Oct 07 2012

Pchum Ben at Wat Krom, Sihanoukville

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Buddha at Wat Krom, Sihanoukville Cambodia

Cambodians are world leaders when it comes to holidays and religious festivals, as we’ve said before. One of the biggest, Pchum Ben (also called Bon P’chum Ben), falls on the 15th day of the waning moon during the Cambodian month of Pheaktrobotr, so mark it on your calendar. Not content with having more holidays than … read the full post

Oct 03 2012

Kep Sea Festival 2012

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UPDATE 12 November 2012: The Kep Sea Festival has been postponed until the end of 2013 as a sign of respect and mourning for King Father Norodom Sihanouk, who recently passed away. When the coast of Cambodia gained entry into the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World in 2011, the kingdom celebrated … read the full post

Oct 01 2012

Major Cambodian festivals: Pchum Ben and Water Festival

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Row, row, row your boat

The United States celebrates 10, while England usually has eight. In the league table of public holidays, they are merely amateurs compared with Cambodia’s 28 days of legislated relaxation. Brits may have got a bonus day this year for their Queen holding down a job for a long time, but Cambodians celebrate the King’s coronation and … read the full post

Sep 29 2012

Where to hang out on Otres Beach

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otres beach, sihanoukville cambodia

Now that the road to Otres Beach has been paved and a feverish-for-Sihanoukville building spree has been going on, the 2012-2013 Sihanoukville high season is likely to make it the most popular beach in town. If you’ve been there before and loved it for its funky, laidback atmosphere, don’t panic. Thanks to low-rise zoning restrictions … read the full post

Sep 22 2012

Our City Festival

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A shy colonial mansion

Art, Architecture and Ideas. That’s the focus of Our City Festival, a celebration and examination of urban spaces in Cambodia. Running from 28 September to 7 October 2012 in Phnom Penh and Battambang, the festival uses photography, film, dance and installations to provoke discussion. Cambodia has been known to knock up some world-renowned buildings, and Phnom … read the full post

Sep 21 2012

Sihanoukville’s Victory Beach

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victory beach pier, sihanoukville cambodia

Most Sihanoukville beaches have distinct personalities. Wherever you stay on Otres Beach, for example, it will have a laidback “Otres Beach” feel to it. Victory Beach is different. More of a pastiche of identities than a single entity, there’s something for everyone on Victory Beach, from backpackers wandering down from Victory Hill to families in … read the full post

Sep 18 2012

Siem Reap rainy season 2012

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This is what the beginning of trouble looks like, and my dog was not one bit happy about it - taken September 2011

The rainy season in Cambodia starts in June and runs until November, bringing 75% of the kingdom’s annual rainfall and temperatures that can drop as low as 22 degrees Celsius. Future politicians take note — this sentence is a prime example of how a statement can be both absolutely true and quite misleading all at … read the full post

Sep 17 2012

What to do in downtown Sihanoukville

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inside psar leu, sihanoukville cambodia

Unless you’re an expat looking for some furniture, building supplies or a new fridge, downtown Sihanoukville may not be your first pick of fun places to visit in Sihanoukville. The busiest section of Ekareach Street, between CT Road and Makara Street, is largely lined with shops that cater to locals and at first glance doesn’t … read the full post

Sep 16 2012

Where to stay in Kratie

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A balcony with a view in Kratie.

Kratie is the capital of the same-named province in northeast Cambodia, some six to seven hours north of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh by bus. Known for a couple of pods of dolphins to the north of town, it’s a low-key destination that is popular among travellers who either have the time or who are … read the full post

Sep 14 2012

Sihanoukville’s Independence Beach

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If a walk along relatively quiet Independence Beach away from the hordes of Occheuteal appeals to you, go there sooner rather than later. The nearly finished Holiday Palace Casino & Resort is just the first sign of what’s to come; a green fence marks an area that, if the billboard on the road is anything … read the full post

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