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 25 2013

Banteay Kdei

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Above the shrine at the entrance to Banteay Kdei.

Close to Siem Reap, with its own unique appeal and much quieter than your average Angkorian ruin, Banteay Kdei offers the perfect antidote the crowds at Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm. It is also conveniently close to the Big Three so you can easily add it to your one-day itinerary, enjoy a little … 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 20 2013

Review: Khmer Kitchen Restaurant, Siem Reap

Published by under Cambodia,Food & drink,Siem Reap

Thai food from a Khmer Kitchen: red curry (top) and Masman curry (bottom)

With its deep red and warm yellow decor, lively atmosphere and rows of wooden tables, Khmer Kitchen bears an uncanny resemblance to a Spanish venta or a Mexican cantina. But the similarity ends with the decor and what you will actually find at this busy eatery in Siem Reap’s tourist centre are generous portions of … 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 13 2013

The ‘Made in Siem Reap’ craft market

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The genuine article: Yes, a Siem Reap souvenir

Visitors to Siem Reap are often disappointed when they get home to discover that many of the Cambodian souvenirs they bargained so hard for in the heat and the crowds of the Old Market are actually made in China. Thanks to the Angkor Handicraft Association’s new gold seal of authenticity, and its recently opened ‘made-in-Siem … 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

Published by under Accommodation

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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

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