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Jun 20 2013

Siem Reap’s funfair

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Heading down a wide road on the outskirts of Siem Reap at night, when camera-toting temple tourists are tucking into their fish amok in front of an Apsara dance show, and backpackers head to Pub Street, you’ll hit a dead end — welcome to Kyung Yu, a funfair that sets up daily come sundown. One of … read the full post

Jun 03 2013

A Siem Reap street food tour

Published by under Food & drink

Spawn-stuffed frogs - almost good enough to eat.

Stuffed frog, sauteed cricket and deep fried tarantula are probably the best known examples of Cambodia’s rich street food tradition – partly because Gordon Ramsay pulled faces and swore a lot when he was forced to try them on a recent TV series and partly because, well, they all sound rather grim. But dining on … read the full post

May 30 2013

Private shadow puppet shows at Wat Bo

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Yes, you can have these talented puppeteers virtually to yourself.

Getting a private view of anything in “Angkor” is usually a luxury few travellers can afford. But thanks to not-for-profit organisation Cambodian Living Arts you can now go behind the scenes and learn about one beautiful traditional Khmer art form with an exclusive shadow puppets experience. Just $15 will buy you a ringside seat at … read the full post

May 23 2013

Feed body and soul at Peace Cafe, Siem Reap

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Chill out and balance your chakras in The Peace Cafe's garden

In a town that owes its place on the tourist map to some of the most spectacular spiritual monuments in history, it’s only fitting that you can still find a quiet retreat to feed your own 21st century spiritual needs — and re-fuel with some quality vegetarian food at the same time — just a … read the full post

May 18 2013

Siem Reap restaurants: Reservations recommended

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Haven's Tonle Sp lake fish with chillis and ginger - 3

For a long time one of the joys of Siem Reap was that with so many choices of places to dine, the thought of booking anywhere was almost unimaginable except, perhaps, at some of the classier hotel bistros, and even then that would mostly be for form rather than necessity. It added to the sense of … read the full post

May 10 2013

Peace and quiet at the temple of Pre Rup

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The view from the bottom is almost as good as the one from the top.

Angkor Wat-bashing seems to have become the pastime du jour for many of the more sniffy travel writers, largely due to the ever-increasing volume of visitors at the justifiably popular temple sites. Of course we would all prefer to enjoy our very own private view rather than share our Angkorian sunrise with thousands of the … read the full post

May 04 2013

The Cambodian Circus comes to Siem Reap

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Lights, drums, cicadas and rusting trees all add to the atmosphere.

If the word circus conjures up images of top-hatted ringmasters, fearless lion-tamers and sinister-looking clowns, then a night at Phare, the Cambodian Circus will quickly erase those distant childhood memories. With performances seven nights a week, the circus of the world-renowned Battambang Art School – full name Phare Ponleu Selpak — is now wowing audiences … read the full post

Apr 17 2013

Where to watch sport in Siem Reap

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Street volleyball: an easy way to catch some real live sport.

With the recent closure of Siem Reap’s only dedicated sports bar on Alley West, the task of finding somewhere to catch the football, the rugby, the baseball or the tennis has suddenly become a bit more of a challenge. But fear not, all ye die-hard sports aficionados, there are plenty of joints in town where … read the full post

Apr 14 2013

Review: Tangram Garden Restaurant, Siem Reap

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Tangram Garden's hot and sour prawn soup.

Settling into one of Tangram Garden’s palm-roofed cabanas, each with its very own call light for attracting the attention of your server, makes you feel a little bit special. The friendly and efficient – yet not overly formal – service, and reliable, slightly quirky food just add to the appeal of this quiet and relaxing … read the full post

Apr 09 2013

Swimming pools in Siem Reap: part 2

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The Frangipani pool: cool, but a tad crowded.

At certain times of year life in Siem Reap without a pool verges on the tortuous. Many expats make a point of leaving Siem Reap as soon as April arrives and the elements unleash the most ferocious heat and energy-sapping humidity of the year. But with a bit of forward-planning it can be an excellent … read the full post

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