Dec 01 2012

Christmas in Phnom Penh

Published by under Festivals

Baubles to you!

Being from the northern hemisphere, it used to be difficult for me to equate warm temperatures and bright sunshine with the festive period, but Christmas is growing in popularity in Phnom Penh. From the second week in December, Cambodians will wish you a Happy Merry Christmas. So forget “bah humbug!” — if you’ll be in … read the full post

Nov 30 2012

Exploring the back roads of Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

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If you come to Sihanoukville and spend a few days at Ochheuteal Beach, you haven’t been to Sihanoukville. If you’ve traversed Ekareach Street from the Golden Lions to Victory Hill, you’ve barely scratched the surface and still missed out on the real Sihanoukville. The real Sihanoukville is a collection of villages often separated by wide … read the full post

Nov 28 2012

Join the 2013 Siem Reap Giant Puppet Parade

Published by under Festivals

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If you are struggling to pinpoint a date for a trip to Siem Reap, this might just help. Saturday February 23, 2013 is the confirmed date for next year’s Giant Puppet Parade. The parade has become such a highlight of the Siem Reap social calendar that visitors in the know now deliberately plan their temple … read the full post

Nov 27 2012

The sunny side of Sihanoukville’s Victory Hill

Published by under Sihanoukville

view from victory hill, sihanoukville cambodia

Sihanoukville’s Victory Hill, or simply “the Hill” has acquired such a bad reputation, it’s almost embarrassing to admit to spending time there. That’s kind of a shame, though, because the Hill is Sihanoukville’s original backpacker zone and if you know where to go, can actually be a great place to stay. The area most commonly … read the full post

Nov 25 2012

Review: Sihanoukville’s Small Hotel

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the small hotel, sihanoukville cambodia

When the bus station in downtown Sihanoukville was knocked down to make way for a commercial complex, many of the guesthouses in the surrounding area fell on hard times. Some closed and others changed hands, but one weathered the storm: The Small Hotel. The Small Hotel can’t give credit to its location for its survival. … read the full post

Nov 24 2012

Review: The Old House Restaurant, Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

On a budget? On a splurge? Good to go.

About 100 metres from the northern end of Pub Street but a million miles from the genuine free Apsara shows, authentic Cambodian snake and crocodile barbecues and myriad piscene pedicure tanks, you will find a small haven of tranquility, a very classy little Khmer-owned and managed restaurant serving inexpensive and reliably high quality local food … read the full post

Nov 19 2012

Cheap eats in Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

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Writing about cheap eats in Sihanoukville is a bit like writing about where to find flies in the Australian outback — they’re everywhere. Unlike flies, though, some cheap eateries in Sihanoukville are better than others. These are a few you can count on for a decent meal that will lead you to eat on less … read the full post

Nov 18 2012

Cambodian table manners

Published by under Practicalities

Oh I do like to eat beside the streetside

Travellers often worry about what to eat when they arrive in a new location, but considering how you eat can be just as important. Habits you take for granted could be offensive to those around you. Here’s our introduction to appropriate behaviour in a typical Cambodian eatery, whether it be a Phnom Penh restaurant or a … read the full post

Nov 17 2012

Fast-tracking through Siem Reap Airport

Published by under Transport

Cambodian Visa: your passport to a whole world of wonder

You can almost hear the collective groan when you enter airport arrivals halls around the world only to be faced with slow, or worse still, stationary queues at the immigration desk. Bangkok, Heathrow and Auckland are serial offenders, but you’d think that a sleepy little airport like Siem Reap would be different. Sadly, it ain’t … read the full post

Nov 16 2012

Sihanoukville’s Sokha beach

Published by under Sihanoukville

sokha beach, sihanoukville cambodia

Are the crowds on Ochheuteal beach getting you down? Do you want to go to the beach and not have to pick a lounge chair in front of a restaurant for the privilege? If so, it’s not a long walk from Ochheuteal to Sokha beach or a tuk tuk or motodop can get you there … read the full post

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