Archive for the 'Siem Reap' Category

Nov 25 2011

The open road to Banteay Chhmar

For years, a rusty, rutted, oftentimes impassable track linked Poipet and Siem Reap, the bane of farmers and tourists alike. Efforts at construction, then re-construction then more re-construction were made, half-hearted and soon thwarted by the elements. If you listened to rumours, they’d tell you that it was all to protect the monopoly one airline … read the full post

Nov 23 2011

A beginning eating guide to Siem Reap’s Wat Bo Road

Published by under Food & drink

Not that long ago, Wat Bo Road was simply a detour that you might have quickly taken and just as quickly forgotten: a nowhere road to somewhere else. Today, it’s buzzing. It seems hardly a week goes by without a new bar, café, restaurant or hotel opening up either on Wat Bo Road or one … read the full post

Nov 02 2011

Siem Reap guesthouses with good food

Published by under Food & drink

One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive in Siem Reap, especially after you’ve done the obligatory trawl through Pub Street and its environs, is that this town isn’t exactly short of restaurants. Dozens of eateries of all kinds are clustered around the Old Market area, with many more scattered about as you … read the full post

Oct 11 2011

Ecotour or not ecotour, a few questions you should ask

Ecotourism is the most important word in the Cambodian tourism lexicon at the moment. Everyone is at it, or claims to be, in response to the growing desire of tourists to enjoy something that’s at once different, involved or “experiential” to use the other crucial industry buzzword, and environmentally responsible (we won’t talk about airline … read the full post

Sep 23 2011

Fancy a pho? Look no further…

Published by under Food & drink

Oh, pho, fabulous pho! To the uninitiated it might sound like it’s only soup, and really who’d want to rhapsodise about soup. But to those in the know about pho, it’s so, so much more than that. This is a soup that has it all. There are many variations but at the heart of it, … read the full post

Sep 20 2011

A guide to some of Siem Reap’s garden hotels

Published by under Accommodation

For anyone who works in a city or town, one of the best parts of getting away is the chance to reacquaint oneself with things that are green. And even for those fortunate enough to live in a rural or semi-rural environment, the need for green (not the one with the dollar signs on it!) … read the full post

Sep 07 2011

Angkor’s grandeur on a minor scale: Dy Proeung’s work

The question of overcrowding at Angkor Wat is becoming a serious one, and efforts are being made by numerous bodies to try to address it. One Cambodian artist has been doing his own bit too as his work offers a novel way of viewing Angkor: in miniature. Dy Proeung, 75, is one of the few … read the full post

Aug 02 2011

Best supermarkets in Siem Reap

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So many tourist markets, boutiques, jewellers and craft shops in Siem Reap can make shopping here a real pleasure. On the other hand, if you have a case of the midnight munchies, or just need batteries, its charms can seem a little over-worked. The practical things in life can rarely be found in the bottom … read the full post

Jul 29 2011

Vegetarian food in Siem Reap

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Unlike India, it’s not easy in Cambodia to find a sympathetic ear if you’re a vegetarian. Instead, you will be confronted with everything ranging from open disbelief, to dark mutterings that the barang is clearly mad, to acts of rebellion with secret sprinklings of shrimp or bacon bits. And sometimes the struggle is not even … read the full post

Jul 26 2011

Cambodian food basics

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Much maligned as the unsavoury cousin of spicier and more glamorous Thai food, real Cambodian cooking is unfortunately under-appreciated by many visitors to Cambodia, although this is hardly their fault. Among the reasons is their simple lack of awareness. “People are familiar with Vietnamese food, Chinese food and Thai,” says French chef Joannès Rivière. “But … read the full post

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