Sep 25 2013

Balcony life in Phnom Penh

Balcony bonanza.

For the average Phnom Penher, space is at a premium. Those fortunate enough to live in a villa get a garden, but for the rest of the city’s residents, a balcony is the only private outdoor space available. In true resourceful Khmer style, a balcony is a meeting point, dining room, laundry and window onto … read the full post

Sep 20 2013

Review: An Interactive Guide to Angkor

Feet itching already.

It’s a common question: Can you recommend a good guide for Angkor Wat? While everyone has their personal favourite when it comes to a real live guide for Angkor Wat, a relative newcomer to the tablet scene allows you to research beforehand and adds plenty of extra detail that even your living, breathing guide may … read the full post

Sep 14 2013

Election protests in Phnom Penh

Published by under Phnom Penh

Not quite on the highest alert.

Although the Cambodian general election took place in late July, things are not quite back to normal in the Kingdom of Wonder. Here’s your cheat’s guide to Cambodian politics and what to expect during upcoming protests on 15-17 September. What’s the problem? The general election took place on 28 July 2013 and the preliminary results showed … read the full post

Sep 12 2013

Phnom Kulen’s less visited sites

Cool off in the cascades

Moss-swathed temples ensconced in jungle are waiting to be found on Phnom Kulen, “Mountain of the Lychees”. The low-lying plateau, 40 kilometres from Siem Reap, draws local and tourists alike to its cooling cascades, river carvings and prominent hill top pagoda, which together make for a popular and well-rounded day trip. Yet those with a … read the full post

Sep 06 2013

Adventure activities in Siem Reap

The flooded forest of Kompong Phluk

The serene temples of Siem Reap may not conjure up images of white-knuckle adventures for adrenaline addicts, yet there are an ever-increasing number of opportunities to ramble along little-trodden routes and escape the crowds by foot, bike, horseback and petrol power. Here’s a roundup of some of the best adventurous and active ways to see … read the full post

Aug 25 2013

Something fishy? All about Cambodia’s prahok

Published by under Khmer

Disgusting? Cheesy? Stomach-turning? Delicious? No visitor to Cambodia is ever ambivalent when faced with the strongest of local delicacies. And that’s because there really is nothing delicate about a food that smells like your teenage brother’s socks. No, we’re not talking durian — the spiky smelly fruit is child’s play compared with Cambodia’s fermented fish paste prahok. … read the full post

Aug 16 2013

Bargain breakfasts in Phnom Penh

Published by under Cafes & brunch

Breakfast of cheap champions.

When Winnie the Pooh wakes up in the morning, he wonders what’s for breakfast. His little porcine friend Piglet wonders what’s going to happen that’s exciting that day. They agree that it’s the same thing. In Phnom Penh, breakfast can certainly be an adventure all on its own, even if you’re eating on a budget. … read the full post

Aug 09 2013

Phnom Penh’s Vibe Music Festival

Published by under Festivals

Tuk tuk tunes.

Music in Phnom Penh can be a hit and miss affair. My local nightclub’s playlist includes Gangnam Style, Mr Boombastic and karaoke staple Ali Baba, played at full volume, naturally. A hunt around the markets will reward you with plenty of old-school Khmer classics recorded in the 1960s by superstars Pan Ron and Sin Sisamouth. But, … read the full post

Jul 15 2013

Election build-up in Phnom Penh

Published by under Events

They're not campaigning for noise abatement.

If you’re in Phnom Penh, you’ve probably guessed that something political is afoot in the month of July. Your first big clue would be the motorcades of excitable party faithful beeping horns, waving flags and blocking traffic behind flat-bed trucks blaring music and playing election broadcasts on large screens. Banners and posters featuring the appropriate … read the full post

Jun 03 2013

A Siem Reap street food tour

Published by under Food & drink

Spawn-stuffed frogs - almost good enough to eat.

Stuffed frog, sauteed cricket and deep fried tarantula are probably the best known examples of Cambodia’s rich street food tradition – partly because Gordon Ramsay pulled faces and swore a lot when he was forced to try them on a recent TV series and partly because, well, they all sound rather grim. But dining on … read the full post

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