Nov 11 2012

Phnom Penh road closures

Published by under Practicalities

Coping mechanism #1: A singalong will make any traffic jam seem easier

In a perfect storm of royal mourning, sewage works and world leaders congregating in Phnom Penh, the usually slightly mad-cap affair that passes for traffic control in the city is being stretched to breaking point. There’s not much you can do except allow extra time to get to your destination, and keep a sense of … read the full post

Nov 10 2012

Homeopathic malaria pills

Published by under Health & safety

Average mosquito wingspan.

I was doing some personal research recently and came across a subject that is dear to my heart, especially after a visit from a friend of mine not so long ago. I was thrilled to see her of course; she’s a wonderful human being: smart, funny, kind and drop dead gorgeous. Come to think of … read the full post

Nov 09 2012

Review: Sihanoukville’s New Sea View Villa Restaurant

Published by under Sihanoukville

cheesecake closeup - new sea view restaurant, sihanoukville cambodia

Where do you go for a great meal in a lovely setting in Sihanoukville? The short answer is, “Lots of places,” but if you add, “when you’re on a budget” to that question, it narrows the field substantially. While not the cheapest restaurant in Sihanoukville, the restaurant at the New Sea View Villa Guesthouse, near … read the full post

Nov 07 2012

Dealing with a medical emergency in Siem Reap

Published by under Health & safety,Siem Reap

Treacherous: The famous Angkor Thom Trip Hazard

When a friend suffered a nasty fall recently whilst crossing a street in a flash flood I realised that knowing how to find a good doctor fast in Siem Reap could come in useful. Said friend is quite tough which meant he managed to wait until the following day before giving in to the pain … read the full post

Nov 05 2012

Serendipity Beach’s bungalow row, Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

lounging on serendipity beach, sihanoukville cambodia

When you reach the foot of the pier at the bottom of Serendipity Road in Sihanoukville, look to your left and you’ll see three-kilometre long Ochheuteal Beach. Turn to your right and you’ll see a verdant, rocky headland. Take a walk along the footpath that leads to the headland and you’ll pass a row of … read the full post

Nov 02 2012

Cycling around Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

road to sokha beach, sihanoukville cambodia

The best way to see Sihanoukville is by bicycle. Some might argue in favour of motorbikes, but if you want to actually see Sihanoukville and not just keep your eyes on the traffic, cycling is the way to go. Walking is another option, of course, but although relatively low in population, Sihanoukville is large in … read the full post

Nov 01 2012

Review: Cafe Central, Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

A large serving of colonial-urban-chic for breakfast,lunch or dinner please

Cool and breezy Cafe Central occupies the ground floor of a classic cream-coloured colonial building on a commanding corner spot opposite Siem Reap’s Old Market. Set midway between the slow flowing river and one end of the town’s celebrated Pub Street, the location is hard to beat. With shady terrace seating outside, and deep red … read the full post

Oct 30 2012

Center for Khmer Studies talks

Wat Damnak

I should declare my interest first: my husband is the director of the Center for Khmer Studies, a research centre and library in the grounds of Wat Damnak, which makes him the only person I know who gets to go to work along fragrant, frangipani-lined paths, and settle down to his desk in a beautiful, … read the full post

Oct 28 2012

Review: Mushroom Point at Otres Beach

Published by under Sihanoukville

Mushroom Point beach bungalows, Otres Beach, Sihanoukville Cambodia

Word was out about Mushroom Point on Otres Beach almost before it opened on Christmas Eve, 2011. At the time, it was the mushroom-themed, thatched-roof architecture that was attracting all the attention. Since then, just about everything about Mushroom Point has been drawing attention — and visitors. When I made a casual enquiry about room … read the full post

Oct 26 2012

Review: The Station Winebar, Siem Reap

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Vegas it may not be...

There has been no regular train service in Cambodia since at least 2009, and even when there was it didn’t go anywhere near Siem Reap. So how The Station Winebar got its name remains a bit of a mystery. One thing is for sure, though, whether you are on foot, bicycle, moto or tuk tuk, … read the full post

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