Archive for the 'Phnom Penh' Category

Nov 26 2012

Phnom Penh’s Street 240 and a Half

Published by under Shopping

Down the rabbit hole ...

Street 240 is one of Phnom Penh‘s magnet streets for tourists and expats: a destination for eating, drinking and shopping away from the sweaty endurance event that is a Cambodian market. Tucked in an alleyway around a corner is a secret extension where you can find organic food, funky shopping and Japanese kitsch. Welcome to Street 240 … read the full post

Nov 13 2012

Review: Restaurant Phsar Kabko

Published by under Khmer

Take your pick ...

Following on from the lowdown on cheap eats, this particular Phnom Penh provider of good value nosh deserved to have its praises sung a little more loudly. Restaurant Phsar Kabko is almost opposite the market it’s named for on Street 9, just off Sihanouk Boulevard east of Independence Monument. In the best tradition of canteen food, it … read the full post

Oct 06 2012

Review: Uraetei Yakiniku, Phnom Penh

Published by under Japanese

Udon it this time!

Phnom Penh has always been ahead of the curve with a wide range of international cuisine for a city of its size. So it was no surprise to learn that a specialist Japanese restaurant had recently been added to the mix. What did take me aback was the reaction when I mentioned the Uraetei Yakiniku … read the full post

Oct 04 2012

Day trip from Phnom Penh: Ta Khmao

The entrance is taller than the temple

There’s no particular reason to visit Ta Khmao, which is reason enough in my book. In the spirit of George Mallory, I went visiting simply “because it was there”. Only 11 kilometres out of Phnom Penh, Ta Khmao is perfect if you want a glimpse of life outside the big smoke but you don’t have … read the full post

Oct 01 2012

Major Cambodian festivals: Pchum Ben and Water Festival

Published by under Festivals

Row, row, row your boat

The United States celebrates 10, while England usually has eight. In the league table of public holidays, they are merely amateurs compared with Cambodia’s 28 days of legislated relaxation. Brits may have got a bonus day this year for their Queen holding down a job for a long time, but Cambodians celebrate the King’s coronation and … read the full post

Sep 22 2012

Our City Festival

Published by under Events

A shy colonial mansion

Art, Architecture and Ideas. That’s the focus of Our City Festival, a celebration and examination of urban spaces in Cambodia. Running from 28 September to 7 October 2012 in Phnom Penh and Battambang, the festival uses photography, film, dance and installations to provoke discussion. Cambodia has been known to knock up some world-renowned buildings, and Phnom … read the full post

Sep 20 2012

Phnom Penh’s riverside

The best view of riverside

Spend even one night in Phnom Penh and you’ll probably find yourself by the river. Which is not, incidentally, the mighty Mekong but the less internationally-famous Tonle Sap. Check your city map — unless you are at one of the more expensive hotels close to Koh Pich or out on a cruise, the Mekong is … read the full post

Sep 15 2012

Review: Chuck Norris Dim Sum, Phnom Penh

Published by under Other Asian

Ask yourself, what would Chuck Norris order?

We all know that you don’t go looking for Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris finds you. Well, he’s certainly found clubbing central in Phnom Penh and is serving up dim sum to dancers and divas until the early hours of the morning. Almost opposite Heart of Darkness on Street 51 and just around the corner from … read the full post

Sep 11 2012

Review: Fancy Guest House, Phnom Penh

Published by under Accommodation

Fancy that!

Although we feel that calling any establishment the Fancy Guest House might be overstating the case, this little Phnom Penh gem does have something that can be tricky to find in budget accommodation — it’s squeaky clean. You get the feeling that dust and grime long since gave up the fight and moved on to somewhere with … 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

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