Dec 06 2011

December getaways: Cambodia’s Koh Rong

Published by under Islands

If you’ve always dreamt of spending the holidays on a deserted tropical island, might I suggest Cambodia’s Koh Rong? Okay, okay it’s not quite deserted. Four small fishing villages inhabit the 78 square kilometre island, and a handful of resorts with between four and 15 bungalows each. But compared to Thailand’s islands, it’s positively rustic. … read the full post

Nov 24 2011

Daytime activities in Phnom Penh

If you’re sick of sightseeing, or your liver needs a break, never fear, there are daytime activities in Phnom Penh. Go for a run (or a walk) Every Sunday at 14:15 the Hash House Harriers meet up at the Railway Station and then travel together to a rural spot around Phnom Penh to go running … read the full post

Nov 21 2011

Ice cream shops in Phnom Penh

Published by under Food

We’re heading into cool dry season into Phnom Penh, alternatively known as ice cream season. In the last year or so, ice cream offerings have been popping up all over Phnom Penh. There are still the old Khmer stand-bys, selling icy bowls of beans and coconut milk, but there are also more than a few … read the full post

Nov 18 2011

How to get from the airport into Phnom Penh

Published by under Transport

Getting from the airport into Phnom Penh is quite easy and relatively hassle free compared to some other airports. When you exit the arrivals hall, you’ll have a dozen men shouting “taxi! taxi!” at you, but feel free to ignore them, as I do. Why reward that kind of behaviour? Once outside and on the … read the full post

Nov 14 2011

Getting from Phnom Penh to Burma

Published by under Transport

As of this month, there’s a direct flight to Burma from Phnom Penh with the option for VOA (visa on arrival). This is noteworthy because currently only flights on Myanmar Airways International from Cambodia and Guangzhou offer the possibility of VOA — if you’re travelling overland you’ll need to get a visa the old fashioned … read the full post

Nov 10 2011

Afternoon tea in Phnom Penh

Published by under Cafes & brunch

If you’re sick of street food and looking for a more refined snacking experience, many of the posh hotels in town offer afternoon tea, where you can put on your most colonial accent and load up on sweets. Raffles Le Royal Afternoon tea at Raffles is quite a production, served in The Conservatory and featuring … read the full post

Nov 01 2011

Vietnamese restaurants in Phnom Penh

Published by under Other Asian

Despite Cambodia’s proximity to Vietnam, it can be harder than you think to find delicious Vietnamese food in Phnom Penh. But never fear, it is out there! Many Cambodian snack foods are very similar to Vietnamese dishes, and you can find stands selling banh chao, the Cambodian version of bánh xèo, large fried pancakes filled … read the full post

Oct 25 2011

Recovery after the Siem Reap floods: How to help

Following on from the post about organisations working to provide flood relief to hundreds of people in and around Siem Reap, I can provide a little more information on what these organisations are doing and how you can help them; you don’t even need to get wet to do it, as local staff from NGOs … read the full post

Oct 23 2011

Sunday roasts in Phnom Penh

Published by under Western

If you’re yearning for a little taste of home in Phnom Penh, there are more than a few places in town among the many restaurants on offer where you can tuck into a traditional Sunday roast. Sunday roasts are most popular with the British, of course, who find that a few weeks on the road … read the full post

Oct 21 2011

Siem Reap flood update: October 21, 2011

Published by under Floods

Driving around Siem Reap on Friday afternoon felt almost like a journey along Memory Lane, so long it seems since you used to reach your destinations with eyeballs swimming in dust. Throughout most of town, the floods that have plagued Siem Reap for six long weeks have almost entirely subsided, and the watery streets are … read the full post

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