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2019 Public Holidays in Cambodia

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As Water Festival has come to a close, and there remains only one lone holiday left in 2018 (at least it’s on a Monday!), it’s time to look forward to 2019 and the next 28 public holidays. Public Holidays in…

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Michelin Guide Reaches Bangkok

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Bangkok has finally been awarded with the prestigious Michelin stars. But there’s more to the guide than you might know. Continue reading

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A Return Trip to Le Broken Plate in Phnom Penh

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I had some friends visiting from out of town for a week, and they wanted to have a fun and different experience from our other nights out in Phnom Penh. It was an easy choice to settle on Le Broken…

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A road trip through Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri

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As the holidays were approaching my wife and I were gifted with a surprise: a week of time off between Christmas and New Year’s. Having already made plans in country for the New Year’s Eve weekend, we decided that instead…

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Back on track in Cambodia

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For me, the sight that most encapsulated the rebirth of passenger services in Cambodia was the two young children, travelling on a train for the very first time, accompanied by their grandfather or great-grandfather. The looks of awe and excitement…

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Death Highway Revisited

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It is now about 13 years since I travelled from Sen Monorom, the capital of Mondulkiri Province to Banlung, the capital of Ratanakiri Province. This road was nicknamed The Death Highway by Matt “Jake” Jacobson, the author of Cambodia’s best…

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Twilight of the haunted headwaters of Virachey National Park?

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As we followed along we came upon a strange tree carving. It was a sketch of a primitive-looking man knifed into the bark of tree. It gave me a strange feeling, and my old Brao friend Kam-la was disturbed by it. “He says it is a sign of the spirits of Haling-Halang,” Sou translated. Kam-la looked down and muttered a few more words while looking nervously at his feet. “And he says it might also be a sign of the Tek-Tek.” Kam-la was scared. Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: Discovering Khmer food at Malis

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It’s a constant refrain on both Khmer440 and pretty much any guidebook you care to mention: Khmer food really isn’t up to much, especially when compared to that of its neighbours in Thailand and Vietnam. It’s a terrible admission but in the two years or more I’ve been living in Phnom Penh, I’ve never bothered trying local cuisine. Continue reading

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Four things you absolutely must do when living in a Cambodian village

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I felt a little guilty after my last piece. It’s easy to sit back and pick holes in things for cheap laughs and it’s not too difficult, living among the privations of village life, to find foibles left, right and centre. So, to counter that and rebalance my kharmic merit, here are four awesome things about living in a Khmer village that you should definitely try if you get the chance. Continue reading

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Santa and Budweiser – the Khmer explanation

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Jon Allen is in Siem Reap for the holiday season and tries to explain the concept of Santa Claus to his Khmer brother. His brother rightly thinks he is a complete nutjob. Continue reading

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