Sep 28 2011

Siem Reap floods

Published by under Floods

So I guess it’s oopsadaisy if you came to Siem Reap in the last few weeks. Well, it is rainy season and you knew that. Though it’s not likely that many of the guide books would have warned you about the rising tides you may have seen outside your hotel or guesthouse and, to be … read the full post

Sep 27 2011

Seeing a movie in Phnom Penh

Until very recently, Phnom Penh was a city without a real cinema showing English-language films. The options were to see dubbed films on the big screen, or watch movies in small shops that have a dozen chairs and usually two or televisions loudly blaring different programmes in Khmer. But with the recent construction of not … read the full post

Sep 23 2011

Fancy a pho? Look no further…

Published by under Food & drink

Oh, pho, fabulous pho! To the uninitiated it might sound like it’s only soup, and really who’d want to rhapsodise about soup. But to those in the know about pho, it’s so, so much more than that. This is a soup that has it all. There are many variations but at the heart of it, … read the full post

Sep 22 2011

Hand-painted signs in Phnom Penh

Published by under Photo

Phnom Penh is a city that is falling all over itself to develop as quickly as possible. You can’t turn around without seeing another skyscraper being thrown up and bigger, fancier cars with fake Louis Vuitton pillows blocking the windows driving into one another. But despite the rampant development, much of Phnom Penh remains the … read the full post

Sep 20 2011

A guide to some of Siem Reap’s garden hotels

Published by under Accommodation

For anyone who works in a city or town, one of the best parts of getting away is the chance to reacquaint oneself with things that are green. And even for those fortunate enough to live in a rural or semi-rural environment, the need for green (not the one with the dollar signs on it!) … read the full post

Sep 20 2011

Pchum Ben: Ancestor’s Day in Cambodia

Published by under Festivals

We’re in the middle of one of Cambodia‘s major holidays right now, although if you’re visiting, you might not have even noticed. Pchum Ben is one of Cambodia’s most important Buddhist festivals. It lasts 15 days determined by the lunar calendar, with the formal name for the last day of the festival called Prachum Benda. … read the full post

Sep 15 2011

Go-karting in Phnom Penh

If you’re looking for something to do of an afternoon in Phnom Penh and have exhausted all of the genocide-related possibilities, you’ll be pleased to hear that on the outskirts of the city there’s a functioning go-kart track about 8km past the airport. It’s not particularly close to town — be prepared to to spend … read the full post

Sep 12 2011

Koh Kong in pictures

Published by under Koh Kong

Although it has a reputation for being a dusty frontier town, Krong Koh Kong is charming even in the rainy season, and the area just outside town is positively beautiful.

Sep 08 2011

Koh Kong’s mangrove forest

Published by under Koh Kong

Seven or eight kilometres outside of Koh Kong city, or Krong Koh Kong, in Cambodia is an enormous mangrove forest where visitors can observe the delicate ecosystem that locals (and probably an NGO or two) have turned into a thriving ecotourism project. Part of the nearly 25,000-hectare Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, the Boeng Kayak area … read the full post

Sep 07 2011

Angkor’s grandeur on a minor scale: Dy Proeung’s work

The question of overcrowding at Angkor Wat is becoming a serious one, and efforts are being made by numerous bodies to try to address it. One Cambodian artist has been doing his own bit too as his work offers a novel way of viewing Angkor: in miniature. Dy Proeung, 75, is one of the few … read the full post

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