Jan 14 2013

Review: Mother Home Inn, Siem Reap

Published by under Accommodation

Cold air, cold towels and cold drinks await behind those doors

With a quiet location near Sivatha Boulevard, Siem Reap’s busiest shopping street, double rooms from just $27 a night and a host of appealing extras – including an outdoor pool and an in-house spa — Mother Home Inn offers great value for travellers who like to keep one eye on the budget without having to … read the full post

Jan 13 2013

Cambodia and Thailand: bus routes and joint visas

Published by under Transport

Just admit it - we invented the sport!

Cambodia and Thailand have not always been the best of neighbours. In fact, they’ve often bad-mouthed each other to the rest of the local community, had arguments over quite where each of their gardens finish, and sometimes even had dust-ups in the street. Despite, or perhaps because of, much shared cultural history, feelings run deep. … read the full post

Jan 11 2013

Review: OC Hotel, Sihanoukville

Published by under Sihanoukville

infinity edge pool, OC Hotel, Sihanoukville Cambodia

If you’re looking for luxury in the heart of Ochheuteal beach, OC Hotel is looking for you. Part of the trend towards more upmarket hotels in Sihanoukville catering to couples, families and other visitors who want to combine comfort with travel, it’s not for the budget-conscious backpacker, but may be a reasonably priced alternative to … read the full post

Jan 09 2013

Review: Kerala Restaurant, Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

I may have over-ordered again

Kerala Restaurant — named after the southwest Indian state of Kerala — on Siem Reap’s increasingly chi-chi Alley West is as good a reason as any to give yourself a break from Khmer cuisine and treat yourself to an authentic South Indian meal in pleasant, informal surroundings and at reasonable prices. If the suggestion of … read the full post

Jan 08 2013

Where is Sihanoukville’s Ochheuteal beach?

Published by under Sihanoukville

No man's land or the best part of Ochheuteal Beach?

“Where is Ochheuteal beach?” Sounds like a stupid question, doesn’t it? After all, Ochheuteal gets written about more than any other beach in Sihanoukville. However, the Ochheuteal beach covered in most writing online comprises less than half a kilometre of a nearly three and a half kilometre long beach, and usually gets a pretty bad … read the full post

Jan 06 2013

Review: Papa Pippo Bungalows at Otres Beach, Sihanoukville

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Papa Pippo bungalows, Otres Beach, Sihanoukville Cambodia

If you’re looking to stay in a beachfront bungalow along Sihanoukville’s Otres beach, Papa Pippo Bungalows is a solid choice — not because of the bungalows themselves, which are small and basic, but for the space surrounding them, their outlook, the overall homey atmosphere and the attached friendly restaurant serving up no-fuss Italian fare. Papa … read the full post

Jan 04 2013

Review: Sonalong Boutique Village and Resort, Siem Reap

Published by under Accommodation

Nice spot for a beer, a snack, or maybe a Khmer massage. But not on one of those chairs, obviously.

As far as Siem Reap hotel names go, the word “boutique” is only marginally less ubiquitous these days than the word “Angkor”. But don’t let that put you off. The Sonalong is a relaxing and family-friendly cluster of spacious, traditionally-styled two-storey villas, nestled in a tropical garden around a great salt water pool, and all … read the full post

Jan 02 2013

Siem Reap’s Royal Gardens

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Lotus flowers make a beautiful temple offering

A 15-minute stroll north from the Old Market, along the shady west bank of the Siem Reap River, with its ornate stone streetlamps and hotch-potch of animal and religious sculptures, leads you to The Royal Gardens, the Siem Reap city centre’s only open public green space. It is an area that provides visitors with a … read the full post

Jan 02 2013

Review: The 252, Phnom Penh

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252pool

We walked into two-year-old The 252 in Phnom Penh by accident when we were trying to find Frangipani 60s, next door. The cute little semi-private cabanas with lime and purple accents around the pool were buzzing, people were sipping drinks at the bar, and the owner immediately came over to help me with my bags … read the full post

Jan 01 2013

Review: The Sangkum, Phnom Penh

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sangkumfront

Located just to the north of Raffles Hotel Le Royal and Wat Phnom, The Sangkum is a fantastic new hotel addition to the Phnom Penh scene. The two-storey hotel, a former house renovated into a breezy 1950s/60s style, has 12 air-con rooms all individually kitted out with retro furniture, a tasteful restaurant and a small, welcoming pool; … read the full post

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