Archive for the 'Health & safety' Category

Apr 19 2014

How to get heatstroke in Cambodia

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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.

According to the old song, only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. That seems a little exclusive — we think every traveller deserves the opportunity to develop sunstroke. With the onset of the hot season in Cambodia, follow these simple rules to dehydration and delirium in the kingdom. Choose your transport … read the full post

Nov 10 2013

How to ride a motorbike sidesaddle in Cambodia

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Extreme dangling.

When I first arrived in Asia, I was awed by the effortless grace of women on motorbikes, sitting nonchalantly sidesaddle on the pillion. After careful observation, a bit of practice and a surprising lack of toppling, I joined their ranks. Visiting new countries is all about experiencing different ways of doing things, so here’s our … read the full post

Nov 10 2012

Homeopathic malaria pills

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Average mosquito wingspan.

I was doing some personal research recently and came across a subject that is dear to my heart, especially after a visit from a friend of mine not so long ago. I was thrilled to see her of course; she’s a wonderful human being: smart, funny, kind and drop dead gorgeous. Come to think of … read the full post

Nov 07 2012

Dealing with a medical emergency in Siem Reap

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Treacherous: The famous Angkor Thom Trip Hazard

When a friend suffered a nasty fall recently whilst crossing a street in a flash flood I realised that knowing how to find a good doctor fast in Siem Reap could come in useful. Said friend is quite tough which meant he managed to wait until the following day before giving in to the pain … read the full post

Aug 21 2012

Walking in Phnom Penh

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Look left, look right, look left .... dive in!

It’s the reply no tuk tuk driver wants to hear: “I’m walking, thanks.” Often, the most sensible thing would be to sit in his comfy carriage, be transported around the streets and let him worry about the traffic. But for getting-lost-exploring in Phnom Penh and answering the question, “I wonder what’s down there?”, you can’t … read the full post

May 25 2012

Phnom Penh card scam

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The problem with scams is we all think we’re too clever to fall for one, until we do. Tourists in Phnom Penh have recently been discovering that a friendly interaction can escalate into having their bank account lightened by US$4,000. As will all good scams, the set up is innocuous. A smiling non-threatening member of … read the full post

May 16 2012

How to cope with riverside hassle

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It’s an impossible challenge to spend any time in Phnom Penh‘s tourist areas without being approached by hawkers, beggars or tuk tuk drivers. Street commerce is a fact of life here, but for some visitors the constant “Wanna buy book?” and “OK, tuk tuk” get a bit wearing. So how can you deal with the … read the full post

May 11 2012

Diarrhoea in Siem Reap

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You’ll learn a lot of weird and wonderful things in Southeast Asia, some of it even quite useful. For example, I now know that no matter how loud I scream, the spider still won’t go away (or my husband come to the rescue anymore). I can enter, use and leave the tiniest bathroom without touching … read the full post

May 06 2012

A spate of bag snatchings in Siem Reap

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I was going to write about the best spots for sinking a beer while watching the day slip down over the horizon, but something has come up so you’ll have to wait for that little ray of sunshine. Instead, it has come to our attention that at least five female expats have had their bags … read the full post

May 01 2012

Stay healthy in the Phnom Penh heat

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Cambodia is firmly in the grip of the hot season and Phnom Penh can feel hotter than a bowl of chillies on a barbecue. With daytime temperatures reaching 40 degress Celsius, plus 70 percent humidity, even the locals are melting. It can be a killer, so here’s some tips to stay healthy in the heat. … read the full post

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