May 12 2012

Review: Villa Khmer

Published by under Khmer

Update: Villa Khmer is closed. A short stroll from Independence Monument, Villa Khmer is situated on a leafy side street off Norodom Boulevard. The red and black décor adds a chic touch which emphasises that this isn’t just another cheap eatery. There’s a choice of seating in the airy bamboo courtyard, including a cabana with … read the full post

May 11 2012

Diarrhoea in Siem Reap

Published by under Health & safety

You’ll learn a lot of weird and wonderful things in Southeast Asia, some of it even quite useful. For example, I now know that no matter how loud I scream, the spider still won’t go away (or my husband come to the rescue anymore). I can enter, use and leave the tiniest bathroom without touching … read the full post

May 09 2012

Swimming in Phnom Penh

As the mercury shows no signs of dropping for at least another month, there’s no better way to cool down than spending some time poolside in Phnom Penh. If you’re lucky, you’ve checked into one of the Phnom Penh guesthouses that has a pool. If you’re slumming it, or didn’t realise how essential a pool was until … read the full post

May 08 2012

Some reasons why you shouldn’t give money to child beggars in Cambodia

Published by under Culture

We stumbled across this short (one-minute long) video that explains oh so well some of the very simple reasons why you shouldn’t give money to child beggars in Cambodia (or anywhere for that matter). The video was produced by Friends International, who have been running a campaign to raise awareness of the issues faced by … read the full post

May 06 2012

A spate of bag snatchings in Siem Reap

Published by under Health & safety

I was going to write about the best spots for sinking a beer while watching the day slip down over the horizon, but something has come up so you’ll have to wait for that little ray of sunshine. Instead, it has come to our attention that at least five female expats have had their bags … read the full post

May 04 2012

Dancing the Madison in Cambodia

Published by under Events

Phnom Penh is doing a good job of getting noticed recently, sometimes via shameless self-promotion. So it was no surprise that on an overcast Saturday afternoon in April, more than 1,000 young people gathered at Wat Botom park to try and enter the Guinness Book of World Records by dancing the Madison. The Madison, in … read the full post

May 02 2012

Air-con in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

The English have a quaint little phrase to the effect that horses sweat, men perspire, but women glow. Which is all very well if your name happens to be Fanny or Violet, but I actually thought I might be the first person in history to be electrocuted by their own body fluids as I slaved … read the full post

May 01 2012

Stay healthy in the Phnom Penh heat

Published by under Health & safety

Cambodia is firmly in the grip of the hot season and Phnom Penh can feel hotter than a bowl of chillies on a barbecue. With daytime temperatures reaching 40 degress Celsius, plus 70 percent humidity, even the locals are melting. It can be a killer, so here’s some tips to stay healthy in the heat. … read the full post

Apr 26 2012

The best Caesar salads in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

It’s possible that Caesar salad may be the first truly globalised recipe (provided one excludes the fat, salt, sugar and multiple-chemical delivery systems marketed by fast food dealers). The popular assemblage, once the preserve of restaurants with Maitre d’s that let you know you’d failed by the precise way they called you “Sir” or “Madame”, … read the full post

Apr 19 2012

Handicrafts from Siem Reap: Are they really?

Published by under Shopping

The word ‘souvenir’ is derived from the French for to remember, and far more than their beauty or intrinsic value that of course is the ultimate purpose of those odd trinkets we buy when we travel. We’re not really buying a thing so much as a memory trigger: for that moment on a rubbish day … read the full post

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