Aug 12 2011

Short-term volunteering in Cambodia: some questions

A debate is going back and forth in Siem Reap at the moment relating to visitors who want to do something to help Cambodia, but only have a very small amount of time in which to do it, from half a day up to one week. Seeing so much poverty, and so many of the … read the full post

Aug 12 2011

Vann Molyvann’s architecture in Phnom Penh

Vann Molyvann is Cambodia’s greatest living architect. Vann’s style of work from the 1950s and 1960s is known as New Khmer Architecture, and blended modernist themes from the time with traditional Cambodian and Angkorian elements. Despite the civil war in the 1970s, many of Molyvann’s works survived, although much of it is now under threat … read the full post

Aug 08 2011

Pilates and yoga in Phnom Penh

“It’s a laid back, relaxed life in Phnom Penh,” yoga and pilates teacher Kate Liana acknowledges, but adds, “there are a lot of stressors that creep up on you.” Kate lists some of these worries: medical care, being asked for bribes, crossing the street, and I can quickly feel tension envelop my body and my … read the full post

Aug 08 2011

Anlong Veng

Published by under Anlong Veng

Like the bones of the dead coming back to....

Thanks in part to the Chinese laying roads across northern Cambodia, access to parts of the country that previously would have involved an epic trip are now no more taxing than the negotiations to hire a car. If you’re based in Siem Reap, this opens up sites including the renowned Preah Vihear and Beantey Chmar … read the full post

Aug 04 2011

Eating crickets in Phnom Penh

Published by under Street food

Now that Angelina Jolie has revealed that her Cambodian-born son is a huge fan of eating crickets, you may be considering trying the popular snack as well. If little Maddox Jolie-Pitt likes them, who wouldn’t? This is a kid with good taste — between the faux-hawk and having his own Battambang-based NGO since the tender … read the full post

Aug 02 2011

Best supermarkets in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

So many tourist markets, boutiques, jewellers and craft shops in Siem Reap can make shopping here a real pleasure. On the other hand, if you have a case of the midnight munchies, or just need batteries, its charms can seem a little over-worked. The practical things in life can rarely be found in the bottom … read the full post

Jul 31 2011

The pagodas of Cambodia’s Kandal province

Despite completely surrounding Phnom Penh, Kandal province is often ignored by visitors to the capital city. It’s worth a day trip, though, to check out the many beautiful pagodas that are found there.                    

Jul 29 2011

Vegetarian food in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Unlike India, it’s not easy in Cambodia to find a sympathetic ear if you’re a vegetarian. Instead, you will be confronted with everything ranging from open disbelief, to dark mutterings that the barang is clearly mad, to acts of rebellion with secret sprinklings of shrimp or bacon bits. And sometimes the struggle is not even … read the full post

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

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