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The Myths About Monsoon in Cambodia

The Myths About Monsoon in Cambodia

Myths about monsoon in Cambodia don’t seem to be going anywhere, despite the inconsistency and unpredictability of the weather due to climate change. Barely a day goes by when I don’t hear someone say “it rains like clockwork every afternoon”. It doesn’t. The Myths About Monsoon...
An Update from the Road, Ruins and Rice Paddies

An Update from the Road, Ruins and Rice Paddies

We’ve been quiet here on Grantourismo these last few months while we’ve been bouncing around Cambodia working on stories. An update from the road, ruins and rice paddies is long overdue, so here goes… From Siem Reap to Battambang and Bangkok and Back Again One...
12 Reasons We Are Smitten With South East Asia

12 Reasons We Are Smitten With South East Asia

We spent a lot of time in 2011 in South East Asia. Based out of Bangkok for four months while researching a book and working on stories, we bounced across the region on assignments, around Thailand, along the Mekong, and to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia....
Local Knowledge: Vibol from Phnom Penh

Local Knowledge: Vibol from Phnom Penh

We met 18 year-old Cambodian waiter, Pheng Vibol, or ‘Vibol’ as he’s called, at the wonderful Romdeng restaurant in Phnom Penh. Romdeng had been recommended to us by several locals as Phnom Penh’s best restaurant with fine Cambodian cuisine and a lively atmosphere. It didn’t...
Phnom Penh’s Best Cafes and Bars

Phnom Penh’s Best Cafes and Bars

Part of what makes Phnom Penh such a cool, cosmopolitan city is its drinking scene – the place is brimming with buzzy cafés and bars. By day, there’s a lively coffee house culture, and come sunset, everyone’s sipping cocktails at the city’s many rooftop bars....
Eating Out in Phnom Penh

Eating Out in Phnom Penh

For most visitors, eating out in Phnom Penh comes as a pleasant surprise for a city of its small size. The Cambodian capital boasts an abundance of excellent restaurants, from casual alfresco eateries to fancier fine diners. While there are plenty of restaurants serving wonderful Cambodian cuisine, a bonus...
Shopping the Chicest Boutiques in Phnom Penh – An Itinerary

Shopping the Chicest Boutiques in Phnom Penh – An Itinerary

We flew to Phnom Penh from Bangkok to do a story for an Asian travel magazine for a section called The Buzz, which meant we had to cover places that hummed – the best, busiest, most talked-about spots in the city. These are the chicest boutiques in Phnom...
The Best Phnom Penh Markets

The Best Phnom Penh Markets

Like all South East Asian cities, the Cambodian capital has a few standout markets that are worth a wander to soak up the atmosphere, snack at the food stalls, and, naturally, shop for souvenirs. Here’s our mini-guide to the best Phnom Penh markets for visitors...
Phnom Penh, the Pulsating Capital of Cambodia

Phnom Penh, the Pulsating Capital of Cambodia

I had few expectations about Phnom Penh before we went to Cambodia’s capital to do a story for a travel magazine. I think that’s why I liked the city so much. The images in my mind – of wide boulevards and ramshackle, French colonial-style buildings,...