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Sailing in Cambodia

Sailing CambodiaThe Gulf of Thailand offers superb sailing conditions in a warm tropical climate and consistent trade winds of 10 to 15 knots all year round makes Cambodia an idyllic sailing destination. Sailing between the islands and passing by the tiny handmade fishing craft of the local Cambodian fishing villages is an experience in itself. There are many beaches, waterfalls and even Buddhist shrines to explore.

Most of the islands (but not all of them) are truly pristine and completely unspoiled. The only people you will encounter are the locals from the few tiny fishing villages, living their lives as they have always done.

Sihanoukville offers plenty of sailing opportunities, but there is also a sailing club in Kep.

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Kayaking in Cambodia

Kayaking CambodiaOver the last few years kayaking opportunities in Cambodia have increased. You can do kayak trips in remote Ratanakiri province on the beautiful Se San River, in the even more remote Cardamom Mountains at a community based ecotourism project, or on the rivers near Battambang and Kampot.

Here we give you an overview of the best kayaking trips in Cambodia, including links to websites and telephone numbers of companies offering kayak tours.

Enjoy the peddling!

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Quad Bike Tours

Although mountain biking is for everybody, the hot and humid Cambodian climate is definitely not, so if you can’t imagine yourself pedalling around the countryside, a quad adventure might be your pick.

These automatic quad bikes are easy to drive and it’s a great way to get out and see some of the countryside and how people in rural Cambodia live.

Two companies offer quad bike tours: one in Siem Reap (Quad Bike Adventure) and one in Phnom Penh (Blazing Trails).

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Cambodia’s temples by chopper

Chopper over Angkor Wat, CambodiaIt's one thing seeing Cambodia's ancient Angkor temples up close and personal. It's something else capturing a bird's-eye view of the once-thriving kingdom aboard a helicopter.

We've strapped ourselves in and put on our headphones, which fail to completely suppress the whump of the chopper's blades slicing the air and whirling us into the clear, blue sky.

Our Aussie pilot Phil Butterworth's voice crackles through our earpieces: “You've chosen a great day to fly. The weather conditions are pretty much perfect”.

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Horse Riding in Siem Reap

Horse Ride to Tonle Sap Lake in Siem reap, CambodiaHorse Riding is an unusual, but increasingly popular pastime for visitors to Siem Reap.

It’s an ideal way to get off the beaten track and see some of the lesser known attractions around town.

Set on 10 hectares of beautiful Khmer countryside, around a miniature lake, the Happy Ranche Horse Farm accommodates 46 horses, stallions, mares and foals.

The facilities include a round pen, a 20 x 40m dressage arena, a horse preparation area, and 40 large clean stalls in the stables.

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Top 10 Activities for Children

Rowing near Kampot in southern CambodiaCambodia is probably not the first country parents think of as the destination of choice.

How wrong you could be!

Cambodia is a great place to visit with children: friendly people, welcoming, and with plenty of things to do.

Not convinced yet?

Here is our Top 10 of activities in Cambodia that will keep kids entertained. Guaranteed!

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Dirt Bike Tours in Cambodia

Dirt Bike Riding in CambodiaCambodia offers a lot of opportunities for dirt bike riders. Many of the main roads between major towns are in good to reasonable conditions, but once off these roads the real adventure begins.

You can just rent a bike at one of the rental shops in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville or Kampot and – with a good map – find your own way around the country.

However, if you want to explore jungle tracks (like in the Cardamom Mountains), only do that with an experienced guide. In some areas there are hundreds of walking trails and ox-cart tracks and as there are no signs or people, you’d easily get lost.

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Mountain Biking in the Cardamoms

cardamom-waterfallChi Phat, a small village on the Preak Piphot River, is a former hotspot of poaching and illegal logging, now it is a hub of environmentally-friendly adventure activities.

Developed by Community Based Ecotourism (CBET), these projects aim to provide villagers with economically and ecologically sustainable income opportunities from tourism and help them protect the biodiversity and natural resources of their region against illegal logging, wildlife poaching, and land encroachment, while providing tourists with a unique green adventure in some rarely visited rural villages in the Southern Cardamoms.

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Ultra Light Trike Flying in Cambodia

trike-flyingCambodians refer to it as “the flying moto” and it’s quite an appropriate name for the little airborne machine called a microlight, or alternatively, an ultralight.

Within the aeronautical trade it’s often referred to simply as a “trike”.

It is a three-wheeled, two-seater fibreglass pod fitted to an aircraft-grade aluminium mainframe with a motor and propeller at the back.
The pod is attached to a large wing similar in shape to a hang-glider, from which this aircraft actually evolved.

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Cooking Classes in Cambodia

Khmer foodSome people argue that Cambodia’s cuisine is nothing to write home about and a poorer cousin to Thai and Vietnamese cuisines. While we understand that view when judging the food offered on the streets of Cambodia, it is completely untrue.

The real, traditional Khmer food has a long history. In more recent times, the cuisine of Cambodia has been influenced by nearby countries as well as by the French. But go back 1,000 years when the Khmer Empire ruled over most of Southeast Asia.
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Golf Courses in Cambodia

Phokeethra Golf & Country Club Siem ReapGolf is a relatively new pastime in Cambodia, but it is developing fast. There are only four courses in the country right now, but four more courses are expected to be completed by 2011.

Most Cambodians know little or nothing about golf. So far, only foreigners and the upper echelon f Cambodian society can afford to play. Ordinary Cambodians are more concerned with making ends meet than learning about a foreign sport. This cultural and economic gap means that the new courses are still wide open to foreign visitors.

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Diving near Sihanoukville

great diving spots near Sihanoukville, CambodiaThe islands off the coast of Cambodia provide excellent diving locations and white sand beaches: perfect retreats to get away from it all. Already close to the mainland there’s some great diving, but for those who want to stay a little longer and venture a little further, there are world class dive sites such as Condor Reef and Poulo Wai waiting to be explored.

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Cycling in Cambodia

Activities: Cycling in CambodiaCycling in Cambodia is for the more adventurous traveller, but if you’re an experienced cyclist you’ll discover the real Cambodia. Most of Cambodia is quite flat and recently many roads have been upgraded, so road conditions have improved considerably.

Of course you’ll still come across bumpy roads in the countryside, but isn’t that part of the fun? Cycling in Cambodia should only be done during the dry season, from November until March, when the temperatures are not too high.
When cycling just after the end of the rainy season, the country is lush and green.

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