Dec 12 2011

Think Twice! A new campaign to help street children in Siem Reap

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“O would some power the gift to give us To see ourselves as others see us!” — Robbie Burns, To A Louse We are sometimes the worst judges of how we and our actions are perceived or experienced by others, and never more so than when we’re in a strange environment where we do not … read the full post

Dec 08 2011

A taste of North Korea in Phnom Penh

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If you’ve ever wanted to know more about North Korea, Phnom Penh offers a glimpse into the highly secretive hermit kingdom and its cuisine. Two restaurants in town not only serve North Korean fare but also feature a musical floor show performed by Pyongyang’s finest; yes, a complete cultural package. The show, which takes place … read the full post

Dec 06 2011

December getaways: Cambodia’s Koh Rong

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If you’ve always dreamt of spending the holidays on a deserted tropical island, might I suggest Cambodia’s Koh Rong? Okay, okay it’s not quite deserted. Four small fishing villages inhabit the 78 square kilometre island, and a handful of resorts with between four and 15 bungalows each. But compared to Thailand’s islands, it’s positively rustic. … read the full post

Dec 06 2011

The Siem Reap mega-breakfast round-up

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They say you should breakfast like a king, and they also say you should start the day as you mean to carry on. So a right royal brekkie is clearly the only way to go or people will think you’re depressed. More to the point, temple hopping around Angkor and its surrounds is hard work, … read the full post

Dec 02 2011

Cambodian photographer Mak Remissa on show in Siem Reap

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One of Cambodia’s premier photographers, whose work has appeared in numerous publications around the world, Mak Remissa moves between the worlds of impressionistic fine art photography and the more direct style of documentary photojournalism. His second series of fine art photographs, Water is Life, is now on show in the Arts Lounge at the Hotel … read the full post

Nov 30 2011

Siem Reap live gig: the Grass Snake Union Band

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It’s not often that Siem Reap gets visiting bands, though the Dengue Fever gig at the Hotel de la Paix in November was a huge success. So we do get a little bit excited when we hear about new ones coming to town. And this Friday will see the Siem Reap premier of a Phnom … read the full post

Nov 29 2011

Photo: Phsar Thmei

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Phnom Penh boasts some of Southeast Asia’s most interesting modern architecture — though it’s often forgotten about with the focus tending to be on much older Angkor Wat instead. Take a tour to see what’s left of Cambodia’s glorious 1930s to 60s-era pieces, or just wander around yourself. A good place to start is at … read the full post

Nov 29 2011

Angkor Wat bike race and marathon

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It’s dark o’clock in the morning and there’s a real chill in the air. Odd shapes loom out of the grey haze then change shape, become solid and turn into humans. Humans clothed in strange fabrics, cut the interesting side of tight, in colours that are usually used to serve as a warning. In the … read the full post

Nov 28 2011

Be careful with your ATM card in Cambodia

Published by under Health & safety

Although the only real worry a tourist has when they come to Cambodia is which island to visit, you should also be concerned about the safety of your ATM card. Recently there have been several reports of ATM fraud in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The people who make up names for this sort of … read the full post

Nov 25 2011

The open road to Banteay Chhmar

For years, a rusty, rutted, oftentimes impassable track linked Poipet and Siem Reap, the bane of farmers and tourists alike. Efforts at construction, then re-construction then more re-construction were made, half-hearted and soon thwarted by the elements. If you listened to rumours, they’d tell you that it was all to protect the monopoly one airline … read the full post

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