Archive for the 'Siem Reap' Category

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

Dec 05 2012

Banteay Srei temple: A really practical guide

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Far from the madding crowds: The wetlands walk at Banteay Srei

Once you’ve clambered over swarms of tourists in pursuit of that one photo of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom or Ta Prohm that doesn’t feature a crowd of total strangers, you may be tempted to call it a day with the temples after, well, a day. However, there are a number of smaller temples not far … 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

Nov 17 2012

Fast-tracking through Siem Reap Airport

Published by under Transport

Cambodian Visa: your passport to a whole world of wonder

You can almost hear the collective groan when you enter airport arrivals halls around the world only to be faced with slow, or worse still, stationary queues at the immigration desk. Bangkok, Heathrow and Auckland are serial offenders, but you’d think that a sleepy little airport like Siem Reap would be different. Sadly, it ain’t … read the full post

Nov 07 2012

Dealing with a medical emergency in Siem Reap

Published by under Health & safety,Siem Reap

Treacherous: The famous Angkor Thom Trip Hazard

When a friend suffered a nasty fall recently whilst crossing a street in a flash flood I realised that knowing how to find a good doctor fast in Siem Reap could come in useful. Said friend is quite tough which meant he managed to wait until the following day before giving in to the pain … read the full post

Nov 01 2012

Review: Cafe Central, Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

A large serving of colonial-urban-chic for breakfast,lunch or dinner please

Cool and breezy Cafe Central occupies the ground floor of a classic cream-coloured colonial building on a commanding corner spot opposite Siem Reap’s Old Market. Set midway between the slow flowing river and one end of the town’s celebrated Pub Street, the location is hard to beat. With shady terrace seating outside, and deep red … read the full post

Oct 30 2012

Center for Khmer Studies talks

Wat Damnak

I should declare my interest first: my husband is the director of the Center for Khmer Studies, a research centre and library in the grounds of Wat Damnak, which makes him the only person I know who gets to go to work along fragrant, frangipani-lined paths, and settle down to his desk in a beautiful, … read the full post

Oct 26 2012

Review: The Station Winebar, Siem Reap

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Vegas it may not be...

There has been no regular train service in Cambodia since at least 2009, and even when there was it didn’t go anywhere near Siem Reap. So how The Station Winebar got its name remains a bit of a mystery. One thing is for sure, though, whether you are on foot, bicycle, moto or tuk tuk, … read the full post

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