Jul 29 2012

Banteay Srey day trip from Siem Reap

Dancing butterflies, taking time out for a drink

Small, pink hued and featuring the most exquisite and detailed carvings, Banteay Srey is considered by many to be one of the loveliest of all the Angkorian temples. Just under 40 kilometres from Siem Reap, the ‘Citadel of the Women’ was beautifully restored by French archaeologists who described it as a “precious gem” and a … read the full post

Jul 26 2012

Fancy Cambodian food in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Cambodian food does get a bit of a bad rap compared to its neighbours, for numerous reasons of varying soundness, and it can seem incongruous therefore to even associate the words “posh”, “Khmer” and “nosh” (a bit like trying to think of snazzy Welsh food), but associate them you can, and the rewards for doing … read the full post

Jul 25 2012

Departing from Phnom Penh Airport

Published by under Transport

Don't worry, she's armless

Unless you are one of the blessed few, the time will come when you have to leave Cambodia. Chances are, you’ll be departing from Phnom Penh International Airport. As a connoisseur of departure lounges (memories of Nairobi still leave me in a cold sweat, only to be relieved by thoughts of heavenly Singapore), I’ve cast … read the full post

Jul 15 2012

French in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Silk Garden

Being born French is nature’s way of fondly ruffling your hair and gently patting you on the bum before letting you off to play in the world safe in the knowledge that you’re one of the favoured. Because while it’s possible that the French may indeed have the most terrifying children’s books in the world, … read the full post

Jul 08 2012

Rooftop bars in Siem Reap

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Sunset over X-Bar

Cambodia’s a very flat country inland. There are mountains along the border with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam – well, hills really but I’m not going to quibble – and even more along the southwest coastline, but inland all you’ll see is great expanses of flatness broken only by the stubble of sugar palms in the … read the full post

Jul 07 2012

Drag shows in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Up close and personal at the Blue Chilli

Visitors here sometimes expect a risque night life scene similar to that found in cities in Thailand, but Phnom Penh is emphatically not Bangkok. There are sensitivities and taboos that may seem curious in a city known for its hostess bars, even though those hostesses are more likely to play Connect 4 than demonstrate table … read the full post

Jun 28 2012

Taking good photos of Siem Reap’s temples: Learn from the best

Published by under Practicalities

You could have images from the amazing photographers described below. Instead, you're stuck with mine...

Cambodia is a country that takes on your senses and gives them a thorough going-over, sometimes in a bad way, but more often in a way that leaves you aching for more. More sharp and fat scents of spice and jasmine as you wander down a random street; more gorgeous scenery in richly saturated colours; … read the full post

Jun 26 2012

Weekend away: Otres Beach

Published by under Sihanoukville

Going to the beach during rainy season may seem like an odd recommendation, but Otres Beach is a favourite getaway from Phnom Penh that deserves a visit any month of the year. And if you’re looking for sandy solitude, you’re more likely to get lucky when there’s some rainclouds in the sky. Otres is the shy … read the full post

Jun 23 2012

Things to do at night in Phnom Penh (with little alcohol)

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Phnom Penh has a bit of a reputation as a good drinking destination. If you do your research thoroughly, it’s possible to combine happy hours into a very happy day at various establishments — although there’s no guarantee you’ll remember it afterwards. But sometimes, we want something to do other than collecting amusingly named cocktails … read the full post

Jun 15 2012

Games in Siem Reap

We’re fast approaching the time of year when long stretches of hot, soggy sunshine are interspersed with hour to two hour bursts of hot, wet rain, and it’s therefore time to look at the idea of ‘strategic stranding’. To be honest, the rain is not actually that big a deal unless in taking shelter you … read the full post

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