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Moves to Expand Protected Forest in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Adding to yesterday's great news that the Titanium mine, planned for Chi Phat, has been shelved, the Cambodian government is now drafting a sub-decree to increase the size of Koh Kong Province's Protected Forest. Someone up there must have started fretting about his karma and the afterlife!

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

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Chi Phat saved from destructive Titanium mine

Monday, April 11th, 2011

A late minute intervention by Prime minister, Hun Sen, has saved a thriving community-based tourism project in Cambodia's Koh Kong Province from a planned, highly destructive, Titanium mine. The mine project, by the United Khmer Group, was rumoured to have been just a cover to gain access to the ...

Luang Prabang to Phnom Penh adventure

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Nice appraisal from this French family from Japan who undertook a Mekong River Explorer trip, finishing this week: From: Marie-Cécile Conilh de Beysac Subject: thank you Date: 6 March 2011 20:02:48 GMT+07:00 To: Christopher Gow We have only have one word : wonderful ! One of our best trip. Thank ...

In Cambodia, Koh Kong Emerges as Eco-Tourism Destination

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

This New York Times story highlights some interesting eco-tourism developments in Cambodia. See some of my pics from Chi Phat here on the Symbiosis Facebook page

Turning Poachers into Gamekeepers – Cardomoms, Cambodia

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

I recently visited a community deep in the Cardomom Mountains, western Cambodia that, until recently existed to plunder the rainforest of trees and wildlife.   [caption id="attachment_288" align="aligncenter" width="490" caption="Approaching Chi Phat"][/caption] Chi Phat is a former logging community a 2 hour boat trip up river from the newly refurbished road linking ...

Cambodia-Thailand Border Tensions

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Prime Minister Hun Sen and Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat met in Bejing on Friday, at the Asia-Europe Summint, to discuss the recent conflict at Preah Vihear. The two Prime Ministers made an agreement to avoide anyt further fighting on the border. They also agreed to set up a committee and negotiate ...

Cambodia-Thailand Border Tensions

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

The situation on at the border between Thailand and Cambodia, near the temple of Preah Vihear has remained unchanged, since violent clashes last week ended in a cease fire agreement. Prime Minister Hun Sen, (the Prime Minister of Cambodia) and Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat of Thailand have confirmed that there will ...

Thailand- Cambodian Border Quiet After Negotiations

Friday, October 17th, 2008

"A tense quiet hangs over Preah Vihear temple [today]" (Tha Cambodia Daily). After four hours of negotiatins between Thai and Cambodia military officials an agreement had been made that no gunfir will be exchange "just like before" (The Cambodia Daily). In what seems to be a somewhat unworkable agreement Cambodia and Thailand ...

Cambodia Putting the Past Behind it- Khmer Rouge Jailed for 20 Years

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

A Cambodian court has sentenced three former Khmer Rouge guerrillas to 20 years in jail over the 1996 kidnapping and murder of a British mine clearer and his translator After nearly 12 years since the Khmer Rouge laid down their weapons and were forced out of power in Cambodia some of ...

The Circus Travels To France!

Friday, October 10th, 2008

The Battambang Circus is touring France, but before going on tour in France, the exceptional team of “Phum Style” will give a few performances in Battambang.   "Phum Style" relates the story of a city boy coming back to his home village after years in a surrounding that totally changed his life style, “Phum Style” ...

Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

On the 7th October 2008 the Battambang Circus will be presenting a very special show. The circus troupe will perform with the Royal Cambodian Ballet. The show will bring together about 70 performers and include performances of both classical and traditional dances, modern theatre performances, acrobatics, contortion and fun will also ...

New Guide to Responsible Tourism in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Just published a 148-page guide book showing where and how to enjoy responsible tourism activities in the three countries.  Over 25 activities in each country have been profiled in "The Guide to Responsible Tourism in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam". Each activity creates income for local people, minimises potential negative tourism ...