Archive for August, 2011

Aug 31 2011

Siem Reap in pictures

Published by under Photo

Siem Reap is filled with photo opportunities, and they aren’t confined to the temples of Angkor! Whether you stay for a day or a few weeks, there’s lots to see and explore in Siem Reap.

Aug 30 2011

Phnom Penh street food: Bai sach chrouk

Published by under Street food

Breakfast-time in Phnom Penh starts around six in the morning, but the street food stands don’t start really hopping until seven. Most of them serve until they run out at around nine. One of the most popular breakfasts — in addition to Khmer noodles — is bai sach chrouk, or pork with rice. This is … read the full post

Aug 25 2011

Tips for visiting Phnom Penh in the rainy season

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Although many people will tell you not to visit Phnom Penh during the rainy season, it’s actually not as bad you might think. Granted, May through October is called “monsoon season”, with rain coming more days than not in October, but the early months aren’t too bad. This year we are just getting into the … read the full post

Aug 23 2011

Wat Damnak Library: Improving minds and souls

Within less than a minute’s walk of Siem Reap’s Old Market is a quiet little hideaway, a fragrant oasis where you can escape the hustle and the crowds of Siem Reap and take a moment to breathe, relax and get your bearings. More than that, if your curiosity about Angkor goes more than skin deep, … read the full post

Aug 22 2011

English-language bookstores in Phnom Penh

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About to head out on the bus to Battambang or Siem Reap and need a good book for the trip? All along the riverside you’ll be able to find children selling genocide-related literature, but please don’t buy books from them — purchase from one of the many adults selling books on the riverside instead (Ed: … read the full post

Aug 18 2011

Rare Cambodian map exhibition in Phnom Penh

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Cambodia is funny in that its ninth century is better documented than its 19th, which is why the exhibition of rare Cambodian maps on display at the Centre Culturel Français, running through August 28, is especially interesting. The 54 maps are from between 1884 and 1892, during the period of King Norodom I’s reign under … read the full post

Aug 17 2011

A pain-free trip to the dentist in Siem Reap

Published by under Health & safety

Gangs of Westerners roam Thailand hunting out affordable plastic surgeons in order to ameliorate, elevate or eradicate various bits and bobs about their person, and the land of smiles is a top destination for cheap dental surgery too. Of course, the idea of seeking out dentistry in Cambodia while actually conscious and in control of … read the full post

Aug 15 2011

Phnom Penh street food: Coconut milk desserts

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One of the most mysterious street food stands you’ll find in Phnom Penh (well, maybe aside from the crickets) are the dessert stands — covered in rows of bowls of what appear to be mushy vegetables, you’d never know you’d happened upon a Cambodian ambrosial secret hidden in plain sight. The coconut milk dessert sellers, … read the full post

Aug 12 2011

Short-term volunteering in Cambodia: some questions

A debate is going back and forth in Siem Reap at the moment relating to visitors who want to do something to help Cambodia, but only have a very small amount of time in which to do it, from half a day up to one week. Seeing so much poverty, and so many of the … read the full post

Aug 12 2011

Vann Molyvann’s architecture in Phnom Penh

Vann Molyvann is Cambodia’s greatest living architect. Vann’s style of work from the 1950s and 1960s is known as New Khmer Architecture, and blended modernist themes from the time with traditional Cambodian and Angkorian elements. Despite the civil war in the 1970s, many of Molyvann’s works survived, although much of it is now under threat … read the full post

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