Archive for the 'Siem Reap' Category

Jan 14 2013

Review: Mother Home Inn, Siem Reap

Published by under Accommodation

Cold air, cold towels and cold drinks await behind those doors

With a quiet location near Sivatha Boulevard, Siem Reap’s busiest shopping street, double rooms from just $27 a night and a host of appealing extras – including an outdoor pool and an in-house spa — Mother Home Inn offers great value for travellers who like to keep one eye on the budget without having to … read the full post

Jan 09 2013

Review: Kerala Restaurant, Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

I may have over-ordered again

Kerala Restaurant — named after the southwest Indian state of Kerala — on Siem Reap’s increasingly chi-chi Alley West is as good a reason as any to give yourself a break from Khmer cuisine and treat yourself to an authentic South Indian meal in pleasant, informal surroundings and at reasonable prices. If the suggestion of … read the full post

Jan 04 2013

Review: Sonalong Boutique Village and Resort, Siem Reap

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Nice spot for a beer, a snack, or maybe a Khmer massage. But not on one of those chairs, obviously.

As far as Siem Reap hotel names go, the word “boutique” is only marginally less ubiquitous these days than the word “Angkor”. But don’t let that put you off. The Sonalong is a relaxing and family-friendly cluster of spacious, traditionally-styled two-storey villas, nestled in a tropical garden around a great salt water pool, and all … read the full post

Jan 02 2013

Siem Reap’s Royal Gardens

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Lotus flowers make a beautiful temple offering

A 15-minute stroll north from the Old Market, along the shady west bank of the Siem Reap River, with its ornate stone streetlamps and hotch-potch of animal and religious sculptures, leads you to The Royal Gardens, the Siem Reap city centre’s only open public green space. It is an area that provides visitors with a … 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

Published by under Festivals

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

Nov 28 2012

Join the 2013 Siem Reap Giant Puppet Parade

Published by under Festivals

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If you are struggling to pinpoint a date for a trip to Siem Reap, this might just help. Saturday February 23, 2013 is the confirmed date for next year’s Giant Puppet Parade. The parade has become such a highlight of the Siem Reap social calendar that visitors in the know now deliberately plan their temple … read the full post

Nov 24 2012

Review: The Old House Restaurant, Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

On a budget? On a splurge? Good to go.

About 100 metres from the northern end of Pub Street but a million miles from the genuine free Apsara shows, authentic Cambodian snake and crocodile barbecues and myriad piscene pedicure tanks, you will find a small haven of tranquility, a very classy little Khmer-owned and managed restaurant serving inexpensive and reliably high quality local food … read the full post

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