Archive for the 'Phnom Penh' Category

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

Sep 04 2012

Review: The Empire, Phnom Penh

Published by under Other Asian

Share a drink with some odd company ...

The streets behind Phnom Penh‘s riverside are a microcosm of the city — there’s karaoke, street food, hostess bars, fast food joints, hairdressers, hotels and tailors. In all the excitement, it might be easy to overlook The Empire, a small bar and restaurant and cinema squeezed into a regular sized shopfront two blocks from the … read the full post

Aug 28 2012

Phsar Chas (Old Market)

It may look small, but you can still get lost!

The quickest way to be immersed in Cambodian life is to dive into a market that is not aimed at tourists. Before you take the plunge, though, ask if you are ready for a taste of unadulturated daily activity, with the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional market. Phnom Penh‘s Phsar Chas (Old Market) is … read the full post

Aug 24 2012

Review: Lucky Pho, Phnom Penh

Published by under Other Asian

DIY Pho

Two minutes from Phnom Penh‘s riverside, just around the corner from perennial tourist favourite the FCC, you’ll find the small but perfectly formed Lucky Pho. If you’ve crossed from Vietnam and have a hankering for soup, you won’t be disappointed here. The price may be higher than on a Hanoi street, but then again, so are … read the full post

Aug 18 2012

Review: The Spirit House, Phnom Penh

Published by under Food

The spirit in the sky

Update: The Spirit House is closed. Confucius said, “All good things are difficult to achieve.” I don’t wish to contradict the wisdom of the ancients, but let’s just say that fortunately, The Spirit House isn’t excessively difficult to find, even though it is a darn good thing if you love a sunset. Because, while there … 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 20 2012

National Library, Phnom Penh

Word nerds this way

On oh-so-elegant Street 92, planted between Raffles Hotel Le Royal and the impressive Ministry of Economics and Finance, the National Library is off the radar for most visitors to Phnom Penh. Set in lush gardens, the number of cars and motos may lead you to believe Khmers have a passion for reading, but actually it’s a … read the full post

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