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,…

Cambodian Cookery

For most visitors to the Kingdom Cambodian cookery, chicken or pork Amok and Lok Lak are their Cambodian cooking experience. However, Cambodia 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…

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…

Cambodian Bus Travel

Getting about Cambodia can be challenging; however, it is best achieved by bus. There is also an art to Cambodian bus travel. Cambodian buses access nearly all destinations in the country, and they’re cheap and regular. There are, of course, drawbacks to bus travel. Cambodian buses aren’t truly regulated, so most buses bump and grind…

Kampot Cambodia

It is not hard to see why people become entranced with Kampot, Cambodia. It doesn’t have Siem Reap’s temples or the glitz of Sihanoukville; however, the town is charming, laid-back and perfect for relaxing and taking a breather from the dusty trails of Cambodia. Kampot Cambodia Kampot doesn’t look like much at first with its…

Cambodia Fish Farming

Fish farming in Cambodia has been increasing for the last 20 years; however, it still has a long way to go. The most popular fish is the Tilapia (Nile perch) and a local catfish. Most of the intensive fish farming in Cambodia is around Phnom Penh and neighbouring Kandal Province, which leaves vast areas that…

Water Festival Cambodia

The annual  Bon Om Touk  ( Cambodian Water Festival )is a must-see event and should be on every Cambodian bucket list. Boat crews from all over the country descend on Phnom Penh to compete in boat races on the Tonlé Sap River, actually, the rallying point is just below the Chrouy Changva bridge and the…

Things To Do In Phnom Penh

You will not run short of things to do in Phnom Penh. All it takes is a little bit of perseverance and the traveler spirit. Most of the sights, interesting places and things to do in Phnom Penh are within a relatively short drive or decent walk. A taxi ride is cheap and those that…

Living In Cambodia

A personal story of our media director living in Cambodia. He shares experiences from the mundane to the unusual. His information is essential for anyone who will be volunteering for any length of time in Cambodia or planning to fully explore the rich Khmer history of Cambodia. Make sure you have all your essential items…

Cambodia Travel Visa

There is a lot written about obtaining a Cambodian travel visa on the internet. You will find government websites, blogs and travel guides offering advice. In general, obtaining a Cambodia travel visa is very simple and straightforward. We do not know of anyone who has had their visa application at a border crossing unreasonably refused….

Banteay Chhmar

Once you make it to Siem Reap then you are in the heart of Angkor. However, not so far from the ancient capital are many less visited Angkorian temples. There is Beng Mealea and Preah Srey, perhaps Phnom Koulen; one much over-looked place is Banteay Chhmar. Banteay Chhmar |One of The Lessor Known Angkorian Temple…

Phnom Penh to Kampong Som

Where’s that you say? Well, Kampong Som is better known as Sihanoukville, or the new Macao. Any way you look at it, the town is worth a visit. Although the Chinese are busily turning it into the casino capital of Southeast Asia, it still has places to escape to. And as a cycling destination, it…