Archive for May, 2013

May 30 2013

Private shadow puppet shows at Wat Bo

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Yes, you can have these talented puppeteers virtually to yourself.

Getting a private view of anything in “Angkor” is usually a luxury few travellers can afford. But thanks to not-for-profit organisation Cambodian Living Arts you can now go behind the scenes and learn about one beautiful traditional Khmer art form with an exclusive shadow puppets experience. Just $15 will buy you a ringside seat at … read the full post

May 27 2013

Review: Chansovannkiry Guest House, Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

Unlikely to need that blanket.

Conveniently located close to Sihanoukville’s Ochheuteal and Serendipity beaches, Chansovannkiry Guest House is a budget base for a few days at the seaside. The Khmer-owned accommodation has a motel feel due to the large courtyard, which provides a safe place to park if you’ve arrived with a motorbike or car. You won’t get WiFi, a mini-bar or … read the full post

May 25 2013

Siem Reap weather: When is the best time to visit?

Published by under Practicalities

I'll take a clear sky for that sunrise, every day of the week.

Enthusiastic travel agents will tell you there is never a bad time to visit Siem Reap. Which is sort of true, as long as you are flexible with how you spend your precious time once you get here. Ignore the climate stats at your peril or you could well find yourself unable to do the … read the full post

May 23 2013

Feed body and soul at Peace Cafe, Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Chill out and balance your chakras in The Peace Cafe's garden

In a town that owes its place on the tourist map to some of the most spectacular spiritual monuments in history, it’s only fitting that you can still find a quiet retreat to feed your own 21st century spiritual needs — and re-fuel with some quality vegetarian food at the same time — just a … read the full post

May 18 2013

Siem Reap restaurants: Reservations recommended

Published by under Food & drink

Haven's Tonle Sp lake fish with chillis and ginger - 3

For a long time one of the joys of Siem Reap was that with so many choices of places to dine, the thought of booking anywhere was almost unimaginable except, perhaps, at some of the classier hotel bistros, and even then that would mostly be for form rather than necessity. It added to the sense of … read the full post

May 08 2013

Where to have a beer in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Green Vespa

You’re never far from a beer in Cambodia — the market is dominated by the jingoistically named Angkor, for sale alongside beers called Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Banker, Anchor (pronounced An-chor to distinguish it from Ang-kor) and Klang — strong by name, strong by alcoholic content. But if you’re bored of Asian lager and have a hankering … read the full post

May 04 2013

The Cambodian Circus comes to Siem Reap

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Lights, drums, cicadas and rusting trees all add to the atmosphere.

If the word circus conjures up images of top-hatted ringmasters, fearless lion-tamers and sinister-looking clowns, then a night at Phare, the Cambodian Circus will quickly erase those distant childhood memories. With performances seven nights a week, the circus of the world-renowned Battambang Art School – full name Phare Ponleu Selpak — is now wowing audiences … read the full post

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