Archive for the 'Phnom Penh' Category

Feb 24 2013

Celebrity endorsements in Phnom Penh

A sign of Titanic proportions.

One of the joys of Southeast Asia is when the familiar jumps out at you from an unexpected source. Riding around Phnom Penh, I’ve realised how many celebrities are (unwittingly) lending their endorsement to hair and beauty salons, tailors and restaurants. Once noticed, it’s difficult not to get slightly obsessed about collecting examples. A consequence … read the full post

Feb 05 2013

King Father’s funeral weekend

Published by under Events

Crowds gather for a final view of the King Father

It’s been an historical weekend in Phnom Penh, as the King Father, former King Norodom Sihanouk, was finally laid to rest. Many of the rumoured 2 million mourners stayed at home and got a better view on the TV, but the streets were still full of Cambodians and a few Westerners dressed in sombre black … read the full post

Feb 01 2013

Photos: King Father’s funeral procession

Published by under Events

Many heads are better than one

On the first day of the former King Sihanouk’s funeral weekend, a procession of 2,000 people led the King Father’s coffin on a six kilometre-route around Phnom Penh. The streets were lined with mourners in black and white, who watched as the cortege made its way from the Royal Palace, via Wat Phnom and the … read the full post

Jan 16 2013

King Father’s funeral: What to expect

Published by under Phnom Penh

An original souvenir

Cambodia has been slightly subdued since the death of the beloved King Father Norodom Sihanouk in October 2012. The initial quiet intensity saw thousands of visitors burning candles outside the Royal Palace, rolling documentaries on television and a flurry of Facebook posts. Nearly three months later, mini-buses from the countryside, full of white and black … read the full post

Jan 13 2013

Cambodia and Thailand: bus routes and joint visas

Published by under Transport

Just admit it - we invented the sport!

Cambodia and Thailand have not always been the best of neighbours. In fact, they’ve often bad-mouthed each other to the rest of the local community, had arguments over quite where each of their gardens finish, and sometimes even had dust-ups in the street. Despite, or perhaps because of, much shared cultural history, feelings run deep. … read the full post

Oct 25 2012

Eating for less than $5 a day in Phnom Penh

Published by under Food

The morning fix

Visitors to Phnom Penh are sometimes surprised at the cost of food, but it’s perfectly possible to eat for $5 — or 20,000 riel — a day if you know where to look. The first trick to cheap meals is to put aside thoughts of familiar nosh and get experimental. A Western breakfast can set you … read the full post

Sep 09 2012

Phnom Penh corners

Drugs are bad, OK?

There’s something about corners in Phnom Penh. I’m prompted to make this post as one of my favourite corner buildings has disappeared. It was slowly crumbling, its tower drooping, beautifully evocative and the starting point for many imaginations, but now it’s gone. I want to encourage you to walk around Phnom Penh with your eyes … read the full post

Aug 14 2012

Where are they now? Phnom Penh’s Lakeside businesses

Published by under Accommodation

You don't know what you've got till it's gone

Mention the word ‘lakeside’ to any traveller who visited Phnom Penh before 2009, and they’re likely to get a faraway look in their eyes, accompanied by a smile or a shudder. Famed as a backpacker ghetto, Boeung Kak (Green Lake) is the stuff of myth and legend. There were $2 rooms, suspicious herbs in bowls … read the full post

Jul 25 2012

Departing from Phnom Penh Airport

Published by under Transport

Don't worry, she's armless

Unless you are one of the blessed few, the time will come when you have to leave Cambodia. Chances are, you’ll be departing from Phnom Penh International Airport. As a connoisseur of departure lounges (memories of Nairobi still leave me in a cold sweat, only to be relieved by thoughts of heavenly Singapore), I’ve cast … read the full post

Mar 05 2012

A few favourite things to do in Phnom Penh

A recent influx of guests has allowed me to hone the list of places I like to take visitors outside of the standard trips to the Royal Palace and Tuol Sleng. Whether you’re only in town for a few days or are in Phnom Penh for longer, here are a few activities you might enjoy. … read the full post

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