Archive for the 'Siem Reap' Category

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

Oct 25 2012

Eating for less than $5 a day in Phnom Penh

Published by under Food & drink

The morning fix

Visitors to Phnom Penh are sometimes surprised at the cost of food, but it’s perfectly possible to eat for $5 — or 20,000 riel — a day if you know where to look. The first trick to cheap meals is to put aside thoughts of familiar nosh and get experimental. A Western breakfast can set you … read the full post

Oct 17 2012

The Water Festival, Half-Marathon and more coming up in Siem Reap

Published by under Festivals

Water Festival in Siem Reap

Further update: Now the latest reports we are hearing are that the festival is cancelled in Phnom Penh only. We’ll let you know definitively as soon as we know! Update: Xinhua reports that the Cambodian Water Festival for 2012 has been cancelled to mourn late former King Norodom Sihanouk who passed away last week. The … read the full post

Oct 07 2012

Quieter Angkor temples

More than two million people will come to Cambodia before this year is out, and it’s a number that’s projected to keep rising as the years roll on. The government is preparing for six million visitors in 2015 and, since most of them will presumably still be coming primarily to visit the temples, it’s going … read the full post

Oct 02 2012

Where can I get a good massage in Siem Reap?

Published by under Spas and massage

Don't just take my word for it - on Dr. Feet's graffiti wall

I remember reading somewhere that the reason many older women go to the hairdresser so often is that, widowed and often neglected by family, it is their way of obtaining the physical human contact we all crave, no matter what our situation. This rather devastating insight is a sharp reflection of the fact that throughout … read the full post

Sep 12 2012

Garden restaurants in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

RiverGarden's Jungle Pool

While some might argue that a large bowl of glistening French fries is the best accompaniment to any dish, sometimes it doesn’t quite do the trick. In fact, what might work best is simply a better view, and this can be hard to come by in Siem Reap. The colour green is said to create feelings … read the full post

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