Archive for the 'Phnom Penh' Category

Jan 16 2013

Review: Circa 51, Phnom Penh

Published by under Accommodation


Circa 51 is a lovely small hotel in Phnom Penh, located in an historical early 1960s-era building renovated with care and attention to detail. With a swimming pool and eclectic decor, it makes for somewhere a bit different to stay in the Cambodian capital if your budget stretches to midrange. Tucked away behind a large, … 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

Jan 02 2013

Review: The 252, Phnom Penh

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We walked into two-year-old The 252 in Phnom Penh by accident when we were trying to find Frangipani 60s, next door. The cute little semi-private cabanas with lime and purple accents around the pool were buzzing, people were sipping drinks at the bar, and the owner immediately came over to help me with my bags … read the full post

Jan 01 2013

Review: The Sangkum, Phnom Penh

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Located just to the north of Raffles Hotel Le Royal and Wat Phnom, The Sangkum is a fantastic new hotel addition to the Phnom Penh scene. The two-storey hotel, a former house renovated into a breezy 1950s/60s style, has 12 air-con rooms all individually kitted out with retro furniture, a tasteful restaurant and a small, welcoming pool; … read the full post

Dec 29 2012

Review: The Willow, Phnom Penh

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Located in the mostly residential Tonle Bassac area, The Willow offers just 16 air-con rooms in a building shaded by a series of tall trees — hence the name — and is a good option if you want to spend a little more than a backpacker for a touch of luxury, but still enjoy the … 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

Dec 20 2012

Get lost in Phnom Penh’s Tonle Bassac

Tonle Bassac -- shhhhh!

It’s a surprise to find a quiet, low-rise area in the heart of rapidly developing Phnom Penh, but those in the know head for Tonle Bassac whenever they hit the city. Minutes from Independence Monument and a short ride from the Royal Palace and riverside, this small area has all you need for a relaxing stay. … read the full post

Dec 15 2012

Carols and Christmas dinners in Phnom Penh 2012

Published by under Festivals

Bound to be one in your size ...

If fish amok is not your idea of a traditional Christmas dinner, there are other alternatives in Phnom Penh over the holiday season. Although turkeys are not indigenous to Cambodia, several restaurants are offering a festive spread to ensure your tastebuds know it’s Christmas. Top it off with some carols and candles, and you’ll be … read the full post

Dec 01 2012

Christmas in Phnom Penh

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Baubles to you!

Being from the northern hemisphere, it used to be difficult for me to equate warm temperatures and bright sunshine with the festive period, but Christmas is growing in popularity in Phnom Penh. From the second week in December, Cambodians will wish you a Happy Merry Christmas. So forget “bah humbug!” — if you’ll be in … read the full post

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