Its incredibly easy – and incredibly cheap – to get a local sim card for your iPhone or Android phone at Phnom Penh airport: here’s how.
One of the new breed of boutique hotels in Phnom Penh, the 240 offers great rooms, helpful staff, free wifi and a decent cafe right on the premises, all within one of Phnom Penh’s most picturesque areas
There’s been plenty of good things written about the new ARTillery Arts Cafe in Phnom Penh. The only problem is – how to find it?
Angkor has scores of awe inspiring temples to visit – here are five of those that you really shouldn’t miss
The rise and fall of the Angkor Empire was ironically brought about by the very grandeur of the spectacular temples it created
Sixty kilometres from the heart of the Angkor empire in Cambodia lies the ruined temple of Beng Mealea, almost the same size as Angkor Wat but reclaimed by nature a millennium after it was first built
As the Khmer Rouge trials continue in Cambodia with the testimony of Duch, the former commandant of the Tuol Sleng prison, it’s worth remembering the remarkable story that brought him to justice. It’s told by photographer Nic Dunlop in his book The Lost Executioner, which was my Book Of The Year for 2005. I gave The Lost Executioner a lengthy review on my books site SpikeMagazine.com. With Duch finally on trial, this book is even more important in tracing not only his crimes, but how he evaded capture for so long and the vexed questions of justice within post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia that continue today.
Although Cambodia is one of Southeast Asia’s cheapest countries, costs are rising and you’ll need to set aside a reasonable budget to see the best of the country and have a comfortable trip.
If you’re going to see Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious complex and the jewel of South East Asia, you’ll get a lot more out of it if you know a little bit of the history. The History Channel’s Angkor Wat documentary is currently on YouTube
Phnom Penh has survived the darkest years of its country’s history and its own near-destruction to become a city of life once again.
A small pocket book from art publishers Thames And Hudson provides a dazzling visual introduction to Angkor’s history that’s easy to understand and quick to read
The following morning we headed out again at 7am to Kbal Spean, an hour’s drive away from Siem Reap, the town nearest to Angkor. The main reason I wanted to take my parents to Kbal Spean wasn’t so much to see the ancient monuments there, but more for the drive through the Cambodian countryside.
I’ve been to Angkor Wat twice now. The first time was as a backpacker a couple of years ago, and then more recently in October 2005, when I returned to see Cambodia’s awe-inspiring ancient temples with my parents.
Getting to the ancient temples of Angkor is easy from Bangkok, allowing you to see the temples in a couple of days
The key to getting a full day out of the temples is getting up early in the morning. This isn’t just to make the most of the day, but more to beat the heat and to beat the crowds too.
After a long, hot day of touring the spectacular temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Foreign Correspondent’s Club provides a glorious retreat for tired travellers to relax and contemplate Angkor’s ancient wonders.
Book piracy is big business in South East Asia, with an eclectic range of counterfeit novels, travel guides and history books all on offer to backpackers looking for an illicit bargain