Jul 26 2011

Cambodian food basics

Published by under Food & drink

Much maligned as the unsavoury cousin of spicier and more glamorous Thai food, real Cambodian cooking is unfortunately under-appreciated by many visitors to Cambodia, although this is hardly their fault. Among the reasons is their simple lack of awareness. “People are familiar with Vietnamese food, Chinese food and Thai,” says French chef Joannès Rivière. “But … read the full post

Jul 23 2011

How to cook real Cambodian food

Published by under Food & drink

A few years ago, a young French chef came to Siem Reap as a volunteer to train the students at Sala Baï, an NGO that every year trains about 100 young disadvantaged Cambodians from the surrounding area in the arts of cooking, front of house, house-keeping and waiting tables. The school has a solid reputation … read the full post

Jul 21 2011

Going to the doctor in Phnom Penh

Published by under Health & safety

Seeing a doctor in a foreign country can be an overwhelming experience. Medical care in Cambodia is generally awful — marginally less so in Phnom Penh — but at the same time, travellers often have lots of reasons to see a doctor in Cambodia. Just some of the reasons a traveller may need to see … read the full post

Jul 15 2011

Swimming in Siem Reap

How hot and sticky is it in Siem Reap? Even in the cooler months of the year, after a day spent trampling around Angkorian temples or visiting any of the many other things to see, you feel horrible before it’s even midday. Clothes are stuck to everything. A river, a whole river, of sweat has … read the full post

Jul 12 2011

Siem Reap street guide: Alley West

Published by under Shopping

The busy streets of Siem Reap are in a constant state of flux as bars, shops and restaurants open, close, move or refurbish at an astonishing rate.  Eventually, some establishments settle down and start to become part of the scenery.  A sort of settling has now taken place on Alley West, Siem Reap’s freshest, funnest, … read the full post

Jul 11 2011

A tree house in Angkor Wat

Dan Haneveer runs the popular travel blog Voyagner and he’s come out with a gem of a story this morning. Put off by the crowds and a misplaced Angkor pass, his enterprising tuk tuk driver led him off to what sounds like a fabulous spot to enjoy sunset — a tree house at Angkor Wat! … read the full post

Jul 07 2011

Wine and cheese at Phnom Penh’s InterContinental

Published by under Cafes & brunch

Southeast Asia – and particularly Cambodia – is not known for being a rewarding place for wine aficionados and cheese lovers. But this disenfranchised group finds solace on the last Wednesday of every month when the Intercontinental Hotel puts on their monthly wine and cheese event. Featuring an international selection of wines from four local … read the full post

Jul 06 2011

Eat with your heart: NGO restaurants in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

If you are what you eat, then it’s hard to beat the opportunity to tuck into delicious, healthy food at the same time as supporting a worthwhile cause. Perhaps the way to Cambodia’s heart is through your stomach. Siem Reap has at least four NGO cafés and restaurants, though there’s bound to be more tucked … read the full post

Jul 02 2011

A tour of the Siem Reap art scene

Unlike the capital city Phnom Penh, the art scene in Siem Reap has been a little slow to take off.  But, for those with an interest there is much to be seen here, and since finding it also involves exploring different parts of the town too, well that just adds to the sense of adventure … read the full post

Jun 30 2011

Khmer clubs in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Most visitors to Phnom Penh who are the club-going type end up visiting one the few Western-oriented clubs in town. But there are even more clubs in town catering to Khmers, and each offers a unique clubbing experience — from daytime discos to live bands and slow dancing — that gives an interesting insight into … read the full post

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