Nov 14 2011

Getting from Phnom Penh to Burma

Published by under Transport

As of this month, there’s a direct flight to Burma from Phnom Penh with the option for VOA (visa on arrival). This is noteworthy because currently only flights on Myanmar Airways International from Cambodia and Guangzhou offer the possibility of VOA — if you’re travelling overland you’ll need to get a visa the old fashioned … read the full post

Nov 10 2011

Afternoon tea in Phnom Penh

Published by under Cafes & brunch

If you’re sick of street food and looking for a more refined snacking experience, many of the posh hotels in town offer afternoon tea, where you can put on your most colonial accent and load up on sweets. Raffles Le Royal Afternoon tea at Raffles is quite a production, served in The Conservatory and featuring … read the full post

Nov 08 2011

Clubbing on Street 51 in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

When you’re ready for a big night out in Phnom Penh, where should you go? Phnom Penh has no end of nightlife and clubbing opportunities, so if you’re heading this way, be sure to pack a pair of dancing shoes. The area around Street 51 (Rue Pasteur) is the most happening spot in town, with … read the full post

Nov 06 2011

Rock bars in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Phnom Penh is probably home to more Western-orientated bars than foreigners, but most of them seem to believe that all Westerners want to hear is Top 40 from three years ago. You can’t walk down one of the busy bar streets without hearing the strains of Lady Gaga or Rhianna, but where should you go … read the full post

Nov 02 2011

Siem Reap guesthouses with good food

Published by under Food & drink

One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive in Siem Reap, especially after you’ve done the obligatory trawl through Pub Street and its environs, is that this town isn’t exactly short of restaurants. Dozens of eateries of all kinds are clustered around the Old Market area, with many more scattered about as you … read the full post

Nov 01 2011

Vietnamese restaurants in Phnom Penh

Published by under Other Asian

Despite Cambodia’s proximity to Vietnam, it can be harder than you think to find delicious Vietnamese food in Phnom Penh. But never fear, it is out there! Many Cambodian snack foods are very similar to Vietnamese dishes, and you can find stands selling banh chao, the Cambodian version of bánh xèo, large fried pancakes filled … read the full post

Oct 28 2011

Cambodian and Cambodia-based fashion designers

Published by under Shopping

I’ve already covered international clothing labels available in Phnom Penh, but did you know there are local designers, too? There are a number of Cambodian designers and Cambodians raised abroad who have come back to Cambodia and are now designers: SCT (Sar Chantho) is a Cambodian designer based in Phnom Penh outfitting locals and expats; … read the full post

Oct 26 2011

Rash of bag-snatchings in Phnom Penh

Published by under Health & safety

Contrary to popular opinion, Phnom Penh is a pretty safe city to spend time in. Most people who move here will even say that it’s safer than where they came from. For my part, living in Phnom Penh feels infinitely safer than my last home in east London. That said, we’ve been in a bit … read the full post

Oct 25 2011

Recovery after the Siem Reap floods: How to help

Following on from the post about organisations working to provide flood relief to hundreds of people in and around Siem Reap, I can provide a little more information on what these organisations are doing and how you can help them; you don’t even need to get wet to do it, as local staff from NGOs … read the full post

Oct 23 2011

Sunday roasts in Phnom Penh

Published by under Western

If you’re yearning for a little taste of home in Phnom Penh, there are more than a few places in town among the many restaurants on offer where you can tuck into a traditional Sunday roast. Sunday roasts are most popular with the British, of course, who find that a few weeks on the road … read the full post

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