Archive for the 'Phnom Penh' Category

May 12 2012

Review: Villa Khmer

Published by under Khmer

Update: Villa Khmer is closed. A short stroll from Independence Monument, Villa Khmer is situated on a leafy side street off Norodom Boulevard. The red and black décor adds a chic touch which emphasises that this isn’t just another cheap eatery. There’s a choice of seating in the airy bamboo courtyard, including a cabana with … read the full post

May 09 2012

Swimming in Phnom Penh

As the mercury shows no signs of dropping for at least another month, there’s no better way to cool down than spending some time poolside in Phnom Penh. If you’re lucky, you’ve checked into one of the Phnom Penh guesthouses that has a pool. If you’re slumming it, or didn’t realise how essential a pool was until … read the full post

May 04 2012

Dancing the Madison in Cambodia

Published by under Events

Phnom Penh is doing a good job of getting noticed recently, sometimes via shameless self-promotion. So it was no surprise that on an overcast Saturday afternoon in April, more than 1,000 young people gathered at Wat Botom park to try and enter the Guinness Book of World Records by dancing the Madison. The Madison, in … read the full post

Mar 29 2012

Five years of Meta House: Continuing Conversations

Published by under Events

This week a contemporary art exhibition, Five Years of Meta House: Continuing Conversations, opened at Meta House in Phnom Penh featuring work from their permanent collection. While I have previously only mentioned Meta House as a place to see a movie, they’ve also been exhibiting art from Khmer and foreign artists for the past five … read the full post

Mar 19 2012

An afternoon at Phnom Penh’s City Mall

Published by under Shopping

There’s no way to pretend that hot season isn’t off to a roaring start in Phnom Penh, with temperatures already far higher than I am ready to cope with. Luckily, though, there’s no dearth of places to spend an air-con afternoon. My new favourite is City Mall, that Western-style shopping mecca next to Olympic Stadium. … 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 16 2012

Children of Bassac traditional Khmer dance performance

Published by under Events

While many visitors to Phnom Penh find themselves immersed in the many nightlife options the city has to offer, never fear, that’s not all there is to do on a Thursday evening! Why not take in a show of traditional Khmer dance, instead? Cambodian Living Arts sponsors dance performances every Thursday night until the end … read the full post

Feb 13 2012

A Reporter’s Dangerous Guided Tour Through Democratic Kampuchea

Published by under Events

Until the end of February, the Bophana Centre in Phnom Penh is showing an exhibition of Elizabeth Becker’s photographs and artifacts from her epic 1978 trip to Cambodia, “A Reporter’s Dangerous Guided Tour Through Democratic Kampuchea”. Elizabeth Becker, an American, was one of only two Western journalists allowed into Cambodia while it was known as … 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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