Dec 03 2012

Off the beach at Ochheuteal Beach

Published by under Sihanoukville

Tola Street café, sihanoukville cambodia

There’s another Ochheuteal Beach in Sihanoukville you might miss unless you happen to be staying in one of the hotels or guesthouses there. If you are, you may be patting yourself on the back for having discovered the benefits of staying off the beach at Ochheuteal Beach. The downside to staying on Serendipity Road or … read the full post

Nov 30 2012

Exploring the back roads of Sihanoukville

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somewhere in sihanoukville cambodia

If you come to Sihanoukville and spend a few days at Ochheuteal Beach, you haven’t been to Sihanoukville. If you’ve traversed Ekareach Street from the Golden Lions to Victory Hill, you’ve barely scratched the surface and still missed out on the real Sihanoukville. The real Sihanoukville is a collection of villages often separated by wide … read the full post

Nov 27 2012

The sunny side of Sihanoukville’s Victory Hill

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view from victory hill, sihanoukville cambodia

Sihanoukville’s Victory Hill, or simply “the Hill” has acquired such a bad reputation, it’s almost embarrassing to admit to spending time there. That’s kind of a shame, though, because the Hill is Sihanoukville’s original backpacker zone and if you know where to go, can actually be a great place to stay. The area most commonly … read the full post

Nov 25 2012

Review: Sihanoukville’s Small Hotel

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the small hotel, sihanoukville cambodia

When the bus station in downtown Sihanoukville was knocked down to make way for a commercial complex, many of the guesthouses in the surrounding area fell on hard times. Some closed and others changed hands, but one weathered the storm: The Small Hotel. The Small Hotel can’t give credit to its location for its survival. … read the full post

Nov 19 2012

Cheap eats in Sihanoukville

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nana's on telegraph hill, sihanoukville cambodia

Writing about cheap eats in Sihanoukville is a bit like writing about where to find flies in the Australian outback — they’re everywhere. Unlike flies, though, some cheap eateries in Sihanoukville are better than others. These are a few you can count on for a decent meal that will lead you to eat on less … read the full post

Nov 16 2012

Sihanoukville’s Sokha beach

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sokha beach, sihanoukville cambodia

Are the crowds on Ochheuteal beach getting you down? Do you want to go to the beach and not have to pick a lounge chair in front of a restaurant for the privilege? If so, it’s not a long walk from Ochheuteal to Sokha beach or a tuk tuk or motodop can get you there … read the full post

Nov 14 2012

Photo essay: Cambodia’s fabulous flowers

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I don't know what these are, but I start to get an idea of where knicker designers get their ideas from!

One of the loveliest things about Southeast Asia is the wild abundance of flowery life, even when you’re in urban contexts like Siem Reap, where orchids (that cost less than a dollar) festoon many of the bars and restaurants. Whether you’re out on a walk, or exploring the temples, and even when you dip indoors for … read the full post

Nov 12 2012

How to stay safe during Sihanoukville’s high season

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utopia swimming pool, sihanoukville cambodia

Why it is so is a mystery to me, but when the calendar turns to the first day of November, tourist numbers take a quantum leap in Sihanoukville. At the same time, people start dying. It happened just the other day in my neighbourhood; an Englishman dropped dead while sitting on his toilet, apparently from … read the full post

Nov 11 2012

Phnom Penh road closures

Published by under Practicalities

Coping mechanism #1: A singalong will make any traffic jam seem easier

In a perfect storm of royal mourning, sewage works and world leaders congregating in Phnom Penh, the usually slightly mad-cap affair that passes for traffic control in the city is being stretched to breaking point. There’s not much you can do except allow extra time to get to your destination, and keep a sense of … read the full post

Nov 10 2012

Homeopathic malaria pills

Published by under Health & safety

Average mosquito wingspan.

I was doing some personal research recently and came across a subject that is dear to my heart, especially after a visit from a friend of mine not so long ago. I was thrilled to see her of course; she’s a wonderful human being: smart, funny, kind and drop dead gorgeous. Come to think of … read the full post

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