Sep 11 2012

Review: Fancy Guest House, Phnom Penh

Published by under Accommodation

Fancy that!

Although we feel that calling any establishment the Fancy Guest House might be overstating the case, this little Phnom Penh gem does have something that can be tricky to find in budget accommodation — it’s squeaky clean. You get the feeling that dust and grime long since gave up the fight and moved on to somewhere with … read the full post

Sep 11 2012

An evening at Ochheuteal beach

Published by under Sihanoukville

sunset at ochheuteal beach, sihanoukville cambodia

When there’s a break in the rain during the monsoon, we drop everything and head for the beach; such was the case one recent Sunday afternoon, when we decided to head to Ochheuteal beach for dinner. Now while not everyone agrees with me that Serendipity is not a beach, since the old restaurants and bars … read the full post

Sep 09 2012

Phnom Penh corners

Drugs are bad, OK?

There’s something about corners in Phnom Penh. I’m prompted to make this post as one of my favourite corner buildings has disappeared. It was slowly crumbling, its tower drooping, beautifully evocative and the starting point for many imaginations, but now it’s gone. I want to encourage you to walk around Phnom Penh with your eyes … read the full post

Sep 08 2012

How much does it cost to stay in Sihanoukville?

Published by under Sihanoukville

secret garden at otres beach in sihanoukville, cambodia

How much does it cost to stay in Sihanoukville and its surrounds? That used to be an easy question to answer in a single phrase: “Not much.” These days, however, you’ll find a much larger spread — read below to see just how very large — so the answer’s become, “As much or little as … read the full post

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 04 2012

Review: The Empire, Phnom Penh

Published by under Other Asian

Share a drink with some odd company ...

The streets behind Phnom Penh‘s riverside are a microcosm of the city — there’s karaoke, street food, hostess bars, fast food joints, hairdressers, hotels and tailors. In all the excitement, it might be easy to overlook The Empire, a small bar and restaurant and cinema squeezed into a regular sized shopfront two blocks from 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

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