Archive for the 'Siem Reap' Category

Mar 20 2013

Siem Reap’s Made in Cambodia street market

Published by under Shopping

Cambodian clutch: a snip at $65.

UPDATE, October 31, 2013: The Made in Cambodia is now held twice a month, on the first and third Saturdays.  You can be forgiven for thinking that Siem Reap already has a surfeit of markets, although you might be hard pushed to distinguish one from the other after the first couple. However the latest addition to … read the full post

Mar 06 2013

Review: Siem Reap cooking classes with Beyond Unique Escapes

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

My Khmer chicken curry, also available in vegetarian and gluten-free varieties

The Cambodian cooking classes advertised by Sojourn Boutique Villas and tour operator Beyond Unique Escapes both come highly recommended — so highly that I’ve managed to use my inability to choose between the two as an excuse to do neither for quite some time. So, when a visiting friend booked us onto a half-day course, … read the full post

Feb 27 2013

Siem Reap’s Psar Leu Market

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Psar Leu Market: Looks good, smells good, and cost nothing to take a photo.

There is nothing like a visit to thriving city centre market to make you feel really connected with the local culture. While Bangkok has Chatuchak, Saigon has Ben Thanh, and Phnom Penh has the art deco Psar Thmei, what does Siem Reap have to compete with these mercantile icons? The answer is Psar Leu, a … read the full post

Feb 25 2013

Banteay Kdei

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Above the shrine at the entrance to Banteay Kdei.

Close to Siem Reap, with its own unique appeal and much quieter than your average Angkorian ruin, Banteay Kdei offers the perfect antidote the crowds at Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm. It is also conveniently close to the Big Three so you can easily add it to your one-day itinerary, enjoy a little … read the full post

Feb 20 2013

Review: Khmer Kitchen Restaurant, Siem Reap

Published by under Cambodia,Food & drink,Siem Reap

Thai food from a Khmer Kitchen: red curry (top) and Masman curry (bottom)

With its deep red and warm yellow decor, lively atmosphere and rows of wooden tables, Khmer Kitchen bears an uncanny resemblance to a Spanish venta or a Mexican cantina. But the similarity ends with the decor and what you will actually find at this busy eatery in Siem Reap’s tourist centre are generous portions of … read the full post

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 13 2013

The ‘Made in Siem Reap’ craft market

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The genuine article: Yes, a Siem Reap souvenir

Visitors to Siem Reap are often disappointed when they get home to discover that many of the Cambodian souvenirs they bargained so hard for in the heat and the crowds of the Old Market are actually made in China. Thanks to the Angkor Handicraft Association’s new gold seal of authenticity, and its recently opened ‘made-in-Siem … read the full post

Feb 10 2013

How to see the Siem Reap Giant Puppet Parade 2013

Published by under Events

Reserve an upstairs table...if you can

Puppet construction is well under way and the marching bands are booked. Whether you have planned it deliberately or just happen to be in Siem Reap for the 2013 Giant Puppet Parade on February 23, getting a good vantage point on the night is crucial if you want to see and hear the parade in … 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

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