Archive for September, 2012

Sep 29 2012

Where to hang out on Otres Beach

Published by under Sihanoukville

otres beach, sihanoukville cambodia

Now that the road to Otres Beach has been paved and a feverish-for-Sihanoukville building spree has been going on, the 2012-2013 Sihanoukville high season is likely to make it the most popular beach in town. If you’ve been there before and loved it for its funky, laidback atmosphere, don’t panic. Thanks to low-rise zoning restrictions … read the full post

Sep 27 2012

Cambodia’s National Museum

Impressive from all angles

Cambodia’s National Museum (saa-ra moo-un dti if you want to impress your tuk tuk driver) is a reference point around Phnom Penh, an impressive building set in tropical gardens. On the corner of Street 178 and Street 13, two blocks from FCC and the riverside, this is a regular stop off point for foreigner visitors … read the full post

Sep 24 2012

Phnom Bakheng: A giant astrological calendar

Phnom Bakheng

It’s best known as a viewing point for sunset at Angkor Wat and if you’re fond of battling your way through the masses, all with cameras surgically attached to their faces or at a constant arm’s length from their body as though it’s in control of them and not they in control of it, then … read the full post

Sep 22 2012

Our City Festival

Published by under Events

A shy colonial mansion

Art, Architecture and Ideas. That’s the focus of Our City Festival, a celebration and examination of urban spaces in Cambodia. Running from 28 September to 7 October 2012 in Phnom Penh and Battambang, the festival uses photography, film, dance and installations to provoke discussion. Cambodia has been known to knock up some world-renowned buildings, and Phnom … read the full post

Sep 21 2012

Sihanoukville’s Victory Beach

Published by under Sihanoukville

victory beach pier, sihanoukville cambodia

Most Sihanoukville beaches have distinct personalities. Wherever you stay on Otres Beach, for example, it will have a laidback “Otres Beach” feel to it. Victory Beach is different. More of a pastiche of identities than a single entity, there’s something for everyone on Victory Beach, from backpackers wandering down from Victory Hill to families in … read the full post

Sep 20 2012

Phnom Penh’s riverside

The best view of riverside

Spend even one night in Phnom Penh and you’ll probably find yourself by the river. Which is not, incidentally, the mighty Mekong but the less internationally-famous Tonle Sap. Check your city map — unless you are at one of the more expensive hotels close to Koh Pich or out on a cruise, the Mekong is … read the full post

Sep 18 2012

Siem Reap rainy season 2012

Published by under Weather

This is what the beginning of trouble looks like, and my dog was not one bit happy about it - taken September 2011

The rainy season in Cambodia starts in June and runs until November, bringing 75% of the kingdom’s annual rainfall and temperatures that can drop as low as 22 degrees Celsius. Future politicians take note — this sentence is a prime example of how a statement can be both absolutely true and quite misleading all at … read the full post

Sep 17 2012

What to do in downtown Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

inside psar leu, sihanoukville cambodia

Unless you’re an expat looking for some furniture, building supplies or a new fridge, downtown Sihanoukville may not be your first pick of fun places to visit in Sihanoukville. The busiest section of Ekareach Street, between CT Road and Makara Street, is largely lined with shops that cater to locals and at first glance doesn’t … read the full post

Sep 16 2012

Where to stay in Kratie

Published by under Kratie

A balcony with a view in Kratie.

Kratie is the capital of the same-named province in northeast Cambodia, some six to seven hours north of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh by bus. Known for a couple of pods of dolphins to the north of town, it’s a low-key destination that is popular among travellers who either have the time or who are … read the full post

Sep 15 2012

Review: Chuck Norris Dim Sum, Phnom Penh

Published by under Other Asian

Ask yourself, what would Chuck Norris order?

We all know that you don’t go looking for Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris finds you. Well, he’s certainly found clubbing central in Phnom Penh and is serving up dim sum to dancers and divas until the early hours of the morning. Almost opposite Heart of Darkness on Street 51 and just around the corner from … read the full post

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