Red and white: the tinctures of Cambodian sorrow

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For a little over three years till early 1979, Cambodia's leaders savaged their own people. The numbers alone are chilling, with millions of Cambodians killed out of a population of perhaps 10 million, and at…

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Ebb and flow: life along the Mekong, part 3

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The city of Angkor was made possible because of its proximity to the waters of Tonle Sap. This lake is the largest in southeast Asia, in rainy season being as long as 100 miles and…

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Khmer art: capturing spirit in stone (updated)

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Here, in Siem Reap, it’s the looming temples of the roughly 700 year Khmer period of dominance in Southeast Asia. In Italy, it’s churches. In France or Germany, it’s castles. These are the endless number of…

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Cambodian dreams

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One of our Cambodian guides shared his hopes with us, just as a Laotian guide did. (For that entry, CLICK HERE). His ambition came in four parts. First, he wanted to get married. Now in…

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Off the grid

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We'll be about 100 miles from Siem Reap for the next few days, camping amid Angkor ruins and at a pagoda in a mountain temple, so don't expect any more posts for a few days.…

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Footnotes from Laos

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As we headed to Cambodia, we put together a few remaining thoughts about the wonderful land of Laos. The Hmong tribe There are many tribal villages that have been resettled by the Lao government, and…

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Street smarts

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The snide way of starting this post…What’s more street smart than the average American 10 year old? Answer: any Lao village two year old child, or its chickens, cows and pigs. The not so snide…

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Wat Phou, a preview of Angkor Wat

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At Champasak, just south of Pakse, we saw our first Khmer temple complex ruin, a primer of sorts for the main event near Siem Reap, where we plan to hike and camp. The Angkor people…

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