Archive for the 'Sightseeing & activities' Category

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 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

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

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

Jul 11 2012

Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh

Where's Wally?

As Mark Twain is often misquoted as saying, “rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.” Fans of the Olympic Stadium are hoping that holds true for this Phnom Penh institution too. Murmurings of demolition and redevelopment abound, despite a carefully-worded reassurance from the Overseas Cambodian Investment Corporation, currently developing land close to the National Sports … read the full post

May 22 2012

Khmer boxing in Phnom Penh

I’m definitely not the violent type, but one of my favourite things to do on a quiet Phnom Penh weekend is going to a kick-boxing match. It’s free, it’s noisy and it’s a totally  Cambodian experience. Most people’s first encounter with Khmer boxing is walking past a cafe full of shouting, grunting men and thinking it’s all about … 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

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

Jan 04 2012

Phnom Penh’s elephant, Sambo

For the last 30 years, Sambo the elephant has been entertaining tourists at Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh. At 51 years of age Sambo is the only living elephant in Phnom Penh. She works seven days a week and now, the Elephant Asia Rescue and Survival Foundation (EARS) say that it’s time for her retirement. … read the full post

Nov 24 2011

Daytime activities in Phnom Penh

If you’re sick of sightseeing, or your liver needs a break, never fear, there are daytime activities in Phnom Penh. Go for a run (or a walk) Every Sunday at 14:15 the Hash House Harriers meet up at the Railway Station and then travel together to a rural spot around Phnom Penh to go running … read the full post

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