May 08 2013

Where to have a beer in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Green Vespa

You’re never far from a beer in Cambodia — the market is dominated by the jingoistically named Angkor, for sale alongside beers called Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Banker, Anchor (pronounced An-chor to distinguish it from Ang-kor) and Klang — strong by name, strong by alcoholic content. But if you’re bored of Asian lager and have a hankering … read the full post

May 04 2013

The Cambodian Circus comes to Siem Reap

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Lights, drums, cicadas and rusting trees all add to the atmosphere.

If the word circus conjures up images of top-hatted ringmasters, fearless lion-tamers and sinister-looking clowns, then a night at Phare, the Cambodian Circus will quickly erase those distant childhood memories. With performances seven nights a week, the circus of the world-renowned Battambang Art School – full name Phare Ponleu Selpak — is now wowing audiences … read the full post

Apr 20 2013

Tourists behaving badly in Siem Reap

Published by under Culture

Inappropriate behaviour -- and clothing -- can be the cause of more than just quizzical looks.

Much has already been written about the lack of respect shown by scantily-clad backpackers oblivious to the fact that ancient sites such as Angkor Wat are still places of worship. But sadly, wearing hot pants and halter-neck tops to working temples is not where embarrassing traveller behaviour ends, and inappropriate behaviour can have consequences more … read the full post

Apr 17 2013

Where to watch sport in Siem Reap

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Street volleyball: an easy way to catch some real live sport.

With the recent closure of Siem Reap’s only dedicated sports bar on Alley West, the task of finding somewhere to catch the football, the rugby, the baseball or the tennis has suddenly become a bit more of a challenge. But fear not, all ye die-hard sports aficionados, there are plenty of joints in town where … read the full post

Apr 16 2013

Photo essay: Koh Rong Samloem

Published by under Islands

A busy day at Saracen Bay

Koh Rong Samloem is a glorious tropical island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. Just two hours out of Sihanoukville, take your pick of white or golden beaches to laze on, or get energetic with jungle trekking and boat trips. Here’s some photographs from our last trip, to get your aspiration-ometer … read the full post

Apr 14 2013

Review: Tangram Garden Restaurant, Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

Tangram Garden's hot and sour prawn soup.

Settling into one of Tangram Garden’s palm-roofed cabanas, each with its very own call light for attracting the attention of your server, makes you feel a little bit special. The friendly and efficient – yet not overly formal – service, and reliable, slightly quirky food just add to the appeal of this quiet and relaxing … read the full post

Apr 09 2013

Where to stay on Koh Rong

Published by under Islands

Who needs sat nav?

The beautiful Cambodian island of Koh Rong is hot property. Although the island has been leased to a development company with plans for high-end resorts, it is currently still a haven for backpackers and adventurous tourists who like their beaches white and their bungalows basic. With accommodation to suit most budgets, from cheap homestays to … read the full post

Apr 09 2013

Swimming pools in Siem Reap: part 2

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

The Frangipani pool: cool, but a tad crowded.

At certain times of year life in Siem Reap without a pool verges on the tortuous. Many expats make a point of leaving Siem Reap as soon as April arrives and the elements unleash the most ferocious heat and energy-sapping humidity of the year. But with a bit of forward-planning it can be an excellent … read the full post

Apr 08 2013

Happy Khmer New Year!

Published by under Festivals

Susadei Chnam Thmei!

For the third time in four months, preparations are underway to bring in a new year in Cambodia. International New Year is an excuse to party with the rest of the world and Chinese New Year has been adopted as an unofficial holiday. But Khmer New Year still stands apart as one of the major … read the full post

Apr 04 2013

Powercuts in Phnom Penh

Published by under Practicalities

Some electrical monkey business.

As temperatures rise across the country in anticipation of the *hot season (*insert your expletive of choice here), Phnom Penh’s electricity supplier is struggling to serve the demands of air conditioners and refrigerators across the city. Much of Cambodia’s electricity is generated by water, which becomes a scarcer commodity when it’s hot and dry like … read the full post

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