Archive for October, 2012

Oct 15 2012

Sihanoukville’s Serendipity Road

Published by under Sihanoukville

fruit vendor on Serendipity Road, Sihanoukville Cambodia

Sihanoukville’s Serendipity beach area has been changing so fast it’s hard even for those of us who live here to get our heads around it. It all went into high gear late in 2011, when they started paving Serendipity Road. Suddenly, what had been a rough road leading to the backpacker haven of Serendipity beach … read the full post

Oct 14 2012

Phnom Penh’s Post Office Square

Colonial crumble at the former Police Station

Phnom Penh’s Post Office Square was made famous by the film City of Ghosts, recommended viewing for any visitor to Cambodia on a rainy afternoon when sightseeing is off the agenda. A short detour from riverside and Wat Phnom, the area deserves a visit in person, too. The Post Office, built in 1890 and restored … read the full post

Oct 13 2012

Things to do in Kratie

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Devil drink.

Say “Kratie!” to any Khmer (or any Khmer fisherman who happens to fish near Kratie) and they’ll probably say, “Dolphins!” Well, not really, but if you happened to come across an English-speaking Khmer fisherman who happened to fish in the waters north of Kratie they might say that, but as most fishermen you meet in … read the full post

Oct 12 2012

Review: Victory Beach Hotel, Sihanoukville

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beach lounges at Victory Beach Hotel, Sihanoukville Cambodia

A hotel attached to a casino isn’t normally the kind of place we would recommend, but the Victory Beach Hotel is an exception. Credit for the hotel’s popularity with non-gambling types has to go to managers Verona and Douglas McColl, whose first Sihanoukville venture, the Coolabah Resort near Serendipity Beach was an immediate success with … read the full post

Oct 09 2012

Review: Sihanoukville’s Pagoda Rocks Boutique Resort

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infinity pool at Pagoda Rocks, Sihanoukville Cambodia

You know you’re on the way to some place special when you reach the hilltop road that leads to Sihanoukville’s Pagoda Rocks Boutique Resort. The air becomes fragrant and trees provide shade for your short journey. It gets even better as you pass mysterious staircases and Buddhist icons on the side of the road. And … read the full post

Oct 07 2012

Quieter Angkor temples

More than two million people will come to Cambodia before this year is out, and it’s a number that’s projected to keep rising as the years roll on. The government is preparing for six million visitors in 2015 and, since most of them will presumably still be coming primarily to visit the temples, it’s going … read the full post

Oct 07 2012

Pchum Ben at Wat Krom, Sihanoukville

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Buddha at Wat Krom, Sihanoukville Cambodia

Cambodians are world leaders when it comes to holidays and religious festivals, as we’ve said before. One of the biggest, Pchum Ben (also called Bon P’chum Ben), falls on the 15th day of the waning moon during the Cambodian month of Pheaktrobotr, so mark it on your calendar. Not content with having more holidays than … read the full post

Oct 06 2012

Review: Uraetei Yakiniku, Phnom Penh

Published by under Japanese

Udon it this time!

Phnom Penh has always been ahead of the curve with a wide range of international cuisine for a city of its size. So it was no surprise to learn that a specialist Japanese restaurant had recently been added to the mix. What did take me aback was the reaction when I mentioned the Uraetei Yakiniku … read the full post

Oct 04 2012

Day trip from Phnom Penh: Ta Khmao

The entrance is taller than the temple

There’s no particular reason to visit Ta Khmao, which is reason enough in my book. In the spirit of George Mallory, I went visiting simply “because it was there”. Only 11 kilometres out of Phnom Penh, Ta Khmao is perfect if you want a glimpse of life outside the big smoke but you don’t have … read the full post

Oct 03 2012

Kep Sea Festival 2012

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UPDATE 12 November 2012: The Kep Sea Festival has been postponed until the end of 2013 as a sign of respect and mourning for King Father Norodom Sihanouk, who recently passed away. When the coast of Cambodia gained entry into the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World in 2011, the kingdom celebrated … read the full post

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