Sep 06 2012

Guidebooks to Angkor

Published by under Books & movies

Angkor Wat by Henri Mahout

If you wander into Monument Book Store on the riverside to the south of Old Market, you’ll discover, among many others, about half a dozen shelves piled high with guidebooks to Angkor. You may then spend several good hours puzzling over which one to get. Now, most of your problems have been solved with the … read the full post

Sep 03 2012

Rainy season in Sihanoukville

Published by under Weather

Downpour at Cbal Chay Watefall in Sihanoukville

I love the rainy season in Sihanoukville. Why? Believe it or not, it’s because I spend more time outdoors during the monsoon than I do in the dry season, when I spend the best hours of the day hiding from the heat and sun. As the photo above illustrates, when it rains in Sihanoukville, it … read the full post

Sep 03 2012

Getting laundry done in Phnom Penh

Published by under Practicalities

Just hanging around ...

Arriving in a city with bright electric lights and chic residents can bring the realisation that your attempts at handwashing have not been doing your grandma proud. Fortunately, Phnom Penh has a glut of laundries just waiting to take your crumpled bundle and turn it into a fresh smelling, beautifully pressed stack. Almost all guesthouses … read the full post

Aug 31 2012

Sihanoukville’s Serendipity Beach

Published by under Sihanoukville

looking southwest from serendipity beach to ochheuteal beach

Ochheuteal is a beach. Despite persistent rumours to the contrary, Serendipity is not. Yes, innumerable visitors to Sihanoukville talk about having visited Serendipity Beach, but there really isn’t a beach at Serendipity Beach. So why do they call it a beach? Let’s go searching for Serendipity Beach. Maybe we’ll find the answer. Officially, the road … read the full post

Aug 29 2012

Street names and directions in Siem Reap

Published by under Practicalities

Good luck finding a sign for Wat bo Road

My father thinks I’m an idiot. This might be cause for concern if he thought that intellectual acuity had any function beyond enabling the exchange of smart-arsed ripostes over a game of darts, but fortunately he doesn’t. Indeed, his progeny’s evident feeble-mindedness is far from a flaw in his mind. My pride and I are … read the full post

Aug 28 2012

Phsar Chas (Old Market)

It may look small, but you can still get lost!

The quickest way to be immersed in Cambodian life is to dive into a market that is not aimed at tourists. Before you take the plunge, though, ask if you are ready for a taste of unadulturated daily activity, with the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional market. Phnom Penh‘s Phsar Chas (Old Market) is … read the full post

Aug 27 2012

The changing face of Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

Otres Beach is changing, but is as mellow as ever

Cambodia has big plans for Sihanoukville. By 2040, if all goes according to plan, a million and a half people will call Sihanoukville home and the vacant land that stretches for several kilometres directly behind Otres and Ochheuteal beaches will be a sea of highrises and residential areas. That’s a few years away yet, but … read the full post

Aug 27 2012

Tipping in Siem Reap

Published by under Practicalities

The options for tipping in Cambodia can make your head spin

A long time ago I waitressed at a posh restaurant in Dublin, the kind of place where the pandan chicken and monkfish in red curry sauce, though incredibly good, were of secondary importance to the hob-nobbing possibilities. This was where you went to see and be seen and, since it was offered, you might as … read the full post

Aug 23 2012

Siem Reap people

Published by under Siem Reap

Smile

Sopheap works in a Siem Reap hotel, perhaps it’s your one. He’s actually a partial owner of the hotel, despite his young age, and he’s working hard to improve himself, learn more and be more. He also works at an NGO. As he gives you some advice on what to do and where to go … read the full post

Aug 21 2012

Walking in Phnom Penh

Published by under Health & safety

Look left, look right, look left .... dive in!

It’s the reply no tuk tuk driver wants to hear: “I’m walking, thanks.” Often, the most sensible thing would be to sit in his comfy carriage, be transported around the streets and let him worry about the traffic. But for getting-lost-exploring in Phnom Penh and answering the question, “I wonder what’s down there?”, you can’t … read the full post

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