Archive for June, 2013

Jun 30 2013

Mechrey village, Siem Reap

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If you thought Siem Reap and its environs were all about the temples, think again. Mechrey village is a floating community located on the margins of Tonle Sap, nine kilometres west of Siem Reap, where the houses, schools and even shops all sit bobbing on the water — though not in the dry season — as locals … read the full post

Jun 20 2013

Siem Reap’s funfair

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Heading down a wide road on the outskirts of Siem Reap at night, when camera-toting temple tourists are tucking into their fish amok in front of an Apsara dance show, and backpackers head to Pub Street, you’ll hit a dead end — welcome to Kyung Yu, a funfair that sets up daily come sundown. One of … read the full post

Jun 17 2013

Review: Rambutan Resort, Phnom Penh

Published by under Accommodation

Cushy number.

Down a tree-lined road in a quiet neighbourhood of Phnom Penh, Rambutan Resort is a fresh addition to Phnom Penh’s offerings. The blank white exterior hides a cool, modern layout with a sociable pool and friendly staff. A little off the usual tourist radar, the area has several coffee shops and local restaurants within walking … read the full post

Jun 17 2013

What to do in Phnom Penh when it’s raining

In the rain, architecture is best viewed internally.

Every guide book will tell you that rainy season in Cambodia doesn’t mean torrential downpours from June to October and, indeed, that’s true. Most days, the sun will be shining until the clouds empty at lunchtime or late afternoon, and in the first couple of months of the season it doesn’t even rain every day. … read the full post

Jun 12 2013

Review: Norodom street food restaurant

Published by under Street food

Egg-stremely tasty.

On Norodom Boulevard, amid the colonial throwback government offices, beauty clinics and banks, sits an old and dilapidated mansion. By day, it’s just another example of the crumbling, elegant history that Phnom Penh still has to offer. But in the evening its courtyard comes alive with plastic stools and metal tables crammed full of young … read the full post

Jun 04 2013

Secondhand clothes shopping in Phnom Penh

Published by under Shopping

Get shirty.

Phnom Penh can be a shopper’s paradise, where seemingly every week a new shiny store opens selling the latest in international fashion. Sihanouk Boulevard boasts brands such as Mango, bYSI and Skechers retailed in icy air-con with fancy changing rooms. But I must confess my secret passion for secondhand clothes shopping — digging around in market … read the full post

Jun 03 2013

A Siem Reap street food tour

Published by under Food & drink

Spawn-stuffed frogs - almost good enough to eat.

Stuffed frog, sauteed cricket and deep fried tarantula are probably the best known examples of Cambodia’s rich street food tradition – partly because Gordon Ramsay pulled faces and swore a lot when he was forced to try them on a recent TV series and partly because, well, they all sound rather grim. But dining on … read the full post

Jun 01 2013

Cambodia’s fish amok

Published by under Khmer

Fish sauna.

Khmer food can be a bit of a mystery for travellers — Thai and Vietnamese cuisine has penetrated around the world, while Cambodian menus still have limited exposure. Which means that a visit to Cambodia allows for plenty of food adventures, but it can be difficult to know what to choose. If there’s one dish … read the full post

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