Archive for February, 2013

Feb 28 2013

Review: Hilary’s Boutique Hotel, Phnom Penh

Published by under Accommodation

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If you’re after spotlessly clean lodgings in Phnom Penh’s BKK1 area, locally-owned, midrange Hilary’s Boutique Hotel offers 15 well-appointed rooms with floors you could eat your breakfast off, plus a pool, on-site restaurant and friendly service. Owned and run by tour guide Veng and his family, Hilary’s is tucked away behind a high white wall … read the full post

Feb 27 2013

Siem Reap’s Psar Leu Market

Published by under Shopping

Psar Leu Market: Looks good, smells good, and cost nothing to take a photo.

There is nothing like a visit to thriving city centre market to make you feel really connected with the local culture. While Bangkok has Chatuchak, Saigon has Ben Thanh, and Phnom Penh has the art deco Psar Thmei, what does Siem Reap have to compete with these mercantile icons? The answer is Psar Leu, a … read the full post

Feb 24 2013

Celebrity endorsements in Phnom Penh

A sign of Titanic proportions.

One of the joys of Southeast Asia is when the familiar jumps out at you from an unexpected source. Riding around Phnom Penh, I’ve realised how many celebrities are (unwittingly) lending their endorsement to hair and beauty salons, tailors and restaurants. Once noticed, it’s difficult not to get slightly obsessed about collecting examples. A consequence … read the full post

Feb 19 2013

Review: The Governor’s House, Phnom Penh

Published by under Accommodation

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If you like your hotels small, sumptuous and a touch quirky, The Governor’s House in Phnom Penh makes for an interesting place to stay, though it’s somewhat overpriced given the raft of other excellent stylish options now available in the city. The 12-room Governor’s House gives the impression on its website and through its name … read the full post

Feb 17 2013

Siem Reap’s cookbooks

Published by under Food & drink

Part of the collection, with another in Ireland and more, surely, on the way

One of the best and most interesting ways to evoke memories of a trip somewhere special is not through things you touch — souvenirs (though there can be a place for them, of course) — but through the things you can smell, preferably also employing your nose’s partner in a good time, your sense of taste. … read the full post

Feb 10 2013

How to see the Siem Reap Giant Puppet Parade 2013

Published by under Events

Reserve an upstairs table...if you can

Puppet construction is well under way and the marching bands are booked. Whether you have planned it deliberately or just happen to be in Siem Reap for the 2013 Giant Puppet Parade on February 23, getting a good vantage point on the night is crucial if you want to see and hear the parade in … read the full post

Feb 09 2013

Review: La Maison D’Ambre, Phnom Penh

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From the family of Cambodian-French fashion designer Romyda Keth of Ambre fame, La Maison D’Ambre is quite a startling hotel, and certainly different from any other hotel you’ll find in Phnom Penh. With its incredible 1960s-era facade it dominates a corner of the city near Wat Phnom, but inside you could almost be on the … read the full post

Feb 08 2013

On top of Sihanoukville: Phnom Meas

Published by under Sihanoukville

Restaurant on top of Sihanoukville Cambodia

Have you ever wondered what Cambodian families do on weekends? If they’re city dwellers, they pack up the family and go on a picnic. On special occasions, they go to park-like restaurants on the outskirts of town. Until recently, Sihanoukville residents didn’t have such a place to go, but now we do.  Perched up on … read the full post

Feb 06 2013

Cycle safety in Siem Reap

Published by under Transport

Knowing what to expect can be easier said than done

The area around Siem Reap is prime cycling country. It’s flat, picturesque, and — if you are lucky — quiet.  However, accident rates on Cambodia’s roads are staggeringly high, and while most of your cycling will probably be on the quieter back-roads, you will have to tackle one or more of Siem Reap’s busier “arterial … read the full post

Feb 05 2013

King Father’s funeral weekend

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Crowds gather for a final view of the King Father

It’s been an historical weekend in Phnom Penh, as the King Father, former King Norodom Sihanouk, was finally laid to rest. Many of the rumoured 2 million mourners stayed at home and got a better view on the TV, but the streets were still full of Cambodians and a few Westerners dressed in sombre black … read the full post

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