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 24 2012

Review: Lucky Pho, Phnom Penh

Published by under Other Asian

DIY Pho

Two minutes from Phnom Penh‘s riverside, just around the corner from perennial tourist favourite the FCC, you’ll find the small but perfectly formed Lucky Pho. If you’ve crossed from Vietnam and have a hankering for soup, you won’t be disappointed here. The price may be higher than on a Hanoi street, but then again, so are … 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

Aug 20 2012

Afternoon tea in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Afternoon tea, at the sadly closed now Hotel de la Paix

I recently discovered that German baronesses and French princesses can be counted among my forebears, which might explain why I’ve still never set foot in a KFC. It would have been better if the witches hadn’t apparently spent absolutely everything, leaving me with nothing but their tastes, but this is what I’m now stuck with: … read the full post

Aug 18 2012

Review: The Spirit House, Phnom Penh

Published by under Food

The spirit in the sky

Update: The Spirit House is closed. Confucius said, “All good things are difficult to achieve.” I don’t wish to contradict the wisdom of the ancients, but let’s just say that fortunately, The Spirit House isn’t excessively difficult to find, even though it is a darn good thing if you love a sunset. Because, while there … read the full post

Aug 17 2012

Siem Reap temples to visit for free

What, you mean there's more? Prasat Preah Enkosai

If even after Angkor, you think you might have room for one or two temples more but don’t quite have the cash to cover it, despair not. Within reasonably short distances of Siem Reap it’s still possible to find temples that are easy to access and not subject to a charge for entry. The nearest … read the full post

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