Aug 18 2011

Rare Cambodian map exhibition in Phnom Penh

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Cambodia is funny in that its ninth century is better documented than its 19th, which is why the exhibition of rare Cambodian maps on display at the Centre Culturel Français, running through August 28, is especially interesting. The 54 maps are from between 1884 and 1892, during the period of King Norodom I’s reign under … read the full post

Aug 17 2011

A pain-free trip to the dentist in Siem Reap

Published by under Health & safety

Gangs of Westerners roam Thailand hunting out affordable plastic surgeons in order to ameliorate, elevate or eradicate various bits and bobs about their person, and the land of smiles is a top destination for cheap dental surgery too. Of course, the idea of seeking out dentistry in Cambodia while actually conscious and in control of … read the full post

Aug 15 2011

Phnom Penh street food: Coconut milk desserts

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One of the most mysterious street food stands you’ll find in Phnom Penh (well, maybe aside from the crickets) are the dessert stands — covered in rows of bowls of what appear to be mushy vegetables, you’d never know you’d happened upon a Cambodian ambrosial secret hidden in plain sight. The coconut milk dessert sellers, … read the full post

Aug 12 2011

Short-term volunteering in Cambodia: some questions

A debate is going back and forth in Siem Reap at the moment relating to visitors who want to do something to help Cambodia, but only have a very small amount of time in which to do it, from half a day up to one week. Seeing so much poverty, and so many of the … read the full post

Aug 12 2011

Vann Molyvann’s architecture in Phnom Penh

Vann Molyvann is Cambodia’s greatest living architect. Vann’s style of work from the 1950s and 1960s is known as New Khmer Architecture, and blended modernist themes from the time with traditional Cambodian and Angkorian elements. Despite the civil war in the 1970s, many of Molyvann’s works survived, although much of it is now under threat … read the full post

Aug 08 2011

Anlong Veng

Published by under Anlong Veng

Like the bones of the dead coming back to....

Thanks in part to the Chinese laying roads across northern Cambodia, access to parts of the country that previously would have involved an epic trip are now no more taxing than the negotiations to hire a car. If you’re based in Siem Reap, this opens up sites including the renowned Preah Vihear and Beantey Chmar … read the full post

Aug 02 2011

Best supermarkets in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

So many tourist markets, boutiques, jewellers and craft shops in Siem Reap can make shopping here a real pleasure. On the other hand, if you have a case of the midnight munchies, or just need batteries, its charms can seem a little over-worked. The practical things in life can rarely be found in the bottom … read the full post

Jul 31 2011

The pagodas of Cambodia’s Kandal province

Despite completely surrounding Phnom Penh, Kandal province is often ignored by visitors to the capital city. It’s worth a day trip, though, to check out the many beautiful pagodas that are found there.                    

Jul 29 2011

Vegetarian food in Siem Reap

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Unlike India, it’s not easy in Cambodia to find a sympathetic ear if you’re a vegetarian. Instead, you will be confronted with everything ranging from open disbelief, to dark mutterings that the barang is clearly mad, to acts of rebellion with secret sprinklings of shrimp or bacon bits. And sometimes the struggle is not even … read the full post

Jul 26 2011

Cambodian food basics

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Much maligned as the unsavoury cousin of spicier and more glamorous Thai food, real Cambodian cooking is unfortunately under-appreciated by many visitors to Cambodia, although this is hardly their fault. Among the reasons is their simple lack of awareness. “People are familiar with Vietnamese food, Chinese food and Thai,” says French chef Joannès Rivière. “But … read the full post

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