Archive for October, 2011

Oct 28 2011

Cambodian and Cambodia-based fashion designers

Published by under Shopping

I’ve already covered international clothing labels available in Phnom Penh, but did you know there are local designers, too? There are a number of Cambodian designers and Cambodians raised abroad who have come back to Cambodia and are now designers: SCT (Sar Chantho) is a Cambodian designer based in Phnom Penh outfitting locals and expats; … read the full post

Oct 26 2011

Rash of bag-snatchings in Phnom Penh

Published by under Health & safety

Contrary to popular opinion, Phnom Penh is a pretty safe city to spend time in. Most people who move here will even say that it’s safer than where they came from. For my part, living in Phnom Penh feels infinitely safer than my last home in east London. That said, we’ve been in a bit … read the full post

Oct 25 2011

Recovery after the Siem Reap floods: How to help

Following on from the post about organisations working to provide flood relief to hundreds of people in and around Siem Reap, I can provide a little more information on what these organisations are doing and how you can help them; you don’t even need to get wet to do it, as local staff from NGOs … read the full post

Oct 23 2011

Sunday roasts in Phnom Penh

Published by under Western

If you’re yearning for a little taste of home in Phnom Penh, there are more than a few places in town among the many restaurants on offer where you can tuck into a traditional Sunday roast. Sunday roasts are most popular with the British, of course, who find that a few weeks on the road … read the full post

Oct 21 2011

Siem Reap flood update: October 21, 2011

Published by under Floods

Driving around Siem Reap on Friday afternoon felt almost like a journey along Memory Lane, so long it seems since you used to reach your destinations with eyeballs swimming in dust. Throughout most of town, the floods that have plagued Siem Reap for six long weeks have almost entirely subsided, and the watery streets are … read the full post

Oct 20 2011

Orphanage tourism: why you should avoid it

A new campaign launched by Friends International today encourages travellers to stop visiting orphanages in Cambodia. The campaign asks tourists to take photos of Friends’ posters around Cambodia and post them with a link to the Friends’ website on Twitter and Facebook to warn other travellers of the damage such visits can cause. We asked … read the full post

Oct 18 2011

Amid floods, Siem Reap needs your help

Published by under Floods

Amid the hullaballoo about floods in Thailand (and them slowly moving toward the capital, Bangkok), Cambodia is suffering from widespread floods as well. Five weeks of flooding, 17 out of 24 of Cambodia’s provinces under water, 200,000 hectares of agricultural land washed out, 34,000 households evacuated and 247 people already dead. The scale of what … read the full post

Oct 17 2011

Sushi in Phnom Penh: Part two

Published by under Japanese

Hold onto your socks, the hunt for the best sushi in Phnom Penh continues. Last week I reviewed Origami and Fusion Sushi, and today I’ll cover more ground with a couple of places that are a little more affordable. Le Quay Cafe With four types of rolls and seven types of nigiri, Le Quay Cafe … read the full post

Oct 14 2011

Cambodia’s Water Festival cancelled

Published by under Festivals

In view of recent events, the government has just taken the probably very sensible decision to cancel this year’s Water Festival which was due to kick off on November 9. The Water Festival is one of the highlights of the Cambodian calendar, a spectacle that is enormously looked forward to by Cambodians and is a … read the full post

Oct 14 2011

Sushi in Phnom Penh: Part one

Published by under Japanese

Despite the large number of Japenese expats in Phnom Penh, good sushi is harder to come by than you’d think, with most of the Japanese restaurants in town serving up primarily donburis and other Japanese home-cooking. In the name of research, I’ve been hunting for the best sushi in Phnom Penh. Here are some of … read the full post

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