Archive for the 'Phnom Penh' Category

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 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 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

May 18 2013

Learning stuff in Phnom Penh

Is there a tuk tuk mode?

If you’re lucky enough to have a few days to spare in Phnom Penh, there’s plenty of opportunity to learn a new skill or try out something different. Thanks to a growing expat community, courses and taster sessions held in English are plentiful. So pull out your dancing shoes, learn what all those buttons are … read the full post

May 08 2013

Where to have a beer in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Green Vespa

You’re never far from a beer in Cambodia — the market is dominated by the jingoistically named Angkor, for sale alongside beers called Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Banker, Anchor (pronounced An-chor to distinguish it from Ang-kor) and Klang — strong by name, strong by alcoholic content. But if you’re bored of Asian lager and have a hankering … read the full post

Apr 08 2013

Happy Khmer New Year!

Published by under Festivals

Susadei Chnam Thmei!

For the third time in four months, preparations are underway to bring in a new year in Cambodia. International New Year is an excuse to party with the rest of the world and Chinese New Year has been adopted as an unofficial holiday. But Khmer New Year still stands apart as one of the major … read the full post

Mar 09 2013

Go slow with a cyclo in Phnom Penh

Published by under Transport

He wants to take you for a ride.

Some forms of transport are inextricably linked with a particular place. Think yellow school buses in the United States, or a London black cab. Introduced to Phnom Penh streets in 1936, three-wheeler cyclos are recognisably Cambodian. They are still the vehicle of choice for women returning from the market with piles of groceries and older … read the full post

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