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

Feb 24 2013

Celebrity endorsements in Phnom Penh

A sign of Titanic proportions.

One of the joys of Southeast Asia is when the familiar jumps out at you from an unexpected source. Riding around Phnom Penh, I’ve realised how many celebrities are (unwittingly) lending their endorsement to hair and beauty salons, tailors and restaurants. Once noticed, it’s difficult not to get slightly obsessed about collecting examples. A consequence … read the full post

Feb 17 2013

Siem Reap’s cookbooks

Published by under Food & drink

Part of the collection, with another in Ireland and more, surely, on the way

One of the best and most interesting ways to evoke memories of a trip somewhere special is not through things you touch — souvenirs (though there can be a place for them, of course) — but through the things you can smell, preferably also employing your nose’s partner in a good time, your sense of taste. … read the full post

Feb 08 2013

On top of Sihanoukville: Phnom Meas

Published by under Sihanoukville

Restaurant on top of Sihanoukville Cambodia

Have you ever wondered what Cambodian families do on weekends? If they’re city dwellers, they pack up the family and go on a picnic. On special occasions, they go to park-like restaurants on the outskirts of town. Until recently, Sihanoukville residents didn’t have such a place to go, but now we do.  Perched up on … read the full post

Feb 06 2013

Cycle safety in Siem Reap

Published by under Transport

Knowing what to expect can be easier said than done

The area around Siem Reap is prime cycling country. It’s flat, picturesque, and — if you are lucky — quiet.  However, accident rates on Cambodia’s roads are staggeringly high, and while most of your cycling will probably be on the quieter back-roads, you will have to tackle one or more of Siem Reap’s busier “arterial … read the full post

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