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ALMS GIVING TO MONKS

One of the most spiritually enlightening experiences a tourist to Cambodia can see is the donation of alms to monks. Each morning saffron robed monks leave their pagodas either singly, or in a group, to walk through towns and villages to collect donations of food. Monks are expected to walk barefoot, though in the cities

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CYCLING IN THE KINGDOM

Travel Asia a la carte took advantage of the sunny weather for a biking tour along the Mekong River. Starting and finishing in Phnom Penh, we cycled down one bank of the mighty river and then back along the opposite side. Cambodia is an ideal country for cycling. The country is shaped like a cauldron meaning

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THE BEST PEPPER IN THE WORLD

Have you heard of Kampot pepper? If not then you have been missing out on the world’s gourmet pepper. With a strong flavour, a unique heat and intense citrus aroma it is one of the most prized ingredients by top chefs around the world. Kampot pepper has a long history. It was documented by Chinese explorers in 1296

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BACK TO BATTAMBANG

A Touch of Asia recently visited charming Battambang as part of an inspection trip. As on previous visits we were enchanted by the slow-paced small town, easy access to friendly villages and the well-preserved colonial architecture. Battambang is a logical third destination after Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The three locations are on three points

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