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

Feb 05 2013

King Father’s funeral weekend

Published by under Events

Crowds gather for a final view of the King Father

It’s been an historical weekend in Phnom Penh, as the King Father, former King Norodom Sihanouk, was finally laid to rest. Many of the rumoured 2 million mourners stayed at home and got a better view on the TV, but the streets were still full of Cambodians and a few Westerners dressed in sombre black … read the full post

Feb 01 2013

Photos: King Father’s funeral procession

Published by under Events

Many heads are better than one

On the first day of the former King Sihanouk’s funeral weekend, a procession of 2,000 people led the King Father’s coffin on a six kilometre-route around Phnom Penh. The streets were lined with mourners in black and white, who watched as the cortege made its way from the Royal Palace, via Wat Phnom and the … read the full post

Feb 01 2013

Sailing from Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

sailing off Otres beach, Sihanoukville Cambodia

There are lots of ways to explore the waters and islands off Sihanoukville. Two of the most popular ways are by longtail boat to Koh Russei (Bamboo Island) and by ferry to Koh Rong. If you’re well-heeled or can get a large enough group together, you can hire a private sailboat for the day — … read the full post

Jan 30 2013

Siem Reap’s baby milk scam

Published by under Siem Reap

Baby milk can convert easily to ready cash

Streetwise visitors to Siem Reap should know that giving money to begging children is tantamount to giving money directly to the adults who force them to work the streets in the first place. So when a child, or even an adult, approaches you on Pub Street and asks you to buy milk for their baby … read the full post

Jan 26 2013

A classic big night out in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

It almost looks peaceful from here ...

There’s nothing I find more satisfying than showing off my chosen city of Phnom Penh to friends from the old country. I get to see my favourite haunts with fresh eyes and revisit the differences which have become commonplace. And I get to answer questions like, “What is a classic Phnom Penh night out?” So, … read the full post

Jan 23 2013

International food in Siem Reap: Part 2

Published by under Food & drink

Haven-Siem-Reap

We’re busy traversing the world via Siem Reap’s food… we’ve covered half of it, so now we’re moving on: It is a dazzling reverse-curse that Siem Reap’s Indian restaurants are all fantastic and so it feels terribly wrong having to choose among them. If you’re in need of some air-con relief then The Indian is … read the full post

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