Tag Archives: Phnom Penh


French Dining In Phnom Penh: Chez Gaston

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We’d been urged not to review Chez Gaston by one or two regulars who loved the place the way it was, and didn’t want it frequented by trolls. But trolls don’t eat real food, we said. They live under bridges…

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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: La P’tite France

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There is a book called The Art Of Simple French Cookery by Alexander Watt, a notorious gourmet who spent much of his life lounging around in Gallic restaurants, which perfectly captures the essence of the Parisian bistro in the 1950s….

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Comedy Club Cambodia December Review: Aidan Killian

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It was all arranged at the last minute when comic Aidan Killian – who some reviewer had dubbed “Ireland’s answer to Bill Hicks” – visited a friend in Phnom Penh, who got in touch with Khmer 440’s resident poet Ned…

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Comedy Club Cambodia with Aidan Killian @ The Doors

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The Comedy Club Cambodia will host a special show this Sunday (December 16) at Doors, #18 on Street 47 & 84. Aidan Killian is Ireland’s premier political activist comedian. Spirited and unique, he combines prodigious onstage charisma and a rakish…

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Memoirs of a Grizzled Expat: Waking Up (The End)

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So about three months into our relationship the increasingly frequent and bizarre episodes that would befall my beloved, all of which required remuneration to resolve, suddenly made sense. She had been concealing a sickness from me – an addiction. Having…

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Rude Food In Phnom Penh’s ‘Noodle Alley’

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The worst service I ever had was in London’s Chinatown. There was a cloudburst and then heavy rain so I scurried into one of the restaurants. The place was packed, and I was looking round trying to spot a table,…

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Russian Shot in front of Phnom Penh House: Motive Unknown

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Wednesday, 27 November, 2012 Phnom Penh : A Russian man was shot in front of his house by a gunman while opening his car door for some Russian compatriots who had been travelling with him. The Russian had just arrived…

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Running Away from Exhaustion in Cambodia

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Throughout the whole of October my dreams were bizarre, lucid and persistently awful – the kind of dreams that cling throughout the day and result in emails to loved ones back home: ‘Mum…all good? Just checking because I had a…

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Korean #2 Stabs Korean #1′s Khmer Karaoke Girlfriend

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Phnom Penh – A karaoke hostess and her brother, a motodop driver, were both stabbed in a room (#626) of a hotel perched on the roof of the O Russei Market at around 10:30 on the morning of the 22nd…

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