Archive for December, 2012

Dec 15 2012

Carols and Christmas dinners in Phnom Penh 2012

Published by under Festivals

Bound to be one in your size ...

If fish amok is not your idea of a traditional Christmas dinner, there are other alternatives in Phnom Penh over the holiday season. Although turkeys are not indigenous to Cambodia, several restaurants are offering a festive spread to ensure your tastebuds know it’s Christmas. Top it off with some carols and candles, and you’ll be … read the full post

Dec 13 2012

Christmas 2012 in Siem Reap

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I'm dreamin' of a white...Christmas tree. Downtown Siem Reap is ready to party.

No sooner had I ripped the November 30 page off my desk calendar than the Christmas trees were sprouting up and the decorations were invading the Siem Reap shops. Carol concerts have started and the party season is in full swing. In fact if you are one of those who goes on holiday every December … read the full post

Dec 12 2012

Avoid the crowds at Ta Prohm: go to Preah Khan

In a dark, dark corner, an exquisite Devata

Preah Khan has lived long in the shadow of its older sister, Ta Prohm. But as the hordes pore over the broken paths and scaffolding of the older temple, the very fact that Preah Khan is so often overlooked has become an integral part of its attraction. You are freer to explore here, without rubbing … read the full post

Dec 11 2012

Is it worth spending time in Koh Kong?

Published by under Koh Kong

beach at Koh Kong, Cambodia

In short, yes, yes it is. Most backpackers who don’t come to Sihanoukville from Phnom Penh come from Bangkok via Koh Kong. A bus load of them rolled up to the Apex Hotel in downtown Koh Kong just as we were getting into a tuk tuk for a look around. Already weary looking from the … read the full post

Dec 08 2012

Balloon flights over Angkor

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Nice view, but worth risking life and limb for?

UPDATE: Here’s the Phnom Penh Post report. I am slightly claustrophobic  – demanding to be let off a Boeing 777 three hours into a flight from London to LA was a particularly memorable episode in the history of my phobia – so a flight in a hot air balloon has never appealed. However, many people … read the full post

Dec 07 2012

Christmas in Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

christmas display at samudera supermarket, sihanoukville cambodia

Like the rest of Cambodia and much of Southeast Asia, Sihanoukville has a predominantly Buddhist population. On top of that, most visitors to Sihanoukville do not come from countries with Christian traditions, meaning Christmas isn’t a huge occasion. Happily for those wanting to get into the Christmas spirit though, establishments who cater to Western tourists … read the full post

Dec 05 2012

Banteay Srei temple: A really practical guide

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Far from the madding crowds: The wetlands walk at Banteay Srei

Once you’ve clambered over swarms of tourists in pursuit of that one photo of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom or Ta Prohm that doesn’t feature a crowd of total strangers, you may be tempted to call it a day with the temples after, well, a day. However, there are a number of smaller temples not far … read the full post

Dec 04 2012

Visiting Koh Tonsay

Published by under Islands

Where have all the rabbits gone?

With some stiff competition in the beauty pageant of Cambodian islands, Koh Tonsay is the most easily accessible from the mainland and still under-developed enough for a proper castaway experience. With no motor vehicles, no mains electricity and few residents, welcome to the simple life. Only 20 minutes’ boat ride from Kep, Koh Tonsay (Rabbit … read the full post

Dec 03 2012

Off the beach at Ochheuteal Beach

Published by under Sihanoukville

Tola Street café, sihanoukville cambodia

There’s another Ochheuteal Beach in Sihanoukville you might miss unless you happen to be staying in one of the hotels or guesthouses there. If you are, you may be patting yourself on the back for having discovered the benefits of staying off the beach at Ochheuteal Beach. The downside to staying on Serendipity Road or … read the full post

Dec 01 2012

Christmas in Phnom Penh

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Baubles to you!

Being from the northern hemisphere, it used to be difficult for me to equate warm temperatures and bright sunshine with the festive period, but Christmas is growing in popularity in Phnom Penh. From the second week in December, Cambodians will wish you a Happy Merry Christmas. So forget “bah humbug!” — if you’ll be in … read the full post

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