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 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

Apr 08 2013

Happy Khmer New Year!

Published by under Festivals

Susadei Chnam Thmei!

For the third time in four months, preparations are underway to bring in a new year in Cambodia. International New Year is an excuse to party with the rest of the world and Chinese New Year has been adopted as an unofficial holiday. But Khmer New Year still stands apart as one of the major … read the full post

Apr 04 2013

Powercuts in Phnom Penh

Published by under Practicalities

Some electrical monkey business.

As temperatures rise across the country in anticipation of the *hot season (*insert your expletive of choice here), Phnom Penh’s electricity supplier is struggling to serve the demands of air conditioners and refrigerators across the city. Much of Cambodia’s electricity is generated by water, which becomes a scarcer commodity when it’s hot and dry like … read the full post

Mar 23 2013

Where to eat on Koh Rong

Published by under Islands

Simple. Delicious.

Most visitors to Koh Rong make the trip because they’ve heard about the diving, the ridiculously long white beaches and the treehouses. Haute cuisine may not be in the top three reasons to visit, but there’s a surprising amount of choice for a tropical island. Most of the best eats are to be found on … read the full post

Mar 21 2013

Motorbiking on Koh Rong

Published by under Islands

That's the beach that's 7km, not 7km to the beach.

When we heard a man named Kylie was renting out motorbikes to explore Cambodia’s second largest island Koh Rong, we jumped at the chance. In fact, we were so keen, we were his very first customers. Checking out the interior of the island, seeing views and travelling roads that have been available to very few people … read the full post

Mar 09 2013

Go slow with a cyclo in Phnom Penh

Published by under Transport

He wants to take you for a ride.

Some forms of transport are inextricably linked with a particular place. Think yellow school buses in the United States, or a London black cab. Introduced to Phnom Penh streets in 1936, three-wheeler cyclos are recognisably Cambodian. They are still the vehicle of choice for women returning from the market with piles of groceries and older … read the full post

Mar 01 2013

Power outages in Siem Reap

Published by under Practicalities

According to reports, the driver fled the scene. Picture: Carlie Pomroy.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 5: Electricity supply has now returned to normal in all parts of Siem Reap city, according to our various sources. *** UPDATE, Sunday, March 3: Lengthy power outages continue to affect most of Siem Reap, and authorities have not yet given any firm date as to when services can be expected to … read the full post

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