Oct 19 2012

How does the King Father’s death affect travellers?

Published by under Culture

Lighting a candle for the Grandaddy King

Following the death of the former King Norodom Sihanouk, an official week of mourning in Cambodia has been declared and will continue until October 23, 2012. Observance will have a minimal effect on most visitors, but if you care to acknowledge the passing of a historically significant figure, the Royal Palace has become a focal point … read the full post

Oct 18 2012

Mourning King Father Norodom Sihanouk: A photo essay

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Late night mourners outside the Royal Palace

When the news first broke that the former king of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk had died, many Cambodians were in the countryside provinces marking the Pchum Ben festival. As the word spread, Facebook statuses and profile pictures were updated. Many who had remained in the capital made their way to the Royal Palace to pay their … read the full post

Oct 17 2012

Cambodia mourns King Father Norodom Sihanouk

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Flowers for the King Father

The death of former King Norodom Sihanouk, aged 89, on October 15 during the Pchum Ben festival is being mourned by Cambodians. Increasingly frail, the King Father’s last visit to Cambodia from his home in China earlier in the year proved to be his last. His death has saddened but not surprised Cambodians, who are paying … read the full post

Oct 17 2012

The Water Festival, Half-Marathon and more coming up in Siem Reap

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Water Festival in Siem Reap

Further update: Now the latest reports we are hearing are that the festival is cancelled in Phnom Penh only. We’ll let you know definitively as soon as we know! Update: Xinhua reports that the Cambodian Water Festival for 2012 has been cancelled to mourn late former King Norodom Sihanouk who passed away last week. The … read the full post

Oct 15 2012

Sihanoukville’s Serendipity Road

Published by under Sihanoukville

fruit vendor on Serendipity Road, Sihanoukville Cambodia

Sihanoukville’s Serendipity beach area has been changing so fast it’s hard even for those of us who live here to get our heads around it. It all went into high gear late in 2011, when they started paving Serendipity Road. Suddenly, what had been a rough road leading to the backpacker haven of Serendipity beach … read the full post

Oct 14 2012

Phnom Penh’s Post Office Square

Colonial crumble at the former Police Station

Phnom Penh’s Post Office Square was made famous by the film City of Ghosts, recommended viewing for any visitor to Cambodia on a rainy afternoon when sightseeing is off the agenda. A short detour from riverside and Wat Phnom, the area deserves a visit in person, too. The Post Office, built in 1890 and restored … read the full post

Oct 13 2012

Things to do in Kratie

Published by under Kratie

Devil drink.

Say “Kratie!” to any Khmer (or any Khmer fisherman who happens to fish near Kratie) and they’ll probably say, “Dolphins!” Well, not really, but if you happened to come across an English-speaking Khmer fisherman who happened to fish in the waters north of Kratie they might say that, but as most fishermen you meet in … read the full post

Oct 12 2012

Review: Victory Beach Hotel, Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

beach lounges at Victory Beach Hotel, Sihanoukville Cambodia

A hotel attached to a casino isn’t normally the kind of place we would recommend, but the Victory Beach Hotel is an exception. Credit for the hotel’s popularity with non-gambling types has to go to managers Verona and Douglas McColl, whose first Sihanoukville venture, the Coolabah Resort near Serendipity Beach was an immediate success with … read the full post

Oct 09 2012

Review: Sihanoukville’s Pagoda Rocks Boutique Resort

Published by under Sihanoukville

infinity pool at Pagoda Rocks, Sihanoukville Cambodia

You know you’re on the way to some place special when you reach the hilltop road that leads to Sihanoukville’s Pagoda Rocks Boutique Resort. The air becomes fragrant and trees provide shade for your short journey. It gets even better as you pass mysterious staircases and Buddhist icons on the side of the road. And … read the full post

Oct 07 2012

Quieter Angkor temples

More than two million people will come to Cambodia before this year is out, and it’s a number that’s projected to keep rising as the years roll on. The government is preparing for six million visitors in 2015 and, since most of them will presumably still be coming primarily to visit the temples, it’s going … read the full post

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