Archive for August, 2012

Aug 31 2012

Sihanoukville’s Serendipity Beach

Published by under Sihanoukville

looking southwest from serendipity beach to ochheuteal beach

Ochheuteal is a beach. Despite persistent rumours to the contrary, Serendipity is not. Yes, innumerable visitors to Sihanoukville talk about having visited Serendipity Beach, but there really isn’t a beach at Serendipity Beach. So why do they call it a beach? Let’s go searching for Serendipity Beach. Maybe we’ll find the answer. Officially, the road … read the full post

Aug 29 2012

Street names and directions in Siem Reap

Published by under Practicalities

Good luck finding a sign for Wat bo Road

My father thinks I’m an idiot. This might be cause for concern if he thought that intellectual acuity had any function beyond enabling the exchange of smart-arsed ripostes over a game of darts, but fortunately he doesn’t. Indeed, his progeny’s evident feeble-mindedness is far from a flaw in his mind. My pride and I are … read the full post

Aug 27 2012

The changing face of Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

Otres Beach is changing, but is as mellow as ever

Cambodia has big plans for Sihanoukville. By 2040, if all goes according to plan, a million and a half people will call Sihanoukville home and the vacant land that stretches for several kilometres directly behind Otres and Ochheuteal beaches will be a sea of highrises and residential areas. That’s a few years away yet, but … read the full post

Aug 27 2012

Tipping in Siem Reap

Published by under Practicalities

The options for tipping in Cambodia can make your head spin

A long time ago I waitressed at a posh restaurant in Dublin, the kind of place where the pandan chicken and monkfish in red curry sauce, though incredibly good, were of secondary importance to the hob-nobbing possibilities. This was where you went to see and be seen and, since it was offered, you might as … read the full post

Aug 23 2012

Siem Reap people

Published by under Siem Reap

Smile

Sopheap works in a Siem Reap hotel, perhaps it’s your one. He’s actually a partial owner of the hotel, despite his young age, and he’s working hard to improve himself, learn more and be more. He also works at an NGO. As he gives you some advice on what to do and where to go … read the full post

Aug 21 2012

Walking in Phnom Penh

Published by under Health & safety

Look left, look right, look left .... dive in!

It’s the reply no tuk tuk driver wants to hear: “I’m walking, thanks.” Often, the most sensible thing would be to sit in his comfy carriage, be transported around the streets and let him worry about the traffic. But for getting-lost-exploring in Phnom Penh and answering the question, “I wonder what’s down there?”, you can’t … read the full post

Aug 17 2012

Siem Reap temples to visit for free

What, you mean there's more? Prasat Preah Enkosai

If even after Angkor, you think you might have room for one or two temples more but don’t quite have the cash to cover it, despair not. Within reasonably short distances of Siem Reap it’s still possible to find temples that are easy to access and not subject to a charge for entry. The nearest … read the full post

Aug 16 2012

Siem Reap’s Cambodian Pub Street

Published by under Bars & nightlife

From small bamboo lean tos to big neon-lit Karaoke bars

I was talking to an Irish nurse recently who was describing her two years spent volunteering in a provincial Cambodian hospital, living in a building beside the hospital with no television, electricity or fridge, no pizza, wine or cheese, no internet, pub quizzes or bags of Kettle Chips from the supermarket. No cappuccinos! As we … read the full post

Aug 14 2012

Where are they now? Phnom Penh’s Lakeside businesses

Published by under Accommodation

You don't know what you've got till it's gone

Mention the word ‘lakeside’ to any traveller who visited Phnom Penh before 2009, and they’re likely to get a faraway look in their eyes, accompanied by a smile or a shudder. Famed as a backpacker ghetto, Boeung Kak (Green Lake) is the stuff of myth and legend. There were $2 rooms, suspicious herbs in bowls … read the full post

Aug 11 2012

Yoga in Siem Reap update

Published by under Spas and massage

A perfectly executed downward facing dog

Siem Reap offers plenty of opportunities to practise yoga, both for yoga-nuts and for first-timers, for whom the studios’ location far away from home may provide the perfect opportunity to try without running the risk for evermore of bumping into your classmates in your local supermarket, knowing that they know that you can’t chaturanga for … read the full post

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