Jun 23 2011

How to get a SIM card in Phnom Penh

Published by under Phone & internet

Despite rumours to the contrary, getting a SIM card in Cambodia is a simple process. Back in the day, foreigners needed a Cambodian sponsor to get a SIM card and special, overpriced tourist SIMs were all that were available to those just travelling through. But those laws are gone, and now one needs little other … read the full post

Jun 20 2011

Khmer food in Phnom Penh

Published by under Khmer

Every time I have visitors from out of town I rack my brains trying to think of the perfect place to take them to eat and sample the local fare. Khmer cuisine, with its fermented fishy flavours, can be difficult for those who aren’t familiar with it, and many local restaurants only serve a few … read the full post

Jun 16 2011

Gay-friendly hotels and bars in Siem Reap

Siem Reap may be small compared to nearby travel hotspots such as Bangkok and Phnom Penh, but the gay scene here is very well formed. A Buddhist country, Cambodia is generally pretty tolerant of homosexuality, though there remains heavy pressure on young men and women to follow the traditional path and settle down, marry and … read the full post

Jun 15 2011

Gay bars and clubs in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

If you missed all of the excitement of Cambodia Pride Week, never fear, there are bars and clubs catering to the LGBT crowd in Phnom Penh every night of the week. “The Phnom Penh gay scene is just coming into bloom,” Marcus Mucous, the organiser of Cambodia Pride and mastermind behind the gay night at … read the full post

Jun 13 2011

How to get a visa for Burma in Phnom Penh

Published by under Visas

Recently Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party, the National League for Democracy, said that they would begin to support responsible individual tourism, ending their years-long opposition to visitors in Burma (Myanmar). And now that Myanmar Airways International flies from Siem Reap to Rangoon every Wednesday and Saturday, Cambodia is an easy gateway to Burma. Since … read the full post

Jun 09 2011

Travelling by bus in Cambodia

Published by under Transport

The cheapest and easiest way to travel around Cambodia is by bus. Flights out of Phnom Penh can be ridiculously expensive, so if you’re headed to Siem Reap or Saigon, the bus is a much more affordable alternative. Other local destinations are only accessible by bus, such as Sihanoukville and Battambang. Most of the major … read the full post

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

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