Archive for the 'Siem Reap' Category

Jan 25 2012

Italian restaurants in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Cambodia may be a Johnny-come-lately on the Southeast Asia tourist trail, but there’s one area where they’ve already caught up with, even exceeded, their neighbours. The restaurants here (in both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh) are fantastic. The Cambodian culinary scene has developed in less than ten years, yet has managed to set high standards … read the full post

Jan 23 2012

Coffee in Siem Reap

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I know some prefer it cool, smooth and slow, but I have to confess I’m a major fan of hot and steamy. Of course, this does usually result in short lived affairs, but I don’t know anyone who could handle that much intensity for longer anyway. Especially with the Italians, God do the Italians really … read the full post

Jan 18 2012

Corporate social responsibility in Siem Reap

It will surprise many of Siem Reap’s visitors to know that, despite the enormous amount of money spent by all two million of you each year, Siem Reap province remains the third poorest of Cambodia’s 23 provinces. This is a devastating statistic, and indicates that very little of the money that you spend here is … read the full post

Jan 16 2012

Motorcyles in Siem Reap

Published by under Transport

Unlike most other places in Southeast Asia, you cannot freely rent a motorcycle or scooter here in Siem Reap. Considering you can rent bikes elsewhere in Cambodia, this may seem incongruous and indeed it is, but there is no real clarity on why it’s the case. A number of reasons have been suggested, however. These … read the full post

Jan 08 2012

Photography tours and courses in Siem Reap

With its incredible colours, sepia-toned dawns and evening light, fascinating daily scenes and easy smiles of the people, Cambodia is a photographer’s dream, and the mystical Angkorian complex especially has drawn artists of all kinds since its rediscovery in the 19th century. For amateur photographers too, Cambodia provides rich opportunities for capturing images that have … read the full post

Jan 02 2012

Angkor Handicraft Fair: January 11 to 15

Published by under Events

A one-stop shop for some of Cambodia’s most exciting contemporary and traditional handicrafts producers, the fourth Angkor Handicraft Fair will take place from January 11 to 15 in Siem Reap. In the river garden lawns in front of the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, the organisers promise an impressive showcase of Cambodian crafts and a packed … read the full post

Dec 27 2011

What’s on in Siem Reap during January?

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It’s not easy to get hold of information about ongoing events in Siem Reap. If you’re lucky your hotel will hold a copy of AsiaLIFE magazine, an excellent guide to what’s hot in Cambodia other than the weather, and they also carry events guides for Phnom Penh and Siem Reap each month. Taking their cue, … read the full post

Dec 23 2011

Siem Reap’s night food stalls

Published by under Food & drink

You wouldn’t believe they were hardly here only two years ago. There’s something about night food stalls in Asia that makes you feel you’ve tapped into something ageless, but in Siem Reap the bustling, sizzling, richly aromatic grills are relatively recent additions. For a long time, a sad line of stalls faced Molly Malone’s and … read the full post

Dec 21 2011

New Year’s Eve in Siem Reap

Published by under Festivals

Siem Reap is not Ko Pha Ngan. Having grown up around the incredible temples of Angkor, Siem Reap’s offerings are a little more profound than the prospect of getting deliriously trashed and waking up on the beach with a cute stranger and an ominous itch, so it’s no surprise that we won’t necessarily make it … read the full post

Dec 14 2011

Christmas in Siem Reap

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Yes, we know it’s 20-odd degrees Celsius and there’s not a drop of snow to be had, unless you count the interior of my neglected freezer. And we know that the odds of finding a fat man in an enormous red suit that hasn’t collapsed from heat stroke are somewhere around the snowflake in hell … read the full post

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