Oct 22 2012

Daytripping around Sihanoukville — on the set in Ream

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set of the sea wall at ream, near sihanoukville cambodia

If you want to throw a little culture into your visit to Sihanoukville, take a day trip out to Ream and the set of the 2009 film, Un barrage contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall). Based on the 1950 novel of the same name by Marguerite Duras, the film starred Isabel Huppert and was directed … read the full post

Oct 19 2012

How does the King Father’s death affect travellers?

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Lighting a candle for the Grandaddy King

Following the death of the former King Norodom Sihanouk, an official week of mourning in Cambodia has been declared and will continue until October 23, 2012. Observance will have a minimal effect on most visitors, but if you care to acknowledge the passing of a historically significant figure, the Royal Palace has become a focal point … read the full post

Oct 18 2012

Mourning King Father Norodom Sihanouk: A photo essay

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Late night mourners outside the Royal Palace

When the news first broke that the former king of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk had died, many Cambodians were in the countryside provinces marking the Pchum Ben festival. As the word spread, Facebook statuses and profile pictures were updated. Many who had remained in the capital made their way to the Royal Palace to pay their … read the full post

Oct 17 2012

Cambodia mourns King Father Norodom Sihanouk

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Flowers for the King Father

The death of former King Norodom Sihanouk, aged 89, on October 15 during the Pchum Ben festival is being mourned by Cambodians. Increasingly frail, the King Father’s last visit to Cambodia from his home in China earlier in the year proved to be his last. His death has saddened but not surprised Cambodians, who are paying … read the full post

Oct 15 2012

Sihanoukville’s Serendipity Road

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fruit vendor on Serendipity Road, Sihanoukville Cambodia

Sihanoukville’s Serendipity beach area has been changing so fast it’s hard even for those of us who live here to get our heads around it. It all went into high gear late in 2011, when they started paving Serendipity Road. Suddenly, what had been a rough road leading to the backpacker haven of Serendipity beach … read the full post

Oct 13 2012

Things to do in Kratie

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Devil drink.

Say “Kratie!” to any Khmer (or any Khmer fisherman who happens to fish near Kratie) and they’ll probably say, “Dolphins!” Well, not really, but if you happened to come across an English-speaking Khmer fisherman who happened to fish in the waters north of Kratie they might say that, but as most fishermen you meet in … read the full post

Oct 12 2012

Review: Victory Beach Hotel, Sihanoukville

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beach lounges at Victory Beach Hotel, Sihanoukville Cambodia

A hotel attached to a casino isn’t normally the kind of place we would recommend, but the Victory Beach Hotel is an exception. Credit for the hotel’s popularity with non-gambling types has to go to managers Verona and Douglas McColl, whose first Sihanoukville venture, the Coolabah Resort near Serendipity Beach was an immediate success with … read the full post

Oct 09 2012

Review: Sihanoukville’s Pagoda Rocks Boutique Resort

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infinity pool at Pagoda Rocks, Sihanoukville Cambodia

You know you’re on the way to some place special when you reach the hilltop road that leads to Sihanoukville’s Pagoda Rocks Boutique Resort. The air becomes fragrant and trees provide shade for your short journey. It gets even better as you pass mysterious staircases and Buddhist icons on the side of the road. And … read the full post

Oct 07 2012

Pchum Ben at Wat Krom, Sihanoukville

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Buddha at Wat Krom, Sihanoukville Cambodia

Cambodians are world leaders when it comes to holidays and religious festivals, as we’ve said before. One of the biggest, Pchum Ben (also called Bon P’chum Ben), falls on the 15th day of the waning moon during the Cambodian month of Pheaktrobotr, so mark it on your calendar. Not content with having more holidays than … read the full post

Oct 01 2012

Major Cambodian festivals: Pchum Ben and Water Festival

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Row, row, row your boat

The United States celebrates 10, while England usually has eight. In the league table of public holidays, they are merely amateurs compared with Cambodia’s 28 days of legislated relaxation. Brits may have got a bonus day this year for their Queen holding down a job for a long time, but Cambodians celebrate the King’s coronation and … read the full post

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