Jun 21 2014

King Father’s Interment

Published by under Events

Following the impressive pomp of last year’s cremation, the remains of former King Norodom Sihanouk will be interred during a three-day ceremony at Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace from July 10 to 12, 2014. For visitors to Cambodia, this is a final opportunity to be part of the beloved King Father’s memorial and witness a special element of Khmer culture. … read the full post

Apr 19 2014

How to get heatstroke in Cambodia

Published by under Health & safety

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.

According to the old song, only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. That seems a little exclusive — we think every traveller deserves the opportunity to develop sunstroke. With the onset of the hot season in Cambodia, follow these simple rules to dehydration and delirium in the kingdom. Choose your transport … read the full post

Mar 24 2014

Best eats in Kampot

Published by under Kampot

It's soup, it's fishy and it's sour. It's sour fish soup!

For a small southern Cambodian town, Kampot has a surprisingly good selection of places to chow down. So when you’ve had enough of contemplating the river, or you’ve worked up an appetite crawling round caves, here’s our pick of some of the best eats in town. Start your day with delicious coffee roasted on site … read the full post

Feb 24 2014

Going to a Cambodian wedding

Published by under Culture

Let's get the party started!

Of all the hospitality that might be extended to visitors in Cambodia, an invitation to a wedding is probably the most special. Wedding parties usually take place in street-side yellow and pink marquees by the family home, or in a hall at a specialist wedding venue. Put aside thoughts of formal speeches and hours of photographs: you’re … read the full post

Feb 07 2014

Trial public bus service in Phnom Penh

Published by under Transport

... all day long.

Getting around Phnom Penh is always a challenge. There’s a range of transport options, in the form of tuk tuk drivers with their distinct cry of “OK, tuk tuk”, and moto-dops who hang out on their bikes in the shade waiting for passengers. Negotiating prices and hoping your driver knows where he’s going are all … read the full post

Jan 03 2014

Protests in Phnom Penh 2014

Published by under Phnom Penh

Avoid trouble spots.

UPDATE (Sunday, January 5): Authorities forcefully cleared the main protest site — Freedom Park — in Phnom Penh on Saturday and banning any more street demonstrations. Although the opposition party has said it will follow the ban, it is not sure whether protesters will show up today or not. Stay well clear of the Wat Phnom … read the full post

Nov 10 2013

How to ride a motorbike sidesaddle in Cambodia

Published by under Health & safety

Extreme dangling.

When I first arrived in Asia, I was awed by the effortless grace of women on motorbikes, sitting nonchalantly sidesaddle on the pillion. After careful observation, a bit of practice and a surprising lack of toppling, I joined their ranks. Visiting new countries is all about experiencing different ways of doing things, so here’s our … read the full post

Sep 25 2013

Balcony life in Phnom Penh

Balcony bonanza.

For the average Phnom Penher, space is at a premium. Those fortunate enough to live in a villa get a garden, but for the rest of the city’s residents, a balcony is the only private outdoor space available. In true resourceful Khmer style, a balcony is a meeting point, dining room, laundry and window onto … read the full post

Sep 14 2013

Election protests in Phnom Penh

Published by under Phnom Penh

Not quite on the highest alert.

Although the Cambodian general election took place in late July, things are not quite back to normal in the Kingdom of Wonder. Here’s your cheat’s guide to Cambodian politics and what to expect during upcoming protests on 15-17 September. What’s the problem? The general election took place on 28 July 2013 and the preliminary results showed … read the full post

Aug 25 2013

Something fishy? All about Cambodia’s prahok

Published by under Khmer

Disgusting? Cheesy? Stomach-turning? Delicious? No visitor to Cambodia is ever ambivalent when faced with the strongest of local delicacies. And that’s because there really is nothing delicate about a food that smells like your teenage brother’s socks. No, we’re not talking durian — the spiky smelly fruit is child’s play compared with Cambodia’s fermented fish paste prahok. … read the full post

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