Archive for the 'Phnom Penh' Category

Jun 21 2014

King Father’s Interment

Published by under Events

Following the impressive pomp of last year’s cremation, the remains of former King Norodom Sihanouk will be interred during a three-day ceremony at Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace from July 10 to 12, 2014. For visitors to Cambodia, this is a final opportunity to be part of the beloved King Father’s memorial and witness a special element of Khmer culture. … read the full post

Feb 07 2014

Trial public bus service in Phnom Penh

Published by under Transport

... all day long.

Getting around Phnom Penh is always a challenge. There’s a range of transport options, in the form of tuk tuk drivers with their distinct cry of “OK, tuk tuk”, and moto-dops who hang out on their bikes in the shade waiting for passengers. Negotiating prices and hoping your driver knows where he’s going are all … read the full post

Jan 03 2014

Protests in Phnom Penh 2014

Published by under Phnom Penh

Avoid trouble spots.

UPDATE (Sunday, January 5): Authorities forcefully cleared the main protest site — Freedom Park — in Phnom Penh on Saturday and banning any more street demonstrations. Although the opposition party has said it will follow the ban, it is not sure whether protesters will show up today or not. Stay well clear of the Wat Phnom … read the full post

Sep 25 2013

Balcony life in Phnom Penh

Balcony bonanza.

For the average Phnom Penher, space is at a premium. Those fortunate enough to live in a villa get a garden, but for the rest of the city’s residents, a balcony is the only private outdoor space available. In true resourceful Khmer style, a balcony is a meeting point, dining room, laundry and window onto … read the full post

Sep 14 2013

Election protests in Phnom Penh

Published by under Phnom Penh

Not quite on the highest alert.

Although the Cambodian general election took place in late July, things are not quite back to normal in the Kingdom of Wonder. Here’s your cheat’s guide to Cambodian politics and what to expect during upcoming protests on 15-17 September. What’s the problem? The general election took place on 28 July 2013 and the preliminary results showed … 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 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 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

Jul 15 2013

Election build-up in Phnom Penh

Published by under Events

They're not campaigning for noise abatement.

If you’re in Phnom Penh, you’ve probably guessed that something political is afoot in the month of July. Your first big clue would be the motorcades of excitable party faithful beeping horns, waving flags and blocking traffic behind flat-bed trucks blaring music and playing election broadcasts on large screens. Banners and posters featuring the appropriate … 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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