Archive for January, 2012

Jan 31 2012

What’s on in Siem Reap, February 2012

Published by under Events

February is another busy month here in Siem Reap, the absolute highlight of which is the Giant Puppet Parade on Saturday February 25. Exhibitions *Emotional, a unique collection of clothes by Eric Raisina, will be on exhibition at the Hotel de la Paix from Saturday February 11. The Siem Reap-based designer’s electrifying designs have been … read the full post

Jan 27 2012

Where can I get my camera/computer/gadget fixed in Siem Reap?

Published by under Shopping

I’m one of those people who claims to be non-techie and unswayed by market caprice, but somehow always contrives to have something that’s nearly up-to-date, but insufficiently à la mode that I can lay claim to an air of above-it-all superiority. I think the technical term for it is hypocrite. I don’t have a Mac, … read the full post

Jan 26 2012

Is malaria a risk for travellers to Cambodia?

Published by under Health & safety

As someone who spends a fair amount of time worrying about tropical diseases and offering advice to visitors to Cambodia, I figured there’s no better way to combine the two than talking to doctors in Phnom Penh about new things for everyone to worry about. Dr Nick Walsh is a public health physician and tropical … read the full post

Jan 25 2012

Italian restaurants in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Cambodia may be a Johnny-come-lately on the Southeast Asia tourist trail, but there’s one area where they’ve already caught up with, even exceeded, their neighbours. The restaurants here (in both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh) are fantastic. The Cambodian culinary scene has developed in less than ten years, yet has managed to set high standards … read the full post

Jan 24 2012

Eating oysters in Phnom Penh

Published by under Food

You’ll forgive me for not immediately realising that Phnom Penh is an oyster town. It’s not next to the sea and there doesn’t seem to be a word in the Khmer language for oyster. And yet there’s an oyster culture in Phnom Penh, with locals and expats alike enjoying oysters on the half shell all … read the full post

Jan 23 2012

Coffee in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

I know some prefer it cool, smooth and slow, but I have to confess I’m a major fan of hot and steamy. Of course, this does usually result in short lived affairs, but I don’t know anyone who could handle that much intensity for longer anyway. Especially with the Italians, God do the Italians really … read the full post

Jan 18 2012

Corporate social responsibility in Siem Reap

It will surprise many of Siem Reap’s visitors to know that, despite the enormous amount of money spent by all two million of you each year, Siem Reap province remains the third poorest of Cambodia’s 23 provinces. This is a devastating statistic, and indicates that very little of the money that you spend here is … read the full post

Jan 16 2012

Live music in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

If you’re at a loose end of an evening during your visit to Phnom Penh, you may want to consider taking in some live music. Many venues in town feature live bands that are locally-based or visiting from abroad, such as El Dealbreakers, Durian, Cambodian Space Project, Dub Addiction and Holliday in Cambodia. The best way to find … read the full post

Jan 16 2012

Motorcyles in Siem Reap

Published by under Transport

Unlike most other places in Southeast Asia, you cannot freely rent a motorcycle or scooter here in Siem Reap. Considering you can rent bikes elsewhere in Cambodia, this may seem incongruous and indeed it is, but there is no real clarity on why it’s the case. A number of reasons have been suggested, however. These … read the full post

Jan 13 2012

How to get from Phnom Penh to Phu Quoc Island

Published by under Transport

Despite the fact that Cambodia is bursting at the seams with beautiful islands, sometimes it’s nice to hit the open road and head to one of Vietnam’s tropical islands — which, as it turns out, is just as close as Koh Rong is. There’s not a lot of information out there on how to best … read the full post

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