Jun 11 2011

Getting a fish foot massage in Siem Reap

Published by under Spas and massage

In the beginning there was only one. Then before you could say “Holy mackerel!”, the infection had spread all across Siem Reap, consuming human flesh and provoking howls and shrieks from susceptible young women. There’s now a rash of garra rufa in almost every part of central Siem Reap, and there’s no escaping their relentless … read the full post

Jun 09 2011

Travelling by bus in Cambodia

Published by under Transport

The cheapest and easiest way to travel around Cambodia is by bus. Flights out of Phnom Penh can be ridiculously expensive, so if you’re headed to Siem Reap or Saigon, the bus is a much more affordable alternative. Other local destinations are only accessible by bus, such as Sihanoukville and Battambang. Most of the major … read the full post

Jun 06 2011

“Ladies’ nights” in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

“Ladies’ nights” — those antiquated gender-discriminatory events — are still popular around Phnom Penh. These mid-week promotions usually offer some sort of free or discounted drinks to women in the hopes that it will draw more of them, and the men that love them, into the establishment. It never seems to have the desired effect, … read the full post

Jun 05 2011

Bakong pagoda: It’s the little things that count

Sometimes we forget about the little things, and too often we’ve no idea of the loss we’ve incurred by doing so. Case in point: a recent visit to Bakong temple to attend a ceremony marking completion of a project to restore paintings on the inner and outer walls of a small pagoda within its grounds. … read the full post

Jun 03 2011

Win a RTW trip for two!

Published by under Events

So you’d need to have been living under a stone not to have heard about the Round The World competition we’re involved in here at Travelfish.org. It’s a bit of a competition with a difference. Yes, we’re giving away a round the world trip, but we’re not telling you where it goes – you have … read the full post

Jun 03 2011

Why giving money to street kids is a really terrible idea

Published by under Culture

It seems so natural and harmless, and resistance feels so callous and cruel, to give to the kids that fill the streets of Siem Reap selling books, postcards, flowers and jewellery, or sometimes just begging for money.  They are poor, they’re clearly in need, and they’re so full of fun and banter that it’s impossible … read the full post

Jun 02 2011

Getting a visa for Laos in Phnom Penh

Published by under Visas

With direct flights going from Phnom Penh to Vientiane on Lao Airlines (code-shared with Vietnam Airlines), you can go directly to Laos by air or by land. For many, there’s the option of getting a visa on arrival at Vientiane’s Wattay international airport or at the Veun Kham/Dom Kralor crossing, but if you’d prefer to … read the full post

May 30 2011

Staying in Phnom Penh for a few weeks … or longer

Published by under Accommodation

Many visitors come to Phnom Penh with the intention of staying for a month or three for volunteer work, fellowships or other programmes that require a medium-to-long-term stay. Others come for a short visit and fall in love and decide to stick around for a while. Because the Cambodia visa situation is very permissive, it’s … read the full post

May 30 2011

Getting out for a walk to see Cambodian life

If you’re only in Siem Reap for a few short and no doubt busy days, it might be difficult to get out and see some of the beautiful Khmer countryside.  Indeed, even if you’re here for a little longer, there’s enough to fill your time, what with temples, cooking classes, and massages, that can conspire … read the full post

May 28 2011

Jewellery in Siem Reap

Published by under Shopping

As the name suggests, Garden of Desire is a place in which to set your heart free. It is also a window into the mind of Ly Piseth, the designer who came back to Cambodia in 2007 in order to restore his own soul. Along the way, he has tapped into a creative seam that … read the full post

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