Jul 14 2011

Gyms in Phnom Penh

If you’re looking to get fit in Phnom Penh, there are a plethora of options — from aerobics at Olympic Stadium to the new public exercise equipment on the riverside. If you’re looking for something indoors and possibly air-conditioned, Phnom Penh has lots of gyms and fitness centres, some of which start at less than … 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

Phnom Penh street food: Nom banh chok

Published by under Street food

Nom banh chok is a quintessential Khmer dish, loved by locals and tourists alike. The dish, which is similar to Thai kanom jeen, consists of rice noodles topped with a green fish gravy and heaps of fresh green beans, bean sprouts, banana flower, cucumbers and other greens. The noodles are laboriously made in the provinces … 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 04 2011

Aerobics at Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium

Every evening at dusk hundreds of Cambodians gather at the top of Olympic Stadium to listen to Khmer techno and get some cardiovascular exercise in. More than a dozen instructors, each with a microphone and individual sound system, ring the top of the stadium, charging 500 riel to lead middle-aged Khmer women dressed in Western-style … 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

Jun 27 2011

Tips for photo studio portraits in Phnom Penh

It’s no secret that one of my favourite daytime activities in Cambodia is dressing up like a Khmer princess and having my photo taken. It is quite possibly the most interesting, non-touristy thing to do in Phnom Penh, and the memories will last forever. It’s also kid-friendly, as most studios have munchkin-sized costumes. There are … read the full post

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