May 27 2011

Medical care in Siem Reap

Published by under Health & safety

It seems fatuous to say it, largely because it is fatuous to say it, but the best advice for health care in Siem Reap is don’t get sick in the first place. Don’t go gnawing on irregular shaped pieces of ice that look like they’ve been chipped or shaved off a very large block, approach … read the full post

May 25 2011

Pub quiz mania

Published by under Bars & nightlife

There’s something so attractive about pub quizzes: here’s an opportunity to enjoy a few beers with friends adjoined to the very exciting possibility of being able to show off your arcane knowledge of ’80s pop music or South American butterfly genera.  The competitive edge adds a certain frisson to the evening while everyone knows that … read the full post

May 23 2011

Ordering an iced coffee in Phnom Penh

Published by under Cafes & brunch

One of the great pleasures of enduring the weather in Cambodia — those 35 degree afternoons one after the other — is sitting down in the shade with an enormous, sickly-sweet iced coffee. Here’s how they roast coffee in Phnom Penh: until it’s black, and usually with a big scoop of rendered pork fat or … read the full post

May 23 2011

A little about the Tonle Sap (Great Lake)

At the physical heart of Cambodia, an immense body of water is the soul of the nation.  The great Tonle Sap lake not only sustains Cambodian stomachs, with its harvest accounting for more than 50% of Cambodia’s protein intake, it is also a source of immense national pride. Its uniqueness lies in events that take … read the full post

May 19 2011

Catch a football match at Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh

For less than the price you’d pay for a pint while watching a Premier League game at a pub back home, you can see a professional football match in Phnom Penh. The season is in full swing right now and with Cambodia hosting Asian Football Confederation President’s Cup games this weekend, there are a lot … read the full post

May 12 2011

Dim sum in Phnom Penh

Published by under Other Asian

Dim sum is the Chinese version of tapas — small plates of steamed dumplings and other tasty treats that were originally meant to be accompaniments to drinking tea and are perfect for sharing with a group. Whether you’re just learning about dim sum or are an aficionado, there are many options for dim sum in … read the full post

May 09 2011

Phnom Penh’s Nerd Night

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Every other Monday Phnom Penh’s expat population gather together to share their obsessive hobbies, interesting career choices and celebrate all things nerdy. The events are held at venues around the city and each have six or seven speakers who cover topics ranging from yoga to Khmer handicrafts to obscure English words. The format is called … read the full post

May 02 2011

How to get an Indian visa in Phnom Penh

Published by under Visas

If you’ll be travelling to India via Cambodia, you’ll probably need to organise a visa in advance. Although notoriously annoying, you can arrange your visa at the Indian Embassy in Phnom Penh fairly easily. (Cambodians as well as citizens of Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore can get a visa on … read the full post

Apr 28 2011

Japanese groceries in Phnom Penh

Published by under Japanese

In the last year the supply of Japanese foodstuffs in Phnom Penh has multiplied, and it’s now easier than ever to find the miso, dashi and kombu that you desire. The city has long had a sizable Japanese expat population, but the groceries didn’t keep pace. Japanese expats often resorted to bringing back suitcases of … read the full post

Apr 25 2011

Chinese Noodle Restaurant

Published by under Other Asian

Long hailed as one of Phnom Penh’s best-kept secrets, Chinese Noodle Restaurant dishes up hand-pulled noodles and homemade dumplings on the cheap. It’s not much of a secret any more, but the place still feels like it’s hidden in plain sight on Monivong Boulevard a few blocks below Sihanouk. Chinese Noodle Restaurant is one of … read the full post

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