Feb 06 2012

What’s happening at Phnom Penh airport

Published by under Transport

I’ve had the great pleasure of visiting the Phnom Penh International Airport (née Pochentong International Airport) several times recently and I’ve got loads to tell you. Whenever I head to a new city, I wonder what the airport has to offer. Because the difference between a good airport and a bad one is not trivial. … read the full post

Feb 02 2012

Mexican food in Phnom Penh

Published by under Western

Some people complain about how many Americans there are in Phnom Penh, but the upside of their presence is the excellent supply (and demand) for American-style Mexican food. For the purpose of this review, when I say Mexican food, I mean California-style Mexican food, which is outstanding but perhaps closer to what you’d find in … read the full post

Jan 26 2012

Is malaria a risk for travellers to Cambodia?

Published by under Health & safety

As someone who spends a fair amount of time worrying about tropical diseases and offering advice to visitors to Cambodia, I figured there’s no better way to combine the two than talking to doctors in Phnom Penh about new things for everyone to worry about. Dr Nick Walsh is a public health physician and tropical … read the full post

Jan 24 2012

Eating oysters in Phnom Penh

Published by under Food

You’ll forgive me for not immediately realising that Phnom Penh is an oyster town. It’s not next to the sea and there doesn’t seem to be a word in the Khmer language for oyster. And yet there’s an oyster culture in Phnom Penh, with locals and expats alike enjoying oysters on the half shell all … read the full post

Jan 16 2012

Live music in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

If you’re at a loose end of an evening during your visit to Phnom Penh, you may want to consider taking in some live music. Many venues in town feature live bands that are locally-based or visiting from abroad, such as El Dealbreakers, Durian, Cambodian Space Project, Dub Addiction and Holliday in Cambodia. The best way to find … read the full post

Jan 13 2012

How to get from Phnom Penh to Phu Quoc Island

Published by under Transport

Despite the fact that Cambodia is bursting at the seams with beautiful islands, sometimes it’s nice to hit the open road and head to one of Vietnam’s tropical islands — which, as it turns out, is just as close as Koh Rong is. There’s not a lot of information out there on how to best … read the full post

Jan 10 2012

Understanding more about Buddhism in Siem Reap

Published by under Culture

Since the days of Jayavarman VII, the warrior king who reigned from 1181 to 1220, Buddhism has dominated Cambodian religious life. Jayavarman VII was the first king to make the transition and though one of his successors tried to reinstate Hinduism, the cult of Siva to whom so many of the Angkorian temples are dedicated, … read the full post

Jan 10 2012

Pizza in Phnom Penh

Published by under Western

If you’ve had your fill of Khmer food (and Japanese and Vietnamese) maybe it’s time to grab a pizza. As luck would have it, Phnom Penh has quite a few decent pies on offer. When I first travelled around Asia, I’ll admit that I vowed to not be one of those backpackers that can always … read the full post

Dec 26 2011

Irish pubs in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

If you’re looking to get to a taste of the Emerald Isle, Phnom Penh has a few Irish pubs in town to sate you. Other major Asian cities such as Bangkok may be teaming with Irish drinking establishments, but Phnom Penh only has a handful of Irish pubs. None of them serve Guinness draught, although … read the full post

Dec 16 2011

December getaways: Siem Reap to Battambang

Published by under Battambang

Christmas is the height of the tourist season in Siem Reap and when the temples are mobbed, the streets are mobbed, the bars and restaurants are mobbed, it can seem like the only escape from the crowds is in your bed. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, even that’s busy! For those seeking a quieter time … read the full post

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