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 22 2012

Phsar Toul Tom Poung (Russian Market), Phnom Penh

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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

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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

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