Jan 06 2013

Review: Papa Pippo Bungalows at Otres Beach, Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

Papa Pippo bungalows, Otres Beach, Sihanoukville Cambodia

If you’re looking to stay in a beachfront bungalow along Sihanoukville’s Otres beach, Papa Pippo Bungalows is a solid choice — not because of the bungalows themselves, which are small and basic, but for the space surrounding them, their outlook, the overall homey atmosphere and the attached friendly restaurant serving up no-fuss Italian fare. Papa … read the full post

Jan 04 2013

Review: Sonalong Boutique Village and Resort, Siem Reap

Published by under Accommodation

Nice spot for a beer, a snack, or maybe a Khmer massage. But not on one of those chairs, obviously.

As far as Siem Reap hotel names go, the word “boutique” is only marginally less ubiquitous these days than the word “Angkor”. But don’t let that put you off. The Sonalong is a relaxing and family-friendly cluster of spacious, traditionally-styled two-storey villas, nestled in a tropical garden around a great salt water pool, and all … read the full post

Jan 02 2013

Siem Reap’s Royal Gardens

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Lotus flowers make a beautiful temple offering

A 15-minute stroll north from the Old Market, along the shady west bank of the Siem Reap River, with its ornate stone streetlamps and hotch-potch of animal and religious sculptures, leads you to The Royal Gardens, the Siem Reap city centre’s only open public green space. It is an area that provides visitors with a … read the full post

Jan 02 2013

Review: The 252, Phnom Penh

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252pool

We walked into two-year-old The 252 in Phnom Penh by accident when we were trying to find Frangipani 60s, next door. The cute little semi-private cabanas with lime and purple accents around the pool were buzzing, people were sipping drinks at the bar, and the owner immediately came over to help me with my bags … read the full post

Jan 01 2013

Review: The Sangkum, Phnom Penh

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sangkumfront

Located just to the north of Raffles Hotel Le Royal and Wat Phnom, The Sangkum is a fantastic new hotel addition to the Phnom Penh scene. The two-storey hotel, a former house renovated into a breezy 1950s/60s style, has 12 air-con rooms all individually kitted out with retro furniture, a tasteful restaurant and a small, welcoming pool; … read the full post

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

Published by under Events

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

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