Archive for the 'Siem Reap' Category

Feb 17 2013

Siem Reap’s cookbooks

Published by under Food & drink

Part of the collection, with another in Ireland and more, surely, on the way

One of the best and most interesting ways to evoke memories of a trip somewhere special is not through things you touch — souvenirs (though there can be a place for them, of course) — but through the things you can smell, preferably also employing your nose’s partner in a good time, your sense of taste. … read the full post

Feb 06 2013

Cycle safety in Siem Reap

Published by under Transport

Knowing what to expect can be easier said than done

The area around Siem Reap is prime cycling country. It’s flat, picturesque, and — if you are lucky — quiet.  However, accident rates on Cambodia’s roads are staggeringly high, and while most of your cycling will probably be on the quieter back-roads, you will have to tackle one or more of Siem Reap’s busier “arterial … read the full post

Jan 30 2013

Siem Reap’s baby milk scam

Published by under Siem Reap

Baby milk can convert easily to ready cash

Streetwise visitors to Siem Reap should know that giving money to begging children is tantamount to giving money directly to the adults who force them to work the streets in the first place. So when a child, or even an adult, approaches you on Pub Street and asks you to buy milk for their baby … read the full post

Jan 23 2013

International food in Siem Reap: Part 2

Published by under Food & drink

Haven-Siem-Reap

We’re busy traversing the world via Siem Reap’s food… we’ve covered half of it, so now we’re moving on: It is a dazzling reverse-curse that Siem Reap’s Indian restaurants are all fantastic and so it feels terribly wrong having to choose among them. If you’re in need of some air-con relief then The Indian is … read the full post

Jan 20 2013

International food in Siem Reap: Part 1

Published by under Food & drink

They've got a real passion for pizza at Il Forno

The rest of the world may be coming late to Siem Reap, but this town hasn’t stinted when it comes to serving up top quality food from almost every corner of the globe and you can travel the world from here, provided you’re happy to use a plate instead of a magic carpet. We are … read the full post

Jan 17 2013

Cycling around Siem Reap

Published by under Transport

Stop and park up wherever you like, with a bike

For cyclists, Siem Reap is genuinely twice blessed. Firstly, all the major sights are within easy striking distance of the town using pedal power alone. And secondly — and more importantly given the tropical climate — the terrain is pretty much flat as a pancake, making cycling a year-round possibility. Many hotels and guesthouses include … read the full post

Dec 26 2012

New Year’s Eve in Siem Reap

Published by under Festivals

Plenty of room upstairs...balcony seating in Pub Street

For as long as most people can remember, New Year’s Eve in Siem Reap has meant just one thing: the Pub Street party. Such is its notoriety that last year a group of 100 Singaporeans shunned the charms of their home town and chartered their own plane to transport them to Siem Reap’s festivities instead. … read the full post

Dec 13 2012

Christmas 2012 in Siem Reap

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I'm dreamin' of a white...Christmas tree. Downtown Siem Reap is ready to party.

No sooner had I ripped the November 30 page off my desk calendar than the Christmas trees were sprouting up and the decorations were invading the Siem Reap shops. Carol concerts have started and the party season is in full swing. In fact if you are one of those who goes on holiday every December … read the full post

Dec 12 2012

Avoid the crowds at Ta Prohm: go to Preah Khan

In a dark, dark corner, an exquisite Devata

Preah Khan has lived long in the shadow of its older sister, Ta Prohm. But as the hordes pore over the broken paths and scaffolding of the older temple, the very fact that Preah Khan is so often overlooked has become an integral part of its attraction. You are freer to explore here, without rubbing … read the full post

Dec 08 2012

Balloon flights over Angkor

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Nice view, but worth risking life and limb for?

UPDATE: Here’s the Phnom Penh Post report. I am slightly claustrophobic  – demanding to be let off a Boeing 777 three hours into a flight from London to LA was a particularly memorable episode in the history of my phobia – so a flight in a hot air balloon has never appealed. However, many people … read the full post

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