Nov 25 2012

Review: Sihanoukville’s Small Hotel

Published by under Sihanoukville

the small hotel, sihanoukville cambodia

When the bus station in downtown Sihanoukville was knocked down to make way for a commercial complex, many of the guesthouses in the surrounding area fell on hard times. Some closed and others changed hands, but one weathered the storm: The Small Hotel. The Small Hotel can’t give credit to its location for its survival. … read the full post

Nov 24 2012

Review: The Old House Restaurant, Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

On a budget? On a splurge? Good to go.

About 100 metres from the northern end of Pub Street but a million miles from the genuine free Apsara shows, authentic Cambodian snake and crocodile barbecues and myriad piscene pedicure tanks, you will find a small haven of tranquility, a very classy little Khmer-owned and managed restaurant serving inexpensive and reliably high quality local food … read the full post

Nov 19 2012

Cheap eats in Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

nana's on telegraph hill, sihanoukville cambodia

Writing about cheap eats in Sihanoukville is a bit like writing about where to find flies in the Australian outback — they’re everywhere. Unlike flies, though, some cheap eateries in Sihanoukville are better than others. These are a few you can count on for a decent meal that will lead you to eat on less … read the full post

Nov 18 2012

Cambodian table manners

Published by under Practicalities

Oh I do like to eat beside the streetside

Travellers often worry about what to eat when they arrive in a new location, but considering how you eat can be just as important. Habits you take for granted could be offensive to those around you. Here’s our introduction to appropriate behaviour in a typical Cambodian eatery, whether it be a Phnom Penh restaurant or a … read the full post

Nov 17 2012

Fast-tracking through Siem Reap Airport

Published by under Transport

Cambodian Visa: your passport to a whole world of wonder

You can almost hear the collective groan when you enter airport arrivals halls around the world only to be faced with slow, or worse still, stationary queues at the immigration desk. Bangkok, Heathrow and Auckland are serial offenders, but you’d think that a sleepy little airport like Siem Reap would be different. Sadly, it ain’t … read the full post

Nov 16 2012

Sihanoukville’s Sokha beach

Published by under Sihanoukville

sokha beach, sihanoukville cambodia

Are the crowds on Ochheuteal beach getting you down? Do you want to go to the beach and not have to pick a lounge chair in front of a restaurant for the privilege? If so, it’s not a long walk from Ochheuteal to Sokha beach or a tuk tuk or motodop can get you there … read the full post

Nov 15 2012

Kep’s crab market

Published by under Kep

The crab market.

Hanging out in Kep’s crab market is one of our favourite things to do in Cambodia, but eating in one of the waterside restaurants is also certainly a culinary highlights during any trip to the kingdom. The small southern Cambodia seaside town of Kep was probably the closest Southeast Asia came to St Tropez when, … read the full post

Nov 14 2012

Photo essay: Cambodia’s fabulous flowers

Published by under Photo

I don't know what these are, but I start to get an idea of where knicker designers get their ideas from!

One of the loveliest things about Southeast Asia is the wild abundance of flowery life, even when you’re in urban contexts like Siem Reap, where orchids (that cost less than a dollar) festoon many of the bars and restaurants. Whether you’re out on a walk, or exploring the temples, and even when you dip indoors for … read the full post

Nov 13 2012

Review: Restaurant Phsar Kabko

Published by under Khmer

Take your pick ...

Following on from the lowdown on cheap eats, this particular Phnom Penh provider of good value nosh deserved to have its praises sung a little more loudly. Restaurant Phsar Kabko is almost opposite the market it’s named for on Street 9, just off Sihanouk Boulevard east of Independence Monument. In the best tradition of canteen food, it … read the full post

Nov 12 2012

How to stay safe during Sihanoukville’s high season

Published by under Sihanoukville

utopia swimming pool, sihanoukville cambodia

Why it is so is a mystery to me, but when the calendar turns to the first day of November, tourist numbers take a quantum leap in Sihanoukville. At the same time, people start dying. It happened just the other day in my neighbourhood; an Englishman dropped dead while sitting on his toilet, apparently from … read the full post

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