Tag Archives: travel

The Fall Of Victory Hill


A few years ago, Victory Hill was the backpacking hub of Sihanoukville with enough customers to fill the sea with gold. But since then gravity has definitely moved down the hill to Ochheuteal Beach and the now-thriving Otres Beach area….

Posted in Commentary, Travel | Tagged , , ,

Back to School, Past the River of Smell…


After a pretty hectic December I now fall happily back into my happy, humdrum routine. It’s great to feel the warm but un-aggressive ‘cool season’ sun crawl up from behind during a 6am balcony coffee before embarking on a refreshingly…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life, Phnom Penh, teaching | Tagged , , , , ,

Here Be Dragons: Navigating Battambang


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…

Posted in Expat Life, Reviews, Travel | Tagged , , ,

Phnom Penh: It’s All About The River


Phnom Penh is no gigantic metropolis, no sprawling mega-city, no endless urban expanse. Yet still it manages to be an incomprehensible orderly riot of humanity: ugly surprises, elegant demises, fitting fates for all sizes. No easy answers, no succinct demography,…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life, Phnom Penh | Tagged , , , ,

A Public Flogging In Sihanoukville


It happened when I was drinking in a bar one night in Sihanoukville. Seats emptied and expats, tourists, and Khmer staff descended into the street, attracted by the primordial sound of someone or something in pain. There were screams and…

Posted in Commentary, Travel | Tagged , , ,

Things To Do In Phnom Penh With Your Mum

anna pp

My mum’s tight grip on the pole of the tuk-tuk from the Pochentong airport was to be expected. I have seen it before with many a visitor and I remember my own first journey: sniffing the whiff of heat and…

Posted in Commentary, Phnom Penh, Travel | Tagged , , ,

My Dance with Death – Notes from a Dengue Virgin


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…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life, Phnom Penh, Travel | Tagged , , , ,

Tight-Fisted Backpackers In Mondulkiri


I was sitting in a restaurant in Mondulkiri, listening to backpackers haggling over elephant rides – “That one’s a very bullshit operation for the elephants…Yeah, but we got offered two bucks cheaper from the other guy” – when Brendan finally…

Posted in Expat Life, Travel | Tagged , , , ,

Sixty-Nine’s Running Time


When we went to collect our bibs the day before the Angkor Wat 2012 Half Marathon, I felt that it was nothing but a good omen that I was lucky number 69. I would need some luck. I couldn’t stand…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life, Travel | Tagged , , , , , ,

Good Cars for Cambodia Expats #3: Daewoo Matiz v Hyundai Atoz/Visto


Price Range: $2000 – $4000 If you have had one bike accident too many, seen your family grow or are simply looking to get out of the sun and rain, the Daewoo Matiz or Hyundai Atoz/Visto (the Visto is a…

Posted in Expat Life, Reviews, Travel | Tagged , , , ,