Cambodia’s Offshore Islands | Part 2

In this second part of a three-part series about Cambodia’s offshore islands, you will experience some, but not all, of the smaller and less visited islands. There are also one or two of the better-known Cambodian islands. Cambodia’s Offshore Islands | Part 2 After visiting Koh Kong, Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samlouem you could…

Cambodia’s Offshore Islands | Part 1

This is the first part of a two-part series about Cambodia’s offshore islands. In part one, the islands visited are Koh Kong, Koh Rong, and Koh Rong Samloem. Part two will take a look at some of the less and some of the rarely visited islands. Cambodia’s Offshore Islands | Part 1 Have you ever…

Cambodian Currency

Which is the Riel Currency? Cambodia has two currencies, well, one the official Cambodian currency and one unofficial currency, or is it two official currencies; sometimes it is hard to tell. People new to Cambodia find the arrangement baffling; paying in one currency and getting change in another or change in both is unusual. What’s…

Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville: Beaches, the New Macao The town of Sihanoukville, or Kompong Som, is a coastal destination south of Phnom Penh: it is also known as “Snooky”. While this dusty and hilly place won’t win any beautiful-town competitions with its excessive and often unwanted development and dozens of casinos, it does have one draw card. Also,…

Koh Dach

There are many day trips by bicycle from Phnom Penh. One place northeast of the capital is Koh Dach; known as “Silk Island” by foreigners. It is a pair of islands in the Mekong River about five kilometres from the Japanese Friendship Bridge. So, leave the hustle and bustle of the capital for the day…

Pailin to Battambang

If you want to attempt some adventure cycling, then take a look at Pailin to Battambang. It is not far from Battambang and only about 15 kilometres from the Thai-Cambodia border. So, you can enter from Thailand or make a side trip from Battambang, or vice versa. Either way, it is an adventure you won’t…

Pailin

Cambodia’s Wild West One of Cambodia’s rarely visited destinations is Pailin Province. Few tourists go there, which is reason enough to put the province in your travel plans. The area has a long history and although Pailin City is small with a wild-west flavour, there are plenty of places to visit in and around town….

Tonle Bati

Not far from Phnom Penh is Tonlé Bati, which is a lake popular with locals who go there to enjoy a day out by the water and for a couple of twelfth-century Angkorian temples in the area. And all this can be achieved on a day trip from the capital. To get to Tonle Bati…

Phnom Chisor

At its height, the Khmer Empire stretched far and wide across mainland Southeast Asia. In contemporary Cambodia, its former magnificence can be seen everywhere, and this is true for Phnom Penh and the surrounds. Near the capital are a number of Angkorian, and earlier era, monuments. Just south of Phnom Penh is one such place,…

Oudong

While in Phnom Penh why not visit Cambodia’s former capital of Oudong. This ancient site is within striking distance of Phnom Penh being only 40 kilometres northwest of the capital and close to the western bank of the Tonle Sap River. It is also straightforward to get to and easy to find as the mountain,…

In the Pot: Cambodian Cuisine

For most visitors to the Kingdom, Chicken or Pork Amok and Lok Lak are their Cambodian cooking experience. However, Cambodia’s cookery has a treasure trove of dishes on offer. Khmer food has influenced its neighbours and in return, Cambodia’s neighbours have influenced Khmer cooking. Add to that the French connection, and you have a recipe…

Cambodian Traditional Medicine

If Apsara dancing or Khmer boxing results in a stretched hamstring or bruised arm, there is Khmer traditional medicine to sort you out. It is also useful if you have a run-in with a scorpion or a cobra, or worse, an unexpected Tuk Tuk. Cambodian Traditional Medicine Khmer medicine is a type of naturopathy using…

Volunteer English Teacher

I had just graduated from university in Australia and I was interested in travelling and working abroad. I had spoken to a friend who had been a volunteer English teacher in Southeast Asia, and he was very upbeat about his extraordinary experiences. In fact, he had plans to return and continue teaching English in Southeast…

Cambodian Ceremonies

Hatches, Matches and Dispatches Of the many Khmer ceremonies that are celebrated; births, weddings and deaths are the ones a visitor to Cambodia is most likely to bump into or participate in; for better or worse or death do you part. Cambodian ceremonies sometimes have tents thrown up on streets; not to be confused with…

Holidays in Cambodia

One international list that Cambodia tops is the country with the most holidays. The Kingdom has 28 public holidays per year. Many of these public holidays are Buddhist occasions. However, there are also celebrations for Independence from France, Human Rights Day or International Labour Day to name a few. Many of the latter public holidays…

Cambodian Martial Arts and Dance

Two of Cambodia’s ancient traditions are, on the one hand, well known, and on the other hand, mysterious. The former is Apsara dancing, a delicate style of dancing also known as classical Khmer ballet. The latter is Cambodia Martial Arts or more propley known as Khmer Martial arts. Both stem from Cambodia’s distant past and…

Cambodia Etiquette

Many visitors to Cambodia are often baffled by Khmer customs and Cambodian etiquette: Why do they always smile? Why are they always bowing? Why are they so loud? Well, they’re Khmer and that’s the way they go about things in Cambodia. Of course, there is a bit more to it than that. Cambodia Etiquette |…

Cambodia History | 1995

“No, not possible” was the reply followed by “Too dangerous.” Apparently, travelling by bus could end up being stopped by bandits, or worse the Khmer Rouge, and taken hostage then a ransom demanded, or else. It appeared my plan to visit Angkor Wat had run into a hurdle. Cambodian History | 1995   This was…

Siem Reap Province

In Khmer, the Siem Reap in Siem Reap Province means “Siam Defeated”, or more accurately “Siam Kneel”. Not a happy entry point into Cambodia if you are Thai. Siem Reap is also the name of the province the town is located in. Siem Reap Province is famous for the ancient city of Angkor; however, the…

Cyclebodia | Cambodia on a Bicycle

Phnom Penh to Battambang Cyclebodia takes you on a journey from Phnom Pen to Battambang via Kampong Chhnang and Pursat. When you start early Phnom Penh is quiet: not much traffic, the city is waking up, and an army of street sweepers come into play. Lots of Phnom Penhers like to exercise in the cool…