Archive for the 'Phnom Penh' Category

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

Jul 07 2012

Drag shows in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Up close and personal at the Blue Chilli

Visitors here sometimes expect a risque night life scene similar to that found in cities in Thailand, but Phnom Penh is emphatically not Bangkok. There are sensitivities and taboos that may seem curious in a city known for its hostess bars, even though those hostesses are more likely to play Connect 4 than demonstrate table … read the full post

Jun 23 2012

Things to do at night in Phnom Penh (with little alcohol)

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Phnom Penh has a bit of a reputation as a good drinking destination. If you do your research thoroughly, it’s possible to combine happy hours into a very happy day at various establishments — although there’s no guarantee you’ll remember it afterwards. But sometimes, we want something to do other than collecting amusingly named cocktails … read the full post

Jun 11 2012

Sports bars in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Rumour has it there are one or two big events coming up in the world of sport — if riverside badminton and Khmer boxing aren’t enough for you, here’s a roundup of where you can catch all the kicking, running, jumping and throwing action on screen in Phnom Penh. Top of the league as far … read the full post

May 30 2012

Cambodia’s election alcohol ban

Published by under Bars & nightlife

As a visitor, it’s sometimes easy to miss the nuances of public life in a country. You’re less likely to pick up a newspaper or have a chat on current affairs at the supermarket. But you’d need to be really cultivating an ‘ignorance is bliss’ approach not to have noticed that Phnom Penh is in … 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

Feb 24 2012

Sundowners in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

One of the loveliest times in Phnom Penh is sunset, when the locals start their aerobics routines and the expats allow themselves the first cocktail of the day. Some of the best spots for sundowners are those that overlook the river. Here are a few of my favourites. Le Moon K-West One of my favourite … read the full post

Feb 09 2012

Wonton mee near Phnom Penh airport

Published by under Other Asian

Let’s say you’re going to be in the vicinity of the Phnom Penh Airport sometime soon, and you’re feeling peckish. I’ve been doing a lot of airport runs lately, so this is not actually theoretical to me. Of course there are lots of eating options inside the terminals and at the public concourse, but just … read the full post

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