Dec 22 2012

Phsar Toul Tom Poung (Russian Market), Phnom Penh

Published by under Shopping

How's a girl to choose?

Despite its English-language name, the one thing you can’t buy at Phnom Penh’s Phsar Toul Tom Poung is a Russian. But for almost everything else, this warren of stalls has it covered. The market became popular with foreigners in the 1980s when most of its visitors were Soviets, hence the name. Since then, it’s become a … read the full post

Dec 21 2012

Review: Try Bad Panda and then, Maybe Later

Published by under Sihanoukville

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

Published by under Sihanoukville

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

Dec 13 2012

Christmas 2012 in Siem Reap

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I'm dreamin' of a white...Christmas tree. Downtown Siem Reap is ready to party.

No sooner had I ripped the November 30 page off my desk calendar than the Christmas trees were sprouting up and the decorations were invading the Siem Reap shops. Carol concerts have started and the party season is in full swing. In fact if you are one of those who goes on holiday every December … read the full post

Dec 12 2012

Avoid the crowds at Ta Prohm: go to Preah Khan

In a dark, dark corner, an exquisite Devata

Preah Khan has lived long in the shadow of its older sister, Ta Prohm. But as the hordes pore over the broken paths and scaffolding of the older temple, the very fact that Preah Khan is so often overlooked has become an integral part of its attraction. You are freer to explore here, without rubbing … read the full post

Dec 11 2012

Is it worth spending time in Koh Kong?

Published by under Koh Kong

beach at Koh Kong, Cambodia

In short, yes, yes it is. Most backpackers who don’t come to Sihanoukville from Phnom Penh come from Bangkok via Koh Kong. A bus load of them rolled up to the Apex Hotel in downtown Koh Kong just as we were getting into a tuk tuk for a look around. Already weary looking from the … read the full post

Dec 08 2012

Balloon flights over Angkor

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Nice view, but worth risking life and limb for?

UPDATE: Here’s the Phnom Penh Post report. I am slightly claustrophobic  – demanding to be let off a Boeing 777 three hours into a flight from London to LA was a particularly memorable episode in the history of my phobia – so a flight in a hot air balloon has never appealed. However, many people … read the full post

Dec 07 2012

Christmas in Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

christmas display at samudera supermarket, sihanoukville cambodia

Like the rest of Cambodia and much of Southeast Asia, Sihanoukville has a predominantly Buddhist population. On top of that, most visitors to Sihanoukville do not come from countries with Christian traditions, meaning Christmas isn’t a huge occasion. Happily for those wanting to get into the Christmas spirit though, establishments who cater to Western tourists … read the full post

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