Category Archives: Phnom Penh

Our six month placements finish at the end of April meaning we were on the verge of booking flights home when….we got offered the chance to stick around and try our hands at consultancy (sooo ex-civil service!). So given the chance to stay a little longer in Cambodia, surrounded by the world’s smiliest people, who Read More →

Now that we’re one month away from the end of our six-month overseas voluntary placements (in theory…) we’re beginning to wonder what we would miss about Cambodia if we returned to the UK. One strong contender would be the atmospheric shopping on markets, which is about as far away from a trip to Lidl’s as Read More →

As Europeans we are accustomed to a certain set of traffic rules. However attempting to adhere to these rules in Cambodia can be a dangerous matter, as there either don’t seem to be the same rules here or if there are, nobody cares much about them. In fact I have never even actually seen traffic Read More →

Cambodia has a fairly large population of people with Chinese roots, so last week saw countrywide celebrations of the Chinese New Year. The celebrations usually last one week and mark the start of spring. According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Read More →

We can’t believe that we have been here for three months already. Time really flies by when you are enjoying yourself. We came across many wonderful things, and of course a few not quite so wonderful things, but in the end we came to the conclusion that we have fallen completely in love with Cambodia Read More →

Here they were, the most dreaded words for a serious arachnophobiac like myself. Tarantulas for breakfast-really??? What happened to fried eggs or toast with jam? I didn’t really know what to expect from the Cambodian food before we came here. All I knew was that Cambodians tend to eat everything that crawls – that includes Read More →

We visited the infamous Tuol Sleng re-education camp and the Killing Fields at the weekend, which was a sad reminder of Cambodia’s tragic past. A word of warning, some of the photos below are very upsetting. 1. Independence Cambodia achieved independence from France in 1953. After a short period of relative peace, Cambodia found itself Read More →

Cambodia is the land of public holidays and we were lucky to have two major bank holidays in November. The perfect time to get to know local culture and history, and of course to explore a bit more of Cambodia by checking out the remote Bamboo Island. The 9th November marks the day when Cambodia gained independence Read More →