Archive for November, 2011

Nov 30 2011

Siem Reap live gig: the Grass Snake Union Band

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It’s not often that Siem Reap gets visiting bands, though the Dengue Fever gig at the Hotel de la Paix in November was a huge success. So we do get a little bit excited when we hear about new ones coming to town. And this Friday will see the Siem Reap premier of a Phnom … read the full post

Nov 29 2011

Photo: Phsar Thmei

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Phnom Penh boasts some of Southeast Asia’s most interesting modern architecture — though it’s often forgotten about with the focus tending to be on much older Angkor Wat instead. Take a tour to see what’s left of Cambodia’s glorious 1930s to 60s-era pieces, or just wander around yourself. A good place to start is at … read the full post

Nov 29 2011

Angkor Wat bike race and marathon

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It’s dark o’clock in the morning and there’s a real chill in the air. Odd shapes loom out of the grey haze then change shape, become solid and turn into humans. Humans clothed in strange fabrics, cut the interesting side of tight, in colours that are usually used to serve as a warning. In the … read the full post

Nov 28 2011

Be careful with your ATM card in Cambodia

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Although the only real worry a tourist has when they come to Cambodia is which island to visit, you should also be concerned about the safety of your ATM card. Recently there have been several reports of ATM fraud in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The people who make up names for this sort of … read the full post

Nov 25 2011

The open road to Banteay Chhmar

For years, a rusty, rutted, oftentimes impassable track linked Poipet and Siem Reap, the bane of farmers and tourists alike. Efforts at construction, then re-construction then more re-construction were made, half-hearted and soon thwarted by the elements. If you listened to rumours, they’d tell you that it was all to protect the monopoly one airline … read the full post

Nov 24 2011

Daytime activities in Phnom Penh

If you’re sick of sightseeing, or your liver needs a break, never fear, there are daytime activities in Phnom Penh. Go for a run (or a walk) Every Sunday at 14:15 the Hash House Harriers meet up at the Railway Station and then travel together to a rural spot around Phnom Penh to go running … read the full post

Nov 23 2011

A beginning eating guide to Siem Reap’s Wat Bo Road

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Not that long ago, Wat Bo Road was simply a detour that you might have quickly taken and just as quickly forgotten: a nowhere road to somewhere else. Today, it’s buzzing. It seems hardly a week goes by without a new bar, café, restaurant or hotel opening up either on Wat Bo Road or one … read the full post

Nov 21 2011

Ice cream shops in Phnom Penh

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We’re heading into cool dry season into Phnom Penh, alternatively known as ice cream season. In the last year or so, ice cream offerings have been popping up all over Phnom Penh. There are still the old Khmer stand-bys, selling icy bowls of beans and coconut milk, but there are also more than a few … read the full post

Nov 19 2011

Whipper-snappers: Young photographers at the Angkor Photo Festival

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The seventh Angkor Photo Festival is not just a showcase of amazing photography from all over the world. It’s also a local event that strives to promote and train young Cambodian photographers and support disadvantaged children from Siem Reap. They do this through a series of dedicated, free workshops for young photographers led by top … read the full post

Nov 18 2011

How to get from the airport into Phnom Penh

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Getting from the airport into Phnom Penh is quite easy and relatively hassle free compared to some other airports. When you exit the arrivals hall, you’ll have a dozen men shouting “taxi! taxi!” at you, but feel free to ignore them, as I do. Why reward that kind of behaviour? Once outside and on the … read the full post

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