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 22 2013

Review: Pillar Hotel, Phnom Penh

Published by under Accommodation

Plenty of pillars

On the northern end of riverside, a two-minute stroll from the historical Post Office area of Phnom Penh, Pillar Hotel provides comfort and great panoramas from 11 generously sized rooms. The only drawback is the stairs workout on your way up — the price you pay for a good view! Within easy walking distance of … read the full post

Jan 21 2013

Rural Sihanoukville by motorbike

Published by under Sihanoukville

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

Published by under Sihanoukville

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

Jan 16 2013

Review: Circa 51, Phnom Penh

Published by under Accommodation

pool

Circa 51 is a lovely small hotel in Phnom Penh, located in an historical early 1960s-era building renovated with care and attention to detail. With a swimming pool and eclectic decor, it makes for somewhere a bit different to stay in the Cambodian capital if your budget stretches to midrange. Tucked away behind a large, … read the full post

Jan 16 2013

King Father’s funeral: What to expect

Published by under Phnom Penh

An original souvenir

Cambodia has been slightly subdued since the death of the beloved King Father Norodom Sihanouk in October 2012. The initial quiet intensity saw thousands of visitors burning candles outside the Royal Palace, rolling documentaries on television and a flurry of Facebook posts. Nearly three months later, mini-buses from the countryside, full of white and black … read the full post

Jan 15 2013

Sihanoukville’s Mithona Street

Published by under Sihanoukville

Tattoo parlour on Mithona Street, Sihanoukville Cambodia

When Sihanoukville’s Q&A Books and Cafe relocated from Ekareach Street to Ochheuteal’s Mithona Street in 2009, they took the last available shop on the beach side of the road. This was fine for the local cows, who fed on the tufts of grass next door, but not so great for the burgeoning tourist industry. Within … read the full post

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