Jun 12 2013

Review: Norodom street food restaurant

Published by under Street food

Egg-stremely tasty.

On Norodom Boulevard, amid the colonial throwback government offices, beauty clinics and banks, sits an old and dilapidated mansion. By day, it’s just another example of the crumbling, elegant history that Phnom Penh still has to offer. But in the evening its courtyard comes alive with plastic stools and metal tables crammed full of young … read the full post

Jun 04 2013

Secondhand clothes shopping in Phnom Penh

Published by under Shopping

Get shirty.

Phnom Penh can be a shopper’s paradise, where seemingly every week a new shiny store opens selling the latest in international fashion. Sihanouk Boulevard boasts brands such as Mango, bYSI and Skechers retailed in icy air-con with fancy changing rooms. But I must confess my secret passion for secondhand clothes shopping — digging around in market … read the full post

Jun 03 2013

A Siem Reap street food tour

Published by under Food & drink

Spawn-stuffed frogs - almost good enough to eat.

Stuffed frog, sauteed cricket and deep fried tarantula are probably the best known examples of Cambodia’s rich street food tradition – partly because Gordon Ramsay pulled faces and swore a lot when he was forced to try them on a recent TV series and partly because, well, they all sound rather grim. But dining on … read the full post

Jun 01 2013

Cambodia’s fish amok

Published by under Khmer

Fish sauna.

Khmer food can be a bit of a mystery for travellers — Thai and Vietnamese cuisine has penetrated around the world, while Cambodian menus still have limited exposure. Which means that a visit to Cambodia allows for plenty of food adventures, but it can be difficult to know what to choose. If there’s one dish … read the full post

May 30 2013

Private shadow puppet shows at Wat Bo

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Yes, you can have these talented puppeteers virtually to yourself.

Getting a private view of anything in “Angkor” is usually a luxury few travellers can afford. But thanks to not-for-profit organisation Cambodian Living Arts you can now go behind the scenes and learn about one beautiful traditional Khmer art form with an exclusive shadow puppets experience. Just $15 will buy you a ringside seat at … read the full post

May 27 2013

Review: Chansovannkiry Guest House, Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

Unlikely to need that blanket.

Conveniently located close to Sihanoukville’s Ochheuteal and Serendipity beaches, Chansovannkiry Guest House is a budget base for a few days at the seaside. The Khmer-owned accommodation has a motel feel due to the large courtyard, which provides a safe place to park if you’ve arrived with a motorbike or car. You won’t get WiFi, a mini-bar or … read the full post

May 25 2013

Siem Reap weather: When is the best time to visit?

Published by under Practicalities

I'll take a clear sky for that sunrise, every day of the week.

Enthusiastic travel agents will tell you there is never a bad time to visit Siem Reap. Which is sort of true, as long as you are flexible with how you spend your precious time once you get here. Ignore the climate stats at your peril or you could well find yourself unable to do the … read the full post

May 23 2013

Feed body and soul at Peace Cafe, Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Chill out and balance your chakras in The Peace Cafe's garden

In a town that owes its place on the tourist map to some of the most spectacular spiritual monuments in history, it’s only fitting that you can still find a quiet retreat to feed your own 21st century spiritual needs — and re-fuel with some quality vegetarian food at the same time — just a … read the full post

May 18 2013

Learning stuff in Phnom Penh

Is there a tuk tuk mode?

If you’re lucky enough to have a few days to spare in Phnom Penh, there’s plenty of opportunity to learn a new skill or try out something different. Thanks to a growing expat community, courses and taster sessions held in English are plentiful. So pull out your dancing shoes, learn what all those buttons are … read the full post

May 18 2013

Siem Reap restaurants: Reservations recommended

Published by under Food & drink

Haven's Tonle Sp lake fish with chillis and ginger - 3

For a long time one of the joys of Siem Reap was that with so many choices of places to dine, the thought of booking anywhere was almost unimaginable except, perhaps, at some of the classier hotel bistros, and even then that would mostly be for form rather than necessity. It added to the sense of … read the full post

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