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First check this amazing new time lapse Siem Reap-based movie from the film maker Max Palmer, then read Naomi Collett Ritz’s guide to the perfect night on the town.

With Siem Reap being a tourist town and all, you never need an excuse go to out. Any night of the week you can find …

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Take a look outside of your house. Chances are, if you live in the west you will see a few plastic bags hanging in the branches of a tree or floating about along the street. The quantity will vary depending on whether you live in …

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Tim LaRocco examines the for-profit private education sector in Cambodia and finds a system not fit for purpose:

“We don’t allow the students to cheat here,” the head teacher of a well-known language school in Phnom Penh explained to me in his office …

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Do you have any superstitions? Salute solitary magpies, count rosary beads, throw spilled salt over your shoulder, have an irrational fear of the number 13, which is antagonised further when that day of the month falls on a Friday?

Such irrational beliefs, to ‘normal’ people in …

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When your out of town guests come looking for an authentic Khmer dining experience there are plenty of options. There’s the small-food-big-plate option of Malis, the charity nod of Friends, or for substantially greater authenticity there’s some very good food at …

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Last weekend marked the opening party of the Siem Reap skatepark! We had the pleasure of being joined by the likes of Skateistan Cambodia, and the owners and skaters from The Skateshop Phnom Penh – really friendly, passionate guys, and I also had the opportunity …

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I have been in Siem Reap for 14 months. Don’t hold me to it, but I would be happy to move on around Hanukkah. In general, expats seem to stay for six months. We come as NGO workers, teachers or retirees and the primary reason …

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It’s hard not to have high expectations when a new restaurant is the #1 rated venue on Trip Advisor, even understanding how much of a racket Trip Advisor can be. And taking a first look at the menu at Quitapenas it occurred to me that I’d never seen a menu in Phnom Penh with …

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Life out in the provinces can get pretty dull. Hot humdrum days follow long, hot nights, with only regular meals of rice and palm wine to break the dusty monotony. There’s also sleeping and bitching about the neighbours- two other popular pastimes.

Excitement only really …

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There’s a buzz about Toul Tom Poung these days. One by one, the often two-story timber artisan dwellings formerly housing wood workers or scooter dealers are being razed and replaced with lanky apartment buildings that are rapidly transforming the local skyline in a way reminiscent of Boung Keng Kong’s remodeling in the late noughties …