Feb 13 2012

A Reporter’s Dangerous Guided Tour Through Democratic Kampuchea

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Until the end of February, the Bophana Centre in Phnom Penh is showing an exhibition of Elizabeth Becker’s photographs and artifacts from her epic 1978 trip to Cambodia, “A Reporter’s Dangerous Guided Tour Through Democratic Kampuchea”. Elizabeth Becker, an American, was one of only two Western journalists allowed into Cambodia while it was known as … read the full post

Feb 10 2012

Siem Reap with kids: Part 1

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With Cambodia’s colourful history and tales of red rebels, kidnappings, landmines, corruption and dodgy roads, it’s unsurprising that parents might think that, say, Brussels or the local petshop might be better options when planning a trip with their kids. Yet Cambodia is child friendly, and a large number of parents are making the journey here … read the full post

Feb 09 2012

Wonton mee near Phnom Penh airport

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Let’s say you’re going to be in the vicinity of the Phnom Penh Airport sometime soon, and you’re feeling peckish. I’ve been doing a lot of airport runs lately, so this is not actually theoretical to me. Of course there are lots of eating options inside the terminals and at the public concourse, but just … read the full post

Feb 07 2012

The Angkor Wat International Film Festival 2012

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Siem Reap’s first film festival, the Angkor Wat International Film Festival, will be held at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Hotel from February 17 to 19. If you haven’t quite made it to Cannes yet, for whatever reason, here’s your chance to practice swirling cocktails, or perhaps a can of Anchor beer, while making come hither … read the full post

Feb 06 2012

What’s happening at Phnom Penh airport

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I’ve had the great pleasure of visiting the Phnom Penh International Airport (née Pochentong International Airport) several times recently and I’ve got loads to tell you. Whenever I head to a new city, I wonder what the airport has to offer. Because the difference between a good airport and a bad one is not trivial. … read the full post

Feb 03 2012

Photo: By the Bassac River, Phnom Penh

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Many think Phnom Penh sits on the Mekong River, but it doesn’t. The murky brown water you see swirling in front of the riverside boulevard is in fact the Bassac River, which flows up to fill the Tonle Sap (the Mekong is the far river, on the other side of the island you can see). … read the full post

Feb 03 2012

The Giant Puppet Project

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Fancy a night of joy, madness, music, dance and ginormous puppetry (no, that is not a euphemism)? Then keep an eye out for The Giant Puppet Parade, the culmination of the Giant Puppet Project and one the biggest nights of the year in Siem Reap. It’s an occasion to let the kids from the many … read the full post

Feb 02 2012

Mexican food in Phnom Penh

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Some people complain about how many Americans there are in Phnom Penh, but the upside of their presence is the excellent supply (and demand) for American-style Mexican food. For the purpose of this review, when I say Mexican food, I mean California-style Mexican food, which is outstanding but perhaps closer to what you’d find in … read the full post

Jan 31 2012

Phnom Penh street food: Coconut water

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Coconut water is one of the easiest and safest street foods for visitors to try in Phnom Penh. As long as the coconut is not damaged, the liquid inside young coconuts is sterile and safe for sensitive tummies. Coconut water is used in Khmer cooking, but it’s also perfect for streetside drinking. It contains high … read the full post

Jan 31 2012

What’s on in Siem Reap, February 2012

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February is another busy month here in Siem Reap, the absolute highlight of which is the Giant Puppet Parade on Saturday February 25. Exhibitions *Emotional, a unique collection of clothes by Eric Raisina, will be on exhibition at the Hotel de la Paix from Saturday February 11. The Siem Reap-based designer’s electrifying designs have been … read the full post

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