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 03 2013

A Siem Reap street food tour

Published by under Food & drink

Spawn-stuffed frogs - almost good enough to eat.

Stuffed frog, sauteed cricket and deep fried tarantula are probably the best known examples of Cambodia’s rich street food tradition – partly because Gordon Ramsay pulled faces and swore a lot when he was forced to try them on a recent TV series and partly because, well, they all sound rather grim. But dining on … read the full post

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 30 2013

Private shadow puppet shows at Wat Bo

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Yes, you can have these talented puppeteers virtually to yourself.

Getting a private view of anything in “Angkor” is usually a luxury few travellers can afford. But thanks to not-for-profit organisation Cambodian Living Arts you can now go behind the scenes and learn about one beautiful traditional Khmer art form with an exclusive shadow puppets experience. Just $15 will buy you a ringside seat at … 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

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