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

Jan 14 2013

Review: Mother Home Inn, Siem Reap

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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

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