Dec 31 2012

Sihanoukville’s Otres Market

Published by under Sihanoukville

The crowd starts to gather in the late afternoon

Have you ever been to one of those rural weekend markets where all the locals gather to display their wares? If so, you have an idea of what Sihanoukville’s new Otres Market is all about. You won’t find it on the main drag of Otres beach, though. Like all good weekend markets (it’s on Saturdays … read the full post

Dec 29 2012

Review: The Willow, Phnom Penh

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willowsign

Located in the mostly residential Tonle Bassac area, The Willow offers just 16 air-con rooms in a building shaded by a series of tall trees — hence the name — and is a good option if you want to spend a little more than a backpacker for a touch of luxury, but still enjoy the … read the full post

Dec 28 2012

Review: Q&A books and cafe, Sihanoukville

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Inside Q&A Bookshop, Sihandoukville Cambodia

Q&A isn’t the only bookshop in Sihanoukville, but it’s the only bookshop cafe in town. If you’re a book lover, that alone makes taking the time to find it down at the bottom of Mithona Street at Ochheuteal beach worth it, but you’ll find a solid collection of more than 8,000 books and a nice … read the full post

Dec 27 2012

New Year’s Eve in Phnom Penh

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Fancy fountains at Wat Botom

Although the official Khmer new year doesn’t start in Cambodia until April, Cambodians and expats love a party and there’s plenty of celebrations planned for Western New Year. From gala dinners to largin’ it DJs with a few fireworks thrown in, you won’t forget your New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2013 in Phnom Penh. … read the full post

Dec 26 2012

New Year’s Eve in Siem Reap

Published by under Festivals

Plenty of room upstairs...balcony seating in Pub Street

For as long as most people can remember, New Year’s Eve in Siem Reap has meant just one thing: the Pub Street party. Such is its notoriety that last year a group of 100 Singaporeans shunned the charms of their home town and chartered their own plane to transport them to Siem Reap’s festivities instead. … read the full post

Dec 26 2012

New Year’s Eve in Sihanoukville

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ochheuteal beach, sihanoukville cambodia

Update: 30 December 2012 – The Big Event on Ocheuteal Beach on New Year’s Eve looks like it’s going to be the Soundwave Music Festival. According to their flier, it is going to be a “Massive Music Festival” with a “Massive sound stage” and a “Huge stage & lighting.” Tickets are $6 on the day … read the full post

Dec 21 2012

Review: Try Bad Panda and then, Maybe Later

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Pad Banda and Maybe Later, Sihanoukville Cambodia

If you take a walk down Sihanoukville’s Serendipity Road looking for something to eat during the daylight hours, Bad Panda will probably catch your eye. Return after dark and you may wonder why Bad Panda’s doors are closed and its next door neighbour has invaded its patio space. No, the eye-patched panda hasn’t been muscled … read the full post

Dec 20 2012

Get lost in Phnom Penh’s Tonle Bassac

Tonle Bassac -- shhhhh!

It’s a surprise to find a quiet, low-rise area in the heart of rapidly developing Phnom Penh, but those in the know head for Tonle Bassac whenever they hit the city. Minutes from Independence Monument and a short ride from the Royal Palace and riverside, this small area has all you need for a relaxing stay. … read the full post

Dec 17 2012

The far side of Otres Beach

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estuary near otres beach, sihanoukville cambodia

Sunday is a good day to escape the crowds in Sihanoukville. It used to be easy — you’d just go to Otres beach instead of Ochheuteal. Now that the road is paved, that doesn’t work quite as well. If you really want to escape the weekend hordes, you have to push on a couple of … read the full post

Dec 15 2012

Carols and Christmas dinners in Phnom Penh 2012

Published by under Festivals

Bound to be one in your size ...

If fish amok is not your idea of a traditional Christmas dinner, there are other alternatives in Phnom Penh over the holiday season. Although turkeys are not indigenous to Cambodia, several restaurants are offering a festive spread to ensure your tastebuds know it’s Christmas. Top it off with some carols and candles, and you’ll be … read the full post

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