Archive for the 'Siem Reap' Category

Aug 16 2012

Siem Reap’s Cambodian Pub Street

Published by under Bars & nightlife

From small bamboo lean tos to big neon-lit Karaoke bars

I was talking to an Irish nurse recently who was describing her two years spent volunteering in a provincial Cambodian hospital, living in a building beside the hospital with no television, electricity or fridge, no pizza, wine or cheese, no internet, pub quizzes or bags of Kettle Chips from the supermarket. No cappuccinos! As we … read the full post

Aug 11 2012

Yoga in Siem Reap update

Published by under Spas and massage

A perfectly executed downward facing dog

Siem Reap offers plenty of opportunities to practise yoga, both for yoga-nuts and for first-timers, for whom the studios’ location far away from home may provide the perfect opportunity to try without running the risk for evermore of bumping into your classmates in your local supermarket, knowing that they know that you can’t chaturanga for … read the full post

Aug 08 2012

Haven and Nyemo Le Rit’s in Siem Reap

Published by under Accommodation

Nyemo Le Rit's Entrance

A while ago, I wrote about where to go if you’d like to sprinkle a little good karma on your dinner or your bed by eating and sleeping at places that help to support NGOs or the people of Siem Reap. These included Sala Bai, Joe-To-Go, Soria Moria, and Green Star all of which I’m … read the full post

Aug 01 2012

Siem Reap’s latest happening area?

Published by under Food & drink

Frangipani Spa, well a flower actually but my battery died

In Siem Reap, there is an area behind the Central Market that is easy to overlook and you wouldn’t have missed out on much in the past by doing so. But that is beginning to change. In between the two roads that run east from Central Market is a little half-road, fed by two perpendicular … read the full post

Jul 29 2012

Banteay Srey day trip from Siem Reap

Dancing butterflies, taking time out for a drink

Small, pink hued and featuring the most exquisite and detailed carvings, Banteay Srey is considered by many to be one of the loveliest of all the Angkorian temples. Just under 40 kilometres from Siem Reap, the ‘Citadel of the Women’ was beautifully restored by French archaeologists who described it as a “precious gem” and a … read the full post

Jul 26 2012

Fancy Cambodian food in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Cambodian food does get a bit of a bad rap compared to its neighbours, for numerous reasons of varying soundness, and it can seem incongruous therefore to even associate the words “posh”, “Khmer” and “nosh” (a bit like trying to think of snazzy Welsh food), but associate them you can, and the rewards for doing … read the full post

Jul 25 2012

Chong Kneas

Gone fishing

What can one say about Chong Kneas, if one really had to be polite about it. It’s a sort of port and long canal about 12 kilometres from Siem Reap, flanked by scrubby green-brown banks to the west side of which you can see the edges of part of the floating forest that makes the … read the full post

Jul 19 2012

Khmer kramas in Siem Reap

Published by under Shopping

... and accessories ...

It is such an iconic and ubiquitous symbol of Cambodia that naturally I don’t have a single photo of a person wearing one (unless you count a picture of my husband who sports it as a sort of dangerously abbreviated loin cloth, but I can’t put that up because children or the sensitive might be … read the full post

Jul 15 2012

French in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Silk Garden

Being born French is nature’s way of fondly ruffling your hair and gently patting you on the bum before letting you off to play in the world safe in the knowledge that you’re one of the favoured. Because while it’s possible that the French may indeed have the most terrifying children’s books in the world, … read the full post

Jul 12 2012

Khmer dancing in Siem Reap

Tragedy strikes in a moral tale about hunting

Celestial nymphs born from the Churning of the Sea of Milk, thousands of Apsaras gracefully adorn the walls of Angkor’s temples flying through the air or dancing in Indra’s Heavens, smiling quietly to themselves. Devatas are the more earthly semi-divine Goddesses, whose features are carved into the walls as they stand, sporting imperial impressions and … read the full post

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