told a convention of top religious leaders that the actions and poor judgment of individual monks has given the whole religion...

Off-beat travel experiences people actually pay for: 6 worst vacation ideas

Off-beat travel experiences people actually pay for: 6 worst vacation ideas When it comes to yard sales, there's an adage "One person's junk is another person's treasure." When it comes to vacation experiences, you might say the same thing. Some folks can't seem to get enough of a Disney theme park, while others wouldn't step a foot in one. Being...

Cultural Delicacies: Tarantula

Cultural Delicacies: Tarantula When opportunity knocks, you have to take it. That's what happened when I was standing in the shade of a bus stop on my way from Laos to Cambodia two years ago. Stretching my limbs, I looked over my shoulder, and a Khmer lady with a sun hat had a huge plate of what appeared...

Amazing Race, Season 13: Cambodia, boats, breakdowns and beauty is only skin deep

Amazing Race, Season 13: Cambodia, boats, breakdowns and beauty is only skin deep After episode 4's rest stop at Summerhill, that gorgeous sheep farm homestay in New Zealand, the teams barreling through the world in the Amazing Race were off to Cambodia. This episode did a tidy drop of highlighting aspects of Cambodia's culture and showcased its...

Cambodia's Top Tourist Destination Goes High-End

Cambodia's Top Tourist Destination Goes High-End Cambodia's biggest tourist draw, the Angkor Wat complex, has been developing more rapidly than the rest of the country. Demand for higher-end properties has led to a bit of a building boom. One luxury complex in the town of Siem Reap, which is adjacent to Angkor, was quickly...

Invasion of the Bag Snatchers in Phnom Penh

Invasion of the Bag Snatchers in Phnom Penh If you've been to a backpacker ghetto anywhere in the world, you've seen them. For fear of having their belongings snatched, they guard their bags carefully. Perhaps wearing their rucksacks in the front and wrapping an arm around it for extra security. That might seem like...

Guide on traveling like a local in Cambodia

Guide on traveling like a local in Cambodia No, I haven't traveled like a local in Cambodia, but from how Tim Patterson describes it at Jaunted, my local travel in The Gambia sounds close. His line about both butt checks falling asleep at the same time brought back memories. As one of his entries for the Embedded...

The Slowest Train in The World

The Slowest Train in The World Cambodia has only one passenger train that still runs, and I'm on it right now. Calling it a passenger train is a bit of a misnomer, though. Most of the few seats still attached to the floor are piled high with exotic fruits: durians, pineapples, and several others that...

Angkor Wat video in honor of Dith Pran

There are several scenes in the movie "The Killing Fields" that make ones stomach clench. Dished out in the end, though, is a sense that goodness does prevail. The movie, mostly about a Cambodian journalist, Dith Pran's escape from that country during the rule of the Khmer...

Cathay Pacific's 2008 All Asia Pass

Cathay Pacific's 2008 All Asia Pass If you have 21 days between now and May 15 and August 20 through December 1, Cathay Pacific Airways has the All Asia Pass that gives travelers a chance to visit Hong Kong and up to four more cities in Asia. Prices range from $1,099 with two additional cities; $1,399 for...

Photo of the Day (1-16-08)

Photo of the Day (1-16-08) This shot by un rosarino in Vietnam captures so perfectly one of the sights that astounded me most when I first traveled in Asia. Children perched on bicycles, trusting, not falling off and so much a part of the day to day happenings no matter where they were. Look how...

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