Jun 01 2013

Cambodia’s fish amok

Published by under Khmer

Fish sauna.

Khmer food can be a bit of a mystery for travellers — Thai and Vietnamese cuisine has penetrated around the world, while Cambodian menus still have limited exposure. Which means that a visit to Cambodia allows for plenty of food adventures, but it can be difficult to know what to choose. If there’s one dish … read the full post

May 27 2013

Review: Chansovannkiry Guest House, Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

Unlikely to need that blanket.

Conveniently located close to Sihanoukville’s Ochheuteal and Serendipity beaches, Chansovannkiry Guest House is a budget base for a few days at the seaside. The Khmer-owned accommodation has a motel feel due to the large courtyard, which provides a safe place to park if you’ve arrived with a motorbike or car. You won’t get WiFi, a mini-bar or … read the full post

May 25 2013

Siem Reap weather: When is the best time to visit?

Published by under Practicalities

I'll take a clear sky for that sunrise, every day of the week.

Enthusiastic travel agents will tell you there is never a bad time to visit Siem Reap. Which is sort of true, as long as you are flexible with how you spend your precious time once you get here. Ignore the climate stats at your peril or you could well find yourself unable to do the … read the full post

May 18 2013

Siem Reap restaurants: Reservations recommended

Published by under Food & drink

Haven's Tonle Sp lake fish with chillis and ginger - 3

For a long time one of the joys of Siem Reap was that with so many choices of places to dine, the thought of booking anywhere was almost unimaginable except, perhaps, at some of the classier hotel bistros, and even then that would mostly be for form rather than necessity. It added to the sense of … read the full post

May 08 2013

Where to have a beer in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Green Vespa

You’re never far from a beer in Cambodia — the market is dominated by the jingoistically named Angkor, for sale alongside beers called Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Banker, Anchor (pronounced An-chor to distinguish it from Ang-kor) and Klang — strong by name, strong by alcoholic content. But if you’re bored of Asian lager and have a hankering … read the full post

Apr 20 2013

Tourists behaving badly in Siem Reap

Published by under Culture

Inappropriate behaviour -- and clothing -- can be the cause of more than just quizzical looks.

Much has already been written about the lack of respect shown by scantily-clad backpackers oblivious to the fact that ancient sites such as Angkor Wat are still places of worship. But sadly, wearing hot pants and halter-neck tops to working temples is not where embarrassing traveller behaviour ends, and inappropriate behaviour can have consequences more … read the full post

Apr 17 2013

Where to watch sport in Siem Reap

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Street volleyball: an easy way to catch some real live sport.

With the recent closure of Siem Reap’s only dedicated sports bar on Alley West, the task of finding somewhere to catch the football, the rugby, the baseball or the tennis has suddenly become a bit more of a challenge. But fear not, all ye die-hard sports aficionados, there are plenty of joints in town where … read the full post

Apr 16 2013

Photo essay: Koh Rong Samloem

Published by under Islands

A busy day at Saracen Bay

Koh Rong Samloem is a glorious tropical island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. Just two hours out of Sihanoukville, take your pick of white or golden beaches to laze on, or get energetic with jungle trekking and boat trips. Here’s some photographs from our last trip, to get your aspiration-ometer … read the full post

Apr 09 2013

Where to stay on Koh Rong

Published by under Islands

Who needs sat nav?

The beautiful Cambodian island of Koh Rong is hot property. Although the island has been leased to a development company with plans for high-end resorts, it is currently still a haven for backpackers and adventurous tourists who like their beaches white and their bungalows basic. With accommodation to suit most budgets, from cheap homestays to … read the full post

Apr 09 2013

Swimming pools in Siem Reap: part 2

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

The Frangipani pool: cool, but a tad crowded.

At certain times of year life in Siem Reap without a pool verges on the tortuous. Many expats make a point of leaving Siem Reap as soon as April arrives and the elements unleash the most ferocious heat and energy-sapping humidity of the year. But with a bit of forward-planning it can be an excellent … read the full post

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