Archive for the 'Sightseeing & activities' Category

Sep 30 2013

What’s over Phnom Penh’s Chroy Chungvar Bridge?

Words fail us ...

The Chroy Chungvar Bridge, also known as the Japanese Friendship Bridge (or spien Chroy Chungvar in Khmer), marks an invisible border for most visitors to Phnom Penh. North of Wat Phnom and riverside’s bars and restaurants, the bridge crosses the Tonle Sap river with no major sights to tick off on the other side. But … read the full post

Sep 25 2013

Balcony life in Phnom Penh

Balcony bonanza.

For the average Phnom Penher, space is at a premium. Those fortunate enough to live in a villa get a garden, but for the rest of the city’s residents, a balcony is the only private outdoor space available. In true resourceful Khmer style, a balcony is a meeting point, dining room, laundry and window onto … read the full post

Sep 04 2013

Phnom Penh’s Street 92

Phnom Penh ancient and modern.

If you’re rushing round Phnom Penh and ticking off the sights, may we suggest a small detour? Just opposite Wat Phnom is Street 92, or Daun Penh Street, to give its full name. This elegant tree-lined boulevard running between Wat Phnom and Monivong Boulevard encapsulates much of Cambodia’s history and future, and includes the poshest … read the full post

Jun 17 2013

What to do in Phnom Penh when it’s raining

In the rain, architecture is best viewed internally.

Every guide book will tell you that rainy season in Cambodia doesn’t mean torrential downpours from June to October and, indeed, that’s true. Most days, the sun will be shining until the clouds empty at lunchtime or late afternoon, and in the first couple of months of the season it doesn’t even rain every day. … read the full post

May 18 2013

Learning stuff in Phnom Penh

Is there a tuk tuk mode?

If you’re lucky enough to have a few days to spare in Phnom Penh, there’s plenty of opportunity to learn a new skill or try out something different. Thanks to a growing expat community, courses and taster sessions held in English are plentiful. So pull out your dancing shoes, learn what all those buttons are … read the full post

Feb 24 2013

Celebrity endorsements in Phnom Penh

A sign of Titanic proportions.

One of the joys of Southeast Asia is when the familiar jumps out at you from an unexpected source. Riding around Phnom Penh, I’ve realised how many celebrities are (unwittingly) lending their endorsement to hair and beauty salons, tailors and restaurants. Once noticed, it’s difficult not to get slightly obsessed about collecting examples. A consequence … 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

Oct 14 2012

Phnom Penh’s Post Office Square

Colonial crumble at the former Police Station

Phnom Penh’s Post Office Square was made famous by the film City of Ghosts, recommended viewing for any visitor to Cambodia on a rainy afternoon when sightseeing is off the agenda. A short detour from riverside and Wat Phnom, the area deserves a visit in person, too. The Post Office, built in 1890 and restored … 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

Sep 27 2012

Cambodia’s National Museum

Impressive from all angles

Cambodia’s National Museum (saa-ra moo-un dti if you want to impress your tuk tuk driver) is a reference point around Phnom Penh, an impressive building set in tropical gardens. On the corner of Street 178 and Street 13, two blocks from FCC and the riverside, this is a regular stop off point for foreigner visitors … read the full post

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