Feb 05 2013

King Father’s funeral weekend

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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

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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

Jan 21 2013

Rural Sihanoukville by motorbike

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cows on dirt road, Sihanoukville Cambodia

Believe it or not, there’s far more empty land in Sihanoukville than there is developed land. Huge areas of flat terrain are used for growing rice or grazing, while the hillsides surrounding the town are largely left untouched. If you want to get a taste of rural Cambodia, but remain within minutes of the attractions … read the full post

Jan 20 2013

International food in Siem Reap: Part 1

Published by under Food & drink

They've got a real passion for pizza at Il Forno

The rest of the world may be coming late to Siem Reap, but this town hasn’t stinted when it comes to serving up top quality food from almost every corner of the globe and you can travel the world from here, provided you’re happy to use a plate instead of a magic carpet. We are … read the full post

Jan 18 2013

Review: Seaside Hotel, Sihanoukville

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Seaside Hotel, Sihanoukville Cambodia

The Seaside Hotel on Ochheuteal beach is looking a little tired, and while a new wing is under construction, we hope their old-wing rates stay as they are; at $25 for a standard twin or double, they are one of the best high season (November-March) deals in Sihanoukville. The Seaside looks older than it is. … read the full post

Jan 17 2013

Cycling around Siem Reap

Published by under Transport

Stop and park up wherever you like, with a bike

For cyclists, Siem Reap is genuinely twice blessed. Firstly, all the major sights are within easy striking distance of the town using pedal power alone. And secondly — and more importantly given the tropical climate — the terrain is pretty much flat as a pancake, making cycling a year-round possibility. Many hotels and guesthouses include … read the full post

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