Aug 16 2013

Bargain breakfasts in Phnom Penh

Published by under Cafes & brunch

Breakfast of cheap champions.

When Winnie the Pooh wakes up in the morning, he wonders what’s for breakfast. His little porcine friend Piglet wonders what’s going to happen that’s exciting that day. They agree that it’s the same thing. In Phnom Penh, breakfast can certainly be an adventure all on its own, even if you’re eating on a budget. … read the full post

Aug 15 2013

Theam’s House, Siem Reap

Published by under Shopping

Teeming with colourful artwork

Elephants, geckos and fish are just some of the brightly coloured contemporary artworks you can admire at the slightly-hard-to-find Theam’s House, the Siem Reap home and atelier-meets-gallery of Cambodian designer and artist Lim Muy Theam. It’s an unlikely location for a showroom of design-savvy sculptures, lacquerwork and paintings. Your tuk tuk will need to depart … read the full post

Aug 09 2013

Phnom Penh’s Vibe Music Festival

Published by under Festivals

Tuk tuk tunes.

Music in Phnom Penh can be a hit and miss affair. My local nightclub’s playlist includes Gangnam Style, Mr Boombastic and karaoke staple Ali Baba, played at full volume, naturally. A hunt around the markets will reward you with plenty of old-school Khmer classics recorded in the 1960s by superstars Pan Ron and Sin Sisamouth. But, … read the full post

Aug 01 2013

Review: City River Hotel, Siem Reap

Published by under Accommodation

Hit the roof's pool

On the banks of the Siem Reap River, just a five-minute stroll from the tourist magnet of Pub Street, sits popular and fairly priced City River Hotel. The convenience of this hotel’s central setting plus a rooftop swimming pool and terrace make it a worthwhile choice in Siem Reap. While you won’t spot any actual temples … read the full post

Jul 15 2013

Election build-up in Phnom Penh

Published by under Events

They're not campaigning for noise abatement.

If you’re in Phnom Penh, you’ve probably guessed that something political is afoot in the month of July. Your first big clue would be the motorcades of excitable party faithful beeping horns, waving flags and blocking traffic behind flat-bed trucks blaring music and playing election broadcasts on large screens. Banners and posters featuring the appropriate … read the full post

Jul 06 2013

Review: Sister Srey Cafe, Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Upstairs switching temples for storybooks (2)

Once upon a time in Never Never land… Oh no wait, that’s just the playful presentation of the drinks menu, filled with a selection of quality coffees and thick fruit shakes served in jam jars, found tucked into children’s story books at Sister Srey Cafe. Run by an affable Aussie sister duo, this creative twosome … read the full post

Jun 30 2013

Mechrey village, Siem Reap

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If you thought Siem Reap and its environs were all about the temples, think again. Mechrey village is a floating community located on the margins of Tonle Sap, nine kilometres west of Siem Reap, where the houses, schools and even shops all sit bobbing on the water — though not in the dry season — as locals … read the full post

Jun 20 2013

Siem Reap’s funfair

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Heading down a wide road on the outskirts of Siem Reap at night, when camera-toting temple tourists are tucking into their fish amok in front of an Apsara dance show, and backpackers head to Pub Street, you’ll hit a dead end — welcome to Kyung Yu, a funfair that sets up daily come sundown. One of … read the full post

Jun 17 2013

Review: Rambutan Resort, Phnom Penh

Published by under Accommodation

Cushy number.

Down a tree-lined road in a quiet neighbourhood of Phnom Penh, Rambutan Resort is a fresh addition to Phnom Penh’s offerings. The blank white exterior hides a cool, modern layout with a sociable pool and friendly staff. A little off the usual tourist radar, the area has several coffee shops and local restaurants within walking … read the full post

Jun 17 2013

What to do in Phnom Penh when it’s raining

In the rain, architecture is best viewed internally.

Every guide book will tell you that rainy season in Cambodia doesn’t mean torrential downpours from June to October and, indeed, that’s true. Most days, the sun will be shining until the clouds empty at lunchtime or late afternoon, and in the first couple of months of the season it doesn’t even rain every day. … read the full post

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