Jun 13 2012

Review: Laughing Fatman

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A short ramble from the riverside on Street 172 in Phnom Penh, Laughing Fatman is an old backpacker favourite in an upcoming tourist hotspot. Formerly Oh My Buddha at Lakeside, moving close to Wat Ounalom required a name change that wouldn’t upset the monks. Seems they have no problem with self-deprecation, then. Mr Fatman, aka … read the full post

Jun 12 2012

Song Saa amateur photo compeition

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Have you given Cambodia your best shot? If you do, you might end up with more than you anticipated. Much, much more if the people behind Song Saa have their way. They’ve just launched a photo competition calling on travellers to submit their best photo of Cambodia. The prize: three nights at Cambodia’s newest and … read the full post

Jun 11 2012

Sports bars in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Rumour has it there are one or two big events coming up in the world of sport — if riverside badminton and Khmer boxing aren’t enough for you, here’s a roundup of where you can catch all the kicking, running, jumping and throwing action on screen in Phnom Penh. Top of the league as far … read the full post

Jun 07 2012

Mexican food in Siem Reap

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I’m not American, which you can tell by the fact that I eat burgers with a knife and fork (frankly, the concept of having to unhinge your jaw in order to put food in your mouth seems freakish and bizarre), have an almost disturbing neurosis about “proper” spelling, and get very twitchy when someone asks … read the full post

Jun 05 2012

Review: Samaky Restaurant and Lounge

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Two minutes from Independence Monument and wrapping the corner of Golden Street (St 278) you’ll find the Khmer-owned Samaky Restaurant and Lounge, a recently new addition to this popular Phnom Penh street. The ground floor restaurant doesn’t have much in the way of walls but still provides plenty of protection from the elements (research undertaken during a … read the full post

Jun 04 2012

Rainy season in Siem Reap

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Sitting at home on a cold, wet drizzly day while pondering where to pursue adventures abroad, it may seem obvious that you wouldn’t want to go to Cambodia, or Siem Reap, at the height of the rainy season, but actually it’s not nearly as bad as people imagine. In fact, it can be the best … read the full post

May 31 2012

Clothes shopping in Siem Reap

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On first impressions, Siem Reap might not seem like a shoppers’ haven, but there are options here and, believe me, it’s better than a few years ago when female expats had to be physically restrained from mugging arriving planes of visitors in the hope of getting their hands on trousers they could pull up past … read the full post

May 30 2012

Cambodia’s election alcohol ban

Published by under Bars & nightlife

As a visitor, it’s sometimes easy to miss the nuances of public life in a country. You’re less likely to pick up a newspaper or have a chat on current affairs at the supermarket. But you’d need to be really cultivating an ‘ignorance is bliss’ approach not to have noticed that Phnom Penh is in … read the full post

May 29 2012

Review: Equinox Bar and Cafe

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Close to Independence Monument, Equinox is slap bang in the middle of the evening entertainment strip on Street 278, usually known as Golden Street. Away from the tour groups on riverside or the appealing mother-wouldn’t-approve sleaziness of Street 51, the more refined Golden Street is home to several bars, and the multi-level Equinox is one of … read the full post

May 27 2012

Giving blood at the Angkor Hospital for Children

It’s true that there are many wonderful things to do in Siem Reap, none of which involve a stranger sticking a needle in your arm and draining the life-force out of you but I’m still going to tell you it’s a good idea. The Angkor Hospital for Children is facing a critical shortfall in vital … read the full post

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