Jan 13 2012

How to get from Phnom Penh to Phu Quoc Island

Published by under Transport

Despite the fact that Cambodia is bursting at the seams with beautiful islands, sometimes it’s nice to hit the open road and head to one of Vietnam’s tropical islands — which, as it turns out, is just as close as Koh Rong is. There’s not a lot of information out there on how to best … read the full post

Jan 10 2012

Understanding more about Buddhism in Siem Reap

Published by under Culture

Since the days of Jayavarman VII, the warrior king who reigned from 1181 to 1220, Buddhism has dominated Cambodian religious life. Jayavarman VII was the first king to make the transition and though one of his successors tried to reinstate Hinduism, the cult of Siva to whom so many of the Angkorian temples are dedicated, … read the full post

Jan 10 2012

Pizza in Phnom Penh

Published by under Western

If you’ve had your fill of Khmer food (and Japanese and Vietnamese) maybe it’s time to grab a pizza. As luck would have it, Phnom Penh has quite a few decent pies on offer. When I first travelled around Asia, I’ll admit that I vowed to not be one of those backpackers that can always … read the full post

Jan 08 2012

Photography tours and courses in Siem Reap

With its incredible colours, sepia-toned dawns and evening light, fascinating daily scenes and easy smiles of the people, Cambodia is a photographer’s dream, and the mystical Angkorian complex especially has drawn artists of all kinds since its rediscovery in the 19th century. For amateur photographers too, Cambodia provides rich opportunities for capturing images that have … read the full post

Jan 04 2012

Phnom Penh’s elephant, Sambo

For the last 30 years, Sambo the elephant has been entertaining tourists at Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh. At 51 years of age Sambo is the only living elephant in Phnom Penh. She works seven days a week and now, the Elephant Asia Rescue and Survival Foundation (EARS) say that it’s time for her retirement. … read the full post

Jan 02 2012

Angkor Handicraft Fair: January 11 to 15

Published by under Events

A one-stop shop for some of Cambodia’s most exciting contemporary and traditional handicrafts producers, the fourth Angkor Handicraft Fair will take place from January 11 to 15 in Siem Reap. In the river garden lawns in front of the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, the organisers promise an impressive showcase of Cambodian crafts and a packed … read the full post

Dec 27 2011

What’s on in Siem Reap during January?

Published by under Events

It’s not easy to get hold of information about ongoing events in Siem Reap. If you’re lucky your hotel will hold a copy of AsiaLIFE magazine, an excellent guide to what’s hot in Cambodia other than the weather, and they also carry events guides for Phnom Penh and Siem Reap each month. Taking their cue, … read the full post

Dec 26 2011

Irish pubs in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

If you’re looking to get to a taste of the Emerald Isle, Phnom Penh has a few Irish pubs in town to sate you. Other major Asian cities such as Bangkok may be teaming with Irish drinking establishments, but Phnom Penh only has a handful of Irish pubs. None of them serve Guinness draught, although … read the full post

Dec 23 2011

Siem Reap’s night food stalls

Published by under Food & drink

You wouldn’t believe they were hardly here only two years ago. There’s something about night food stalls in Asia that makes you feel you’ve tapped into something ageless, but in Siem Reap the bustling, sizzling, richly aromatic grills are relatively recent additions. For a long time, a sad line of stalls faced Molly Malone’s and … read the full post

Dec 22 2011

Phnom Penh Christmas, in photos

Published by under Photo

Each year the streets of Phnom Penh — a predominantly Buddhist town — have increasingly more Christmas decorations as Cambodians use the day as an excuse to dress their children up like Santa Claus and wish you a Happy Merry Christmas. Here are a few Christmas scenes from Phnom Penh. And if you’re on your … read the full post

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