Archive for the 'Phnom Penh' Category

Sep 27 2011

Seeing a movie in Phnom Penh

Until very recently, Phnom Penh was a city without a real cinema showing English-language films. The options were to see dubbed films on the big screen, or watch movies in small shops that have a dozen chairs and usually two or televisions loudly blaring different programmes in Khmer. But with the recent construction of not … read the full post

Sep 20 2011

Pchum Ben: Ancestor’s Day in Cambodia

Published by under Festivals

We’re in the middle of one of Cambodia‘s major holidays right now, although if you’re visiting, you might not have even noticed. Pchum Ben is one of Cambodia’s most important Buddhist festivals. It lasts 15 days determined by the lunar calendar, with the formal name for the last day of the festival called Prachum Benda. … read the full post

Sep 15 2011

Go-karting in Phnom Penh

If you’re looking for something to do of an afternoon in Phnom Penh and have exhausted all of the genocide-related possibilities, you’ll be pleased to hear that on the outskirts of the city there’s a functioning go-kart track about 8km past the airport. It’s not particularly close to town — be prepared to to spend … read the full post

Sep 02 2011

Casual Japanese dining in Phnom Penh

Published by under Japanese

There’s much more to Japanese cuisine than just sushi, and there’s no better place to find out than Cambodia. In Phnom Penh a number of restaurants have recently been opened by Japanese expats that specialise in Japanese casual dining — simple, cooked meals and rice bowls that are made just the way they are in … read the full post

Aug 30 2011

Phnom Penh street food: Bai sach chrouk

Published by under Street food

Breakfast-time in Phnom Penh starts around six in the morning, but the street food stands don’t start really hopping until seven. Most of them serve until they run out at around nine. One of the most popular breakfasts — in addition to Khmer noodles — is bai sach chrouk, or pork with rice. This is … read the full post

Aug 22 2011

English-language bookstores in Phnom Penh

Published by under Shopping

About to head out on the bus to Battambang or Siem Reap and need a good book for the trip? All along the riverside you’ll be able to find children selling genocide-related literature, but please don’t buy books from them — purchase from one of the many adults selling books on the riverside instead (Ed: … read the full post

Aug 18 2011

Rare Cambodian map exhibition in Phnom Penh

Published by under Events

Cambodia is funny in that its ninth century is better documented than its 19th, which is why the exhibition of rare Cambodian maps on display at the Centre Culturel Français, running through August 28, is especially interesting. The 54 maps are from between 1884 and 1892, during the period of King Norodom I’s reign under … read the full post

Aug 15 2011

Phnom Penh street food: Coconut milk desserts

Published by under Street food

One of the most mysterious street food stands you’ll find in Phnom Penh (well, maybe aside from the crickets) are the dessert stands — covered in rows of bowls of what appear to be mushy vegetables, you’d never know you’d happened upon a Cambodian ambrosial secret hidden in plain sight. The coconut milk dessert sellers, … read the full post

Aug 12 2011

Vann Molyvann’s architecture in Phnom Penh

Vann Molyvann is Cambodia’s greatest living architect. Vann’s style of work from the 1950s and 1960s is known as New Khmer Architecture, and blended modernist themes from the time with traditional Cambodian and Angkorian elements. Despite the civil war in the 1970s, many of Molyvann’s works survived, although much of it is now under threat … read the full post

Aug 08 2011

Pilates and yoga in Phnom Penh

“It’s a laid back, relaxed life in Phnom Penh,” yoga and pilates teacher Kate Liana acknowledges, but adds, “there are a lot of stressors that creep up on you.” Kate lists some of these worries: medical care, being asked for bribes, crossing the street, and I can quickly feel tension envelop my body and my … read the full post

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