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

Sep 04 2013

Phnom Penh’s Street 92

Phnom Penh ancient and modern.

If you’re rushing round Phnom Penh and ticking off the sights, may we suggest a small detour? Just opposite Wat Phnom is Street 92, or Daun Penh Street, to give its full name. This elegant tree-lined boulevard running between Wat Phnom and Monivong Boulevard encapsulates much of Cambodia’s history and future, and includes the poshest … read the full post

Aug 31 2013

Review: Number 9 Hotel, Phnom Penh

Published by under Accommodation

Just right for a dip and sip.

Tucked down a narrow street just five minutes’ walk from Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace and Independence Monument, Number 9 Hotel is a flashpacker joint with pretensions. You won’t find tired rattan sofas or Bob Marley flags here; instead you’ll find clean rooms, flatscreen TVs and delicious frozen cocktails. Choose the right room and, for the … read the full post

Aug 29 2013

Review: Park Hyatt, Siem Reap

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Art Deco facade of Park Hyatt Siem Reap

A top class five-star hotel closes and re-opens 14 months later, reincarnated as another top class five-star hotel. Goodbye Hotel De La Paix and welcome Park Hyatt Siem Reap. The results of the refurbishment of the achingly stylish former De La Paix have produced a not all that dramatic difference to the ambience, and this … 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 22 2013

Review: Marum, Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Lit up trees at Marum, named after the Moringa or 'Tree of Life'

The fifth installment from the well-established Tree Alliance group of hospitality training school restaurants, Marum has a lot to live up to. Joining the esteemed ranks of Phnom Penh’s popular Romdeng and Friends restaurants, Marum is the newest of the set and first to land in Siem Reap. Run by Kaliyan Mith, an NGO working … 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

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