Archive for the 'Phnom Penh' Category

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

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 26 2013

A classic big night out in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

It almost looks peaceful from here ...

There’s nothing I find more satisfying than showing off my chosen city of Phnom Penh to friends from the old country. I get to see my favourite haunts with fresh eyes and revisit the differences which have become commonplace. And I get to answer questions like, “What is a classic Phnom Penh night out?” So, … 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

Dec 27 2012

New Year’s Eve in Phnom Penh

Published by under Events

Fancy fountains at Wat Botom

Although the official Khmer new year doesn’t start in Cambodia until April, Cambodians and expats love a party and there’s plenty of celebrations planned for Western New Year. From gala dinners to largin’ it DJs with a few fireworks thrown in, you won’t forget your New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2013 in Phnom Penh. … read the full post

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