Cambodia’s Offshore Islands – Part Three

This is the third and final part of a three-part series about Cambodia’s offshore islands After visiting Koh S’dach or Koh Totang, there are still some great islands you could drop by. One or two are well-known while most are not. So, let’s continue island hopping down Cambodia’s coast and explore the tail-end of this…

Mondulkiri

Cambodia’s Great Escape Cambodia is hot, damn hot. In fact, some people describe the seasons as hotter or hottest. To escape that, there is a place you can go: Mondulkiri. But it is more than just about cool weather and cool places. This is where there are rugged hills with majestic waterfalls, unique tribal people…

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…

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…

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…

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…