Sep 29 2011

Flooding in Phnom Penh

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Cambodia has been hard hit by flooding this year with many cities and provinces experiencing high water levels and associated fatalities. Phnom Penh is poised to be next, with the swollen Tonle Sap river threatening to flood. The flooding in Cambodia has already affected over 90,000 families in 14 provinces. Earlier this week tourists had … read the full post

Sep 28 2011

Siem Reap floods

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So I guess it’s oopsadaisy if you came to Siem Reap in the last few weeks. Well, it is rainy season and you knew that. Though it’s not likely that many of the guide books would have warned you about the rising tides you may have seen outside your hotel or guesthouse and, to be … read the full post

Sep 22 2011

Hand-painted signs in Phnom Penh

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Phnom Penh is a city that is falling all over itself to develop as quickly as possible. You can’t turn around without seeing another skyscraper being thrown up and bigger, fancier cars with fake Louis Vuitton pillows blocking the windows driving into one another. But despite the rampant development, much of Phnom Penh remains the … read the full post

Sep 02 2011

Casual Japanese dining in Phnom Penh

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There’s much more to Japanese cuisine than just sushi, and there’s no better place to find out than Cambodia. In Phnom Penh a number of restaurants have recently been opened by Japanese expats that specialise in Japanese casual dining — simple, cooked meals and rice bowls that are made just the way they are in … read the full post

Aug 15 2011

Phnom Penh street food: Coconut milk desserts

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One of the most mysterious street food stands you’ll find in Phnom Penh (well, maybe aside from the crickets) are the dessert stands — covered in rows of bowls of what appear to be mushy vegetables, you’d never know you’d happened upon a Cambodian ambrosial secret hidden in plain sight. The coconut milk dessert sellers, … read the full post

Aug 12 2011

Vann Molyvann’s architecture in Phnom Penh

Vann Molyvann is Cambodia’s greatest living architect. Vann’s style of work from the 1950s and 1960s is known as New Khmer Architecture, and blended modernist themes from the time with traditional Cambodian and Angkorian elements. Despite the civil war in the 1970s, many of Molyvann’s works survived, although much of it is now under threat … read the full post

Jul 31 2011

The pagodas of Cambodia’s Kandal province

Despite completely surrounding Phnom Penh, Kandal province is often ignored by visitors to the capital city. It’s worth a day trip, though, to check out the many beautiful pagodas that are found there.                    

Jul 07 2011

Wine and cheese at Phnom Penh’s InterContinental

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Southeast Asia – and particularly Cambodia – is not known for being a rewarding place for wine aficionados and cheese lovers. But this disenfranchised group finds solace on the last Wednesday of every month when the Intercontinental Hotel puts on their monthly wine and cheese event. Featuring an international selection of wines from four local … read the full post

Jun 20 2011

Khmer food in Phnom Penh

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Every time I have visitors from out of town I rack my brains trying to think of the perfect place to take them to eat and sample the local fare. Khmer cuisine, with its fermented fishy flavours, can be difficult for those who aren’t familiar with it, and many local restaurants only serve a few … read the full post

Jun 09 2011

Travelling by bus in Cambodia

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The cheapest and easiest way to travel around Cambodia is by bus. Flights out of Phnom Penh can be ridiculously expensive, so if you’re headed to Siem Reap or Saigon, the bus is a much more affordable alternative. Other local destinations are only accessible by bus, such as Sihanoukville and Battambang. Most of the major … read the full post

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