Jun 06 2011

“Ladies’ nights” in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

“Ladies’ nights” — those antiquated gender-discriminatory events — are still popular around Phnom Penh. These mid-week promotions usually offer some sort of free or discounted drinks to women in the hopes that it will draw more of them, and the men that love them, into the establishment. It never seems to have the desired effect, … read the full post

Jun 03 2011

Win a RTW trip for two!

Published by under Events

So you’d need to have been living under a stone not to have heard about the Round The World competition we’re involved in here at Travelfish.org. It’s a bit of a competition with a difference. Yes, we’re giving away a round the world trip, but we’re not telling you where it goes – you have … read the full post

Jun 03 2011

Why giving money to street kids is a really terrible idea

Published by under Culture

It seems so natural and harmless, and resistance feels so callous and cruel, to give to the kids that fill the streets of Siem Reap selling books, postcards, flowers and jewellery, or sometimes just begging for money.  They are poor, they’re clearly in need, and they’re so full of fun and banter that it’s impossible … read the full post

Jun 02 2011

Getting a visa for Laos in Phnom Penh

Published by under Visas

With direct flights going from Phnom Penh to Vientiane on Lao Airlines (code-shared with Vietnam Airlines), you can go directly to Laos by air or by land. For many, there’s the option of getting a visa on arrival at Vientiane’s Wattay international airport or at the Veun Kham/Dom Kralor crossing, but if you’d prefer to … read the full post

May 30 2011

Staying in Phnom Penh for a few weeks … or longer

Published by under Accommodation

Many visitors come to Phnom Penh with the intention of staying for a month or three for volunteer work, fellowships or other programmes that require a medium-to-long-term stay. Others come for a short visit and fall in love and decide to stick around for a while. Because the Cambodia visa situation is very permissive, it’s … read the full post

May 30 2011

Getting out for a walk to see Cambodian life

If you’re only in Siem Reap for a few short and no doubt busy days, it might be difficult to get out and see some of the beautiful Khmer countryside.  Indeed, even if you’re here for a little longer, there’s enough to fill your time, what with temples, cooking classes, and massages, that can conspire … read the full post

May 27 2011

Medical care in Siem Reap

Published by under Health & safety

It seems fatuous to say it, largely because it is fatuous to say it, but the best advice for health care in Siem Reap is don’t get sick in the first place. Don’t go gnawing on irregular shaped pieces of ice that look like they’ve been chipped or shaved off a very large block, approach … read the full post

May 25 2011

Pub quiz mania

Published by under Bars & nightlife

There’s something so attractive about pub quizzes: here’s an opportunity to enjoy a few beers with friends adjoined to the very exciting possibility of being able to show off your arcane knowledge of ’80s pop music or South American butterfly genera.  The competitive edge adds a certain frisson to the evening while everyone knows that … read the full post

May 23 2011

Ordering an iced coffee in Phnom Penh

Published by under Cafes & brunch

One of the great pleasures of enduring the weather in Cambodia — those 35 degree afternoons one after the other — is sitting down in the shade with an enormous, sickly-sweet iced coffee. Here’s how they roast coffee in Phnom Penh: until it’s black, and usually with a big scoop of rendered pork fat or … read the full post

May 12 2011

Dim sum in Phnom Penh

Published by under Other Asian

Dim sum is the Chinese version of tapas — small plates of steamed dumplings and other tasty treats that were originally meant to be accompaniments to drinking tea and are perfect for sharing with a group. Whether you’re just learning about dim sum or are an aficionado, there are many options for dim sum in … read the full post

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