Jan 10 2012

Understanding more about Buddhism in Siem Reap

Published by under Culture

Since the days of Jayavarman VII, the warrior king who reigned from 1181 to 1220, Buddhism has dominated Cambodian religious life. Jayavarman VII was the first king to make the transition and though one of his successors tried to reinstate Hinduism, the cult of Siva to whom so many of the Angkorian temples are dedicated, … read the full post

Jan 10 2012

Pizza in Phnom Penh

Published by under Western

If you’ve had your fill of Khmer food (and Japanese and Vietnamese) maybe it’s time to grab a pizza. As luck would have it, Phnom Penh has quite a few decent pies on offer. When I first travelled around Asia, I’ll admit that I vowed to not be one of those backpackers that can always … read the full post

Dec 26 2011

Irish pubs in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

If you’re looking to get to a taste of the Emerald Isle, Phnom Penh has a few Irish pubs in town to sate you. Other major Asian cities such as Bangkok may be teaming with Irish drinking establishments, but Phnom Penh only has a handful of Irish pubs. None of them serve Guinness draught, although … read the full post

Dec 23 2011

Siem Reap’s night food stalls

Published by under Food & drink

You wouldn’t believe they were hardly here only two years ago. There’s something about night food stalls in Asia that makes you feel you’ve tapped into something ageless, but in Siem Reap the bustling, sizzling, richly aromatic grills are relatively recent additions. For a long time, a sad line of stalls faced Molly Malone’s and … read the full post

Dec 22 2011

Phnom Penh Christmas, in photos

Published by under Photo

Each year the streets of Phnom Penh — a predominantly Buddhist town — have increasingly more Christmas decorations as Cambodians use the day as an excuse to dress their children up like Santa Claus and wish you a Happy Merry Christmas. Here are a few Christmas scenes from Phnom Penh. And if you’re on your … read the full post

Dec 16 2011

December getaways: Siem Reap to Battambang

Published by under Battambang

Christmas is the height of the tourist season in Siem Reap and when the temples are mobbed, the streets are mobbed, the bars and restaurants are mobbed, it can seem like the only escape from the crowds is in your bed. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, even that’s busy! For those seeking a quieter time … read the full post

Dec 16 2011

Christmas dinners in Phnom Penh

Published by under Festivals

It’s not hard to have a Happy Merry Christmas in Phnom Penh. There are lots of things to do in town during the holiday week, or of course, the possibility of an island getaway. If it’s a traditional or not-so-traditional Christmas dinner you’re after, you’ve got lots of choices, from low-budget to posh. Here are … read the full post

Dec 14 2011

Photo: Sugarcane anyone?

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One of the many great things about Southeast Asia is the fresh produce markets. They’re a fascinating (and photogenic) insight into how regular people just get on with their lives. Often though you don’t even need to head to the market — as this hand-operated sugarcane press snapped in Phnom Penh indicates. Set between a … read the full post

Dec 13 2011

Happy Merry Christmas in Phnom Penh

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If you’re planning on being in Phnom Penh across Christmas (rather than say escaping to beautiful Koh Rong), there are more than a few ways to spend an enjoyable afternoon. The locals, who are mostly Buddhist, don’t celebrate the holiday so restaurants and bars are still open for business. That doesn’t mean there’s a lack … read the full post

Dec 12 2011

Think Twice! A new campaign to help street children in Siem Reap

Published by under Events

“O would some power the gift to give us To see ourselves as others see us!” — Robbie Burns, To A Louse We are sometimes the worst judges of how we and our actions are perceived or experienced by others, and never more so than when we’re in a strange environment where we do not … read the full post

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