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

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 01 2013

Cambodia’s fish amok

Published by under Khmer

Fish sauna.

Khmer food can be a bit of a mystery for travellers — Thai and Vietnamese cuisine has penetrated around the world, while Cambodian menus still have limited exposure. Which means that a visit to Cambodia allows for plenty of food adventures, but it can be difficult to know what to choose. If there’s one dish … read the full post

May 27 2013

Review: Chansovannkiry Guest House, Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

Unlikely to need that blanket.

Conveniently located close to Sihanoukville’s Ochheuteal and Serendipity beaches, Chansovannkiry Guest House is a budget base for a few days at the seaside. The Khmer-owned accommodation has a motel feel due to the large courtyard, which provides a safe place to park if you’ve arrived with a motorbike or car. You won’t get WiFi, a mini-bar or … read the full post

May 25 2013

Siem Reap weather: When is the best time to visit?

Published by under Practicalities

I'll take a clear sky for that sunrise, every day of the week.

Enthusiastic travel agents will tell you there is never a bad time to visit Siem Reap. Which is sort of true, as long as you are flexible with how you spend your precious time once you get here. Ignore the climate stats at your peril or you could well find yourself unable to do the … read the full post

May 08 2013

Where to have a beer in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Green Vespa

You’re never far from a beer in Cambodia — the market is dominated by the jingoistically named Angkor, for sale alongside beers called Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Banker, Anchor (pronounced An-chor to distinguish it from Ang-kor) and Klang — strong by name, strong by alcoholic content. But if you’re bored of Asian lager and have a hankering … read the full post

Apr 20 2013

Tourists behaving badly in Siem Reap

Published by under Culture

Inappropriate behaviour -- and clothing -- can be the cause of more than just quizzical looks.

Much has already been written about the lack of respect shown by scantily-clad backpackers oblivious to the fact that ancient sites such as Angkor Wat are still places of worship. But sadly, wearing hot pants and halter-neck tops to working temples is not where embarrassing traveller behaviour ends, and inappropriate behaviour can have consequences more … read the full post

Apr 16 2013

Photo essay: Koh Rong Samloem

Published by under Islands

A busy day at Saracen Bay

Koh Rong Samloem is a glorious tropical island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. Just two hours out of Sihanoukville, take your pick of white or golden beaches to laze on, or get energetic with jungle trekking and boat trips. Here’s some photographs from our last trip, to get your aspiration-ometer … read the full post

Apr 09 2013

Where to stay on Koh Rong

Published by under Islands

Who needs sat nav?

The beautiful Cambodian island of Koh Rong is hot property. Although the island has been leased to a development company with plans for high-end resorts, it is currently still a haven for backpackers and adventurous tourists who like their beaches white and their bungalows basic. With accommodation to suit most budgets, from cheap homestays to … read the full post

Apr 08 2013

Happy Khmer New Year!

Published by under Festivals

Susadei Chnam Thmei!

For the third time in four months, preparations are underway to bring in a new year in Cambodia. International New Year is an excuse to party with the rest of the world and Chinese New Year has been adopted as an unofficial holiday. But Khmer New Year still stands apart as one of the major … read the full post

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