Archive for August, 2013

Aug 29 2013

Review: Park Hyatt, Siem Reap

Published by under Accommodation

Art Deco facade of Park Hyatt Siem Reap

A top class five-star hotel closes and re-opens 14 months later, reincarnated as another top class five-star hotel. Goodbye Hotel De La Paix and welcome Park Hyatt Siem Reap. The results of the refurbishment of the achingly stylish former De La Paix have produced a not all that dramatic difference to the ambience, and this … read the full post

Aug 25 2013

Something fishy? All about Cambodia’s prahok

Published by under Khmer

Disgusting? Cheesy? Stomach-turning? Delicious? No visitor to Cambodia is ever ambivalent when faced with the strongest of local delicacies. And that’s because there really is nothing delicate about a food that smells like your teenage brother’s socks. No, we’re not talking durian — the spiky smelly fruit is child’s play compared with Cambodia’s fermented fish paste prahok. … read the full post

Aug 22 2013

Review: Marum, Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Lit up trees at Marum, named after the Moringa or 'Tree of Life'

The fifth installment from the well-established Tree Alliance group of hospitality training school restaurants, Marum has a lot to live up to. Joining the esteemed ranks of Phnom Penh’s popular Romdeng and Friends restaurants, Marum is the newest of the set and first to land in Siem Reap. Run by Kaliyan Mith, an NGO working … read the full post

Aug 16 2013

Bargain breakfasts in Phnom Penh

Published by under Cafes & brunch

Breakfast of cheap champions.

When Winnie the Pooh wakes up in the morning, he wonders what’s for breakfast. His little porcine friend Piglet wonders what’s going to happen that’s exciting that day. They agree that it’s the same thing. In Phnom Penh, breakfast can certainly be an adventure all on its own, even if you’re eating on a budget. … read the full post

Aug 15 2013

Theam’s House, Siem Reap

Published by under Shopping

Teeming with colourful artwork

Elephants, geckos and fish are just some of the brightly coloured contemporary artworks you can admire at the slightly-hard-to-find Theam’s House, the Siem Reap home and atelier-meets-gallery of Cambodian designer and artist Lim Muy Theam. It’s an unlikely location for a showroom of design-savvy sculptures, lacquerwork and paintings. Your tuk tuk will need to depart … read the full post

Aug 09 2013

Phnom Penh’s Vibe Music Festival

Published by under Festivals

Tuk tuk tunes.

Music in Phnom Penh can be a hit and miss affair. My local nightclub’s playlist includes Gangnam Style, Mr Boombastic and karaoke staple Ali Baba, played at full volume, naturally. A hunt around the markets will reward you with plenty of old-school Khmer classics recorded in the 1960s by superstars Pan Ron and Sin Sisamouth. But, … read the full post

Aug 01 2013

Review: City River Hotel, Siem Reap

Published by under Accommodation

Hit the roof's pool

On the banks of the Siem Reap River, just a five-minute stroll from the tourist magnet of Pub Street, sits popular and fairly priced City River Hotel. The convenience of this hotel’s central setting plus a rooftop swimming pool and terrace make it a worthwhile choice in Siem Reap. While you won’t spot any actual temples … read the full post

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