Category Archives: Phnom Penh

When I moved to Cambodia two years ago one of the first snacks I was introduced to was like something out of my worst nightmares. I was once on my way to a field trip with work and when we stopped for a break a lady with a basket full of fried tarantulas on her Read More →

What’s a wat? A wat is a Buddhist temple and there are an estimated 1080 spread throughout Cambodia. Many temples in Phnom Penh are beautiful buildings, but what I didn’t know was that they are not just spiritual places for people to go and pray, but are almost like little communities as well. The complex Read More →

Flags in Phnom Penh were flying at half mast, people were wearing black ribbons, and Buddhist monks took part in mass-prayers at the Royal Palace. Cambodia’s former King Norodom Sihanouk died in October 2012 and the nation has been in mourning since. His embalmed body had been lying in state at the Royal Palace. The Read More →

Last week was my last week at Youth Star Cambodia. Having spend the last year as part of their team, helping with the fantastic work that they do for young Cambodians, it felt terribly sad to say goodbye. Below are some photos from my leaving meal, or if you’d like more detail about my thoughts Read More →

A few weeks ago my colleague Alison and I went to the hill temple Phnom Chisor, about 45km outside of Phnom Penh and near the town of Takeo. We spent 2 hours on a tuk tuk to get there, and although the ride is somewhat dusty and bumpy (a tuk tuk is definitely not an Read More →

In order to explore some lesser known sights outside of Phnom Penh, my former colleague Alison and I recently ventured out to visit the Tonle Bati lake about 35km outside of Phnom Penh. Tonle Bati is a popular spot for locals for a weekend picnic, meaning you don’t get to see many foreign tourists here, Read More →

Last weekend we finally made it to the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary, just outside of Phnom Penh. We went with one of our favorite tuk-tuk drivers, Phea, his wife, and his daughter, whose name we don’t know so we just call her Phea-chen (which means ‘little-Phea’ in German). The Phnom Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary lies 40km Read More →

If you spend a few days in Phnom Penh and you managed to see all the usual tourist attractions such as the Killing Fields, Royal Palace or the Central Market, then I recommend approaching a trusted tuk tuk driver of your choice to venture out in the lesser-visited sites around Phnom Penh. A few weeks Read More →