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Phnom Penh Coffee Wars 2013

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‘War’ might not be the right term. More like ‘rock festival’, or ‘termite invasion’, or something that implies hoards descending upon a location. Over the last few months in the capital there’s been a rapid expansion of the existing big…

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Here Be Dragons: Navigating Battambang

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An old term used to denote areas of the sea that hadn’t been navigated, ‘here be dragons’ is an apt metaphor for exploring the sleepy backwater that is also Cambodia’s second largest city. Quaint. Charming. Old colonial architecture. Those are…

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My Dance with Death – Notes from a Dengue Virgin

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After five years here I had escaped it long enough – it was time for a dance with dengue. It started on a random Tuesday evening. My last class is at 6:30PM – no one’s idea of late – but…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Beirut

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Beware the Ides of March. That’s all I have for a snappy intro. The day had started at 5am, poorly, and went downhill from there. So I was not in the best of moods when we turned up at Beirut,…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Dolce Italia

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Tough life here in the big city: Which rooftop pool bar should we go to? Italian or Sushi for dinner? Can you recommend a good driver? Blah blah. Back home I paid an obscene amount of money to share a…

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The Needle and the Damage Done

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“So you wanna come over to my place for a treatment?” The towering, barefoot man with a bed sheet wrapped around his waist drawled (henceforth known as ‘The Shaman’). The Tiger Lady was perched on her wooden platform at the…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: The Lost Room

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Getting there is rarely half the fun in Cambodia (dirt bike enthusiasts excepted). Even if you have your own chauffeured transport, a very good speaker system and an ice chest of beer under your feet, it still doesn’t mean you…

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Phnom Penh Coffee Smackdown

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Phnom Penh. 6:00am. Sun breaking over the Mekong; ladies in pajamas flapping their arms in synchronized ecstasy to Akon along the river, chickens scratching, café workers stoking their charcoal fires in the cool morning air. Time to slog off to…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Tonle Bassac Buffet

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Is Gluttony such a bad sin? Really, it’s a far cry from Envy and Wrath. It could easily have been covered under Greed, don’t know why it got its own mention in the Big Seven. Could they not come up…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Rahu

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If you’re looking for Metro’s goofy wannabe urban chic (white on white, changing wall of color) you won’t find it here; Rahu is serious about its minimalism. Save for the huge painting of an angry monk child glowering down on…

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