Archive for the 'Siem Reap' Category

Jul 08 2012

Rooftop bars in Siem Reap

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Sunset over X-Bar

Cambodia’s a very flat country inland. There are mountains along the border with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam – well, hills really but I’m not going to quibble – and even more along the southwest coastline, but inland all you’ll see is great expanses of flatness broken only by the stubble of sugar palms in the … read the full post

Jun 19 2012

Old Market, Siem Reap

Published by under Shopping

There appear to be people in Siem Reap who are seriously worried that the world might one day run out of markets. It’s the only rational justification I can think of for the gay abandon with which these temples of trade are being chucked up in every spare square metre of space that can be … read the full post

Jun 15 2012

Games in Siem Reap

We’re fast approaching the time of year when long stretches of hot, soggy sunshine are interspersed with hour to two hour bursts of hot, wet rain, and it’s therefore time to look at the idea of ‘strategic stranding’. To be honest, the rain is not actually that big a deal unless in taking shelter you … read the full post

Jun 07 2012

Mexican food in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

I’m not American, which you can tell by the fact that I eat burgers with a knife and fork (frankly, the concept of having to unhinge your jaw in order to put food in your mouth seems freakish and bizarre), have an almost disturbing neurosis about “proper” spelling, and get very twitchy when someone asks … read the full post

May 31 2012

Clothes shopping in Siem Reap

Published by under Shopping

On first impressions, Siem Reap might not seem like a shoppers’ haven, but there are options here and, believe me, it’s better than a few years ago when female expats had to be physically restrained from mugging arriving planes of visitors in the hope of getting their hands on trousers they could pull up past … read the full post

May 27 2012

Giving blood at the Angkor Hospital for Children

It’s true that there are many wonderful things to do in Siem Reap, none of which involve a stranger sticking a needle in your arm and draining the life-force out of you but I’m still going to tell you it’s a good idea. The Angkor Hospital for Children is facing a critical shortfall in vital … read the full post

May 23 2012

Siem Reap’s West Baray

There may be no beach in Siem Reap, but we do have a baray which, when you look into it, is arguably much cooler. The West Baray is an enormous reservoir that was most likely constructed during the 11th century. At 8,000 metres long and 2,100 metres wide, it is equivalent in size to more … read the full post

May 20 2012

Buy from adults, not street kids in Cambodia

Published by under Shopping

As you walk the streets, or drink and dine in Siem Reap you will at some stage undoubtedly be petitioned by children and adult male landmine victims to buy books or, in the case of the kids, postcards, jewellery or flowers. This post is not just a request to not buy anything from the children, … read the full post

May 16 2012

Wine in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

When it’s as hot in Siem Reap as it has been lately (though do we dare for a respite after the last few days of storms), there’s not a great deal you can do except restrict movement as much as possible (mainly so that you don’t skid in great lakes of your own sweat and … read the full post

May 02 2012

Air-con in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

The English have a quaint little phrase to the effect that horses sweat, men perspire, but women glow. Which is all very well if your name happens to be Fanny or Violet, but I actually thought I might be the first person in history to be electrocuted by their own body fluids as I slaved … read the full post

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