Archive for the 'Phnom Penh' Category

Mar 02 2013

Phnom Penh Night Market

Published by under Shopping

You'd be tetchy too, if you'd had a stick inserted there.

If there are two things dear to the heart of Phnom Penhites, it’s eating and shopping. Not always in that order but, if possible, at the same time. Which goes a long way to explaining the popularity of the weekend Night Market on Phnom Penh’s riverside. Throw in some loud music and a chance to … read the full post

Feb 28 2013

Review: Hilary’s Boutique Hotel, Phnom Penh

Published by under Accommodation

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If you’re after spotlessly clean lodgings in Phnom Penh’s BKK1 area, locally-owned, midrange Hilary’s Boutique Hotel offers 15 well-appointed rooms with floors you could eat your breakfast off, plus a pool, on-site restaurant and friendly service. Owned and run by tour guide Veng and his family, Hilary’s is tucked away behind a high white wall … 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 19 2013

Review: The Governor’s House, Phnom Penh

Published by under Accommodation

atrium

If you like your hotels small, sumptuous and a touch quirky, The Governor’s House in Phnom Penh makes for an interesting place to stay, though it’s somewhat overpriced given the raft of other excellent stylish options now available in the city. The 12-room Governor’s House gives the impression on its website and through its name … read the full post

Feb 09 2013

Review: La Maison D’Ambre, Phnom Penh

Published by under Accommodation

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From the family of Cambodian-French fashion designer Romyda Keth of Ambre fame, La Maison D’Ambre is quite a startling hotel, and certainly different from any other hotel you’ll find in Phnom Penh. With its incredible 1960s-era facade it dominates a corner of the city near Wat Phnom, but inside you could almost be on the … 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 29 2013

Review: Beirut Resto-Cafe, Phnom Penh

Published by under Western

Stuffed vine leaves ... mmmmmm

If you’re travelling around Asia for a while, the time comes when fish sauce, rice and curries lose their novelty, and your mouth starts craving new taste sensations. Fortunately, Phnom Penh has a world of cuisine available at reasonable prices, so there’s no need to tame your tongue. Near the Post Office Square at 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 22 2013

Review: Pillar Hotel, Phnom Penh

Published by under Accommodation

Plenty of pillars

On the northern end of riverside, a two-minute stroll from the historical Post Office area of Phnom Penh, Pillar Hotel provides comfort and great panoramas from 11 generously sized rooms. The only drawback is the stairs workout on your way up — the price you pay for a good view! Within easy walking distance of … read the full post

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