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The talesofasia guide to travel in Siem Reap and Angkor: The most comprehensive guide to Siem Reap and Angkor on the web.
Updated May 19, 2011

Readers' Submissions
February 10, 2011
Mother Ganges by David Korn
February 5, 2011
Beating the Jakarta Floods by Mark Medley
February 3, 2011
Desert Search by Tom Coote
February 2, 2011
Five Tips for Myanmar by Charlotte Baird
Adventures in Vietnam Banking by Antonio Graceffo
January 24, 2011
Passion, Cockfighting, and Morality by Dave Lather
In Search of the Diamond Mountains by Tessa Morris-Suzuki


Index to the old Blog and Cambodia Update Aug 2001 - Sept 2007

January 11, 2007
the toa Quick Quide to Bhutan
By Tim Patterson

Cambodia FAQ
Completely updated. 152 frequently and not so frequently asked questions and answers about Cambodia. Visas, corruption, food, transportation, safety, health, socializing, photography, and much more. Updated May 17, 2010

The talesofasia guide to travel in Sihanoukville and the South Coast: Where to stay, what to do, how to get around, and much more. Completely revised! September 8, 2006.
Added October 12, 2006: Revised section on Kampot.

October 12, 2006
Phnom Penh Perspective
Sage and Spirit
. By Bronwyn Sloan

May 25, 2006
Tezza's Thai Islands and Beaches Travel Bits
Koh Chang (Andaman)
Koh Jum
Koh Ngai
Koh Pha-Ngan
Koh Phi Phi
Koh Tao
Krabi / Railey

February 24, 2006
Visa Overstay
Minor fine or major nightmare?

November 22, 2005
The talesofasia guide to Indonesia Just added: sections on Bali, Yogyakarta, and Jakarta. Also includes sections on Flores, West Timor, Sumbawa and Lombok.

November 12, 2005
The talesofasia guide to East Timor debuts with a section on Dili and overland to West Timor.

September 24, 2005
A few things you might not have thought about... especially for the guys.

April 29, 2005
Getting Around
Famous scams on rail and private "VIP" bus transport. Read this before taking the train or purchasing a bus ticket from ANY travel agent on or off Khao San Road to ANY location in or beyond Thailand.

The talesofasia guide to Phnom Penh The most comprehensive guide to Phnom Penh on the web. Things to do, places to stay, where to eat and drink, and much much more. Written by resident Bronwyn Sloan. Updated October 6, 2004

The talesofasia guide to Sydney: Getting there, getting around, places to drink and much more.
Updated August 23, 2005

Business and employment opportunities, real estate in Cambodia: Listings of businesses for sale, investment opportunities, jobs, and real estate. Updated September 29, 2007

The talesofasia guide to the toilets of Asia
Let's face it, if you're traveling for more than a couple of hours you're going to need to use a toilet. Where are the cleanest? What's the best place to run to in an emergency? Do I have to use my hand? What's the deal with squat toilets? What can I expect in Thailand? How about China? Updated January 13, 2009

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Everything you ever wanted to know and few more things you hadn't thought about if planning overland travel between Cambodia and its neighbors, with special emphasis on travel between Siem Reap and Poipet. Updated May 11, 2010. Travelers' Reports updated February 3, 2011. Take a look.

May 3, 2009
The Poipet to Siem Reap road was finished!!!!!

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Two Dragons, Siem Reap
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Travel news, social commentary, soapbox editorializing, travelogues, overland info, FAQs, and much much more.

Walking the streets of modern Shanghai, trekking Tiger Leaping Gorge, washed out at Simitai, prayer flags in Deqin. China tales. And lots of them.

Impressions of Northern Thailand - Mae Hong Son, Pai, Padaung "longneck" villages. Bangkok's snake farm. Hua Hin/Prachuap. Monthly update.

Three weeks of travel - the cities: Yangon and Mandalay, the temples of Bagan, and exploring the wonders of Shan State: Hsipaw, Inle Lake, Kalaw.

Saigon, Mekong Delta, Dalat, and Nha Trang, take a vicarious trip through the south of Vietnam.

New section with guides to Jakarta, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, West Timor and Flores.

Quick impressions of four major tourist areas: Langkawi, Penang, Perhentians, and Kuala Lumpur.

One weekend in Singapore. Not exactly one night in Bangkok.

East Timor
New section with details on Dili and travel out to West Timor.

The food sucks, the country is a mess, but the people are great. Read about my May 2003 Afghan adventures and learn a bit more about a country that regrettably, the world seems to have forgotten.

A brief snapshot of Pakistan in May 2003. Islamabad, Peshawar, and Lahore.

It's not Asia, but it's the same side of the world...


Have something to say? A story to tell? A grievance to vent? Let's face it, readers to this site get one view point and one view point only. Mine. While readers have been most generous with overland travel reports, why stop there? Travel, culture, politics, social issues! Speak your mind to a wide audience! See it here for the world to read! Anything relevant to Asia! e-mail me.

April 25, 2007
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