Archive for the 'Sightseeing & activities' Category

Sep 27 2011

Seeing a movie in Phnom Penh

Until very recently, Phnom Penh was a city without a real cinema showing English-language films. The options were to see dubbed films on the big screen, or watch movies in small shops that have a dozen chairs and usually two or televisions loudly blaring different programmes in Khmer. But with the recent construction of not … read the full post

Sep 15 2011

Go-karting in Phnom Penh

If you’re looking for something to do of an afternoon in Phnom Penh and have exhausted all of the genocide-related possibilities, you’ll be pleased to hear that on the outskirts of the city there’s a functioning go-kart track about 8km past the airport. It’s not particularly close to town — be prepared to to spend … read the full post

Aug 12 2011

Vann Molyvann’s architecture in Phnom Penh

Vann Molyvann is Cambodia’s greatest living architect. Vann’s style of work from the 1950s and 1960s is known as New Khmer Architecture, and blended modernist themes from the time with traditional Cambodian and Angkorian elements. Despite the civil war in the 1970s, many of Molyvann’s works survived, although much of it is now under threat … read the full post

Aug 08 2011

Pilates and yoga in Phnom Penh

“It’s a laid back, relaxed life in Phnom Penh,” yoga and pilates teacher Kate Liana acknowledges, but adds, “there are a lot of stressors that creep up on you.” Kate lists some of these worries: medical care, being asked for bribes, crossing the street, and I can quickly feel tension envelop my body and my … read the full post

Jul 31 2011

The pagodas of Cambodia’s Kandal province

Despite completely surrounding Phnom Penh, Kandal province is often ignored by visitors to the capital city. It’s worth a day trip, though, to check out the many beautiful pagodas that are found there.                    

Jul 18 2011

Beer-tasting tour at Kingdom Breweries, Phnom Penh

If you’re looking for an excuse to start drinking mid-afternoon, Kingdom Breweries offers a tour of their Phnom Penh facilities, which includes at least two sample beers. Kingdom Breweries dubs itself as the only “premium” Cambodian beer. They’ve no stiff competition in that department — no matter how drinkable they are, one can hardly pretend … read the full post

Jul 14 2011

Gyms in Phnom Penh

If you’re looking to get fit in Phnom Penh, there are a plethora of options — from aerobics at Olympic Stadium to the new public exercise equipment on the riverside. If you’re looking for something indoors and possibly air-conditioned, Phnom Penh has lots of gyms and fitness centres, some of which start at less than … read the full post

Jul 04 2011

Aerobics at Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium

Every evening at dusk hundreds of Cambodians gather at the top of Olympic Stadium to listen to Khmer techno and get some cardiovascular exercise in. More than a dozen instructors, each with a microphone and individual sound system, ring the top of the stadium, charging 500 riel to lead middle-aged Khmer women dressed in Western-style … read the full post

Jun 27 2011

Tips for photo studio portraits in Phnom Penh

It’s no secret that one of my favourite daytime activities in Cambodia is dressing up like a Khmer princess and having my photo taken. It is quite possibly the most interesting, non-touristy thing to do in Phnom Penh, and the memories will last forever. It’s also kid-friendly, as most studios have munchkin-sized costumes. There are … read the full post

May 19 2011

Catch a football match at Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh

For less than the price you’d pay for a pint while watching a Premier League game at a pub back home, you can see a professional football match in Phnom Penh. The season is in full swing right now and with Cambodia hosting Asian Football Confederation President’s Cup games this weekend, there are a lot … read the full post

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