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The guide to life in the Kingdom

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Editor-in-Chief / Publisher: Mark Bibby Jackson Editor: Mai Lynn Miller Nguyen – Siem Reap: Nicky McGavin – Art Director/Designer: April Hunt – Photo Editor: James Grant – Photographers: James Grant, Nick Sells & Conor Wall Sales Manager: Qudy Xu – Sales: Sorn Chantha – Business Development: Derek Mayes - Accounts & Distribution: Seang Seyha & Seang Satya Intern: Seth Rinoza Proof Readers: Lindsay Muscato Special thanks to: Ben Allen, Christian Berg, John Berkavitch, Andy Brouwer, Ear Sok Chuang, Genevieve Cortinovis, Darren Gall, Craig Gerard, Clive Graham-Ranger, Trevor Keidan, Alan Kourie, Grace Lewis, David Murphy, Lindsay Muscato, Oak Blue Chilli, Nov Sonita, Erika Pineros, David Preece, Rothany Srun, Sok Yeng, Beth Young, The Cambodian Restaurant Association & The Cambodia Fashion Council - for their contribution to this issue. For advertising enquiries call Qudy on 012 960 076 or Chantha on 012 576 878. If you want a copy of AsiaLIFE Cambodia delivered to your doorstep email:

This is the third time that AsiaLIFE has turned its gaze on the rag trade. With Sihanouk Boulevard pulling in international chains, teenagers developing their own unique style, and the Cambodia Fashion Council aiming to lead the way, we realized that it was time to bring up the F-word again. Fashion. Local designers may soon have the opportunity to send their creations down a catwalk in the country’s first Fashion Week. The event could provide the same memorable experience for a Cambodian audience as my first brush with a fashion show did for me. While an assistant at a fashion magazine in New York, I dreaded the onset of Fashion Week. The town scrambles to see and be seen at “The Tents” in Bryant Park, where many of the shows are held. I knew I’d be pulling my hair out trying to secure front row seats and RSVP to all the right after-parties for my boss. But like Cinderella at the ball, I was granted a chance to visit The Tents. The lights, the music, the models and the celebrities—not even to mention the clothing—all came together as an immense production. Fashion is an art form. Just as the painter and the playwright express a vision through their 6 asialife Cambodia

work, a fashion designer does the same through clothing. Aspiring designers face the same dilemma as all artists—how to earn a living from their art? An industry that supports small businesses can help to create careers in fashion. Across the border is an example in Thailand, which has found ways to encourage independent designers even as the country hosts myriad international chains. Beyond being a form of creativity, sartorial expression can help create feelings of self-pride in a positive way, also encouraging grooming and hygiene. Not to mention pride in Cambodianmade products. It was interesting to hear young designers mention how much they want to incorporate traditional dress into their designs. I hope that the fashion industry can find a way to celebrate its local roots as well as share Cambodian style with the world. One of the most admired young designers in New York spent his early years here. Will Cambodia send someone to follow in Phillip Lim’s footsteps? I hope you enjoy our fashion issue. If you have any comments or concerns, please contact me at or Mark at We’d love to hear your views.

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10 News & Events 18 Picks of the Month


48 Behind the Design: Six Senses


50 Star Connections in Siem Reap

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20 Openings 24 Phnom Penh Calendar 28 Siem Reap Calendar 30 Q&A Ambre

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32 Fashion Forward 38 Boulevard of Retail Dreams

52 Food Review: Red Apron Lounge 53 Food Talk: Tepui

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54 Street Style Phnom Penh


60 Listings

40 Summer Shopping Guide


42 Waging the War on Wildlife Poaching 44 Poker Face

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20 Years of Krousar Thmey

Red and White All Over

Thanks to Hello, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 Smartphone is now in Cambodia. The telecommunications company presented its newest gadget with a high-profile event at the Catwalk in NagaWorld on Apr. 22. Lauded as “the business partner that fits in your pocket,” the BlackBerry Torch offers the full QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, GPS, and the cutting edge Touch Track Pad, the first full touch screen interface on a BlackBerry phone. Red and white limited edition models are available while supplies last, as demonstrated by the launch party’s theme—dress in red and white. Hello also announced its new postpaid plans, making it even easier for customers to fully enjoy all the new BlackBerry’s benefits.

Skin Soothers Launch

The pollution and the climate of Phnom Penh can be traumatic for our skin. Dermalogica puts forward a solution with an innovative range of products specially

A Successful Swim

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Krousar Thmey, known as the first Cambodian foundation for disadvantaged children, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Focused on three programmes—special education for deaf and blind children across the country, child welfare, and cultural and artistic development—Krousar Thmey (“New Family” in Khmer) works every day with 4,000 children. The foundation marked the occasion with events on Apr. 6, 7 and 8, including the official inauguration of the Phnom Penh Thmey School for Deaf and Blind Children by Prime Minister Hun Sen. A unique interactive exhibition, Seeing in the Dark, allowed participants ten minutes in a light-free environment. The aim was to show the conditions experienced by a visually impaired person, as well as highlight the importance of integration and how society and the environment can be disabling to persons with disabilities. For more information about the foundation, please visit

The Mekong River Swim came back bigger than ever this year. A total number of 164 swimmers took part, the highest number of participants in the event’s 15-year history. Xavier Riblet, the all time record-time holder, swam to victory once more. Crossing the roughly 800-metre distance, he clocked in at eight minutes and 24 seconds. Alan Kourie came in second with a time of nine minutes and 36 seconds, followed by Ben Wallace with nine minutes and 37 seconds. Proceeds from entry fees are being contributed to the rebuilding of a Japanese primary school damaged by the Mar. 11 tsunami.

designed for sensitive skin. The UltraCalming series launched in Cambodia on Apr. 8, with an introduction by guest speaker Claire Crouch, a skin care expert and corporate training specialist for the International Dermal Institute with over 15 years experience in the industry. Crouch explained the conditions for inflammatory and sensitive skin, as well as how UltraCalming products incorporate a breakthrough in ingredient technology to solve these problems. Dermalogica is a US-based skincare brand, created by the founders of the International Dermal Institute in 1986. For more information about UltraCalming, visit the Dermal Essentials office at 23 Street 310.

its new 2011 product catalogue. Alongside other projects, the NGO operates several social enterprises to invest in employment opportunities for marginalised children, youth and their families. The catalogue showcases the merchandise made by these social enterprises, which specialise in innovative designs using environmentally friendly processes. Recycled material used includes scrap paper, rice bags and food packaging, and some products feature scrap material from traditional fabrics such as kroma and sarong. For more information, visit To sign up for monthly product updates, email sales@

Shopping for a Cause

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Paris in the Penh

On May 21, French singer Belle du Berry from the band Paris Combo will perform in Phnom Penh. Du Berry has taken advantage of a four-year break from Paris Combo to write a new album called Quizz together with Australian pianist and trumpet player David Lewis. Accompanied by Denis Hénault-Parizel on the guitar and Rémy Kaprielan on the drum kit, the couple has embarked on an Asian tour. Before coming to the Cambodian capital, they will go to Singapore, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta. About the concert in Phnom Penh, Lewis says, “I can’t wait to play there. It is very important for us to play abroad and to present our music to a new audience.” The group’s sound has the same rhythmic roots as Paris Combo, with jazz, Latino and gypsy influences. Songs are written from personal experiences, allowing du Berry to tackle feminine issues close to her heart. “Like in a literary cabaret, texts are not always obvious to understand, but we still have fun,” the singer says. Paris Combo has already announced its comeback in 2012 but before that, the couple will record new songs and continue to tour. After more than 70 concerts in France, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Australia since 2009, the duo is ready to seduce fans and music lovers in Cambodia. Belle du Berry and David Lewis Concert, May 21, 7pm, Chenla Theatre. Free tickets available at the French Cultural Centre (218 Street 184) and at Amrita Performing Arts (128-G9 Sothearos Boulevard).

weekly flights between Paris and the Kingdom’s capitol. The installation of the new route marks the return of Air France to Cambodia after 37 years of absence. Flights are currently operated by Airbus A340-300 with 275 seats and will expand on May 9 to a Boeing 777-200 with 309 seats. Hoping to spur opportunities for goods transport to France and back, Air France allows a weekly cargo capacity of up to 40 tonnes in the hold space. Travellers from Cambodia can now access more than 898 destinations served by Air France, KLM and its SkyTeam alliance partners.

Foodies’ Choice

What’s your favourite restaurant in Asia? Until May 16, discerning diners can vote for the best places to eat for The Miele Guide 2011/2012 edition. Based on the input of restaurant critics and public opinion, the guide will identify the top 20 restaurants in the region, as well as five top-ranking eateries for each Asian country. The second part of its four-phase process, online public voting allows for the people to make their choices, as well as nominate restaurants missing from the

critics’ shortlist. The shortlist for Cambodia includes Café Metro, La Residence, Malis, Ocean, and Topaz in Phnom Penh and Meric and Samot in Siem Reap, among other popular favourites. To cast your vote, visit

WOVD President to Visit Cambodia

CNVLD, the local organisers of the Cambodia Volleyball for Disabled World Cup in July, announced that the new President of the World Organisation of Volleyball for Disabled, Dr. Hossam Eldin Mostafa, will attend the tournament. Dr. Mostafa has praised Cambodia’s progress, noting this is the third time the country has hosted the event. Dr. Mostafa has held a number of key positions in initiatives for athletes with disabilities, and received the Jappo Award in 2011 in the category of Sport Promotion for Disabled for his achievements in Africa. CNVLD has also announced the first referee appointed for the event, Medhi Ashouri from Iran. For more information about the Cambodia WOVD World Cup, see

Mexican Artists Visit

On May 3, a group of independent Mexican artists will begin their visit to the Kingdom. Over the past two years, artists Fernando Aceves Humana, Francisco Castro Lenero, Irais Esparza and Nicolas Guzman have raised enough sponsorship for the production and transportation of a printing press and additional art materials to the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh. The first press workshop will take place on May 15, open to students, selected graduates and guest artists. Cambodian artists can take part in subsequent workshops to learn lithography and etching techniques. Aiming to encourage the medium of printed images and the fine arts in Cambodia, the project is supported by the Institute of Graphic Arts in Oxaca, Mexico.

New Security Company

The Global Security Solutions Cambodia Co., Ltd (GSS) launched on Apr. 1, the first day of the ICT World Expo. In contrast to other security companies, GSS focuses on technology. With integrated electronic systems, remote monitoring and fast-armed

response teams, GSS combines extensive technical abilities with high standard security personnel. In order to guarantee staff is at the highest professional level, GSS requires that employees pass Western standard security training courses and ongoing refresher training to become Elite GSS Officers. For more information about GSS, see or call 012 209 304.

La Vine en Rose

“Vin de soif” is a quaint French expression for wine you drink when you’re thirsty. In other words, it’s not a classic; it’s a quencher—which has long been the reasoning for rose. Here in Cambodia, though, it is at the heart of trendy sophistication, the mark of an appreciative member of the in crowd. For a tasting organised by Luu Meng of Malis, the usual stale bread and spit bucket were replaced by a sumptuous six-course feast of titbits and six wines that ranged from pale to dark pink. The food was the winner by a length and the standout wines were a 2009 De Casta Rose, a true homage to Catalunya, and a Tuscan Centine Rosato from the same year.

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Call for Photographs

The annual Angkor Photo Festival is now accepting submissions for its 7th edition, which will take place Nov. 19-26 in Siem Reap. The festival will encompass exhibitions, photo workshops and side projects during the weeklong programme. The 2010 festival featured 110 photographers, including 50 Asian photographers. This year, all interested photographers are encouraged to submit works photographed around the world, with no imposed theme restrictions. The deadline for submitting work is Jun. 15. This Angkor Photo Festival is also launching the Photo Project Grant for Asian Photographers, supported by the Reminders Project. Application is free and open to all Asian photographers with no age limit. For more information about submissions or the Asian Photographers Grant, visit

The Perfect Fit

Tired of trying on ten pairs of jeans before finding The One? Head to the Original Levi’s shop, located within the Lucky Department Store near Olympic Stadium. As of April, a new line of Levi’s Jeans is now on sale. Known as the Curve ID series, these jeans are marked by new custom fits for women. After studying over 60,000 body scans and hearing feedback from women around the world, Levi’s created a revolutionary fit system based on shape, not size. Shoppers can choose between the Slight Curve, the Demi Curve and the Bold Curve depending on their body types. The launch was celebrated on Apr. 2 with a dynamic fashion event, featuring a special performance on the catwalk by the Super Girls, a runway show, and the emcee talents of Tony Real and Jenny Seang.

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Going for Gold

Tax Text Launches For those who are befuddled by the tax system in Cambodia, a book has been published to help address their quandaries and queries. Tax in Cambodia: A Practical Guide For Your Business recently launched at Monument Books. Offering authoritative information about taxation in Cambodia, the guide features the knowledge and advice of authors Edwin Vanderbruggen and Laysym Sim. Vanderbruggen, a former advisor to the Cambodian tax authorities and the World Bank/Asian Development Bank, is a specialist in finding structural solutions, whereas Sim has more than 10 years work experience as a tax adviser, including a role for a Big 4 in Cambodia.

The Crocs are Back

Cambodian brand beers proved successful at this year’s Monde Selection Awards in Belgium. Held in Belgium, the World Selection of Beer competition is organised by the Monde Selection Institute, an independent institution that tests consumer products and grants awards for quality in bronze, silver and gold. The selection of beers is subjected to analysis in certified laboratories to ensure international standards, and then submitted to a tasting board. A newcomer to the competition, Kingdom Brewery, proved successful at the judging, earning a gold medal for its Pilsener. Four medals were awarded to beer brands produced by the Cambodia Brewery Limited. It was the 29th gold medal for Anchor Beer, the fifth for Gold Crown, and one of several for Tiger and ABC Extra Stout.

Fauna & Flora International announced the first breeding of Siamese crocodiles in captivity in Cambodia. Upon discovering female crocodile nesting materials, biologists from the FFI Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project quickly rushed to examine the top layer of the nest—finding 12 eggs. Although crocodiles were believed to be extinct in Cambodia, due largely to poaching, the Siamese crocodile was rediscovered 10 years ago and brought to the conservation for breeding. Only about 250 of the Siamese crocodiles exist at present in Cambodia. FFI’s Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project opened a new facility in Phnom Tamao in September of 2010 and is supported by the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund and the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Pride Week Celebrations Daily, From May 10: Multimedia Gender & Sexuality Art Exhibition (starting at 6pm) and Film Festival with screenings at 6.30pm (Khmer language) and 8.30pm (English language or subtitles) at Meta House, 37, Sothearos Blvd. See calendar for line-up.

The annual Cambodia LGBT Pride Week kicks off on May 10. Pride is organised by Rainbow Community Kampuchea, a voluntary non-profit group that aims to support Cambodian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people (LGBT) by promoting equality and respect for all, regardless of sexual orienta-

tion and gender identity. An important step for the building of tolerance and dignity, the third Pride Week celebrated in Cambodia is set to include events for all ages, nationalities and orientations. Alongside other exhibitions, workshops, and fun-filled social events, the weeklong programme will include:

Thursday May 12: Pink Pub Quiz at The Local 2, 6pm. The Local 2’s popular Thursday quiz night is queering up for Pride with a generous quiz pot and other prizes to be won! US$2 entry, max 4 members per team. Street 144, off the riverside. Friday May 13: Pride Community Blessing Ceremony at Wat Som Rowng An Dyt and Community Day at Jom Gar Preeng. Buses depart from in front of the Royal Palace at 7.30am. Collect your ticket before from Rainbow Bar (Street 172) or Blue Chilli

(Street 178) daily between 5pm and 10pm. Free buses and entrance fee for up to 200 people. Tuesday 17 May: In honour of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Meta House will screen Courage Unfolds, in Khmer with English subtitles at 7pm. Party Nights: Pontoon (Thursday 12 and Sunday 14), Blue Chilli (Friday 13), Rainbow Bar (Saturday 14), The Empire Bar (Saturday 14), and Classic Night (Saturday 14). For the complete schedule of events and more information, visit or see the MStyle or Cambodian LGBT Pride Facebook pages. As Pride is run entirely by volunteers and funded by donations, any support is welcome.

HCMC Events Bobby Chin Set to Open in Ho Chi Minh City

Kumho LINK, a unique food emporium, is set to open in Ho Chi Minh City in September. Set in the soon-to-be-refurbished retail area beneath Kumho Asiana Plaza, the food emporium will include a signature restaurant from celebrity chef Bobby Chin. He will also film a new television show from the restaurant to be aired on TCL channel. Additional Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai food outlets will also be included in Kumho LINK.

Le Fruit Triathlon

The tenth Le Fruit Triathlon will take place on Saturday, May 21. More than 200 hundred competitors aged from six are expected to take part in the race, which begins on the shores of Mui Ne and will finish at neighbouring Suoi Nuoc Beach. The competition aims to be Vietnam’s green-

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est triathlon to minimise negative impacts on the environment. The company behind the triathlon, Viet Adventure, also has programs in place to help orphans and single-parent families in Suoi Nuoc. The Le Fruit Gecko Triathlon will also take place for kids aged between six and 12. Activities will run alongside the off-road triathlon, including mountain bike lessons and a sand castle competition. For more information, visit To register your school for the Le Fruit Gecko Triathlon, email Baptiste du Chaffaut at

Breakthrough for Vietnamese Scientist

A breakthrough by a Vietnamese PhD student at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia in the science of propagating tropical hardwood trees has great potential for both

industry and the environment. Cao Dinh Hung, 36, enrolled at USC a few years ago because of its emerging reputation as Australia’s leading university for tropical forestry research. He hopes the research will help to reduce deforestation while establishing and improving plantations in both Vietnam and Australia. Hung has developed a new method of using synthetic seeds to grow native eucalypt and African mahogany trees, which are traditionally difficult to propagate from cuttings. By discovering a much quicker method of growing a stronger, selected tree, the research could help produce up to 10 million plants from a single seed, rather than just 100.

CAMA Festival 5 in Hanoi

Hanoi’s biggest annual music event is set for May 28, with a line-up of leading rock and electronic acts from across the world

readying to hit the capital. 2011 festival performers include Chinese rock sensation P.K.14, Tokyo rising stars Okamoto’s, ThaiBritish rockers The Standards, Australian indie-pop favourites Ball Park Music and MalaysianVietnamese four-piece 6789, plus local rock and electronic stars including Rosewood, Recycle, Gibbon Suburbia, Phuong Dang, Tri Minh and Vu Nhat Tan. This year the team behind the past four Hanoi international Music festivals has teamed up with conservation group Flora & Fauna International (FFI), with all profits from the full-day event going to support FFI’s efforts to help save some of Vietnam’s rarest primate species. With the charitable support of Jim Beam and the Marigold Hotel, the CAMA Festival 5 will kick off from 1 pm at 19-21 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hanoi. Visit

SIEM REAP NEWS Cuisine Wat Damnak

Opening its doors around the 23rd of April, Cuisine Wat Damnak is probably Siem Reap’s most anticipated restaurant ever. The creation of Joannès Rivière and his partner Carole Salmon, the restaurant setting is modern and stylish, while the dishes will be inspired by traditional Cambodian recipes, with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients. Rivière is the former executive chef at the Hotel de la Paix, where he made a name for himself as a passionate explorer of and advocate for Khmer cuisine. Some of the dishes to look forward to include seared and marinated scallop salad with fresh herbs and seaweed from Sihanoukville and rice wine as well as wild honey roasted chicken with prahok sauce. The contemporary setting is offset by the aromatic garden around the house. Planted Cambodian style, most of the plants are food-related, says Rivière. Guests are free to wander the spice and aromatic garden to satisfy their olfactory senses as well as their gustatory ones. Cuisine Wat Damnak, Wat Damnak Village, Siem Reap, Tel: 077 347 762, info@


You’ll have heard of the Accidental Tourist, but the Accidental Hotelier is a new one. Loven Ramos is part of the creative force behind ArtDeli and Poetry on Alley West in the centre of town. He has now created his own gallery, underneath his riverside home in north Siem Reap. What started out as an esoteric, playful and hip little gallery has transformed into a unique boutique hotel, each of whose rooms are completely different, having been designed by the artists who previously resided in them. Each of the rooms is actually a gallery in its own right, where the artists have let rip with their imaginations. All the themes are linked to the sixties—one room is dedicated to the Kennedy family by young American Rachel Faller,

while another is centred on the Cold War by Russian artist Inal Kabaloev. There are four rooms now, and another four are in the process of being developed. Outside of the gallery bedrooms, there are the principal galleries. The main one currently displays an exhibition, Imperfections by Ben Thynal, a Siem Reap-based artist who trained at Battambang. 1961, The River Road, Upper West Side (beside the River Garden), Slarkram Commune, Siem Reap, Tel: 063 966 961, Info@, www.the1961. com.

Theam’s House 437

Lim Muy Theam is an artist, designer, interior designer and chef. As the name suggests, Theam lives at Theam’s House, but the downstairs is dedicated to displaying his beautiful lacquer works, sculptures, design pieces, and random objects he finds on his travels, such as Pali inscripted sheets of bamboo, an exquisite Khmer guitar, and dung-shaped cow bells. The elegant house and rich gardens were also designed by Theam. Before opening his own place, he was the artistic director at Artisans d’Angkor. Free now to pursue his own artistic goals, he and his team have been fabulously productive. “He wants to make it the house of 1,000 Buddhas,” says his sister Maddy. He’s not there yet, but gorgeous lacquered Buddhas recline amongst rich, detailed paintings, and brightly coloured elephants have the look of “must have” all over them. According to Maddy, because of the nature of the polychrome acrylic lacquer technique that he employs, he can never be sure exactly how each painting will appear until he’s finished. And even then, they will change over time. “This ties in with Theam’s idea that nothing is permanent, that we must all change, and grow and adapt with time.” Theam’s House 437, 25 Phum Veal, Khum Kokchak, Siem Reap, Tel: 012 712 039,, www.

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Nearly two months after the Mar. 11 earthquake and tsunami stunned Japan, the country continues to struggle with the consequences. Around 300,000 people live in temporary shelters as efforts continue to rebuild homes and facilities on the north coast. The Global Giving Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund supports organisations that provide relief services to victims. Focused mostly on local organisations, the fund’s beneficiaries have included the Association for Aid and Relief, Japanese Emergency NGOs and Association of Medical Doctors of Asia. Make a donation at

Explore: Tribeca Film Favourites

In April, New York hosted the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival. Specialising in cinema of the more quirky variety than Cannes, Sundance or Toronto, Tribeca is another forecast of coming attractions from independent filmmakers. With over 5,600 submissions from 40 countries, the 2011 selection presented 47 world premieres. Among the programme, documentary Bombay Beach depicts a bohemian community in the California desert through a surrealist lens, fictionalised feature Black Butterflies tells the story of Ingrid Jonker, known as South Africa’s Sylvia Plath, and “rockumentary” The Union unravels the making of the sametitled Elton John-Leon Russell album, directed by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous).

Surf: Zen and the Art of Word Processing Long gone are the days of the literary genius alone in a garret with a typewriter. Once you’ve sorted through Microsoft Word’s bewildering array of formatting, editing and layout options, who has the energy for artistic inspiration? Enter Ommwriter, a word processor available as a free download. Once installed, a textured parchment background fills the screen, while New Age music or gentle gongs softly sound. True to its Spartan outlook, Ommwriter limits the choice—four fonts, three backgrounds, three soundtracks and little else to distract from creating a literary masterpiece. Check it out at

Follow: Real Men Campaign

After watching a “Dateline” documentary on sex trafficking in Cambodia, Ashton Kutcher was galvanized to take action. A serious undertaking for the comedic actor, the Demi and Ashton Foundation harnesses the power of social media to educate the public about child sex slavery worldwide. A new video campaign, entitled “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls” combines information and entertainment to condemn child prostitution. Short clips feature Kutcher, as well as Justin Timberlake, Jason Mraz, Sean Penn and other alpha males. Through an interactive element, viewers can even upload a photo and insert themselves into a video. See facebook. com/DNAfoundation.

Listen: New Dengue Fever

On Apr. 19, Dengue Fever released its fourth studio album, Cannibal Courtship. Serving up 10 new tracks—most of them original—the album will satiate fans hungry for the group’s brand of Cambodian 1960s rock revival. A departure from previous recordings, the album has vocalist Chham Nimol singing in English nearly as much as she croons in Khmer. Though Cambodian pop is still the basis of the California-based group’s unique sound, Cannibal Courtship shows a range of influences from around the world, including some Afrobeat rhythms. Dengue Fever’s summer tour is limited to the States, though Phnom Penh residents are hopeful for a reprise of last year’s packed show. See for more information.

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Kate From a jellybean found with her likeness on it to royal wedding speculations, the former Miss Middleton has had everyone astir Cambodia’s First Satellite Royal Group plans to launch a satellite in 2013. Will the over US$250 million cost pay off? Gladvertising The Centre for Future Studies predicts targeted ads as seen in Minority Report may not be far off, with the launch of “Gladverts” that can adapt to viewers’ states of mind The Donald Trump leads the polls of Republican Party candidates for the US Presidential election in 2012. Let’s hope it’s only a publicity stunt for Celebrity Apprentice Cricket Has India’s success in the World Cup made the world’s sleepiest game into the sexiest?

going up going down Traffic Safety At least 58 Cambodians died in traffic-related accidents over Khmer New Year, just as the UN declares traffic safety an Asian crisis Chroy Chongva Peninsula An impaired view from the riverside, a new home for Snowy’s and others, another luxury hotel doesn’t come without costs The Reading Experience Ads, the cheeky addition to the new Amazon Kindle Public Exercise The crackdown on music in Wat Botum Park means less of one of the Penh’s most iconic sights Marriage For £9.99, an app called “Divorce?” can help users decide whether or not to split

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Looking for a more aggressive workout? The newly opened K1 Fitness and Fight Factory brings a unique approach to exercise. With two gyms already in Vietnam, as well as another in France, the K1 brand’s newest outlet is the first of its kind in Cambodia. Spanning 400 metres, the space offers a weight-lifting section, mat area, boxing ring, punching bags and all the relevant martial arts equipment. For a workout with a punch, the gym specialises in both group and private classes led by professional certified foreign coaches, including diverse types of boxing, grappling, mixed martial arts and krav-maga, an Israeli self-defence practice. K1 trainers can also help their clients reach their weight loss and conditioning goals through fitness and nutrition programmes. There are even classes especially for the kids. For the full schedule of classes, see K1 Fitness and Fight Factory, 131 Street 199, Tel: 067 519 698, Open Monday to Friday from 7am to 9pm, Schedule available on

A Taste of Italy Located on the Northwest coast of Italy, the town of Genova has two main claims to fame. In addition to being the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, it’s also home to a mean pesto sauce. At Phnom Penh’s newest Italian restaurant, the Genovese owner has recreated his hometown’s speciality. Though the use of local basil gives the pesto a unique flavour, he says that tasting the sauce reminds him of home. Aside from the signature spaghetti al pesto Genovese (US$4), other pasta options include homemade ravioli (US$6), farfalle melanzane with eggplant (US$4) and lasagne (US$6). A range of meat, fish and salad is also on the menu, as well as some Khmer dishes. Cocktails are also in plenty, ranging around US$2.50. The small space has a casual, home-like feel, more of a trattoria, as the owner explains. Indeed, the bright red décor and al fresco seats in front feel almost like you’re in la bella Italia. Genova Italian Restaurant, 19Eo Street 154, Tel: 012 390 039, Open daily from 10am to midnight.

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What’s the story, morning glory? Morning Glory, a new restaurant located in the former Image Salon, is the creation of four friends—each of a different nationality. Talk about the United Nations, as a Cambodian-American, an Indonesian, a Filipino and a Thai—whose spouses include French, Belgian and British—came together to start the restaurant. Led by the Thai chef (who besides being the former owner of Image Salon also ran a restaurant in Haiti), Morning Glory’s cuisine focuses mostly on specialties from Thailand and Cambodia, although food from the Philippines and Indonesia also appear on the menu. The list of around 122 dishes includes a flavourful chicken satay (US$2.95), red curry duck (US$4) and a unique version of fresh spring rolls (US$2.50) adapted for Western taste buds. With the help of Warehouse, the restaurant also offers a wine list designed to complement the cooking. Morning Glory also offers delivery and catering, as well as set menus and buffets for private parties and group tours. Morning Glory, 57 Street 240, Tel: 061 455 239, Open daily from 10am to 10pm.

Continuous Cafés Mezzo is the latest to join the coffee craze. Perched on the corner of Monivong Boulevard and Street 282, the café features the usual equation of caffeinated drinks, snacks, and WiFi. Though traffic roars by on Monivong outside, air-conditioning and a soft soundtrack of 90s pop hits provide a more soothing atmosphere inside. The furniture and menu design are a clear reference to the popular Brown Coffee locations, with some adjustments. The coffee selection uses Illy beans, including such as classics like espressos (US$1.50) and iced cappuccino (US$2), as well as more complex and sweet options like the caramel frappe (US$2.50). Non-coffee drinkers can choose from the range of TWG teas (US$1.50) and fruit shakes (US$2.75). Two glass display cases reveal pastries and frosted cakes, while the menu presents a mix of Cambodian and Western dishes, including tomato cream soup (US$2.85) and roasted duck with rice (US$3.50). Mezzo may not yet be bringing the crowds of nearby Brown’s, Café Fresco or Gloria Jean’s, but at least visitors can count on a place to sit. Mezzo Coffee Brownie & Cookie, 336C Monivong Boulevard, Tel: 017 995 159, Open daily from 6.30am to 10pm.

Nature and Noodles Situated at the edge of the city, the Noodle Tree captures the ambience of the countryside. Inspired by the tranquillity of nature, owner Vireak Hoeung has outfitted his Khmer restaurant with bamboo trees and plants of different kinds. Sticking with the tree theme, most of the chairs and tables are also made from bamboo. The restaurant offers four different kinds of noodles, with prices at an average of US$1.50, including a serving of vegetables. Try the noodles with Kampot sauce, including shrimp, coconut milk and peanuts. Drink options vary from soda to beer to the local sugar cane juice, a traditional Khmer beverage. To end the provincial meal experience, fresh fruits are cut and served for dessert. For a post-meal memento, clay and coconut shell handicrafts are also available for sale. The Noodle Tree, 32 Street 606, Tel: 012 965 253, Open on weekdays from 7am to 7pm, closed Tuesdays.

From India with Love The explanation for the name of new Indian restaurant Mumtaz refers to one of the greatest love stories of all time. Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal over 22 years in honour of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The restaurant may soon spark a love affair of a different kind—as customers start to discover the cooking. With one chef from Northern India and the other from Southern India, the restaurant features both regions’ cuisine. As authentic Halal food is difficult to find in Cambodia, Mumtaz imports fresh, not frozen, meat from Saigon. Tandoori style is one of the restaurant’s strengths, including chicken tikka for US$4.30. Other highlights include rogan josh (US$6.50), chicken vindaloo (US$5.50), and dosa masala (US$2). For those who want a sampler, there are veg and non-veg Thalis. With a cosy atmosphere, the décor features elephant figurines, red and yellow lanterns and vibrant photographs of India. This location is the fourth of its kind, as Mumtaz restaurants are also in Vietnam and Danang. Mumtaz Indian Restaurant, 16210 Street 63, Tel: 023 726 761, Open daily from 10.30am to late.

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calendar phnom penh Sunday 1

Film: Shattered Glass at Meta House, 7pm. Gripping psychological thriller about honesty and integrity in news reporting, presented by the Overseas Press Club of Cambodia.

Tuesday 3

Film: European Union Film Festival at CCF and Koh Pich. Through May 9. See Film: Exit Through the Gift Shop at Meta House, 7pm. “Mockumentary” from anonymous graffiti artist Banksy, also includes footage of Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most famous graffiti artists.

Wednesday 4

Film: Lost Loves at Meta House, 7pm. Cambodia’s first independent movie producer Chhay Bora presents his film set in the time of the Khmer Rouge re-

gime. Tickets US$5 help fund international distribution, includes drink. Q&A to follow. Exhibition Opening: Pore by Meas Sokhorn at Java Café & Gallery, 6pm to 9pm. Encompassing wall sculptures and installation of mostly found materials and domestic objects, Pore is a lament to the creativity and physicality of diminished craftsmanship. The installation addresses the artist’s belief that people must reclaim ownership. The exhibition ends Jun. 12.

Thursday 5

Exhibition: Lon Lao at CCF, 630pm. Immerse yourself in primitive drawings in bright colors with Lon Lao’s Le Ciel Noir. Film: Armadillo at Meta House, 7pm. Gripping war documentary follows a group of Danish soldiers in the conlict zone in southern Afghanistan.


Friday 6

Party: Homecoming Party at Green Vespa, 6pm. Alan is back! Buy one drink, get a second one completely free. One night only! Film/Live Music: Moog and Michael Oakley at Meta House, 7pm and 8.30pm. Documentary about Bob Moog, inventor of electronic instruments, followed by “Awkward Binocular”, a live music event by US Musician, as well as local DJs and performers. Live Music: Mekong Pirates at Gasolina, 8pm. Before sailing away, the unique, famous and inimitable Mekong Pirates reunite for an unforgettable live concert. Live Music: Squishy at Paddy Rice Irish Sports Bar, 9pm.

Saturday 7

Dance: Salsa Explosion at the FCC roof terrace, 830pm until late. Get your dance moves ready for a salsa explosion. Live Music: Los Poporks at Equinox, 8.30pm. Catch the return of Phnom Penh’s best dance band. Poetry/Open Mic: Christopher Crawford and Philip Heijmans at Meta House, 7pm. A night of poetry from two of Phnom Penh’s prolific poets, including an hour of open mic for readings and music.

Sunday 8

Film: Tokyo Sonata at Meta House, 7pm. Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Cannes-winning feature film about an allergic reaction to the very idea of what it means to be Japanese.

Tuesday 10 Fun for All Mith Samlanh presents a Magical Musical Mystery tour at this month’s FunFair. On May 28, the Mith Samlanh centre will feature musicians, magicians and exciting new games. Acts will include live performances from The TukTuk Sessions. Promising more stalls, food, drinks and fun than ever before, Mith Samlanh aims to be the highlight of the month for kids of all ages. The FunFair will take place from 2pm to 6pm at the Mith Samlanh Centre, 215 Street 13. Entry is free.

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Sochea, Chat Piersath, Nicolas Lainez, Alan Flux, and Roger Spooner. Day One of Pride 2011 Filmfest with three short films from the Q-Film Festival in Indonesia.

Wednesday 11

Dance: Compagnie Racines Carrées, Tiny Toones and BDB at Chenla Theatre, 7pm. Hip-hop and break-dance French-Khmer style. Free tickets before at CCF and Amrita Performing Arts. Film: Day Two of Pride 2011 Filmfest at Meta House, 6.30pm. I Can Be Who I Am, a film in Khmer with English subtitles, will be followed by the filmmaker’s appearance. Madame X from Indonesia and Desert Hearts from the U.S. will be screened after the main feature.

Thursday 12

Dance: Compagnie Racines Carrées, Tiny Toones and BDB at CCF, 7pm. Hip-hop and break-dance French-Khmer style. Film: Day Three of Pride 2011 Filmfest at Meta House, 6.30pm. Documentary Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World followed by The Kids Are Alright, a poignant yet comedic portrait of a modern family. Quiz: Pink Pub Quiz at The Local 2, 6pm. The popular quiz night queers up for Pride. US$2 entry, max four members per team.

Friday 13

Film: Day Four of Pride 2011 Filmfest at Meta House, 6.30pm. Sophat and Nasear from Cambodia, Don’t You Worry about three young women and Twelve from the Philippines.

Exhibition Opening: Destination Francophonie at CCF, 6pm. Independent mini stories on video for display promoting values and the common languages of the French language.

Event: Pride Community Blessing Ceremony at Wat Som Rowng An Dyt. Buses depart from in front of the Royal Palace at 7.30am for up to 200 people. Free tickets available prior at Rainbow Bar and Blue Chilli between 5pm and 10pm.

Exhibition Opening/Film: Proud Out Loud and Pride Film Festival at Meta House, 8pm. Exhibition on two floors by Cambodian artists Em Riem, Taing

Live Music: Paddy Rice Irish Sports Bar, 9pm. Relax to live tunes while watching your favorite football games.

Saturday 14

Film: Day Five of Pride 2011 Filmfest at Meta House, 6.30pm. Boyfriend, a new short film by Cambodian filmmaker collective 4K, Queer China, Comrade China, a documentary about Chinese reactions to gender and sexual orientations, and Hooters, a documentary from the USA.

ploitation in Cambodia, featuring grassroots activist Somaly Mam and politician Mu Sochua. The second is a new piece about the lives of girls affected by the virginity trade in Cambodia. Live Music: Dub Addiction at Equinox, 8.30pm. Jive to reggae music featuring Professor Kinski and MC Curly.

Live Music: Little Duke and the Mekong Blues Messengers at Equinox, 8.30pm. Watch them playin’ tight and rockin’ Delta Blues music.

Live Music: Paddy Rice Irish Sports Bar, 9pm. Relax to live tunes while watching your favorite football games.

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Saturday 21

Film: Day Six of Pride 2011 Filmfest at Meta House. Iron Ladies at 6.30pm, Go Go Reject at 8.30pm, and You Should Meet My Son at 8.45pm.

Comedy: Les Improhoks at Equinox, 8.30pm. Laugh your hearts out with the French improvisational comedy extraordinaire.

Monday 16

Film: Changing the World on Vacation: NGO Volunteers and the Politics of Compassion at Meta House, 7pm. The debut film from Daniela Kon, inspired by her own experiences volunteering with NGOs in Thailand, India and Cambodia.

Film: Day Seven of Pride 2011 Filmfest at Meta House. My Buddy Claudia at 7pm and Insects in the Backyard at 8.30pm.

Tuesday 17

Film: Day Eight of Pride 2011 Filmfest at Meta House, 7.30pm. The South East Asian launch of Courage Unfolds, a film that calls for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to be protected, respected and accepted by promoting the implementation of the Yogyakarta Principles. At 8pm, a panel discussion by LGBT activists, MSM NGOs and Human Rights NGOs on the situation of LGBT in Cambodia.

Live Music: Belle Du Berry and David Lewis at the Chenla Theatre, 7pm. Watch the touring combo lull the audience with their jazzy and upbeat swing.

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Wednesday 18

Live Music: Mr. Andy’s Kid’s Music Show at Gasolina, 4pm to 6pm. Free musical fun with singing, dancing, instrument-playing, song-writing and an interactive virtual Mr. Andy.

Thursday 19

Lecture: Nerd Night at Meta House, 6.30pm. A special allKhmer speaker line-up will present on topics with 20 images and 20 seconds commentary for each, based on the Japanese Pecha Kucha format.

Film: Facing Genocide at Meta House, 7pm. A new documentary about Khieu Samphan, former head of state during the Khmer Rouge regime. Presented by lawyer and author Theary Seng. Film: Future Shorts Film Festival and Liszt at Meta House, 7pm. On the rooftop, a screening of both local flicks and films from the world’s pioneering filmmakers. In the gallery, Indonesian/ American pianist Cicilia Yudha presents music composed by Franz Liszt for the ballet Mayerling.

Friday 20

Comedy/Theater: Les Improhoks and Divagations Nocturnes Passageres at the FCC roof terrace, 830pm. Film: Redlight and Virginity Trade at Meta House, 7pm and 8.30pm. The first is a powerful documentary about child sex-

Tuesday 24

Exhibition Opening/Film Screening: Eng Sothy Photographs and Land Lost, Culture Lost at Meta House, 6pm and 8pm. The exhibition includes work from the award-winning Khmer photographer as he follows daily life in the countryside, followed by a screening of a new documentary about land loss, directed collaboratively by Daniel Lanctoct and Kong Yuk village in northeastern Cambodia.

Wednesday 25

Film: Enemies of the People at Meta House, 7pm. Winner of this year’s Sundance Festival, this remarkable documentary includes

shocking testimony never before seen about the Khmer Rouge regime. Q&A with filmmaker Thet Sambath. Tickets US$5, includes drink.

Thursday 26

Conference: Can Happiness Be Learned? at CCF. François Lelord, a writer who has sold over a million copies with his hit “Hector and the Search for Happiness”, talks about the different possibilities for happiness. Film: The War You Don’t See at Meta House, 7pm. A powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in wars today, featuring interviews with controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Friday 27

Event: Salon du Livre Book Fair at CCF. Event:Green Night at Meta House, 6pm. The bi-monthly event, supported by Smart Mobile, offers a new creative platform for green lifestyles, green perspectives and green entrepreneurship in Cambodia. Live music, short films and NGO presentations.

Film: Cambodian short films and The Story of Anvil at Meta House, 6.30pm. Short films by young Cambodian filmmakers from the Department of Media and Communication, followed by a documentary about Canadian metal band Anvil. Live Music: Cyclosonik at Equinox, 8.30pm. Catch Nico, Mom and Eric from the defunct Mekong Pirates.

Sunday 29

Film: Winter’s Bone at Meta House, 7pm. Sundance Jury Prize Winner 2010 set in rural Missouri, where residents have trashed the land with wrecked autos and empty crates.

Tuesday 31

Film/Live Music: Mass Grave Near Pagoda, Kampuchea: Death and Rebirth and Piano Recital at Meta House, 7pm. New documentary by Ratanak Leng, followed by filmmaker Q&A. The second screening is the first documentary after the collapse of the Khmer Rouge regime. In the gallery, a performance of Liszt and Dutilleux by pianist Cicilia Yudha. US$5 entry, US$1 for students and children.

Live Music: The Stunned Mullet Band at Equinox, 8.30pm. Listen to a variety of music including bluegrass, rock, blues and skiffle.

Every Day

Live Music: Holliday in Cambodia at Paddy Rice, 9pm. Listen to acoustic versions of your favorite songs played live.

Food/Drink: High Tea in Restaurant Le Royal, Raffles Hotel Le Royal, 3pm5.30pm.

Saturday 28

Food/Drink: Buy One Get One Free at Elephant Bar, Raffles Hotel Le Royal, 4pm-8pm.

Event: Salon du Livre Book Fair at CCF.

Food/Drink: Everyday Brunch at Chow, 10am-2pm. Chow 8 Lunch Special, 12pm. Special menu for US$8.

coming up Business Talk On May 20, the Australian Business Association of Cambodia will host a special luncheon. The event will feature guest speaker Nick Greiner, leader in the corporate world and a former Australian politician. See Business Insider on pg. 87 for a Q&A with Greiner. The luncheon location is to be determined. For details and bookings contact or

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Every Tuesday

Workshop: Photography Walking Tour of Phnom Penh with Nathan Horton, 1pm. Internationally renowned photographer teaches you how to improve your skills. Tuesdays except May 31. NathanHortonPhotography. com, Tel: 092 526 706, Email: nathanhortonphotography@ DJ/Party: Hip Hop sessions at the Riverhouse Lounge, 10pm till late. DJ Cool Sam & DJ Star. Food/Drink: Prime Tuesday at Café Monivong, Raffles, 6-10pm. Black Angus prime beef rib or leg of lamb. Food/Drink: Burgers at Steve’s Steakhouse, 6.30pm. All you can eat burgers US$7.50 Live Music: Open Mic at Riverside Bistro, 8.30pm. Mix of pop and rock. Quiz: Pub Quiz at Gym Bar, 9pm. Cash prizes in the quickest pub quiz in town.

Every Wednesday

Dance: Salsa at Equinox, 9pm. Live Music: House Band Live Wire at Riverside Bistro, 8.30pm. Mix of pop and rock. Dance: Salsa with DJ Jimmy at Equinox, 9pm. Quiz: Pub Quiz at Paddy Rice, 8.30pm. General knowledge quiz with drinking skills.

Every Thursday

Workshop: Technical Photography Workshop and Walking Tour with Nathan Horton, 1pm. Internationally renowned photographer teaches you how to improve your skills., Tel: 092 526 706, Email: DJ/Party: Ladies Night at the Riverhouse Lounge DJ’S Gang & Blue with drink specials for women.

Penh Pswings hosts an evening of dance. Live Music: House Band Livewire at Riverside Bistro, 8.30pm. Mix of pop and rock. Live Music: Open Mic Night at Paddy Rice, 9pm. All musicians welcome. Party: I’m Every Woman Ladies night at The Riverhouse Lounge, 10pm to late with DJ’s Gang & Blue. All women get one free drink, every group of five women get a free carafe of the house special Blue Frozen Margarita. Party: Hoochie Mammas at Pontoon. The new gay night brings energetic live shows and international house DJs.

Every Friday

Workshop: Light Room 3 Post Production Workshop with Nathan Horton, 1pm. Internationally renowned photographer teaches you how to improve your skills. Fridays except May 13. NathanHortonPhotography. com, Tel: 092 526 706, Email: nathanhortonphotography@ Workshop: Sunrise Visit to Olympic Stadium with Nathan Horton, 5am. Internationally renowned photographer teaches you how to improve your skills. Fridays except May 13. NathanHortonPhotography. com, Tel: 092 526 706, Email: nathanhortonphotography@ DJ/Party: African Dance Party at Do It All Bar, 10pm. Traditional African hits through the night ‘til 6am. DJ/Party: Hip Hop Non Stop at The Riverhouse Lounge, 10pm. DJ Bobby, DJ Cool Sam & DJ Illest. Food/Drink: Seafood Buffet at Café Monivong, Raffles, 6pm Large selection of fresh seafood prepared in front of your eyes.

DJ/Party: Ladies Night at Do It All Bar, 10pm. Free first drink for all women.

Food/Drink: Buffet Lunch at Lotus Blanc training restaurant (Stung Meanchey), 11am to 2pm. US$8.

Food/Drink: Chicken at Steve’s Steakhouse, 6.30pm. All you can eat US chicken US$7.50.

Food/Drink: Poet’s Day at Fish. Long lunches and boozy afternoons. Business lunch set menu for US$15.

Dance/Live Music: Swing Night at Equinox, 9pm. Phnom

Food/Drink: Keelhauled on Cocktails at Fish, 8pm to 9pm.

Ladies Night with two for one cocktails. Live Music: Velkommen Inn, 8pm Live Music: House Band Livewire at Riverside Bistro, 8.30pm. Lively mix of pop and rock. Live Music: Weekly live music gigs at Paddy Rice, 9pm.

Every Saturday

Workshop: Photographic Trip to Silk Island with Nathan Horton, 12pm. Internationally renowned photographer teaches you how to improve your skills. Saturdays except May 14., Tel: 092 526 706, Email: Workshop: Aesthetic Photography Workshop with Nathan Horton, 10am. Internationally renowned photographer teaches you how to improve your skills. Saturdays except May 14., Tel: 092 526 706, Email: nathanhortonphotography@gmail. com. DJ/Party: Hip Hop Night at Do It All Club, 10pm. With DJ Ratana / DJ Rock till 6am.

Every Sunday

DJ/Party: Sunday Night Jammin at Elements Club, 10.30pm Workshop: Photography Technical Workshop with Nathan Horton, 9am. Internationally renowned photographer teaches you how to improve your skills. Sundays except May 15., Tel: 092 526 706, Email: nathanhortonphotography@gmail. com. Workshop: Photographic Tour to Udong and Kampong Chhnang with Nathan Horton, 12pm. Internationally renowned photographer teaches you how to improve your skills., Tel: 092 526 706, Email: DJ/Party: Dance remix at the Riverhouse Lounge, 10pm DJ Star & DJ Phannara. Food/Drink: Paella Sunday’s at Pacharan, 11am – 5pm Free flow of sangria and all you can eat paella for US$13+. Food/Drink: Sunday Brunch at Café Monivong, Raffles, 11.30am.

DJ/Party: Hennessy Full Locale Party at Elements Club, 9pm. Drink specials and lucky draw.

Food/Drink: Prosecco Brunch, Bistro Romano NagaWorld, 11am. Oysters, a la carte main, fresh pasta station and freeflowing prosecco for US$25 (US$20 if group of 6 or more).

DJ/Party: Hip Hop Mash-up at The Riverhouse Lounge, 10pm Hip Hop with DJ’s Cool Sam & DJ Bobby.

Food/Drink: Steak Night (US$7.50) at Steve’s Steakhouse, 6.30pm.

Food/Drink: Buffet Lunch at Lotus Blanc (BKK location), 11am to 2pm. US$10.

Food/Drink: Five Loaves and Two Fish Sunday Brunch at Fish, 11pm to 2pm.

Live Music:House Band Livewire at Riverside Bistro, 8.30pm. Mix of pop and rock.

Food/Drink: Three Hail Mary’s and A Bottle-o-Rum at Fish. Three Bloody Marys for the price of two.

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calendar siem Reap Sunday 1

Film: Good Luck For You Every Day at Peace Cafe, 6.30pm. Hourlong documentary on the life of Peng Phan and the NACA orphanage in Phnom Penh. Phan.

Thursday 5

Exhibition: Scale of Angkor, a joint exhibition at the Hotel de la Paix by Chan Dany and Old Master Dy Proung, 6.30pm. Free canapés and special drink prices.

Friday 6

Shopping: The infamous Alley West First Friday Sale. Great bargains all day from many outlets on Alley West. Quiz: Charity Pub Quiz at Rosy’s Guest House, 8pm. Leisure: Detox and Heal with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation at Hariharalaya Healing and Retreat Centre. Until May 8.

Saturday 7

Quiz: Test your musical knowledge at the Warehouse monthly charity music quiz, 8pm. $1 entry.

Friday 13

Quiz: Charity Pub Quiz and Raffle Draw at Molly Malone’s, 8.30pm. With some very generous prizes from local businesses and social enterprises.

Friday 20

Quiz: Charity Pub Quiz at Chilli Si Dang, from 8pm.

Friday 27

Quiz: Charity Pub Quiz and Raffle Draw at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub 8.30pm.

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Saturday 28

Music: Karaoke Mayhem at The Warehouse, from 10pm.

Leisure: Salsa Classes with professional dance teacher, Siem Reap Hostel, 6pm to 7pm.

Every Day

Every Wednesday

Food/Drink: High Tea at Raffles Grand Hotel, 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Food/Drink: Contemporary afternoon tea served at the Arts Lounge in the Hotel de la Paix, 3pm to 5pm. Food/Drink: Happy Hour from 4pm to 9pm at the Elephant Bar, Raffles Grand Hotel. Food/Drink: 7-Course Khmer tasting menu at the Hotel de la Paix, from the menu that represented Cambodia at the Bocuse d’Or 2010. From 7pm. Sport: For details of the next Hash House Run, check out Leisure: Tai Chi Chuan, Yang style at the Peace Café, 10am to 12pm.

Every Monday

Leisure: Poolside Tai-Chi at the River Garden, 8am. US$5. Leisure: Hatha Yoga at the Peace Café, 6.30pm to 8pm. Film/TV: Movie Night at the Soria Moria Hotel rooftop bar, 8pm. Free popcorn.

Every Tuesday

Food/Drink: Teapot Tuesday at The RiverGarden. Share a US$5 pot of your favourite cocktails with friends, from 4pm. Food/Drink: All-you-can-eat Australian style Barbeque at The Villa, 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

Leisure: Poolside Tai-Chi at the RiverGarden, 8am. US$5. Leisure: Hatha Yoga at the Peace Café, 8.30am to 10am.

Food/Drink: Ladies, get your gladrags on and enjoy the free selected drink for Ladies Night at the FCC, 7pm to 9pm. Dance: Apsara show by the children of Sangkeum Centre at the Fire Garden at the Hotel de la Paix, 7.15pm to 8pm.

Food/Drink: Dice Night at The Warehouse, 6pm to 8pm. Roll 1 to 4, pay the regular price; a 5, pay half; roll 6 and your drink is free!

Live Music: Open Mic Night at the Warehouse with Richard Besley, 9pm. Rock, Folk and Blues. All musicians welcome.

Food/Drink: US$1 night, on a wide selection of tasty treats, tapas and drinks at the Soria Moria Hotel, 7pm to 11pm

Every Saturday

Dance: Apsara show by the children of Sangkeum Centre, Fire Garden at the Hotel de la Paix, 7.15pm to 8pm.

Every Thursday

Leisure: Hatha Yoga at the Peace Café, 8.30pm to 10am Food/Drink: Happy Hour at the Soria Moria Hotel from 10am to 10pm. Buy one get one free drinks, 50 percent off all food. Quiz: The Legendary Charity Pub Quiz at the Warehouse, 8pm until late. US$1 entry.

Every Friday

Food/Drink: Happy Hour at the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, from 3pm to 6pm. Food/Drink: Happy Hour Cocktails at Chilli Si Dang. All night long… Leisure: Hatha Yoga at the Peace Café, 6.30pm to 8pm.

Leisure: Hatha Yoga at the Peace Café, 8.30pm to 10am. Food/Drink: Super Saturday at the Soria Moria Hotel, 12pm to 8pm. All day happy hour, buy one-getone free drink, and 50 percent off all food. Food/Drink: Tasty, fresh Riverside Barbecue at Chilli Si Dang, from 3pm. Entertainment: The spectacular Diamond Paradise Drag Show at Linga Bar, 10.30pm.

Every Sunday

Food/Drink: Bottomless Bubbly Brunch at RiverGarden. Free refills all day. Food/Drink: Splash out for the Sunday BBQ and Pool Party at the Siem Reap Hostel, 4pm to 8pm. Tickets US$4.50, including a beer. Food/Drink: Wine Lovers’ Special at the Soria Moria Wine Night, 6pm to 9pm.


Travel news from around the region and beyond

Chill-ax in Chiang Mai

Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, located in Chiang Mai, is offering a threeday/two-night spa package that includes villa accommodation and a two-hour de-stress spa package at the resort’s SPA Cenvaree. The destress package includes a herbal steam, body scrub of your choice and full body massage. Guests can choose from aromatherapy, Swedish, deep-tissue or Thai massage. The complete spa package is available until September 30. Prices begin at THB 14,500 (US$480) for two people to stay in a luxurious Lanna Villa. The villas have their own private outdoor pavilion with a Jacuzzi and steam room where massage and other treatments can be provided. The package also includes a private limousine roundtrip airport transfer and daily buffet breakfast. For bookings call 02 101 1234 ext. 1, email or visit

Cruise the Mekong

Kamu Lodge, an adventure camp located two hours north of Luang Prabang on the bank of the Mekong River, has launched a two-day journey. A traditional Lao longboat leaves at 9am from Luang Prabang and journeys upstream to Dan Village, where locals are working to rebuild a Buddhist pagoda. The next stop is Doun Khoune, the private shrine of King Sisavangwatana, the last monarch of Laos. This is followed by a visit to the Pak Ou Caves and to a Hmong and Kamu village. In the late afternoon, the boat docks at Kamu Lodge—where there are no distractions like TV or wireless Internet. Guests are served dinner, then spend the night in stateof-the-art safari tents. The package starts at US$237 net per person based on twin occupancy, including accommodation, full board, excursions and guide fees. For more information, contact Santisouk Phimsavanh at or (856) 205 560 4160.

Hideout on Halong Bay

Life Heritage Resort Halong Bay now has a fleet of heritage-style junks, designed to cater for one couple at a time. For now the vessels take to the bay for six-hour day cruises (US$220 for two from 10am to 4pm), though overnight voyages will soon follow. The unique selling point of this package is that guests can customise their trip.Each private vessel has a cabin with an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and heating, LCD television, CD/DVD player and an assortment of board games. Use of the boat’s kayaks, snorkelling equipment and fishing gear are complimentary. The cruise includes afternoon tea and a set lunch for two. Guests can select favourite dishes from Life Resort’s international menu prior to sailing. For details, call 3844 3605, email sales@life-resorts. com or visit

“Calling the world is cheap & easy starting from 8 Cents”

Romyda Keth & Thomas Jaffre For over ten years, Ambre has been a leading force in creativity and style. Designers Romyda Keth and Thomas Jaffre reflect on the present and future of fashion in Cambodia. Words by Mai Lynn Miller Nguyen. Photo by James Grant. In 1999, Phnom Penh was a far cry from the bustling metropolis it has become today. Art galleries, cafés and shops were few and far between. Yet that was the year Romyda Keth opened Ambre, the store and showroom for her clothing line. Her use of vibrant colours, high-quality silks and inspired silhouettes caused a sensation. The Cambodian-born designer’s work displays her cosmopolitan sensibilities. She spent the majority of her life in the world’s fashion capital, where she studied at the Paris School of Fine Arts and the Esmod School of Fashion Design. After a designing stint for American department store Macy’s, she launched her own venture, a boutique in Paris’s chic sixth arrondissement. Keth returned to her birthplace in 1994. She continued to design and produce clothing, exporting back to clients in France before she eventually launched her Phnom Penh shop. Though she now sells boutiques in Chile, Ho Chi Minh City, La Réunion, Manila, Mexico, Paris, Singapore, Puerto Rico and Tokyo, Keth continues to work from the Phnom Penh headquarters, where her creations are first debuted. Her original team of four staff members has grown to include nearly 100 people. For over three years, Thomas Jaffre has joined as designer for the men’s line. He extends Keth’s aesthetic to menswear, matching colours and details from the women’s collection.

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Set in a picturesque colonial villa on Street 178, Ambre features an ever-evolving selection, as Keth and Jaffre design and produce as inspiration strikes. The first stop on many a tourist’s shopping tour of Phnom Penh, Ambre also draws a regular base of expats and an increasing number of Cambodian clientele. It has been over a decade since Ambre was inaugurated. The city may have grown, but Ambre still retains the cachet it has had since the start. How do you maintain Ambre’s high standard of quality? Romyda Keth: A lot of people are asking me, why don’t you go further and develop more? We already have ten shops, and people keep on asking me, why not more? I’m not sure I’m really interested in more. I like to control everything, I like to go step by step. We’re not like Mango or Zara. I don’t want to be a chain. I prefer to work with passion and with love, and wake up every day being happy to be here instead of having 100 different shops everywhere in the world. Thomas Jaffre: There is always a human touch. Romyda likes to be in touch with the factory, with what happens there, with what is happening overseas. You can also see Romyda in the shop. A lot of customers tell me that they’re very happy to meet Romyda in person. They say,“She is going to pin my pants?”

What is the relevance of fashion for Cambodia? RK: I think everything that is related to art, not only fashion, is very important. We were artists, you can see in Angkor Wat and all our history. If you see the old movies of the King, they were all very elegant. I think it needs to come back, we can rebuild culture and free this artistic sense. It’s been careless for too many years. TJ: Designers are trying to find their own way. It seems to be faster for photography or painting, but I think it’s going to continue for fashion. It’s a pity to say, but the most interesting Cambodians in fashion are the ones coming from overseas. Here, not yet. But it’s going to come, of course. How is the arrival of international clothing brands impacting the fashion market? RK: There are always customers for that type. It’s moving, it’s great. My reproach would be that they present it as high fashion. Khmer people think it’s something like Christian Dior. It’s not correct to present it that way, for people who don’t know it, it’s not fair. TJ: It’s the same as saying McDonalds is very well known, but it’s not La Duree. RK: Of course, it’s good for Cambodia to have those big chains

coming, but I hope we never forget that the small designers must exist. If you go to cities like Paris or London now, it’s just chains and chains, there’s Top Shop, H&M, Zara. Young designers start to disappear because they cannot survive with all those big shops. It’s a pity, a real pity. What future do you see for the local fashion industry? RK: I think there’s a strong emergence of real artists and creativity. I think the period of copying is finished. We hope there’s going to be more and more real designers, creative designers. It’s coming in fashion as well. Recently there was the Salon des Créateurs. It was very interesting to see all those different designers, there were fashion designers, art designers, painters. TJ: Now each time we see someone who is trying to have his own style, we buy something. It’s going to help them to be selfconfident. Fashion needs help here. That’s also why Romyda was part of the Salon des Créateurs show. People go to the show if they know Romyda is going to be there. We saw that it wasn’t about copies or brands, it was about young designers. What is your advice for young Cambodian designers? RK: Be themselves. Work hard. Create, don’t copy, create. All of us have a talent.

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A s C a m b o d i a ’s e c o n o m y s t r e n g t h e n s , p o s s i b i l i t i e s a r i s e for more creative industries. Fashion is now becoming “in fashion”. But are the people ready? Mai Lynn Miller Nguyen examines the development of a fashion industry in the Kingdom. Photos by James Grant.

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he crowd is hunched over the edge of their seats, waiting to see what will appear on the end of the runway. A model approaches, swishing her hips and looking onwards with determination. She pauses at the end, remains for a pose and a pout, before twirling to stride confidently to the back. Cameras are flashing, the lights are bright, and the music is blaring. The black-clad audience looks on, as one bold ensemble after the next passes within their view. But this is just a photo shoot. The models are professionals, two young women who are part of the F Models agency. The dresses are all from a recent collection by local brand Sophy&Sina. The crowd includes members of the Cambodia Fashion Council, the very people who plan to make this scene more of a reality. A few independent designers have organised runway shows over the past year, but the Cambodian Fashion Council hopes to host the biggest fashion event yet seen—the country’s first Fashion Week, expected to take place sometime later this year. Compared to the thriving scenes in Thailand and Malaysia, fashion’s hold on Cambodia may seem decades behind. Still, the advent of fashion design degrees and the growth of a fashion-conscious youth with disposable income are signs that the local fashion industry is picking up momentum. The Cambodia Fashion Council is set not just to ride the wave, but to help create it. 34 asialife Cambodia

Focus on Fashion

The council was formed from the initiative of Arnaud Darc, managing director of the Thalias restaurant group. Last year, he approached the owners of FMagazine, Cambodia’s premiere bilingual fashion magazine, with the proposal to launch the council. The fact that the man who successfully seized the niche for high-end dining identifies potential in fashion bodes well for the industry’s future. As a forum, network and advocacy group, the council marks the first cooperation between businesses and individuals to push the fashion industry forward. Members currently include Waterlily, PushPull Cambodia and Sentosa Silk, among other local fashion and accessories brands. According to the council’s president, Sophy Ke, plans include organising fashion and styling seminars, sending members to international trade fairs, and hosting competitions to identify promising designers. Another aim is to raise funds through events and grant scholarships for young talent to study fashion. In many ways, it’s about building a fashion industry from almost nothing. “Like any other country, we have to start somewhere to be there,” says Sophy. “Now is just the beginning for something great.” Perhaps no one has done more to help establish fashion in Cambodia than Sophy. As well as holding the title of editor-in-chief of FMagazine, the 24-year-old is one of a handful of Cambodian designers. Her connections have raised support for fashion within Cam-

I am studying fashion because there aren’t enough brave Cambodian youngsters who go for it

bodia’s elite class, and her experience abroad has helped to usher in more awareness of global trends. The aforementioned Sophy&Sina, named also for her sister-in-law, offers four lavish levels of shoes, clothes and accessories. Alongside imported products, many of the pieces are Sophy’s designs. The FMagazine office is also located within the same building. Launched in 2009, the magazine features interviews with local celebrities, tips on beauty and fashion, and fashion shoots, using both English and Khmer text. In April, FMagazine published its annual Khmer issue. With the headline “Made in Cambodia,” the lead story incorporates pieces from Phnom Penh-based brands such as Lim Keo, SCT (Sar Chantho), and KeoK’jay. It’s all part of a mission to build greater recognition for Cambodian and Cambodia-based fashion designers—of which the CFC is taking the helm. “The goal is to support, strengthen and promote the industry in any way,” explains Sophy. “We are here also as a support group for the next generation who wish to be in this business.”

C a m b o d i a ’s P r o m i s e

With the inauguration of fashion design degrees at select universities in Cambodia, some of this next generation are already in the making. The curriculum of a fashion degree at one of the nation’s most highly regarded— and expensive—universities includes fashion history, fashion sociology, fashion design, fashion photography and pattern-making courses. The degree has been offered for one year and costs around US$1,200 per semestre. During one of these classes, a group of Cambodian first year students discuss what fashion means to them. All the students intend to be fashion designers after graduation. Manina, 20, wants to challenge the connotation that fashion in Cambodia means merely a person who sews. “I am studying in the hope that one day I will change this sorrowful equation,” she says. “I study fashion because there aren’t enough brave Cambodian youngsters who go for it.” The challenge of being one of Cambodia’s first homegrown fashion designers is part of what propels these students. Another student, Sotheavy, points out that although there are some Cambodian designers in the country, most of them have picked up the trade abroad. “We can become the first Cambodian designers that studied in Cambodia,” she says. Chuang, 21, agrees. She finds it hard to name many Cambodian designers. “That’s why I want to be one,” she adds. Telling your parents you want to study fashion design can be difficult anywhere in the world. This is especially the case in Cambodia where money is in short supply and the position of fashion designer barely exists. A second year student in fashion and business, Chuang finds that her friends are

often influenced by their parents to become involved in the family business or undertake a more “practical” career path than in the arts. She’s lucky that her parents support her choice of degree, adding that they would support her in any career decision. Not so for many others. “They think that it’s difficult to find a job,” says Sotheavy, about her parents’ reaction. “To get experience, we have to work for other people before running a business for ourselves. Like Valentino or Gucci, they worked for other people first. Here, there are no companies to support us.”

We don’t encourage our own brands. People think that imported stuff is better than our own. Since our own designers cannot make money, how can they grow?

A Local Market?

Among design students, there’s the passion and the promise, but the business of fashion depends on a market, which may not yet be robust enough to sustain a fashion industry. “I do believe that fashion has become more important to Cambodians, for those who can afford to think about fashion, in recent years,” Manina says. “Unfortunately, the majority of Cambodians have primordial things to think about rather than fashion.” For those with purchasing power and an interest in fashion, buying local products isn’t often seen as a priority. Chuang believes that Cambodians need to change their preferences. She cites the veneration of Singaporean and Thai products among Phnom Penh’s fashion conscious youth. “We don’t encourage our own brands. People think that imported stuff is better than asialife Cambodia 35

our own. We have to support local designers,” she says. “Since our own designers cannot make money, how can they grow?” Although the Internet and Korean music videos on local channels expose more youth to international style trends, several students want to push fashion with a Cambodian flavour. Sonita aims to design clothing that is grounded in customary dress. She explains her desired approach to “take a look at our traditional clothes and make up something new, creating our idea in Cambodia, and not just following another country.” Sylvain Lim, known as Cambodia’s first fashion designer, also notes the lack of pride in local fashion. With 20 years of experience in the fashion industry, including working for the fashion houses of Givenchy and Dior in Paris, he has earned respect for his artistry around the world. Upon his return to Cambodia in 2000, he continued to produce designs under the label Keo. Now, his son, Lim Keo, has taken over, creating sophisticated prêt a porter that could be seen on the streets of Paris, just as well as Phnom Penh. “You can wear the Lim Keo line all over,” says Sylvain. “For us, it’s dangerous because sometimes people buy something but say they bought it in a different country. For the big, big wedding dresses, our customers are Cambodian. One day I was at a wedding, and a girl came by and said, ‘Oh it’s wonderful, the dress. It came from a French uncle.’ The ‘French Uncle’, that was me. They say I’m French.” 36 asialife Cambodia

Paying Dues

In some respects, foreigners have been at the forefront of fashion in Cambodia. Street 240’s boutiques feature the designs of several Western shop owners. Yet beyond providing income for the Cambodian staff, these expat-owned businesses also give their teams the chance for rare experience in fashion. Dara, 27, has worked at Jasmine Boutique for the past two years. Known for chic formal and resort collections in sumptuous fabrics, Jasmine is the creation of Australian and New Zealander co-owners, who are also the head designers. Dara believes his position with Jasmine has allowed him to build a better life. “Jasmine has helped me,” he says. “I have money for my studies, and I can be responsible for my family.” Next year, he aims to study in Thailand to further hone his skills. He has calculated that studying in Thailand will be more economical than one of the schools currently offering a fashion degree in Phnom Penh. Dara is the first one in his family to pursue a career in fashion. “My father was not happy with me because he wanted me to study architecture or another skill,” he says. “Now that I can finish my studies at university and have money to study in Thailand, he is not like he was before.” When asked about the future of Cambodia’s fashion industry, Dara is optimistic. He mentions that a few of his friends are going to study fashion in Japan,

For us to create fashion helps not only showcase great talents from Cambodia but also gives international brands the inside scoop on the Cambodia market. This will help Cambodia’s economy and also create employment

Vietnam and Thailand, implying that they will be part of the future flock of local designers. In ten years from now, he hopes to run his own fashion design group.

Business of Fashion

A few NGOs and social enterprises use fashion to provide jobs, encourage artistic expression or draw attention to an issue. Yet The idea of a fashion industry to provoke economic development on a greater scale has been relatively unexplored. “For us to create fashion helps not only to showcase great talents from Cambodia but also gives international brands the inside scoop on the Cambodia market,” says Sophy. “This will help Cambodia’s economy and also create employment.” Last year, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development addressed how fashion can be profitable for developing nations. Held in Geneva, the two-day conference focused on the promotion of ecofashion, while also touching upon the fashion industry’s benefits as a whole. According to one spokesperson, besides generating employment the fashion industry can promote small businesses, an element of equitable economic progress. Original Cambodian fashion has the opportunity to become an export commodity, or at least a sound internal investment. “The Cambodian fashion industry is now in the spotlight,” explains Sophy. “Buyers and investors are looking very closely at what has already been achieved, what is happening and what is still to do.” As of recently, the government has acknowledged the fashion industry’s potential. The Ministry of Commerce Trade and Promotion Board announced its support for the Cambodian Fashion Council, although the amount of governmental involvement in both the council and Fashion Week has yet to be determined. Part of the council’s mission to open up the local fashion industry involves establishing a voice for Cambodia at regional fashionrelated events. In April, the council sent several members to the Bangkok International Fashion Fair, with the sponsorship of the Royal Thai Embassy. Selected representatives will also attend this month’s Asia Fashion Summit in Singapore. Building a fashion industry will necessitate long-term investment. Creating a market for Cambodian goods both locally and internationally, as well as promoting opportunities for fashion designers, are

ambitious undertakings. “We will take it step by step in creating awareness about us and about Cambodia,” acknowledges Sophy. “Our target is in five years time to be on top of our game and be on par with our neighbours.”

It’s my dream. I think it can show fashion in Cambodia, then the whole world can know about Cambodia

Designer Dreams

Plans for Cambodia’s first Fashion Week are prompting more attention to local fashion— and raising excitement. About the prospect of a Fashion Week, Dara says: “It’s my dream. I think it can show fashion in Cambodia, then the whole world can know about Cambodia.” Like Dara, several fashion students also see Fashion Week as an opportunity to showcase Cambodia. “We will have an advertisement to the world that this is what Cambodia makes,” says Sonita. “Then the world will be attracted and come here.” What will come down the catwalk for Cambodia’s young designers? We will have to wait and see.

Location: Sophy&Sina, Models: Chung Anong Boramy and Nov Sonita (F Models Agency) Hair: Ryan Taylor at The Dollhouse Make-up: Oak Blue Chilli Styling: Amanda Bloom Clothing: Sophy&Sina Shoes: Sophy&Sina and Pedro With special thanks to The Cambodia Fashion Council and The 178 Crew.

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Boulevard of Retail Dreams S h o p p i n g i s g e t t i n g s e r i o u s o n P h n o m P e n h ’s S i h a n o u k B o u l e v a rd . C l i v e G r a h a m - R a n g e r b ro w s e s t h e c i t y ’s p re m i e r f a s h i o n a v e n u e , n o w h o m e t o a n u m b e r o f i n t e r n a t i o n a l b r a n d s . P h o t o b y C o n o r Wa l l .


stroll through Central, Russian and Orussey Markets or escalator rides at the Sorya Shopping Centre will lead you to more faux designer labels than you can shake a stick at. In the rag trade it’s known as “cabbage”— a term that covers pretty well everything from knock-offs and rejected seconds to run-ons from a manufacturing line. It’s cheap, chic and runs the risk of falling apart after a few days and nights of use. Flash the cash or plastic on sections of Sihanouk Boulevard, and you’ll walk out with something more in your shopping bags. More a dusty, four-lane city highway than chi-chi Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, it’s nevertheless the coveted address of international brands such as VNC, Eclipse, Axara Paris, Mango, Miro, and Pedro. Potent signs of Cambodia’s newfound affluence, these shops have become the favourite parking spots for the Lexus, Mercedes and BMW set’s chauffeurs.

Local Context

Ly Souden, the 24-year-old Cambodian marketing manager of the Sovereign Retail Group that imports from Malaysia, France and Spain, says he spends about ten percent of the company’s US$100,000 advertising and publicity budget. That’s serious money in a business wholly dependent on secondguessing a woman’s quixotic whim and where a buyer’s bad judgment call can wipe out half a year’s profit in a second. “Five years ago, out of every 10 customers, nine were high-class and rich Khmers,” says Ly. “Today, it’s seven out of 10. More people want to stand out from the crowd [by] wearing a combination of top quality, great fabrics and the unmistakable stamp of an international design house.” 38 asialife Cambodia

In a country that has but two seasons— wet and dry—Ly says his buyers attending the catwalk shows in Europe and Asia tend to concentrate on spring and autumn lines. Colour also plays an important role in their selections. “Our older clients go for brown, black and white while the younger ones prefer bright bold colours,” says Ly. “So we stock the full range of choices.” With prices starting at about US$30 for a clutch bag, plastic is a necessary accessory for the serious shopper.

US$72, pants cost US$64, socks are US$16 and Cardin pullovers around the US$40 mark. The shoes start at about US$40 for a pair of casual pumps to more than US$100 for the designer high heels that stilt-walking fashionistas love so much. “The money is in the quality of the cut, the fineness of the stitching, the softness of the material and the snugness of the fit,” Lim explains. “The label is the reason behind all that. The branding reassures buyers and guarantees an exclusive product.”

Dress to Impress

Te x t i l e L u x u r y

Across the street at number 90, New Collection is the polished steel and glass domain of Jayce Lim, Singaporean operations manager. Up several flights of black marble stairs between black marble walls, shop assistants in black move softly between neat rows of shirts and slacks, knickers and socks, and pullovers and scarves in a tidal wave of Technicolor menswear and ladies fashion. Under his critical eye, Lim’s company’s supervisors and marketeers, brand managers, sales strategists and display and buying teams immerse themselves in the quality and strengths of the product ranges on offer. “It is my responsibility to make sure our staff on the shop floor and in our offices have a complete understanding of the products we sell, from handkerchiefs to handbags, clutch bags to US$800 Delsey luggage,” says Lim. “What you wear says a lot about you,” adds Lim. “For our clientele of upwardly mobile and established men and women in their twenties, thirties and forties, they believe that how they look is who they are.” It doesn’t come cheap in this Tower of retail Babel. A Hechter shirt will set you back

Like London’s Bond Street, Paris’s La Rive Gauche and Milano’s Quadriatero, Sihanouk Boulevard’s reputation is about to attract “haute texturist” Eric Raisina. He will soon be launching a location at No. 28, including Phnom Penh among his showroom-bearing cities of Turin, Paris, Shanghai, Johannesburg and New Canaan. A textile and fashion master born in Madagascar, Raisina has added his own twist of upmarket spice to the fashion scene in Siem Reap through a shop at the FCC Angkor and his Villa Boutique Workshop in Kok Chork. His “feel the quality” textiles have graced fashion week runways around the world and been at the heart of collections by such virtuosos as Yves St Laurent and Christian Lacroix. His brand, says Raisina, “is about [using] unique textiles to create a different collection and accessories. My customers like to have an exclusivity of texture and colour. They always like to have something different, because Phnom Penh is not big. It is a huge challenge, but at the same time it’s a very unique experience.”

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For Him

1. Armed Forces As shown by Lanvin, Topman Design, and Miharayasuhiro, designers are blurring the boundaries of military and style for Spring 2011. Bringing in a retro quality of military uniforms, the olive lapelled uniformed shirt from Oro Rosso is a great piece to hold this look. Worn with a simple plain t-shirt you can also capture the military essence with these combat chinos from Layer. Shirt US$42, OroRosso, 75 Street 240 Trousers US$13, Layer, 48EO Street 144

2. In Bloom Men are embracing the floral prints with a dynamic line-up of blossoms in store for spring, as featured on the catwalks of Jil Sander, Raf Simons, Yohji Yamamoto and Dolce & Gabbana. Some have been showcasing up-todate digitally rendered flowered designs, such as the pattern of this shirt by Simple KN, representing a more authentic 1960’s edge. Shirt US$25, Simple KN, 40 Street 154

3. True Colours Making a confident investment in colour is essential this season. Once again Jil Sander, Prada, Calvin Klein and Louis Vuitton are rocking the colour-block throughout their collections for men as well as women. Pick up a bold primary shade, as represented by these linen trousers from Simple KN—which are also a double whammy as linen was another major catwalk look! The light fabric is ideal for the coming hot season. Linen Trousers US$30, Simple KN, 40 Street 154

4. Daydream Believer Psychedelic patterns are altering the state for menswear. Swirling prints with electric colours appeared in collections by Paul Smith, Roberto Cavalli, Jean Paul Gaultier and Versace. Individualism is being made through tie-dye, subtle prints and organic patterns. The psychedelic trend is all over Thomas Jaffre’s collection for Ambre. This shirt is just one example of his bold shirts that can expand the state of your own wardrobe. Shirt US$45, Ambre, 37 Street 178

5. Checks and Balances This season sees a modern reworking of traditional checks. Calvin Klein Collection and Kenzo have been modifying classic styles by a rebellious take on tailoring. The use of off-centred checks and overlapping patterns make a more formal look anything but boring. You too can take a more original angle and push the boundaries of the standard suit with this checked jacket from Ambre. Suit US$190, Ambre, 37 Street 178

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Seasonal trends provide an opportunity to dare. When the major fashion houses roll out the collections, their visions inspire people to try something new. James Grant and Mai Lynn Miller Nguyen show how to recreate men’s and women’s runway looks from Phnom Penh’s shopping selection.

For Her

1. Wild Things Stepping into the late designer Alexander McQueen’s shoes, Sarah Burton didn’t disappoint, sending out elaborate creations that carried on McQueen’s legacy for provocation. A dress with a skirt of feathers won’t be standard wear for most, but animal prints take on the same spirit, as seen at Giambattista Valli. A flowing, tropical leopard number from Kaprices, also combining the trends of long dresses and sparkly beading, is a definite statement maker. Dress US$79, Kaprices, 20B Street 282

2. She’s a Rainbow Push your little black dresses to the back of your closet. Black may be the classic shade for the stylish set, but this summer’s all about colour. Fruit shades such as tangerine, lime and plum dominated at the Gucci, Prada, Jil Sander and Louis Vuitton collections for Spring/Summer 2011. This raspberrycoloured dress from Lim Keo is a simple way to dip a tentative toe into a brighter palette. Dress US$88, Lim Keo, 9 Street 222

3. Blue Jean Queen Sleek, classy denim ensembles were all over at Céline, Stella McCartney and Derek Lam. Once shunned for its tacky connotations, denim on denim is now more than acceptable. But in Phnom Penh, double denim in the hot season only works if you live your life in air-conditioning. Pull off a similar look with a blue cotton shirt from Elsewhere over high-waist, loose-fit jeans. Chunky snakeskin heels, as seen at Derek Lam, are a faultless complement. Shirt, US$25, Elsewhere, 2 Street 278

4. Balletomania Last year’s Black Swan continues to influence this summer’s trends, as pale, gauzy looks were pirouetted down the runways. While Versace maintained tones of dusty pink and café au lait, Givenchy evoked the dark Odile with sheer pieces in black. Chloé displayed the most blatant homage to the dance, as models sported ballet flats. This form-fitting dress from Sar Chantho is subtle enough so that you won’t look like a prima donna, but you’ll still steal the spotlight. Dress, price upon request, Sar Chantho, 52B Street 240

5. Sweet Seventies There’s always a prior era that determines the look for the season. This summer, it’s the 1970s. Marc Jacobs brought back flares, the quintessential cut for trousers for the disco decade. KeoK’jay caught on to that ‘70s vibe with designer Genevieve Cortinovis’ fulllength romper, featuring a hand-painted trim with a pastiche of sherbet colours as seen Chez Marc. Get into the swing of things by pairing the romper with a floppy sunhat. Romper US$45, KeoK’jay, 52AEO Street 240 asialife Cambodia 41

Since it was established by Wildlife Alliance in 2001, the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team have saved over 43,000 animals from illegal traders. It is estimated that the efforts of the team has reduced illegal wildlife trade in Phnom Penh by 90 percent. Mark Bibby Jackson and photographer Conor Wall spent a day riding with the animal rescuers. 8.30am

Koy Visedh greets us at Wildlife Alliance’s headquarters on Phnom Penh’s Street 99. The project manager for the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) has worked for the organisation since the end of 2004. Today, he will coordinate the raids on animal traders. His team of seven military policemen and four forestry administration officers met last night at 9.30pm to decide the plan of action. They have been here since seven this morning. Some undercover officers visited a trader’s house earlier

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this morning, pretending to want to buy some wildlife. As they discovered only a few soft shell crabs and a water snake, Visedh decided to keep the place under surveillance rather than raid it. However, the visit was not entirely fruitless. “We’ve learned that the traders have many different suppliers,” he says. “So we will wait until there are as many animals as possible.”


Visedh calls a meeting. While he briefs his team, we are shown around the office.

Downstairs, a couple of Lesser Adjutant Storks are kept in a cage. Recently rescued from traders, they will be delivered to the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary in Takeo Province. Wildlife Alliance’s policy is to release the animals back into the wild in a safe environment whenever possible. However, these endangered birds will be taken to the rescue programme at Phnom Tamao.


We set off in three vehicles towards Pursat Province, where Visedh has been informed of

With the team’s intervention, a snake is saved from the clutches of poaches

they buy all kinds of animals— pangolins, porcupines and macaques.”


another trader’s house. The trip should take around three hours. Along the way, Visedh receives a phone call. He looks disappointed. Undercover officers have entered the trader’s house to discover there is little being traded. Worried that any bust would tip the trader off to the fact that he is being monitored, Visedh decides to delay the raid.


We stop for lunch in the village of Ponley while Visedh waits for further information.


Visedh holds another briefing in a pagoda just across the road from the restaurant. While nobody has been seen bringing anything into the house, one person was seen leaving the house on a bicycle with a bag containing some animals. There is another house in Battambang which the team could raid, but Visedh opts to give the first house a try. If they find nothing of value there, we will carry on towards Battambang.


Our three vehicles pull up outside a house off a red dirt lane that looks as if it is still being constructed. The officers rush around to the back of the

house where there is a large paddock next to the river. They discover two bags. One has a 1.5 metre long Rat Snake in it, and the other has around ten smaller water snakes inside. Throughout the raid, one man lies in a hammock around the back of the house while three women sit on the front step. This is no Martin Scorsese film. The place is full of empty cages with beds of straw and empty sacks. We are too late. One of the team, Heng Kim Chhay, informs me that as the snakes are not endangered, they will be released to a “suitable environment”. A woman is taken away. She will receive a fine that is three times the value of the snakes. Chhay estimates the snakes are worth around US$30, so the fine might be US$90. If she had been found with some endangered animals, like the Lesser Adjutant Storks back in the office, she would have been taken away to jail. As we are leaving, Visedh spots a car he remembers chasing before. The team searches the car and the house outside which it is parked but finds nothing. It’s just another dead end. We have been unlucky to rescue so few animals. “This house regularly collects animals from traders,” Visedh says. “We’ve been informed that

We take the woman trader to the police post in the commune of Svay Daunkeo. It’s only a few hundred metres from her house. “They are getting more organised,” explains Heng Kim Chhay. “Now, they only hold on to the animals for a short period of time.” The trader informs the police officers that she does not know who brought her the snakes. Some people dropped the bags off. Nobody has come back to take them, she claims. Visedh rushes off to meet another informant, leaving his colleagues to pursue the arrest. WRRT has a network

of hundreds of volunteer informants, who get a reward if their tip-off leads to a major bust. We decide to stay with our trader while she waits for someone to pay her fine.


Eventually, a man comes with some money. Heng Kim Chhay’s estimate was conservative. In total, 840,000 riel (US$210) is charged. The fine paid, the man disappears again. We head back to Phnom Penh, leaving the woman sitting across from the police officers. Much of the wildlife in Cambodia is still endangered, but at least Visedh and his team are doing their best to curb this destructive trade. For more information on Wildlife Alliance, see

An endangered Lesser Adjutant Stork in captivity

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No matter how you cut it, the poker scene in the Penh is expanding. Craig Gerard antes up to give you the lowdown. Photo by Conor Wall. A blue haze of cigarette smoke intermingles with tension in the low-ceilinged room. One player is all in, a tall stack of chips leaning precariously to the right. The other player studies his cards, looking as if he is hoping they’ll change for the better. Is this the hand to end the game? Will an ace-five off suit bring home the bacon? The room holds its collective breath as he calls… It is moments like these that poker players dream about, both before and after they happen. The thrill of edging out an opponent and winning the pot, or the agony of being beat by just one card; it’s enough to keep the mind buzzing long after the game has ended. 44 asialife Cambodia

Phnom Penh has become a pretty good town for poker. There are tournaments nearly every night and cash games all seven days a week. While you can lose hundreds in a night, a mere US$20 can provide entertainment for hours and you can sometimes even score some free beer. Poker tables in Cambodia’s capital tend to be multi-national events. A mix of Western and Asian expats sit at any given table as well as wealthy locals and tourists on short visits. Each player brings a different playing style and perspective, so every game is different. NagaWorld Casino opened Texas Hold ‘Em tables to the delight of many. No matter

what day of the week, there is always a common place to play cards. There are cash games with a range of minimum buyins. For a US$200 minimum buy-in game, blinds are priced at US$1 and US$2. It sounds like a low-stakes game, but as the evening progresses, US$200 worth of chips will be the short stack at the table. The two other cash games are no-limit Hold ‘Ems with a US$500 minimum buy-in and US$2 to US$5 blinds as well as a US$1,000 minimum buy-in with US$5 to US$10 blinds. Both have no maximums. Beginning players may have more luck at the US$20 tournament on Tuesday nights at 7pm. These tournaments have

unlimited re-buys within the first hour. Throw in free beer, soda, juice or coffee as at every NagaWorld poker game, and it can be a very entertaining evening indeed. Starting at 2pm on Sunday afternoons, another tournament takes place at NagaWorld with a US$100 buy in. This tournament allows unlimited re-buys within the first hour, with another US$100 add-on at the end of the first hour. Players receive 2,500 chips for each buy-in and re-buy, and 3,500 chips for the add-on. The other thing to note while playing at a casino is the house commission, known as a rake. The rake at Naga is ten percent but caps at US$5 per hand.

Someone is paying for your free drinks; it’s the person that just won your money. For those who prefer card games with lower stakes and a bit of a speakeasy feel, head to the Red Fox near the

bar-food menu and plenty of icy-cold beers, but most of the crowd is there for the game. Aside from some jovial chat amongst regulars, players are focused first and foremost on the cards.

Experience is the key to knowing when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em Riverfront. Owner Brett hosts US$20 Hold ‘Em tournaments on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, with an Omaha tournament on Fridays. All games start around 7pm, with unlimited re-buys for the first hour’s play. The Red Fox boasts a decent

Being successful at poker has some to do with the luck of the cards but is mostly about being able to read the opponents. Gauging how uncomfortable someone will be losing US$30 versus US$100 on a hand will make the difference between staying at the table or being

pushed out quickly. Of course, understanding the probability of what cards will beat your hand helps. Experience is the key to knowing when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. Newbies should practice with free online poker or home-hosted contests before heading out to play. Public games move fast—if you sit down at a table without knowing the rules or the pace of the game, you risk both upsetting your tablemates and showing them that you are a rookie who will be easily parted from your money. For your poker fix, head to NagaWorld Hotel and Casino on Hun Sen Park or the Red Fox at 10 Street 136. asialife Cambodia 45

a brother’s LOVE In 1977, New Zealander Kerry Hamill’s sailboat veered off course. Just off of Koh Tang, he was captured by the Khmer Rouge. Thirty-one years later, his brother Rob came to Cambodia to testify in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. Craig Gerard speaks with Rob Hamill on a return trip. Photo by Conor Wall. A silver medallist in the 1994 World Rowing Championships, Rob Hamill is a well-known figure in his own right. He is also the winner of the 1997 Atlantic Rowing Race. A gruelling 41-day ordeal, the race goes through a stretch of water that was been attempted by only 20 people in recorded history. Six of those died along the way. The victory is probably the best insight into Hamill’s personality; the mental and physical endurance required to make such

prisonment and eventual death. When the Khmer Rouge tribunal was announced, his plan turned into action. After reading about his mission in a New Zealand paper, filmmakers Annie Goldson and Peter Gilbert contacted Hamill to see if he would be interested in appearing in a documentary. The resulting Brother Number One, now in post-production, follows Hamill as he testifies at the tribunal and tours Cambodia on two separate visits.

Perhaps it was the connection to the sea. Perhaps it was an instinct that only brothers can feel a passage is beyond what most people can imagine. The journey changed his life in ways that Hamill himself couldn’t foresee. “I grieved for him out at sea,” admits Hamill. “I’d be sitting in the cabin, openly grieving like I’d just heard the news.” It was at this point that Hamill realised he would have to confront his brother’s death. Though his family had “locked up the memory and thrown away the key,” Hamill decided to return to Cambodia and help tell the story of his brother’s im46 asialife Cambodia

“I went with my heart open,” says Hamill of his first trip to Cambodia in 2008. He came during the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia’s Case 001, the trial of Kaing Guek Eav. Alias Duch, the defendant ran Tuol Sleng Prison, where Kerry spent his final days. Hamill wanted to accept that Duch was asking for forgiveness and was “deeply was affected by what he had done.” He recollects the first time he saw Duch. Straight off the plane, exactly 31 years to the day after

his brother arrived in Phnom Penh, Hamill headed to the court to see relevant testimony. During the proceedings, he raised his head to see the former prison director staring directly at him; Hamill stared back. “We locked horns. It was horrible. We were holding eye contact for about 10 seconds before he finally broke away,” says Hamill. “I thought that was a really rude gesture. It was a bad start for a man who was looking for some forgiveness in our first meeting to stare me down.” Hamill returned to Cambodia this March for the final days of Case 001. Duch was set for a 19-year sentence, but on the last day of his trial, Duch shocked the world. Reversing his previous admission of guilt, he asked to be found innocent. Over two years after the initial hearing, Duch’s team claimed the court had no jurisdiction over their client and therefore should release him. Hamill felt that he had to be present for this critical time in the court’s history. But he also had a personal motive for coming back to Cambodia. “I wanted to meet with Duch,” says Hamill. “I would like to understand the process he went through. I would like to

understand at what point [did] the pureness of the revolution become distorted for him. At what point did he really believe what he was doing was wrong?” He sent a letter to Duch to request a meeting but received no answer. “Maybe in his own time,” says Hamill. Hamill is confident that Duch recalls his brother. “There were half a dozen [Western] prisoners. He remembers him,” he says. “I would like to know more about Kerry and what happened there, and where his remains are—or ashes as they may be.” While touring Toul Sleng, Hamill came across a painting of a prisoner being subjected to the water-boarding torture method. “I somehow knew this had happened to my brother,” Hamill confides. Perhaps it was the connection to the sea. Perhaps it was an instinct that only brothers can feel. His feeling made a strong impact, and, he says, “the opportunity to forgive was compromised.” “Going through this process, I felt like I was obliged to forgive,” reflects Hamill. “And that didn’t help. I think if you go into these things, you cannot force it. It has to be an organic natural thing that occurs along the journey. If it happens, it happens.”

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Behind The Design:

Six Senses Con Dao Christian Berg visits Con Dao’s first five-star resort.

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Just off the coast of Vietnam— less than an hour plane ride from Saigon—lies the former prison archipelago of Con Dao. Protected for decades as a national and marine park, the 16 islands are virtually untainted, providing sanctuary for endangered species and the ideal setting for the five-star Six Senses Con Dao Resort. Overlooking the bay on Con Dao’s main island Con Son, the resort’s 50 villas stretch across a mile-long beach fringed by dark green mountains and have been designed in perfect harmony with nature. The almost exclu-

sive use of natural materials like bamboo and wood give the villas a luxurious yet laidback feel—far less pretentious than other extravagant resorts in Vietnam can be. Designed by a renowned French architect, privacy is key and each villa has its own infinity-edged pool that faces towards the ocean. However, the shared spaces inspired by traditional Vietnamese villages are gorgeous, too. (All the beautifully carved doors on the huts are sourced from Hoi An in Central Vietnam.) The restaurant is stunning, as well.

Huge windows face the beach and the mostly beige façade accented with pops of green and orange is fresh and vibrant. The design has already earned Six Senses accolades. Last year, the resort won Best International Small Construction and Design at the International Commercial Property Awards. Of the honour, Sonu Shivdasani, chairman and CEO of Six Senses said, “I’m absolutely delighted that Six Senses’ newest resort has won this award for design”.

Rick Mayo-Smith, CEO of property developer Indochina Land added. “We are very proud to have won this award. Indochina Land shares Six Senses’ philosophy of ecological design and development, using only sustainable and natural materials. To have been recognised as a world leader in the area of design is a great triumph.” Six Senses Con Dao., reservations-caondao@

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50 asialife Cambodia Location: Raffles Hotel Le Royal

MICHELIN BY ASSOCIATION Angkor Village Resort and Hotel Wat Bo Road Tel: 063 963 361 Le Méridien Angkor Vithei Charles De Gaulle Tel: 063 963 900 Hotel de la Paix Sivutha Boulevard Tel: 063 966 000


nce upon a time I was a waitress at a restaurant that had ambitions. When the chef got wind that a Michelin judge was coming, the place exploded into a mad flurry of flour and feather dusters as he coaxed oysters, leeks and more into towering, magical creations and dust was chased out the door with a fury. Alas, while the judge was ensconced in the dining room with her every desire attended to, someone decided to let in the cat, who promptly wandered in and sat at her feet. The poor chef nearly shot himself. Michelin is serious. In dusty Siem Reap, though a foodie is certainly spoiled for choice, it’s easy to imagine that we’re far removed from such lofty heights as Michelin-starred cuisine. It’s not as remote as you’d think. Siem Reap may not have any starred restaurants yet, but the city does have some chefs who’ve been part of starwinning teams in the past. We get the skills and the passion, but without the prices. The latest to arrive is Mikael Wenger, executive chef at the Angkor Village Resort and Hotel. The 34-year-old did much of his training at two establishments in Alsace, both of which are three-starred. With such an

illustrious start, Wenger was sure to go on to great things. Indeed, his career has taken him on a gastronomic tour of the world. Serving as chef in French Embassies all over Africa, his last stint before arriving in Cambodia was at another Michelinstarred establishment, Le Cap at the glamourous Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat between Monaco and Nice. A four-course dinner at Angkor Village’s Le Jardin restaurant costs US$35 per person and features dishes such as grilled swordfish in orange romesco sauce, gambas tempura with Moroccan-style vegetables, and a lamb shank tagine with red berries sauce. He intends to add a Lebanese-style burger, featuring kafta and flat bread. Wenger is proud of the international influences, including African, Lebanese, French and Asian, expressed in his food. One customer at the Angkor Village recently remarked, “The restaurant here is like travelling the world.” Another French chef, Nicolas Rouleau, also apprenticed at a Michelin-starred spot, Le Vieux Logis in the Perigord, one of the most beautiful parts of France. Since then he has worked in London, the West Indies and French Polynesia. He has been

executive chef at Le Meridien in Siem Reap for the last five years. He describes the food at Le Meridien as simple and well done, designed to appeal to a broad range of palates. He is especially proud of the Italian restaurant L’Angelo where guests can enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal for US$20, including dishes such as chicken breast stuffed with spinach, duck liver and sun-dried tomatoes, and a lemon risotto with poached squid, carrot and saffron reduction. The American is Bryan Gardner, the 30-year-old executive chef at the Hotel de la Paix who is responsible for four restaurants. Michelin only recently conquered American shores, and Bryan has already worked at two winning establishments, which he did at the same time. “I’m glad I have that experience now,” he says. “But I had no life at all.” At Meadowood Restaurant in the Napa Valley, Gardner was part of the team that won two stars after their first year of operations. Yet one feels that it was at Terra, a French/Japanese fusion restaurant that he gained most of his influences. On the menu at Meric, within Hotel de la Paix, Gardner creates dishes such as the Mekong langous-

tine risotto, with a coconut and lemongrass bisque, asparagus and seared scallops. All three chefs felt that one of the best things about working in such accomplished restaurants was the sense of learning something every day. They all note what a pleasure it is to now work in Cambodia, with teams who are a little less “volatile” than their counterparts elsewhere. “I have a unique relationship with the team here,” says Wenger. “Coming to work every morning is a pleasure.” Michelin has become the leading standard setter in the territories in which it grades restaurants. Using understated language, a three-starred restaurant is described as “worth a special journey”, while two stars indicate a restaurant that is “worth a detour”. This understatement is at odds with the passions that winning a Michelin star can ignite. It took an acquaintance of mine weeks to recover from the delirium of winning one of Ireland’s first Michelin stars. Wenger, Rouleau and Gardner were equally understated about their achievements. Asked what it was like to work in such a high-level environment, they shrug charmingly like it’s no big deal. asialife Cambodia 51

Food Review

Red Apron Wine Lounge Though the sign above the entrance reads Wine Lounge, the second level of Red Apron serves more than Bordeaux and Sauvignons. Wines are available in plenty both in the shop below and the recently opened upstairs area, but my venture to the Street 240 mainstay was focused on sampling the cuisine. Upon reaching the top of the stairway, I walked into a space larger than I had anticipated. Tall ceilings amplified the effect, as well as a sizable lofted area in the middle room. On the right, a group of men and women in suits were gathered around the bar for aprèswork drinks. A mixed clientele of Cambodians and foreigners occupied round tables in the central space. My dining companion and I chose to sit in a room off the left side. White couches with low white tables gave the space a 52 asialife Cambodia

lounge feel, though the overall ambience evokes a sophisticated apartment. The menu offers a tantalising selection of “light bites and taste bud teasers” and “chef’s bulky bites”, created with a European approach. After deliberating among several dishes that sounded equally appetising, I opted for grilled beef ribeye steak (US$10), whereas my dining companion went for a parmesan chicken filet with Serano ham and mashed potatoes (US$7). Once the attentive server took our orders, I took a moment to admire the décor further. Contemporary art embellishes the stark white walls, featuring expressive, textured abstract works by Chhim Sothy curated by jGallery. Terracotta floors add a touch of warmth to the otherwise cool and modern interior design.

One of Phnom Penh’s longest running wine shops, Red Apron now features the addition of a restaurant. Mai Lynn Miller Nguyen explores the dining options. Photos by Conor Wall.

My observations were suspended by the approach of our overzealous server, replenishing our yet-unfinished breadbasket. She remained when my friend left the table, watching over me with a friendly smile. Without much delay, the dishes arrived, each one arranged with artistic flair. Portions are tidy and petite, though suitable for the rich nature of most ingredients. My steak was slightly on the chewy side yet made up in flavour what it lacked in consistency. A dollop of ratatouille and some sauce, drizzled attractively, were perfect complements. I snuck bites of my friend’s chicken, a succulent combination of savours with a smoky finish. After we had finished our mains, the poached foie gras (US$15) we ordered as an appetiser arrived. Served with slices of apple, salt and

olive oil, the dish resembled a surrealist Miró painting in composition. Buttery with a hint of cinnamon, the pâté was perhaps the best I have tasted in the city. To end the meal on a sweet note, we ordered fine chocolate varieties (US$5), which arrived as four different bonbons on a small plate. Cocktail devotees will be out of luck—Expect to spend an evening on the grapes, as Red Apron offers wine and wine alone. The upstairs area currently only serves by the bottle, though aperitifs by the glass can be ordered in the downstairs bar area. Satiated with good wine and food, I headed out the door with every intention of crossing its threshold again soon. Red Apron Wine Lounge, 1517 Street 240, second entrance on Street 19, Tel: 023 990 951, Open daily from 4pm to 12am.

Food Talk

Tepui Restaurant Lounge At Tepui, a restaurant and bar located within the Chinese House building, everything is made with a personal touch. Each menu item comes from chef Gisela Salazar Golding’s favourite influences from around the world, incorporating Mediterranean and South American flavours with Asian accents in an excellent compote of flavours. When asked to pick out the restaurant’s signature dishes, Golding and manager Antonio Lopez de Haro lean their heads together over a menu and murmur back and forth in Spanish, before explaining that it’s a tough choice. “In a way, it’s all our signature,” says Lopez de Haro. “Why would you cook something you didn’t love?” adds Golding. The restaurant’s name, Tepui, is a nod to the Venezuelan roots of both Golding, 28, and Lopez de Haro, 27. The word is an

indigenous term for the flattopped mountains located in their home country. Though Golding studied culinary arts in France and worked as a cook in Shanghai (where she first met Lopez de Haro), she was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Her dishes merge ingredients and influences with more regard for taste than geography. She says, “It’s all simple food, well done and with good ingredients. It’s not fusion. There’s nothing complicated. You can taste each thing.” The fresh ingredients do pop. The seafood salpicon tosses a medley of shrimp, squid and mussels with onion and lime (US$8). Golding says it’s inspired by a coastal specialty from Venezuela, a seafood salad sold on beaches in plastic cups. The traditionally French tuna tartare packs a (gentle) wasabi kick (US$8.50), whereas the duck breast (US$10) was declared “better than beef” by

The new restaurant at Chinese House is drawing rave reviews. Lindsay Muscato speaks to Tepui’s chef, Gisela Salazar Golding, and manager, Antonio Lopez de Haro. Photos by Conor Wall.

my Irish dining partner, and we were soon vying for the mushrooms and tiny potatoes soaked in its sauce. Many of the offerings are small plates like tapas, suitable for sharing. For dessert, Golding steered me to the flourless chocolate cake (US$5.50)— which packs a chocolate punch. Lopez de Haro hopes to start a Sunday brunch in the garden. Other plans include a daily lunch and an expanded whiskey list, currently dwarfed by an excellent signature cocktail menu. Since opening in mid-February, feedback has been positive. So positive that both Golding and Lopez de Haro exchange bashful glances as they explain the response from diners, who’ve said Tepui offers some of the best food they’ve had while living here. “We really feel proud that people are so grateful,” says Lopez de Haro. The entire operation was founded on a customer-service gesture. Lopez de Haro was din-

ing at a hotel when the owner, Alexis de Suremain, approached his table to apologize for the construction noise coming from next door. The two struck up a conversation that eventually launched the partnership. Tepui’s personal approach extends to its marketing strategy— pure word-of-mouth. Lopez de Haro says he was riding in the back of a tuk-tuk recently when he took a call from a salesperson pitching ad space. Rolling through crowded streets already filled with signs and ads, a world apart from the chilled-out vibe of Tepui, confirmed Lopez de Haro’s desire to stay out of the spotlight. “I think this place should be for people who live here,” he says. “It’s such a small community. If we’re good, people will hear about us.” Tepui at Chinese House, 45 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 991 514. Bar open from 5pm, kitchen from 6pm to 10.30pm, closed Mondays. asialife Cambodia 53

Phnom Penh


With the emergence of street style blogs over the past decade, fashion followers know that what’s on the street is just as important as what’s on the catwalk. New York photographer Bill Cunningham, the man credited with launching street style photography in the 1960s, summed it up when he said, “The best fashion show is definitely on the street.” What are the biggest trends in Cambodia? We decided to let the youth tell us—or rather, show us. On the streets of Phnom Penh, we came across a parade of pretty young things. Sporting denim on denim, studded apparel or man bags, these fashion plates know how to incorporate fads from Korea, Thailand and beyond for a special brand of Cambodian style. Photog raphy: James Grant (SLIK Photog raphy – Photog raphy Assistant: Ear Sok Chuang Interviews and Text: Mai Lynn Miller Nguyen

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D a ny, 19

Shop Owner/Student at Norton University Where’d you get your clothes? All from my own shop, Thany Dany Where do you find fashion inspiration? American hip-hop style, High School Musical movies

Baek, 22

Student at Phnom Penh University Where’d you get your clothes? All from Korea What’s your outfit today? Today I am just going to school, nothing too much

Chuang, 21

Student at Limkokwing University Where’d you get your clothes? Shirt, necklace and shirt from Facebook shops, shoes from VNC, earrings from Swatch Where do you seek trends? Thai fashion magazines

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Jung, 20

Student at Limkokwing University Where’d you get your clothes? CK Shirt from Singapore, Levi’s Jeans from WExport, Shoes from Pedro in Singapore, Diamond accessories made in Cambodia What look are you going for? Simple and high class

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Rinak, 22

Accountant Where’d you get your clothes? Shirt from Orussey Market, shorts and shoes from Pencil Shopping Centre 2 What’s your personal style? Sometimes I like sexy, and sometimes I like normal, just shorts and a T-shirt

R os, 19

Student at Limkokwing University Where’d you get your clothes? Shirt, watch and shoes from Thailand, Levi’s jeans from Yes, Hat from Man Shop How do you describe your style? Not too overdone, a bit modern

Lin, 21

Clothing Shop Owner Where’d you get your clothes? All in Pencil Shopping Centre 2 What is your favourite shop in Phnom Penh? King and Queen

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Pheak, 19

Student at IFL University Where’d you get your clothes? Clothes and bag from Pencil 2, Shoes from Bata What’s your fashion advice? I like to mix two garments together. The style is simple but always cute

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Timrotha, 25

Model Where’d you get your clothes? All from Thailand What are your favourite shops in Phnom Penh? New Collection and VNC

Lyda, 22

Clothing Shop Owner Where’d you buy your clothes? All from Pencil Shopping Centre 2 Who’s your style icon? Korean pop stars

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hotel & travel Airlines

Air Asia 66 Mao Tse Tung Blvd., Tel: 023 356 011. Angkor Airways 32 Norodom Blvd., Tel: 023 222 056 Bangkok Airways 61A Street 214, Tel: 023 722 545 China Airlines 32 Norodom Blvd., Tel: 023 222 393 Dragon Air 168 Monireth Blvd, Tel: 023 424 300, pnh.res@ Eva Air 298 Mao Tse Tung Blvd., Tel: 023 219 911 Jet Star Asia 333B Monivong Blvd., Tel: 023 220 909 Korean Air F3-R03, 254 Monivong Blvd. Tel: 023 224 047/8 Lao Airlines 58C Sihanouk Blvd., Tel: 023 216 563 Malaysia Airlines 172 Monivong Blvd., Tel: 023 218 923 Siem Reap Airways 61A Street 214, Tel: 023 722 545 Silk Air 313 Sisowath Quay (Himawari Hotel), Tel: 023 426 808 Thai Airways 294 Mao Tse Tung Blvd., Tel: 023 214 359 Vietnam Airlines 41 Street 214, Tel: 023 363 396.


La Villa 185 Pom Romchek 5, Tel: 017 411 880 / 053 730 151, lavilla.battambang@gmail. com, Beautifully restored 1930s colonial house with six rooms is the premium hotel in the country’s second city and with an excellent kitchen and bar. Riverside Balcony Bar & Restaurant West bank of river, Tel: 012 437 421 Traditional wooden house with great views of the river and good food, ideal for a sunset cocktail lounging over the river. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 4pm to 11pm.


Bar Red Old Market area, Tel: 092 724 720 Restaurant and bar in close to the river, just around the corner from Bokor Mountain Lodge, is a good spot for a late night drink with personable host Steve, or to try some Indian food including their gargantuan samosas. Open from 6pm to late. Blissful Guest House Kampot, Tel: 012 513 024, 092 494 331 Small guest house, with 11 rooms, set in a quiet part of town with downstairs restaurant and bar, and communal TV room upstairs. Bokor Mountain Lodge Riverfront, Kampot, Tel: 033 932 314, 017 712 062. Beautiful French colonial building situated on riverfront with well-fitted air-conditioned rooms. Has a good restaurant and bar. Epic Arts Café Old Market, Kampot Employing deaf staff, this café next to the old market has a good range of bagels, shakes, brownies and coffee. Is also the centre for the community arts programme. Open from 7am to 6pm. Jasmine House 25 Riverside Road, Kampot, Tel: 012 927 313 Run by the friendly Jasmine and her husband Mark, this café/restaurant is a stylish oasis on the Kampot riverfront. Tasty Thai, Khmer & café fare, also has photography decorating the walls. Les Manguiers 2km north of Kampot, Tel: 092 330 050 Small resort with bungalows and rooms set in beautiful gardens overlooking the river with a restaurant which has daily changing, freshly prepared food. Mea Culpa 44 Sovansokar, Kampot, Tel: 012 504 769 +855 92 806 117

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Accommodation established by the former manager of Bokor Mountain Lodge set in the French Quarter. Six rooms have air con, hot water, DVD and TV. The large garden has a patio pizzeria and bar. Nataya Coral Bay Resort Prek Ampil, Kampot, Tel: 016 226 471, 012 902 823. Only 16km from Kampot, this top-end hideaway comes complete with eight beachfront bungalows, a 25m infinity pool, a 2km private beach, stilt huts off a 300m pier, and simply oodles of relaxation. Rikitikitavi Riverfront, Kampot, Tel: 012 274 820, 012 235 102, Western food served in large portions in this river-facing restaurant, bar and threeroom guesthouse. A more upmarket venue for Kampot, the upstairs seating affords great sunset views. Restaurant and bar open 7 days a week. Rusty Keyhole Riverfront. Kampot This British pub is the place for expats to chew the fat over a pint. Friendly British owner has recreated the atmosphere of a rural pub in outer Kampot, or at least as close as it gets. The ribs remain as good as ever. Open 8.30am to midnight.


Penh. Good restaurant with fantastic views of the sea. Check for special offers. Also has a Sailing Club next door with bar and restaurant, as well as Hoby Cats. Le Bout du Monde Kep, Tel: 011 964 181 Individual and separate bungalows in traditional Khmer architecture located at a top of a hill with good views and nice gardens. Serves French and Khmer cuisine. Rooms have hot water, mini-bar, fan and safe. Veranda Natural Resort Tel: 033 399 035, 012 888 619, Traditional wooden bungalows set in the hillside. Settle down for the night and listen to the jungle purr. Has a good restaurant and bar with some quite stunning sweeping views down to the coast.

Phnom Penh – Deluxe

Amanjaya 1 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 214 747 Large hotel with a great central location along the riverfront. The rooms are spacious and well-equipped with tasteful Khmer decorations. The downstairs restaurant doubles up as the air-con K West bar.

The Beach House Opp. Kep Beach, Tel: 012 712 750 Small hotel with pool in an excellent location, directly opposite Kep’s mermaid statue. Relaxed café, and tasteful western-style rooms all with sea view. Can organise trips to nearby Rabbit Island or further afield to Bokor Mountain.

Cambodiana 313 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 426 288 Great riverside location with spectacular sweeping views of the confluence of three rivers. Large rooms with air-con, in-room safes and good bathrooms. Live band plays nightly (except Mondays) from 8.15pm to late.

Breezes Route 33, Kep, Tel: 097 675 9072 Situated on the main coast road about halfway between Kep Beach and the ferry to Rabbit Island, this stylish restaurant and lounge is located right by the sea in a green, wooded area. The food is a fusion of Asian and western with a focus on small dishes with plenty of seafood. Free pick-up and return to Kep hotels.

Himawari 313 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 214 555 The 115 beautifully-designed suites have air-con, cable TV, IDD, Internet, in-room safes and large bathrooms. Nice swimming pool and good gym facilities as well as two good tennis courts.

Champey Inn Resort Tel: 012 501 742 Sea-fronted resort with fan-cooled bungalows. Has a swimming pool, a restaurant, a bar and a pleasant garden. Knai Bang Chatt Resort Tel: 017 917 452, Exclusive seaside resort just along from the crab stalls, which has opened up its doors to the public. Elegant swimming pool, air-con, gym, library and fantastic gardens, this resort is the ideal place to get away from Phnom

Imperial Garden Hotel 315 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 219 991 Large hotel and villa complex next to the Cambodiana. Has a swimming pool, gym and tennis court. Intercontinental 296 Mao Tse Tung, Tel: 023 424 888 One of Phnom Penh’s most luxurious 5-star hotels, the 346 air-con rooms have all the expected facilities including in-room safes and king size beds. Also has a large swimming pool, a Clark Hatch Fitness Centre, spa and beauty salon.

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Maison d’Hotes Mai Lynn Miller Nguyen Maison d’Hotes feels just like home—In fact, that is the approach of Aline and Jean-Luc Fitte, a Cambodian and French couple who split their time between Paris and Phnom Penh. A year ago, the charming duo decided to open their house as a bed-and-breakfast. Available on a reservation-only basis, Maison d’Hotes offers a comfortable yet elegant option for guests seeking hospitable lodgings. The bed-and-breakfast is located on a quiet street near Tuol Sleng Museum, also within walking distance to Russian Market. Made up of two adjacent buildings, Maison d’Hotes offers both nightly and monthly bookings. Clean and tasteful, rooms start upwards from US$23 per night. Named by hue— pink, green, violet and blue—rooms are decorated with a corresponding colour scheme, with matching bedding and various knickknacks. Each room is ornamented with treasures from Asia, including vintage posters from Hong Kong, silk soft furnishings and wooden Buddha statues. Four-poster beds in some rooms add to a Frenchcolonial era atmosphere. The blue suite (US$43) is the most spacious, filled with

exquisite antique furniture, with a door onto a private balcony. The bed is the largest available, with plenty of space for two people to stretch out. Guests can also enjoy the living room, replete with chinaware and traditional musical instruments. The outside patio, lined with potted plants, includes a set of chairs under a red parasol from Thailand, perfect for taking an evening drink. The upstairs rooftop, open only at certain times, affords a striking panorama of the surrounding area. Nights in this neighbourhood are calm and nearly noiseless, interrupted perhaps only by the friendly call of a nearby Tokay gecko. For an additional charge of US$4 per day, breakfast is prepared in the mornings. Guests can wake up to fresh coffee and toast with an array of jam and marmalade varieties, or eggs upon request. A collector of tableware, Aline ensures that the proper spoon and fork is laid out for every necessity. At Maison d’Hotes, the care of the host and hostess makes all the difference. Maison d’Hotes, Email: cheznouscommechezvous@,

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Raffles Hotel Le Royal Street 92, Tel: 023 981 888 Emanates the same class as its more famous namesake in Singapore. The Elephant Bar is a popular expat haunt during the 4pm to 8pm happy hour. Beautiful gardens with a separate swimming pool for kids plus reasonably priced apartments for long stays. Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra 28 Old August Site, Sothearos Blvd., Tel: 023 999 200, Set riverside amongst landscaped gardens this 12-storey colonial style hotel is close to key attractions, embassies and the central business district. Along with 201 luxurious rooms and suites with Mekong or Bassac river views, are chic restaurants and bars, an upscale spa, two swimming pools, a sports club and the finest conferencing facilities in Cambodia. Sunway Hotel 1 Street 92, Tel: 023 430 333, Luxurious international four-star hotel located close to Wat Phnom with 138 well-sized rooms, spa, good business centre and meeting facilities.

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Asia Club 456 Monivong Blvd., Tel: 023 721 766 An oasis of water and green in the city, the five bungalows and four rooms with air-con and bath, large safe and flatscreen tv. The beautiful swimming pool is tucked around the back of Man Han Lou Restaurant and you can have drinks and food delivered from Man Han Lou Restaurant. Almond Hotel 128F Sothearos Blvd.Tel: 023 220 822 56-room hotel located close to the Royal Palace and the riverfront with spacious rooms with WiFi. Downstairs restaurant serves dim sum and Cantonese food. Also has a spa. Anise 2C Street 278, Tel: 023 222 522, Small hotel with well-fitted, good size rooms, all equipped with air-con, in-room safe and hot water. Downstairs restaurant serves good Asian cuisine. Billabong 5 Street 158, Tel: 023 223 703 Centrally-located mini-hotel with a great swimming pool surrounded by beautiful palm trees, with reasonably-sized rooms with air-con, serves good Asian food. Blue Lime 42 Street 19z (off Street 19), Tel: 023 222 260 Centrally-located mini-hotel with a great swimming pool and contemporary rooms is a good flashpacker option. Bougainvillier 277G Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 220 528 Elegant, riverfront restaurant using gourmet homemade ingredients, specialising in foie gras, with plus a regularly changing specials board and excellent French wines. Three course set. lunches are also available. Open from 6am to 11pm. Circa 51 155 Street 51, Phnom Penh, Tel: 012 585 714. Combining a retro design vibe with both modern and traditional touches, this boutique hotel promises to deliver stylish exclusivity a short walk away from the capital’s main action. All rooms come with

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A/C, flat screen TV and DVD player, iPod docking, mini-bar and writing desk. Has 11m pool and bar with menu featuring western, Khmer, and Pakistani dishes. FCC Phnom Penh 362 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 012 253 222 Phnom Penh’s landmark restaurant has seven rooms with balconies offering views of the river. Each is individually designed and meticulously outfitted with high-speed Internet access and the latest mod cons. Goldiana 10-12 Street 282, Tel: 023 219 558 Extremely popular hotel for visiting NGO workers due to its close proximity to NGO-land and reasonable prices. Hotel Cara 18 Street 47 & 84, Tel: 023 430 066 / 023 998 422,, Just north of Wat Phnom, this stylish boutique hotel has well-fitted rooms at very reasonable rates and a great sushi restaurant. Kabiki 22 Street 264, Tel: 023 222 290 First hotel in Cambodia dedicated to families and children, with two saltwater pools designed with children in mind. The rooms have a double bed and a bunk bed as well as a small outside area for small children. Bar and restaurant. WiFi. Lebiz Hotel & Library 79F Street 128, Tel: 023 998 608/610,, Luxury accommodation with a competitive edge and sleek modern design offers a full range of specialty services tailored to business needs, and cutting-edge technology to maximise comfort and productivity. Has unique library. Paddy Rice 213-217 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 990 321, Former Hope and Anchor has newly refurbished rooms with solar hot water, cable TV, air conditioning, WiFi and great views of the river from its balconies. Downstairs restaurant offers full western and Asian cuisine, and sports bar shows all popular live sports. River 108 2 Street 108, Tel: 023 218 785, Art deco hotel aimed at the flashpacker set, the river view rooms are extremely comfortable with flat screen TV and separate bathroom and toilet. Efficient WiFi, good working space and spacious rooms make this the perfect business option. The Pavilion 227 Street 19, Tel: 023 222 280 Beautiful boutique hotel set in a colonial building with large, unique rooms, each with either a small balcony or garden. Outdoor swimming pool, free WiFi and a small poolside restaurant. The Quay Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 224 894 Five-storey, 16-room riverside boutique hotel has beautiful contemporary rooms designed by Gary Fell. The stand-out features are the rooftop jacuzzi and the very contemporary groundfloor bar and Chow Restaurant with WiFi. Queen Boutique Hotel 49A Street 214, Tel: 023 211 683, Boutique hotel located conveniently close

to all the major attractions including the Royal Palace and National Museum.

rooms. Also has a gym, conference rooms and circular restaurant.

The Villa Paradiso 27 Street 222 corner Street 51, Tel: 023 213 720, The Villa Paradiso is a great addition to the scene, with ten uniquely designed and beautifully furnished rooms, ranging in style from Balinese, thought Japanese to the modern.

Luna d’autunno Ekareach Street, Tel: 034 934 280 Best Italian restaurant in Sihanoukville, serves a similar menu to the one in Phnom Penh, but with a heavier emphasis on seafood. The beautiful roof-top terrace and interior air-con restaurant are both open for lunch and dinner.

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Blue Dog Guest House 13 Street 51, Tel: 012 658 075 Small guesthouse close to the Golden Mile with cheap upstairs rooms, some with A/C. Khmer art gallery on ground floor, features artwork by owner. Has ground-floor restaurant. California 2 79 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 077 503 144 New guest house and bar on the riverfront with well-priced rooms with air con and security box. Downstairs bar has great Tex-Mex food and pool table. Lotus House 13 Street 258, Tel: 023 500 0485, Centrally located near the Royal Palace and the riverside, this guesthouse offers full A/C and rooms with hot showers for a reasonable price. Also includes an Indian restaurant. Feeling Home Cnr. Streets 278 & 63, Tel: 023 221 522, Stylish nine-room boutique hotel with ample rooms at competitive rates, including flatscreen TV, air-con, security box and great beds. Also has two apartments, an Asian restaurant and a Café Sentiment coffee house. L’Imprevu Highway 1, 7km past Monivong Bridge Tel: 024 390 405 Complex with twenty-four bungalows just outside of Phnom Penh. Tennis courts and excellent swimming pool make this a good break from the city. Le Rit’s 71 Street 240, Tel: 023-213-160, Small & charming 6-room guesthouse with spacious rooms is managed by NYEMO NGO, part of its hospitality training. Rooms equipped with queen sized bed, cable TV, private bathroom. The restaurant has a European set lunch menu and serves authentic Khmer food a la carte for diner. Tonle Sap Guest House 4-6 Street 104, Tel: 023 986 722 Clean, well-kept guesthouse upstairs with 15 rooms, with air-con, fans, hot water, cable TV. Downstairs Pickled Parrot bar open 24 hours.


Holy Cow Ekareach Street, Tel: 012 478 510 Beautiful restaurant set in a relaxing garden environment on the main street, with terracotta terrace downstairs and wooden dining area upstairs. Competitively-priced, good cuisine including vegetarian options. Open daily from 9.30am to 11:00pm. Independence Hotel Independence Beach,Tel: 012 728 090 Beautifully restored hotel on Independence Beach, originally opened in 1963, reopened in 2007 following a complete refurbishment. Has beautiful infinity pool and sweeping ocean views from most

Reef Resort Road to Serendipity Beach, Tel: 012 315 338, Guesthouse set around a beautiful pool with well apportioned air-con rooms, in-room safe and cable TV, family rooms also available. Has a welcoming bar with excellent TV screen, slate pool table and excellent Mexican cuisine. Scuba Nation Lane off road to Serendipity Beach Tel: 012 604 680, 012 715 785 Five-star PADI centre offering daily trips to the area’s many islands and reefs including the decent dive sites at Koh Rung Samloem and Koh Kon, also runs a range of PADI-certified courses, and has an office in Phnom Penh. Sokha Beach Resort Sokha Beach, Tel: 034 935 999 With its own private beach, excellent swimming pool and fine restaurants, Sokha is the most up-market place to stay in Sihanoukville. A live Filipino band plays around the cocktail bar at night. Zoco Independence Hotel, Road to Serendipity Beach Two fashion boutiques – one on the way to Serendipity Beach, the other in Independence Hotel – run by the Spanish-born Nuria, sells dresses, skirts, bags and accessories.


Cambodia Uncovered 11B Street 370, Tel: 012 507 097 Offers village and cultural tours in Phnom Penh and surrounds including road trips, Mekong cruises, accommodation, cooking classes and other activities. Exotissimo Travel No. 66, Norodom Blvd, Tel: 023 218 948 , Excellent French-owned agency specialising in adventure tourism, flight bookings, package holidays and a range of tours of Southeast Asia. Helicopters Cambodia 10 Street 310, Tel: 012 814 500/ www. Over 12 years experience operating in the Kingdom offers scenic flights around the Temples of Angkor and beyond. Is a wholly owned subsidiary of Helicopters New Zealand Group. Intrepid Travel 468 Sivutha Blvd., Tel: 063 966 655 For travellers with a yearning to get off the beaten track, Intrepid opens up a whole new world of adventure travel. With a huge variety of tours available. Travel Indochina 43-44EO Street 108, Tel: 023 991 978 Australian-owned and managed travel company specialising in small group journeys around Asia that can tailor trips for individuals.



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The Station Old Market Area, Tel: 017 98 24 85 Modern bar serving Illy Coffee, breakfasts, salads, fresh sandwiches, Khmer and Thai food, teas, fruit drinks, ice-cold draft beer, fine wines and more. High speed WiFi. Live music and DJs at weekends.





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Funky Munky Pub Street, Tel: 092 276 751 Good mix of music, excellent film posters and pool table compete with the pub grub for your attention. Try the Sunday lunch or build your own burger. Alternatively compete in the most competitive ‘charity’ quiz on a Thursday.

Arts Lounge Hotel de la Paix, Sivutha Boulevard Tel: 063 966 000 Large space in the ground floor of the hotel showcases the works of Cambodian and international artists. All pieces focus on Cambodian subjects.

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Fresh at Chilli Si-Dang East River, Tel: 012 723 488 Riverside dining, balcony views, a relaxing lounge downstairs, and a pool table. Fresh food, including traditional Khmer cuisine, cheese, sandwiches, a generous selection of vegetarian food.

McDermott Gallery I & II FCC Complex, Pokambor Avenue, Alley behind Pub Street, Tel: 092 668 181 Two galleries devoted to photographic works. with permanent exhibition of photographs taken by John McDermott. Open 10am to 10pm.


Angkor What? Pub Street, Tel: 012 181 4001 “Promoting irresponsible drinking since 1998,” this graffiti-laden bar is the mainstay of Pub Street. A healthy mix of loud rock, punk and grunge, buckets of vodka and red bull for US$6.

Molly Malone’s Pub Street Tel: 063 963 533 Wood panelled Irish Pub with lots of Irish memorabilia. The Guinness either comes in a cold can or alongside some steak in a pie. Also has a small guest house upstairs with air-con rooms. Open from 7am to midnight.

Café de la Paix Sivutha Bld, Tel: 063 966 000 Like the adjoining Hotel de la Paix, this small café exudes contemporary chic. Excellent Lavazza coffee, bagels, salads and free WiFi dished up in air-con surroundings.

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AHA The Passage, Tel: 063 965 501 Sophisticated and beautifully designed wine bar selling a wide range of wines from around the world and tapas, as well as great cheese and Lavazza coffee. Open from 10.30am to 10.30pm.

Miss Wong Lane off Pub Street, Tel: 092 428 332 Imagine yourself in China at the turn of the last century and you won’t go much wrong in Miss Wong with excellent and original cocktails and dim sum. Open late.

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Blue Pumpkin Old Market, Tel: 012 946 227, 063 463 574 Popular café with a great range of freshly baked breads and pastries, shakes and coffee. Also at Angkor Wat and the airport. Open daily from 6am to 10pm. Free WiFi.


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Little Pari The Lane, off Pub Street, The newest and bluest bar in town! Very sweet, very stylish little jewel of a bar, much like the eponymous owner herself, Pari. This jazz/wine bar serves delicious Asianised cocktails, wines and beers. Open from 7pm until closing.

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Siem Reap - Hotels

FCC Angkor Pokambor Avenue, Tel: 023 992 284 Boutique hotel with 31 contemporary Asian-designed rooms spread around the garden and swimming pool. Free WiFi for guests both in rooms and around the pool.

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Golden Orange Off East River Road, Tel: 063 965 389 Mini-hotel with good sized air-con rooms that tends to have customers when others are empty. Nice outside bar makes for a good place to sit and have a few beers. Hotel de la Paix Sivutha Boulevard, Tel: 063 966 000 With stoneware bathtubs in the rooms, mini-iPods, flexible reading flashlights above the decadently lavish beds and inset photographic galleries along all the corridors, de la Paix is a modern design classic. Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor 1 Charles de Gaulle, Tel: 063 963 Elegant hotel with opulent gardens and a spectacular swimming pool in its grounds. Has frequent art exhibitions and Apsara dancing on nearby terrace.

Springtime Style Nicky McGavin With spring in the air, it’s time to throw out your old rags and freshen up your wardrobe. Thanks to the new range from Siem Reap-based brand Wanderlust, there are simply no more excuses. The latest collection is proving popular—so popular that the team is already producing a second run to fill up their stores in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. This is great news for Stella Romoli, the Italian designer who celebrates her one year anniversary at Wanderlust this month. Romoli has taken over the design from Wanderlust founder Elizabeth Kiester, who is now based in New York. She has stayed with Kiester’s colourful and practical but highly stylish approach that is the hallmark of Wanderlust, while adding her own flair too. A native of Florence, 24year old Romoli studied at the Polimoda International Institute of Fashion, Design and Marketing before starting off her career at Roberto Cavelli in June 2009. Before joining Wanderlust, Romoli spent two months volunteering in Burma where she trained refugees at a sewing centre.

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“Stella wanted to continue the spirit of Wanderlust,” says Linda Lam, marketing director, “By keeping the styles playful with bold colours and prints, she wants women who wear Wanderlust to feel confident, but in a comfortable way.” The silhouettes of Romoli’s designs are more fitted than previous Wanderlust lines, and the clothes are more contemporary than more retro-styled previous collections. The loose fitting tunics, dresses and my personal favourite, the Honolulu skirt, are fabulous and feminine, made from a lightweight Indian cotton that hangs flatteringly. This collection’s colours aim for a more modern and sleek look, including a lot of white, which Romoli says is a must for this season. She’s also playing around with bright pinks and fuchsia, as well as different tones of blue. Wanderlust, which is already distributed in the States, will expand its reach to Thailand and Australia later on this month. At this rate, we’ll soon be able to say “Wanderlust? Oh, I was buying their stuff long before they were world famous.”

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Siem Reap, Tel: 063 964 600/610, Ultimate in comfort and refinement by combining the traditional architecture of Cambodia with elegant French colonial style to create a luxurious resort just five minutes from Angkor Wat. Tara Angkor Hotel Road to Angkor, Tel: 063 966 661 Elegant, boutique hotel with attractive swimming pool and rooms at competitive rates.

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Angkor Golf Resort Kasekam Village, Sra Nga. Tel: 063 761 139 18 hole international golf course. Body Tune 293-296 Pokambor Avenue Heavy grey stone Thai-run spa with selection of massages and facials, all masseuses work with Thai instructors. Frangipani Alley behind Pub Street, 615-617 Hup Guan Street, Tel: 063 964 391 Relaxing three-room beauty spa in the heart of town that’s frequented by those expats in the know, has a second outlet in the modern complex close to the Central Market. Helicopters Cambodia 658 Hup Quan Street, Tel: 063 963 316 Professionally run company that has flights over the temples and beyond in modern, safe helicopters. Khmer Ways Wat Svay Village, Tel: 077 367 790. Ride specially adapted motor-scooters to explore parts of Siem Reap nobody else gets to, including villages, temples and waterfalls. No previous experience required. Lunch, water, sunscreen and snacks provided. Sam Veasna Centre Wat Bo Area, Tel: 063 96 37 10 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award winner. Some of the rarest birds in Asia can be seen at Prek Toal and Ang Trapang Thmor, a day-trip from Siem Reap,

or combine bird watching with temple trips to Koh Ker and Beng Melea. Phokeethra Country Club Sofitel Royal Angkor Resort & Spa, Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Tel: 056 396 4600, International standard 18-hole, 72-par golf course 16km outside of Siem Reap.

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Abacus National road 6 turn right at Acleda bank, Tel: 012 644 286. With both air-conditioned dining room and alfresco terrace, and serving modern European and Asian cuisine, Abacus has become one of Siem Reap’s landmark. Open 11am to late. AHA The Passage, Tel: 063 965 501 Sophisticated and beautifully designed wine bar selling wide range of wines from around the world, tapas, great cheese & Lavazza coffee. Open 10.30am to 10.30pm. FCC Angkor FCC Complex, Pokambor Avenue , Tel: 063 760 280 Elegant bar and restaurant serves a mix of Asian and international cuisine. The complex includes shops, the McDermott Gallery, Visaya Spa and boutique hotel. Le Malraux Street No. 7, Tel: 063 966 041 Beautiful French restaurant offering alfresco, café and brasserie style dining with a menu catering to a range of budgets and tastes. Both food and service is consistently good. An attractive wine list rounds out this restaurant’s promise. L’Oasi East River Road, Tel: 092 418 917 The best Italian restaurant in, or rather just outside of, town. The combination of the beautiful garden and home-cooked Italian pasta and pizza makes the trip well worth it. Meric Hotel de la Paix, Sivutha Boulevard, Tel: 063 966 000, Elegant, contemporary restaurant, that allows you to explore the mysteries of Khmer cuisine in comfort

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De Silk Boutique 29 Tep Vong, Tel: 063 761 198 / 01 775 168, Made from 100% silk, this boutique’s designs hint at glamour and speak of individuality. A range of products are aviailable. Eric Raisina 53 Veal Village, Siem Reap Tel: 012 965 207, 063 963 207 Accessories, decor, textiles and clothing created by Madagascan-born and French-trained designer. Phone in advance for an appointment. Jasmine Boutique FCC Angkor, Pokambor Avenue Tel: 063 760 610 Same sophisticated, stylish boutique as on Street 240 in Phnom Penh. Smateria The Alley West, Tel: 063 964 343 www. Boutique specialising in accessories made from recycled materials including a range of bags and wallets made from old cartons, plastic bags and mosquito nets.


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Boat Noodle 8B Street 294, Tel: 012 774 287, 016 504 588 Khmer and Thai restaurant with excellent, well-priced food, set in a beautiful, traditional wooden house. Open every day from 7am to 10pm. Frizz 67 Street 240, Tel: 023 220 953, 012 845 525 Dutch-run, restaurant specialising in authentic Khmer cuisine, including good amok, which runs cookery classes too. Open 10am to 11pm. Green Pepper 6F Sothearos Blvd, Tel: 011 427 776 Serving Khmer and Thai food in a cosy setting near the riverfront. Open from 7am to 10pm. A/C K’NYAY 25K Suramarit Blvd. (Street 268), Tel: 023 225 225 or 092 665 225,, Modern Khmer restaurant tucked away down an alley off Sihanouk Blvd, with a

menu including a selection of freshly prepared, vegan dishes, along with traditional Cambodian specialities. Offers a selection of cakes, ice creams and sorbets, using all vegan ingredients. Open 12pm to 9pm (Mon to Fri), 7am to 9pm (Sat), closed Sunday. Malis 136 Norodom Bvd., Tel: 023 221 022 Beautiful modern Khmer restaurant with a courtyard set around narrow water channels and decorated with terracotta floor tiles. Has air-con rooms inside for those who find the midday sun too much. The cuisine is modern Khmer, with no MSG. A/C Restaurant Le Royal Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Tel: 023 981 888, dining. The finest French & Khmer cuisine in the most elegant restaurants.The Chef’s Degustation menu allows you to try a myriad of dishes in a single meal. Private rooms are available on request.Open from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. A/C Romdeng 74 Street 174, Tel: 092 219 565 Run by the same NGO as Friends, this non-profit training school restaurant specialises in Khmer cuisine. Food has an fresh and daring flavour, especially if you opt for the crispy tarantulas as a starter. Good place to try fermented fish prahok. Open 11am to 9pm. Rom Youl Phnom 21 Street 71, Tel: 023 311 733/012 695 549 Simple and cheap restaurant offering good traditional Khmer cuisine as well

as Thai and Western options. Open from 6am to 9pm The Local 39C Street 454, Tel: 077 905 522 Café with a courtyard, art deco style mezzanine bar and dining room displaying art from the Apsara gallery with menu established by Khmer chef and cookbook author Sok Chhong. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 11pm.


Hua Nam 753 Monivong Bvd., Tel: 023 364 005 Large Chinese restaurant that specialises in seafood and duck and has a good selection of wines, with VIP rooms. Open 11am to 2pm, 5pm to 10pm. A/C Man Han Lou Restaurant 456 Monivong Blvd., Tel: 023 721 966 Micro-brewery with four types of Germanstyle beer. Has extensive Chinese, Thai, Khmer and Vietnamese menus, as well as dim sum breakfast from 6am to 10am. A/C Mekong Village 290 Monivong Bvd., Tel: 023 218 888 Large Chinese restaurant that specialises in crispy Beijing duck and stays open until late. Open 12pm to late. Sam Doo 56-58 Kampuchea Krom, Tel: 023 218 773 The place for dim sum in Phnom Penh, baskets of steamed prawn dumplings, pork buns and more go for a pittance. The wonton soup and other tasty meals are a steal. Open 7am to 2am. Xiang Palace Intercontinental Hotel, 296 Mao Tse Tung Boulevard, Tel: 023 424 885

Up market restaurant with possibly the best range of Cantonese cuisine in town, served in opulent surroundings. Open 11.30am to 2.30pm (Sunday from 9.30pm), 5.30pm to 10.30pm. A/C Yi Sang Chinese Restaurant 128F Sothearos Blvd., Tel: 023 220 922 Set on the ground floor of the Almond Hotel, this stylish restaurant specialises in Cantonese food and dim sum that fuses the traditional with the contemporary, including excellent dim sum. Open from 6.30am to 10am, 11.30am to 2pm and 5.30pm to 10pm – dim sum not served in the evening. A/C


Atmosphere 141C Norodom Bvd., Tel: 023 994 224, 012 960 573 Well-established air-con restaurant serves fine French food in an elegant yet tastefully decorated setting, close to the Independence Monument. Open from 11am to 2pm and 6pm to 10.30pm. Closed Sundays. A/C Armand’s 33 Street 108, Tel: 015 548 966 A true bistro experience in a cosy woodpanelled space, despite the informal and relaxed ambience it has the menu to even satisfy high-rollers. Open 5pm until late. Closed Mondays. A/C Bougainvillier 277C Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 220 528, Elegant, riverfront restaurant using gourmet homemade ingredients, specialising in foie gras. Fish, beef, gourmet pasta

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dishes and langoustine also feature, plus a regularly changing specials board and excellent French wines. Three course set lunches are also available. Open from 6am to 11pm. A/C Comme à la Maison 13 Street 57, Tel: 012 951 869, Sophisticated French restaurant with a beautiful outdoor terrace area at the front, yet secluded from the street. One of the best French kitchens in town. Small delicatessen at the back of the restaurant. Open daily from 6am to 10.30pm. Equinox 3A Street 278, Tel: 012 586 139, 092 791 958 With welcoming al fresco downstairs bar and large space upstairs, this one of the more popular places on the golden mile. Has regular exhibitions, live music and events as well as serving good food. Open 7am to late, serves food to midnight.

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K West 1 Street 154 (Cnr. Sisowath Quay), Tel: 023 214 747 Stylish aircon bar and restaurant below the Amanjaya with an excelllent steak menu and good value happy hour from 6pm to 8pm Fridays. Now has a brasserie menu with daily specials. Also has free WiFi. Open 6.30am to midnight. A/C La Marmite Corner Streets 108 & 51, Tel: 012 391 746 This small, reasonably priced French bistro has two adjoining rooms (one non-smoking) creating a relaxed, cosy atmosphere. Serves excellent fish, steaks and offal as well as daily specials, for a taste of real home-cooked French cuisine. Open 11am to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm. A/C La Residence Restaurant 22/24 Street 214, Tel: 023 224 582 Fine dining on an international scale in this sophisticated restaurant, where French classics meet gourmet, modern cuisine. Open from 11.30am to 2pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm. A/C Le Gourmet NagaWorld Hotel and Casino, Hun Sen Park, Tel: 023 228 822. Kitsch meets tradition at this up-scale restaurant. Quality ingredients come together in beautiful presentation on the plate, with the luxury of the surroundings complemented by professional and attentive service. Open daily from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm.

“One of the best selection of Khmer, Indonesian, Philippine and Thai cuisine. Situated downtown near Royal Palace and National Museum”

Le Jardin 16 Street 360, Tel: 011 723 399 Beautiful shaded restaurant with large garden and spacious outdoor play area for kids with excellent ice cream. Open 8am to 10pm (closed Mondays). Le Sauvignon 6B Street 302, Tel: 092 730 250 Contemporary wine bar and restaurant serves a variety of wines with a focus on classy French whites. Open Monday to Saturday, noon till late. Restaurant Le Royal Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Tel: 023 981 888, Treat yourself to the finest French & Khmer cuisine in one of Indochina’s most elegant restaurants. The Chef’s Degustation menu allows you to try a myriad of dishes in a single meal in a refined atmosphere patronised by the who’s who of Phnom Penh. Private rooms are available on request. Open from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. A/C Tamarind 31 Street 240, Tel: 012 830 139 Bold Mediterranean, North African restaurant set on three floors which serves couscous, tagines, chawarma, tapas and mezze. Small bar with pool table downstairs denies the elegance upstairs, especially the roof terrace, which opens after sunset. Open 10am to 12pm. A/C The Wine Restaurant 219 Street 19, Tel: 023 223 527 Excellent fine dining restaurant in the same grounds as Open Wine deli. The fresh food and extensive selection of wines make this one of the more exclusive places to dine in town. A/C Topaz 182 Norodom Bvd., Tel: 012 346 555, 023 221 622 Sophisticated, air-con restaurant with outside dining, upstairs bar, wine shop, cigar room and private rooms. One of Phnom Penh’s finest restaurants. Has a popular piano bar, night club upstairs. Open 11am to 2pm and 6pm to 11pm. A/C Van’s Restaurant 5 Street 102, Tel: 023 722 067 French fine-dining in a grand setting awaits at Van’s, located on the second floor of a well preserved colonial era building near the city’s Post Office. Open every day from 11.30am to 2.30pm and 5pm to 10.30pm. A/C

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Al Almeen 34 Street 108, Tel: 016 514 933 Malaysian-Indian halal restaurant serves good value thali and traditional Indian dishes including biryani. Complimentary sweet tea makes up for the lack of alcohol on the premises. Open from 11 to 2.30pm (9am to 2.30pm Sun) and 5.30pm to 10.30pm. Dosa Corner 15 Street 51, Tel: 012 673 276 This small south Indian restaurant opened in January. True to its name it has a wide range of very good value dosa as well as thali and biryani dishes. Air-conditioned, it’s open from 7am to 10pm. A/C East India 9 Street 114, Tel: 023 992 007 South Indian cuisine predominates in this pristine restaurant with excellent breads including nine types of dosa and an allyou-can-eat vegetarian Sunday special. Open 11am to 2pm, 5.30pm to 10.30pm. A/C Flavours of India 158 Street 63, Tel: 012 886 374, Relaxing Indian and Nepalese restaurant with friendly staff and a good range of dishes including good value vegetarian and meat thalis. Open 10am to 11pm. A/C Irrawaddi 24 Street 334, Tel: 012 979 510 Authentic Myanmar food at very reasonable prices in a clean setting with paintings of the Burmese countryside decorating the walls. Open 10am to 10pm, closed on Mondays. Lotus House 13B Long Nget Street 258, Tel: 023 500 0485, 098 420 780

Besides Indian food, menu includes a number of Western dishes like pizza, burgers and spaghetti. Mount Manaslu Café 1a Street 282, Tel: 023 996 514, 012 637 485, 017 760 740 Nepalese restaurant set in the heart of Boeung Keng Kang serves authentic cuisine from the kingdom as well as Indian, Khmer, Thai and Chinese dishes. Also has a good range of cocktails. A/C Mumtaz 162 Street 63, T el: 023 726 761, Popular Vietnamese chain of Indian restaurants comes to Phnom Penh. Excellent tandoori and southern Indian delicacies including dosa with chefs from both north and south. A/C Saffron 17B Street 278, Tel: 012 247 832 Pakistani and Middle Eastern café, restaurant and wine bar. The curries are excellent and not too spicy. The wines have a bias towards the antipodes, with possibly the best range of wines by the glass in town. Open 11am to 11pm. A/C Sher-e-Punjab 16 Street 130, Tel: 092 992 901 Just off the riverfront, this restaurant is a favourite haunt of Phnom Penh expats due to its tasty tandoori dishes. Highly courteous service, and generous free snacks and condiments make this a wallet friendly option. Has another outlet on Sothearos Blvd. A/C Shiva Shakti 70 Sihanouk Bvd., Tel: 012 813 817, 023 213 062 Decidedly upmarket and sophisticated

Indian restaurant in a beautiful setting with prices to match. Good place for an Indian treat. Open from 11am to 2pm, 6pm to 10.30pm. Closed Mondays. A/C

Dishes out Africa, Asian and Western cuisine, with hip hop and reggae played into the early hours of the morning. Open daily 9am to 4am. A/C


Dream-up 128 D1 Sothearos Blvd, Tel: 016 63 44 14 Serving Russian, western and Khmer food with live jam sessions on Friday to Sunday 7pm. Last Sunday of every month features a clown show and puppet theatre. Russian films screenings on the weekends. from 4.30pm. Happy hour is 5pm to 7pm. Open from 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5pm to 10.30pm (Tue - Fri), 11am to 10.30pm Sat, Sun. Closed Mondays. A/C

Aussie XL Café 205A Street 51, Tel: 023 301 301 Aussie style bistro food with quick lunch menu and a good selection of house wines and retail wines. Open 7am to 11pm. A/C Boddhi Tree Umma 50 Street 113, Tel: 023 211 397 Relaxed garden atmosphere and open balcony restaurant with an imaginative menu, located opposite Tuol Sleng. Open 7am to 9pm. Cafe Monivong Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Tel: 023 981 888 Wicker armchairs and marble tables covered with crisp white tablecloths create the perfect place to relax and linger over a delightful alfresco breakfast, lunch or dinner. Western and Asian cuisines are available buffet-style or a la carte. Private rooms are available on request. Buffet from 6am to 10am, 12pm to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10pm, a la carte from 11am to 11pm. A/C Chow 277 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 224 894 Contemporary and sophisticated riverfront restaurant that serves Southeast Asian cuisine, a wide range of cocktails, juices and Illy coffee. The rooftop deck with spectacular views of the river is a great place to have a drink during its half-price 4pm to 8pm happy hour. Open daily from 7am to 11pm. A/C Do It All Pub & Bistro 61 Street 174, Tel: 023 220 904

Edelwiess Restaurant 375 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 092 341 329, 012 422 589 This open-air restaurant specialising in German and Khmer food offers the perfect spot to enjoy an Erdinger beer while watching life go by on the riverfront. Open 10am to late. Elsewhere 2 Street 278, Tel: 012 660 232 On the Golden Mile, with two pools, sleek white walls and sensible 8am to 11pm opening hours. The menu at Elsewhere features soups, salads, sandwiches and pastas. Don’t miss out on their infamous cocktails. There is also a kids’ menu with child-friendly dishes. Has boutique clothes shop upstairs. A/C Tepui Restaurant Lounge Chinese House, 45 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 991 514 Located on the second floor of Chinese House, Tepui offers a mix of Mediterranean and South American small plates with Asian accents.The skilled Venezuelan chef is considered one of the city’s best culinary talents. Open daily from 6pm to 10.30pm, closed Mondays.

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The Empire 34 Street 130,, www. In the space formerly known as Brauhaus, the Empire serves Asian fusion, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 4.30pm to midnight. FCC Phnom Penh 363 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 724 014 The first stop for newcomers and it’s easy to see why. Set in a beautiful colonial house with sumptuous views across the river on one side and the National Museum to the other, it’s best to come at sunset when the streets below are most crowded, the cocktails are half price and draft beer goes for US$1. Open daily from 7am to midnight. A/C Fish Sisowath Quay, cnr of Street 108, Tel: 023 222 685, Contemporary, modern restaurant specialising in all things oceanic. Menu includes everything from lobster through sushi to gourmet fish and chips for upmarket, but reasonable prices. Open 7am to late. Flavours Cnr. Street 51 & 278, Tel: 017 765 896 Relaxing restaurant and popular bar run by Quebecois with comfortable chairs that fall out onto the street. The mix of Asian and western cuisine has proved so popular that they have a copycat restaurant opposite. Open 7am to late. Friends 215 Street 13, Tel: 012 802 072 Non-profit training restaurant where all the proceeds go to the neighbouring street-kid school. Food is a reliable mix of Mediterranean and Asian with tapas thrown in if you are not feeling too hungry. Great juices. Another one of Phnom Penh’s places designed to take it easy, but this time with a clear conscience. Open 11am to 9pm. Garden Centre Café 60-61 Street 108, Tel: 023 997 850, 092 429 968. Popular expat restaurant with fresh ingredients and lots of healthy options. Another location is at 4B Street 57. Open from 7am to 10pm (closed Mondays). Gasolina 56/58 Street 57, Tel: 012 373 009 The largest garden bar in town has an extensive menu. Crèche facilities make this a popular choice with families at weekends. Has regular events with live music and DJs, even fashion shows. Open from 8am to 12am. Green Vespa 95 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 012 887 228 Arguably the best pub grub in town and guaranteed never to send you home hungry. Pub style menu with wide range of breakfasts. Special food offers each night of the week with a range of alcohol at bargain prices. Open 6.30am till late. A/C Golden Mermaid Corner Street 104 & 13, Tel: 023 998 480 Sophisticated restaurant near the Post Office in the old quarter, serving traditional Old European fare in an elegant, relaxed atmosphere, housed in a beautifully restored French colonial building. Open everyday from 7.00am to 10.30pm. Gym Bar 42 Street 178, Tel: 012 815 884

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The best sports bar in town also has reasonable food. Good burgers, curries and an ignominiously named Joel Garner hot dog. Open 11am till late. A/C Irina Russian Restaurant 15 Street 352, Tel: 012 833 524, 092 833 524 Russian restaurant of iconic Phnom Penh status. If you can walk out of the restaurant after hitting the vodkas then you are doing well. Open daily from 11am until the vodka runs out. A/C Java Cafe & Gallery 56 Sihanouk Blvd., Tel: 023 987 420 Great coffees, salads, mix-and-match sandwiches and juices served in an elegant setting. The upstairs terrace, overlooking the Independence Monument, is a good place to watch the chaos below, while the downstairs space is a great place for coffee and catching up on your emails. Has exhibitions both upstairs and down. Open 7am to 10pm. A/C Kandal House 239 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 986 803 Very friendly riverside established serving good and reasonably priced homemade pasta and a variety of Asian dishes. Open 8am to late. Kebab 156 Street 51, Tel: 08 607 582 Fast food joint located outside of the Heart of Darkness nightclub has burgers, kebabs, fajitas, chicken wings and falafels for those looking to stock up before the trip home. Also does deliveries. La Coupole Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, 28 Old August Site, Sothearos Blvd., Tel: 023 999 200, Casual and authentic Indochinese and French cuisine with live cooking by chefs in an open kitchen concept. Offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and the Sunday brunch, all set in a stunning restaurant with high ceilings and natural light. La Croisette 241 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 220 554 Riverfront restaurant with an ample outside dining area screened off by trees that serves good, reasonably-priced food, also has a cool, air-con restaurant inside. Often arranges special events. Open 7am to late. A/C Le Quay Café Cnr. Sisowath Quay & Street 110, Tel: 023 998 730, Enjoy the menu of sushi, salads, paninis, crepes and Asian specialities, with a wide range of healthy power juices, smoothies, cocktails, coffees, beers and wines, either beside a relaxing water feature or on the riverside terrace. Smoke free environment for lunch and dinner. Open from 10.30am to 10.30pm. A/C Le Rit’s 71 Street 240, Tel: 023 213 160 Restaurant and boutique handicraft shop run by NGO NYEMO set in a beautiful garden. The restaurant specialises in European pre set lunch menu and serves authentic Khmer food a la carte for dinner. Open from 7am to 10 pm. Lime Restaurant + Bar 79F Street 128, Tel: 023 998 608/610,, Located in Lebiz Hotel Lime serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering a stylish mix of Asian and western favou-

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The Vintage View Celliers d’Asie

Celliers d’Asie has operated its business in the Kingdom of Cambodia for nearly 20 years. We started as pioneers in 1992 when we noticed that the wine quality imported and the conservation was not representative of what wine is for passionate wine lovers. Therefore, we started importing quality wines that were subjected to a superior quality level and ensuring temperature-controlled conservation, as well as a high service standard. We import our wines directly from our partner wineries. Celliers d’Asie started its operation in Phnom Penh with only few people, but has grown to operate also in Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Battambang, and represents wines from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, the U.S. and South Africa. We pursue continuous investment in operational assets and human resources to further improve where we can and prepare for the future. An example is our latest storage facility, which is a huge leap in wine conservation fit for the regulations of the ‘developed’ world.

We have noted that there are few new foreigner wine competitors and also more local companies entering this market. Celliers d’Asie keeps providing its quality products with value for money and prompt services for its clients. It is our honour to be part of the Cambodian Restaurant Association as our vision is to bring good quality products to this market, so that restaurants can have more choice at any price range. Within the CRA, we can work together as role model companies to improve the quality of work between companies, partner together to improve quality and hygienic standards, and invest in our labour force to improve the level of skills, whilst preserving the natural kindness and friendliness of the Cambodian people. For those who express interest in opening up a restaurant, we would recommend to look into wine selection carefully since it is very fragile product. As an expert in the wine industry, Celliers d’Asie can help suggest value for money wines that match the concept, location and food menu. Celliers D’Asie, 62B Street 432, Tel: 023 986 350.

A member of the Cambodia Restaurant Association, the representative body of the dining industry in the country. For more information about the CRA, see

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rites with a focus on fresh, healthy and local ingredients, with regular changes to the menu. Lotus Blanc 152 Street 51, Tel: 017 602 251 Run by local NGO Pour un Sourire d’Enfant, this centrally located training restaurant has a monthly changing lunch menu as well as a la carte Khmer dishes. Serves both Asian and continental breakfast. Open Monday to Saturday 7am to 10 pm. Madeleines 172Eo Street 51, Tel: 012 988 432 Restaurant and Cafe offers a variety of organic lunches and freshly baked food and provides catering. Open from 8am to 5pm (closed Sundays). Metro Café Cnr. Sisowath Quay & Street 148. Tel: 023 222 275 Metro has much more than a cool décor and changing light boxes, with reasonably priced Tiger and house wines and a great range of Martinis, try the Expresso. Gets very popular late on, while during the day is a good time to enjoy the free WiFi while enjoying a coffee in a smoke free environment. Open 7:30am to 1am. A/C Nature & Sea Cnr. Street 51 & 278, Tel: 012 195 3810 Laid back eatery overlooking Wat Lanka that serves many types of fish dishes as well as some great crepes if you can make it up the 3 flights of stairs. Also sells some take home organic produce. Open everyday 8am to 10pm.

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Ocean 11 Street 288, Tel: 017 766 690 European managed Mediterranean restaurant that dishes up some of the best fish and seafood in town. Try the red snapper or the squid with rocket. Often has exhibitions around the understated walls. A/C One More Pub 16E Street 294, Tel: 017 327 378 English-style bar with comfortable wooden bar stools, filled with traditional paraphernalia and enough flags to make the UN envious. No hip hop nor techno, just great 60s & 70s music and excellent European cuisine. Open from 5pm to Midnight, happy hour from 5pm to 7pm, closed Sundays. A/C Pacharan 389 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 224 394 Barcelona comes to Phnom Penh via London’s Mayfair in this exquisite upmarket bodega. Set in a beautiful colonial building with great decor, an open kitchen and sweeping views of the river, this air-con restaurant specialises in tapas and fine Spanish wines. Second branch in Ho Chi Minh City. Open from 11am to 12am. A/C Paddy Rice 213-217 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023990321, Riverside restaurant serves homely food, including Guinness and steak pie, fish and chips, bangers and mash, best breakfast with homemade sausages, a full Sunday roast with rib-eye beef, pork or chicken in bacon, and Argentinean steaks. Open 7.30am to late.

Pelican 4D Street 278, Tel: 023 214 540 A variety of pies made fresh every day, served hot and ready to eat in a cardboard takeaway box. Open 10 am to 7pm. Pickled Parrot 4-6 Street 104, Tel: 012 633 779, 023 986 722 Air-con bar with reliable international and Khmer cuisine is available at the bar 24/7. A/C Restaurant Tell 13 Street 90, Tel: 023 430 650 Up-market eatery that re-creates the genuine feel of an Alpine chalet, has a spacious indoor restaurant and outdoor terrace with rotisserie and bar. European menu with imported steaks, fondue, raclette and an extensive wine list. Open 11.30am to 2pm, 5pm to 11pm. A/C

Riverside Bistro Cnr. Sisowath Quay & Street 148, Tel: 012 277 882, 023 213 898 Popular restaurant with expats and tourists alike mainly due to its large outdoor terrace area to view the river. Serves a mixture of Asian and western food with an emphasis on German cuisine. Has rock music videos and a pool table in the music bar at the back. Open from 7am to 2am. Sarika Pool & Pizza Bar 9 Street 566, Toul Kok,Tel: 017 456 116, Relax with the whole family by the pool in a tropical garden setting or in the beautifully restored wooden Khmer house, with children’s games, charcoal BQQ and pizza bar. Open daily 10am to 11pm. A/C

Rising Sun 20 Street 178, Tel: 012 970 718 English-style pub with good breakfast, meat pies and hamburgers has a regular following at night, especially on Fridays. Great posters of British films and TV classics adorn the walls. Ideal for that touch of nostalgia and the fish and chips are good, although not wrapped in newspaper. Open 7am to last orders.

Scoop Bistro Bar 2-6A Regency Square, Mao Tse Tung Blvd., Tel: 023 424 457 Chic bistro with a simple, yet refined black & white design with comfortable, highbacked dining chairs providing seclusion from other diners. Wonderfully conceived menu with homemade pasta and varied selection of vegetarian dishes. Lounge area is ideal for cocktail or coffee. Three private rooms. Open 11am to midnight, closed Sundays, reservations recommended. A/C

Riverhouse Restaurant 6 Street 110, Tel: 012 766 743, 023 212 302 Sophisticated restaurant with a welcoming outside seating area that serves up a mix of Asian and western food. Has a nightclub upstairs. A/C

Simply Donuts 529 Kampuchea Krom Blvd & cnr. Street 233, Tel: 012 235 205 Tasty donuts at a reasonable price for those who like to eat their dough without the “ugh”. Open daily from 7am to 8pm. A/C

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Hummingbird Cupcakes Bloom Cakes & Café Whether baked as cupcakes or a cake, this popular dessert from America’s South will have you humming with delight. 450g can crushed pineapple in syrup 1 cup plain flour ½ cup self-raising flour ½ teaspoon bicarbonate soda ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed ½ cup dried coconut 1 cup mashed over-ripe bananas 2 eggs, lightly beaten ¾ cup vegetable oil Passion Fruit Cream-Cheese Frosting 50g butter, softened 250g cream cheese, softened 1 cup icing sugar, sifted Juice of 2 passion fruits, with seeds strained out ONE Drain pineapple in a fine sieve; reserve ¼ cup of syrup. TWO Sift flours, soda and cinnamon into a large bowl; stir in sugar and coconut. Make a well in the centre. Add combined bananas, eggs, oil, pineapple and ¼ cup of reserved syrup. Mix until combined. Pour into prepared pan. THREE Place in cupcake trays lined with paper cupcake liners and cook in moderate oven (180° Celsius) for approximately 20 minutes. This recipe can also make one 23cm-round cake that should be baked for approximately 1 hour. FOUR For cream cheese frosting, beat butter and cream cheese in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy; gradually beat in icing sugar and passion fruit until smooth. Bloom Cakes & Café, 40 St 222 (between St 51 & St 63), Tel: 077 757 500, café Recipes provided by members of:

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Steve’s Steakhouse 20 Street 51, cnr. Street 282, Tel: 023 987 320 Longstanding restaurant specialising in local grain-fed beef as well as a large variety of imported steaks, hamburgers, ribs and Greek cuisine. Has a terraced lounge with pool tables upstairs as well as a sports bar with large screen TV and a 12pm to 7.30pm happy hour. Open from 11am to 10.30pm. A/C Sonoma Oyster Bar 159 Street 278 (behind Lucky Supermarket on Sihanouk Blvd), Tel: 023 223 617, 077 723 911 Phnom Penh’s first and only independent oyster bar has drawn a crowd of expats and Cambodians seeking high-quality oysters in a cosy setting. Open daily for lunch 10:30am – 2:00pm and dinner 5:00pm to 11:00pm. A/C T-Bone Steak House 392 Monivong Boulevard & Street 360, Tel: 012 900 138 Contemporary restaurant serving a premium selection of both imported and Cambodian beef, in a sophisticated air-conditioned setting – a carnivore’s delight. Open 12pm to 2pm, 5pm to 11pm. A/C The Shop 39 Street 240, Tel: 092 955 963, 023 986 964 Stylish café, with a wide range of fresh bread, tempting patisseries and juices, excellent salads and sandwiches. Crowded at lunchtime, but the small, cool courtyard at the back creates a perfect haven from the sun. Has a Chocolate Shop three doors along, and a second outlet in Tuol Kork. Open 7am to 7pm (Mon. to Sat, 7am to 3pm Sun.)


Aria D’Italia 41EO Street 310, Tel: 012 840 705 Cute little Italian pizzeria tucked away between Street 57 and Street 63. Well-priced lunch set menu and homemade ravioli. Home delivery available. Open 10.30am to 2pm, 5.30pm to 10pm. A/C Bistro Romano NagaWorld Hotel and Casino, Hun Sen Park, Tel: 023 228 822 Best known for its sumptuous Sunday Prosecco Brunch, this stylised Italian restaurant in the NagaWorld complex specialises in Italian cuisine. Open daily from 11am to 11pm. A/C Cafe Monivong Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Tel: 023 981 888 Indulge in home made antipasti, fresh prepared pasta and risotto as well as oven-baked, crispy pizzas and pair it all with the finest selection of Italian wines, every Saturday night from 6pm to A/C 10pm. 03 Genova Italian Restaurant 19Eo Street 154, Tel: 012 390 039 This small restaurant has the feel of an Italian trattoria with food just like mamma made. The spaghetti al pesto Genovese is its signature dish. Good range of meat and fish dishes as well as some Khmer dishes. Open from 10am to midnight. La Volpaia 20–22 Street 13, Tel: 023 992 739 Part of a global pizzeria chain that includes Florence, Tokyo, Seoul and Phnom Penh, the cuisine is excellent with pizza and pasta cooked fresh in front of your eyes. A/C

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Le Duo 17 Street 228, Tel: 012 342 921, 023 991 906 This beautiful if flamboyant restaurant has the option of sitting outside or inside in air-con. Excellent wood-fired pizzas, pasta and fish dishes. Friendly Sicilian owner will guide you through the extensive wine list. Open from 11.45am to 2.15pm, 6.15pm to 10.15pm (closed Wednesday lunch). A/C Luna d’Autunno 6C Street 29, Tel: 023 220 895 Beautiful courtyard or stylish interior aircon restaurant, whichever you choose, Luna has more classical pizzas, both red and white, to choose from than most restaurants. Also serves excellent pasta and other up-market Italian food. Good wine cellar on view in the restaurant. Open 11am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 10.30pm. A/C Pop Café 371 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 012 562 892 Sophisticated, small Italian restaurant located next to the FCC that serves light, contemporary Italian cuisine including fresh pasta and pizzas. Extremely popular with expats. Open for lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10pm for dinner. 02 A/C

Japanese & Korean

Fusion Sushi Cnr. Streets 47 & 84, Tel: 023 986 114 Located inside Cara Hotel this beautifully decorated restaurant dishes up excellent Japanese and Korean food. A/C Le Seoul 62 Monivong Blvd, Tel: 012 971 516 Popular up-market South Korean restaurant specialising in BBQ, each table is equipped with its own charcoal burner, with all beef imported from the U.S. Open from 11am to 2.30pm, 5pm to 10pm. A/C Mr. Sushi & Kokoro 18 Sihanouk Bvd., Tel: 012 601 095 Affordable, canteen-style restaurant with lots of specials dotted around the walls and a charismatic owner to keep you entertained between bites. Open 11.30am to 2pm, 5.30pm to 9pm. A/C Suzume 14A Street 51, Tel: 092 748 393 Good Japanese food set in a modern setting with lots of specials, has option of sitting either western or Japanese style. Open 11am to 2pm, 5pm to 11pm. A/C Origami 88 Sothearos Bvd., Tel: 012 968 095 Up-market, contemporary Japanese restaurant with a spacious air-con area downstairs and four private rooms upstairs. Specialises in sushi and tempura, and has Asahi, Kirin and Sapporo beers. Open from 11.30am to 2pm, 5.30pm to 9.30pm. A/C Yumi Restaurant, Bar and Grill 29a Street 288, Tel: 092 163 903 Elegant but inexpensive English-run Yakitori restaurant nestled in to a quiet street in BKK that serves top-notch Japanese nibbles, hot and cold sake, plum wine, wine and beer. Don’t leave without trying the salt and chilli squid. A/C

Mexican & Tex-Mex

Alley Cat Café Cnr. of Streets 19, 178, Tel: 012 306 845 Small, friendly patio café serving good Mexican food and claiming to have the biggest burgers in town. Hard to find, Alley Cat is tucked down an alley at the back of the National Museum, the first on the right if you are coming from Street 178.

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Num Baaw (Khmer Pork Pie) Conor Wall

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Price: 1500 riel for small pie, 2000 riel for large pie. Ingredients: This meat pie is originally a Chinese cuisine, but Cambodians have taken it to their hearts and now it is extremely popular throughout the Kingdom. The bun pastry is made from flour, water and sugar. The filling consists of minced pork, egg, onion, white yam, sugar, salt, pepper and MSG. Once the bun shape has been made, the pie is steamed for 15 minutes. Served: Oddly, the pie is served with a small piece of white paper stuck to the bottom. This is placed in a delightfully biodegradable-unfriendly plastic bag. Voila!

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Taste: The soft, spongy pastry bun combines with the slightly sweet minced meat centre to make quite an appealing taste. Definitely has to be tried. (4/5) Where to get it: Available from a variety of old, hand-pushed carts around the city streets. The front of the cart contains a glass case with pre-cooked pies, while the back has a large alluminium steamer. ‘Num Baaw’ are also available at many roadside stalls and in Chinese restaurants. Other Info: Available all day from early morning till late at night.

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English Pub & REstauRant Great British Food Served All Day. Good Music, Great Mixed Drinks, & Some of the Coldest Beer in Town! #20 Street 178 Tel: 012 970 718 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Open from 7am!

#15-17, Street 240, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia Tel: 855 (0)23 990 951 H.P.: 855 (0)17 588 191 Email:

California II 79 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 077 503 144 American-style bar with some of the best Mexican food in town, the excellent pool table and great tunes make this a good place to while away a few hours on the riverfront. Open 24/7 with good rooms upstairs. A/C

Le Liban 3 Street 466, Tel: 023 727 130 Lebanese restaurant with beautiful indoor and outdoor seating and authentic middle-eastern cuisine served in an elegant atmosphere. Open from 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm, closed Mondays. A/C

Cantina 347 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 222 502 A mainstay of the riverside scene, this is a popular meeting place for local expats with a large selection of Mexican beers and tequilas, and sinfully good margaritas. Serves good Mexican fare, and features photographs that capture the changing face of Cambodia. Kitchen open from 3pm to 10pm, closed on Saturdays.

Le Wok 33 Street 178, Tel: 092 821 857 Light and modern pan-Asian and French eatery with dishes such as prawns with lime and wasabi and Mekong lobster thermidor, and a comprehensive list of wines and cocktails. Open daily from 9am to 11pm.

Casa Lika 16 Street 136, Tel. 012 429 542 American-run family restaurant serving up good Mexican fare in an authentic setting with rustic brick walls and colourful Mexican artwork, great music and even better tacos make this a good place to share some Coronas with friends. Open 10am to midnight, closed on Mondays. Freebird 69 Street 240, Tel: 023 224 712 Aircon American bar with neon lighting, a variety of memorabilia, comfortable seats and rock music. International menu with good lunch offers, an excellent range of bottled sauces, excellent International, Mexican food and burgers. Be prepared for some good solid R&R. Open 7am to midnight. A/C Sharky Bar 126 Street 130, Tel: 023 211 825, 012 228 045 Not just a pretty face, the biggest and most famous of Phnom Penh’s bars has a surprisingly good Mexican menu. The burritos and burgers are extremely good, although of gargantuan proportions and provide an alternative from the sad men sitting at the bar. Open 4pm to 2am.


Anise Terrace 2C Street 278 & 57, Tel: 023 222 522 Beautiful terrace restaurant serving up Southeast Asian cuisine with excellent value breakfasts, also sells New Zealand ice cream. Open 6am to 11pm. Boran Restaurant 131 Street 51,Tel: 098 312 000 An intimate space that opens onto Street 51, Boran serves classic Thai street food dishes. An open-kitchen nook allows diners to see their Green curry with chicken, pad Thai and tom yum are some of the menu’s key items. Open daily from 8am to 9pm. Kucina Filipina Garden 180 Street 294. Tel: 023 993 219, 099 860 775 Popular Filipino eatery serves excellent value meals including vegetarian options. Has a buffet lunch during the week and a buffet dinner each Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 8.30pm. Open from 8am8.30pm, closed Sundays. Lemongrass 14 Street 130, Tel: 012 996 707 Elegant Thai-managed restaurant with stylish use of heavy wood and artefacts to create a far more luxurious ambience than the reasonable prices would suggest. Open 10am to 10pm. A/C

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Morning Glory 57 Street 240, Tel: 061 455 239 With an extensive list of pan-asian dishes, Morning Glory has a leaning towards Thailand and Cambodia, with a vast array of wines on offer. Does delivery and catering as well as set menus, buffets and catering for private parties. Open daily from 10am to 10pm. Pangea Fusion Restaurant NagaWorld Hotel and Casino, Hun Sen Park, Tel: 023 228 822 Pan-Asian fusion restaurant with a western flair that specialises in all-you-can-eat dinner buffets, with a large dim sum brunch served every Sunday. Open daily from 6am to 10.30pm. A/C Paratan Restaurant 42 Street 172, Tel: 012 530 707, 011 530 707 Cosy, traditional-style Khmer-Thai restaurant near Wat Saravorn is set on two floors, with the first one featuring an open-air balcony. Open daily 9am to 10pm. Shawarma 117 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 720 011 Quick and casual Middle Eastern dining, as well as the Penh’s possibly only real shawarma, serving Lebanese flavours allround, the establishment also has a shisha lounge. Open 9am to midnight. A/C Singapore Kitchen 110 Street 360, Tel: 092 201 304, 017 821 480 Specialising in classic Singapore hawker food, try the laksa – full of wholesome ingredients and with a great spicy sauce or those wanting a more subtle flavour could do worse than trying the Hainanese chicken rice. Open from 11am to 9.30pm, does delivery. A/C The Vegetarian 11 Street 200, Tel: 012 905 766 Modern and friendly restaurant serving wholesome Asian and western dishes with all natural, healthy and fresh vegetarian ingredients. Open from 10am to 10pm, closed Sundays.


Art Café 37 Sothearos Blvd, Tel: 012 834 517 Elegant bistro in the style of a European coffee house is now transposed to the Meta House with regular classical music performances. A/C Brown Coffee & Bakery 17 Street 214, Tel: 023 217 262 Stylish, locally owned café with bakery on the premises serves a variety of coffees and pastries, with the green tea latte a house speciality. Open 7.30am to 8pm. Café El Mundo 219 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 012 520 775

Affordable and stylish riverside café and restaurant with adjacent apartments for short-term hire. Seating available on the mezzanine lounge, ground-floor restaurant and on the streetside terrace. Open 6.30am to 10.30pm. Café Fresco I 363 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 217 041 This outlet at the base of the FCC sells strong Illy coffee and mix-and-match sandwiches. The interior has a slight retro 70s feel to it and there is a pleasant outside seating area. Open 7am to 9:30pm. A/C Café Fresco II Cnr. Streets 51 & 306, Tel: 023 224 891 Second outlet of the popular riverside café is in BKK. Has a similar feel and menu to its fore-runner including the same excellent coffee. Open 7am to 7pm. A/C Café Living Room 9 Street 306, Tel: 023 726 139 Set in a stylish villa, Living Room has healthy salads and snack plates, plus a great tea and coffee menu. Has a kid’s playroom and baby changing room and uses organic and fair trade produce. Open everyday from 7am to 8.30pm. A/C Café Sentiment 64 Monivong Blvd., Tel: 023 221 922 Sovanna Mall; Cnr. Streets 63 & 278 Popular coffee shop chain run by the same Thalias group that manages Malis and Topaz restaurants, has a good range of coffees and snacks. Free WiFi and air-con make these outlets a good place to take some time out. Second outlet in Sovanna Mall. A/C Café Yejj 170 Street 450, , Tel: 012 543 360, 092 600 750 Quiet, cosy café serving bistro-style western cuisine, with extensive range of coffees, pasta dishes, pannini and wraps and fabulous cheesecake making this an ideal spot to escape the bustle of the nearby Russian Market. Open every day from 7am to 9pm. A/C Chill Ice Cream & Coffee Lounge 219D Sisowath Quay, Tel: 092 547 534 Pretty, casual lounge on the riverside offering coffee, sandwiches, cocktails, and some of the best homemade ice cream in town, as well as inventive ice cream cocktails. Open 11am to midnight. A/C Corner 33 33E2 Sothearos Blvd., Tel: 092 998 850 First-floor café over looking the Royal Palace with Asian and western meals served for breakfast, lunch and dinner

with a nice selection of wines, cocktails, smoothies, and coffees. Four computer terminals allow customers to surf while they chill. A/C Java Café & Gallery 56 Sihanouk Boulevard, Tel: 023 987 420 Great coffees, salads, mix-and-match sandwiches and juices served in an elegant setting. The relaxed inside dining area has a small gallery attached to it. Open 7am to 10pm. A/C Madeleine’s Café & Bakery 172 Street 51, Tel: 012 988 432 Small restaurant offers a variety of organic lunches and freshly baked food and provides catering. Open from 8am to 5pm (closed Sundays). Morning Café 32C Street 592, Tel: 023 982 109, 012 808 816 Cosy air-conditioned coffee house with relaxed atmosphere, located in Toul Kork district serves Khmer, Thai and European cuisine. Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6am to 9pm. The Coffee Maker 50 Sihanouk Blvd., Tel: 023 987 721, 012 506 400 Modern café overlooking Hun Sen Park, serving coffee, juices and light refreshments is popular with middle-class Khmers, and makes for a great place to watch the early evening exercises. A/C The Deli 13 Street 178, Tel: 012 851 234 Chic delicatessen, bakery and small restaurant serving excellent bread and pastries, with take-away menu. Open from 7am to 9pm (closed Sundays). A/C

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TWG Tea Shop Inside Amanjaya Hotel, 1 Street 154 & Sisowath Quay, Tel: 089 472 847, 098 661 388, 30 types of beautifully packaged loose and bagged teas, as well as six different types of flower teas. Also retails cups and teapots. Vego 3E0 Street 51, Tel: 012 984 596 Modern salad bar offering home-made bagels, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, as well as wraps and salads for eat-in or takeaway. Choose from a large selection of ingredients to create your own lunchtime plate of greens. Open 8am to 8pm. A/C


3 Rivers 14 Street 258, Tel: 017 776 582 Chilled outdoor garden bar with big screen for sports and films. Serves hearty

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Western meals and local dishes to boot. Open daily from 9am till late. Aristocrat Cigar Bar NagaWorld Hotel and Casino, Hun Sen Park, Tel: 023 228 822 Club aimed at attracting wealthy expats and Khmers who like a good cigar and glass of wine. Not as stuffy as you might imagine with cigars from US$10. Open daily from noon to midnight. A/C Brasserie Durga 94 Street 130 (near Central Market), Tel: 023 221 740 Set in a renovated French colonial building this newly renovated space overlooks Central Market. It’s a great place to escape the heat and listen to live music. A spacious area upstairs is available for private parties. Open daily from 7am to A/C midnight. Cadillac Bar & Grill 219E Sisowath Quay, Tel: 011 713 567 Air-conditioned riverfront bar which promises a hassle-free drink. Mixing up burgers, pasta and some Asian food with blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Open 7.30am to midnight Monday to Sunday. A/C California II 79 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 077 503 144 American-style bar with some of the best Mexican food in town, the excellent pool table and great tunes make this a good place to while away a few hours on the riverfront. Open 24/7 with guest rooms upstairs. A/C Cantina 347 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 222 502 A mainstay of the riverside scene, this is a popular meeting place for local expats with a large selection of Mexican beers and tequilas, and sinfully good margaritas. Serves good Mexican fare, and features photographs that capture the changing face of Cambodia. Open 3pm to 10pm closed Saturdays. Chow 277 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 224 894 Contemporary and sophisticated riverfront restaurant that serves Southeast Asian cuisine, a wide range of cocktails, juices and Illy coffee. The rooftop deck with spectacular views of the river is a great place to have a drink during its half-price 4pm to 8pm happy hour. Open daily from 7am to 11pm. A/C Do It All Pub & Bistro 61 Street 174, Tel: 023 220 904 Dishes out African, Asian and Western cuisine, with hip hop and reggae played into the early hours of the morning. Open DJs daily 9am to 4am. A/C Dodo Rhum House 42C Street 178, Tel: 012 549 373 Naming a bar after an extinct bird is a brave move considering the turnover rate for bars in town, but Dodo has survived longer than most mainly due to the 20 different flavoured rums created by the owner to say nothing of the loyalty of the French expat community. Open 5pm till DJs late. Elephant Bar Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Street 92 Tel: 023 981 888 Flamboyant carpet, comfortable wicker chairs and hotel pianist provide a sense of a time gone by, you can imagine Jackie Kennedy drinking here. Its many signature cocktails, including the femme fatale make this a popular place with expats especially during the two-for-one happy hours (4pm

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to 8pm). Open 2pm to midnight from Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to midnight. A/C Elsewhere 2 Street 278, Tel: 023 994 231/, 012 414 596 Re-located to the bustling Golden Street, with two pools, sleek white walls and sensible 8am to 11pm opening hours, Elsewhere might not still host its monthly parties but the infamous cocktails remain. Menu features soups, salads, sandwiches and pastas. There is also a kids’ menu with child-friendly dishes, and a boutique clothes shop upstairs. Open daily 8am midnight.


Equinox 3A Street 278, Tel: 012 586 139 or 092 791 958 Cool French-run hang-out with welcoming al fresco downstairs bar and cool open balcony above. Good cocktails, excellent choice in music, best foosball table in town and regular art exhibitions make this one of the more popular places on the golden mile. Good place for a bite and WiFi. Open 7am to late, serves food from 7am to midnight and delivers from 8am to 10pm. FCC 363 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 724 014 It’s easy to see why FCC is first stop for newcomers. Set in a beautiful colonial building with stunning views across the river on one side and the National Museum to the other, it’s best to come at sunset when the streets below are crowded with life, the cocktails are half price and draft beer goes for US$1. Open daily from 7am to midnight. A/C DJs Flavours Cnr. streets 51 & 278, Tel: 023 224 752, 092 853 336 Relaxing French-Canadian run restaurant bar with comfortable al fresco seating situated across the street from Wat Lanka. The mix of Asian and western cuisine has proved so popular that they have a copycat restaurant opposite. Open daily 7am to midnight. Fly Lounge 21 Street 148, Tel: 089 509 007 This cool Cambodian-owned chill-out lounge with indoor pool, funky décor and dance floor, throws regular themed parties. Open 5pm to 1am. A/C Freebird 69 Street 240, Tel: 023 224 712 Airconditioned American bar with neon lighting, a variety of memorabilia, and rock music. International menu with good lunch offers, an excellent range of bottled sauces, Mexican food and burgers. Great place to spend a hung-over day hiding from the sun, eating greasy food delivered by the sweetest staff in town. Open 7am to midnight. A/C Gasolina 56/58 Street 57, Tel: 012 691 402 The largest garden bar in town has an extensive menu. Crèche facilities make this a popular choice with families at weekends. Has regular events with live music and DJs, gallery space and fashion shows. Open daily from 8am to 12am. DJs A/C Green Vespa 95 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 012 887 228 The walls of this popular expat haunt are strewn with photos of vespas and VIPs

Everything is Coming Up Rosés Darren Gall I’m calling it—rosé wines are officially trendy in Phnom Penh, the drink de rigueur for fashionistas, theatregoers and pretty young things. No longer a single entry on a handful of wine lists; rosé varieties are now available at virtually every drinking spot in town. Early in the New Year, more than one restaurant informed me that they were out of rosé because their supplier had run out. Now the city is awash in new brands from rushed in shipments. It seems Phnom Penh’s imbibers want to look at life through the bottom of rosé coloured wine glasses. A few weeks back I was consulted on the wine list for an opening restaurant. “Do you really think we need a rosé?” was the question put to me. “Seems to me there might be something happening with rosé in this town”, I replied. Sure enough, I got a call about two days later. “The wines are going well, all the rosé sold straight out!” [The restaurant in question is Empire, a charming little “Khmer food for Barang dummies” kind of place on Street 130. I really liked their food, but the bigger surprise was

that my Khmer girl loved the food and my six-year-old reckons they have the best French fries in town.] It wasn’t so long ago that Rosé was considered persona non grata amongst the wine drinking fraternity, a sort of “pretend wine” that couldn’t be taken seriously. Perhaps we have white Zinfandel and those dreadful blush wines to thank for the reputation. They tasted more like fruit cordials than genuine wines and were seen as something that underage girls, mother-in-laws and people in the suburbs drank. However, it was we who were missing out—not only on the opportunity to drink some of the very good rosé wines, particularly the finer ones from France, Italy and Spain, but it seems to me that we were also missing the point. Sitting down at a Sunday BBQ as the 14th couple in a row to arrive with a bottle of over-priced Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, spying the juicy imported steaks sizzling away next to the spitting, hissing sausages, while melting in the 40+ degree heat—why wouldn’t a carnivore contemplate an icy cold glass of rosé to wash it all down?

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and the excellent selection of single malt whiskies is without comparison. Excellent food, especially at lunch times, while in the evening the bar is often packed with expats trying to forget about work. Good music, especially if you are an 80s throwback. Open from 8 am to 11pm. A/C Gym Bar 42 Street 178, Tel: 012 815 884 The best sports bar in town with more wide screens than sense and a nine-ball pool table to boot. Ideal for watching EPL games or any other sport including rugby, Aussie Rules and American Football. The food is good and there’s a non-sports quiz every Tuesday. Open 11am to late. A/C Harem Shisha Lounge 157 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 990 244 Share in an ancient ritual and enjoy the many fruity flavours of the shisha pipe at Harem. With lavish golden surroundings and chilled world house beats, the Penh’s first shisha bar offers signature cocktails and exotic Middle Eastern street tapas menu. Open from 5pm till late. A/C Howie’s Bar 32 Street 51 Air-conditioned and open until very very late, this is the Heart’s unofficial chill-out bar although the sound system could give its neighbour a run for its money. Tends to be a popular late night hang-out, especially around the ‘mini’ pool table. Open 7pm to 6am. A/C K West 1 Street 154 (Cnr. Sisowath Quay), Tel: 023 214 747 Air-conditioned Hotel bar and restaurant with happy hour from 6pm to 8pm on Fridays. Renowned for excellent mojitos and great steaks. Open 6.30am to midnight. A/C Kingdom Breweries 1748 National Road 5, Tel: 023 430 180, State of the art European brewery specialising in premium pilsener. Tours of the facility are organised on a regular basis, culminating in frothy cold ones at the brewery’s bar overlooking the Tonle Sap River. A/C Le Sauvignon 6B Street 302, Tel: 092 730 250 Contemporary wine bar and restaurant serves a variety of wines with a focus on high-end French whites. Open Monday to Saturday 12pm till late. Liquid 3B Street 278, Tel: 023 720 157 Welcoming open air bar on golden street run by the same owner as Flavours. Has one of the best pool tables in town with happy hour from 5pm to 8pm. A/C Lobby Lounge 296 Mao Tse Tung Blvd (Intercontinental Hotel), Tel: 023 424 888 An elegant lounge situated in the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel. Reasonable prices and excellent service. Open daily from 10am – 11:30pm. A/C Man Han Lou 456 Monivong Blvd., Tel: 023 721 966 Cambodia’s first micro-brewery with four types of German-style beer. The dark beer comes recommended, avoid the green unless you are on St Paddy’s night. Open daily from 6am to 10 pm. A/C Mao’s Cnr. Street 106 and Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 992 726.

Mao meets American lounge bar in a French colonial building, this is a funky bar and restaurant, jam-packed with the Chairman’s paraphernalia. High ceilings with exposed beams create a sense of space, while the good-sized stage makes the space perfect for future gigs. Food is prepared by Café Yejj. Has WiFi and two pool tables. Open 5pm to 2am. Maxine’s (Snow’s) Over Japanese Bridge, Tel: 012 200 617 Stirringly eclectic bar right on the river, boasting the best sunset views in Cambodia. Across the Japanese Bridge, Maxine’s, or “Snow’s”, is well worth seeking out for its laid-back ambience and old Indochine charm. Open from sunset till midnight, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Memphis Pub 3 Street 118, Tel: 012 871 263 Only permanent rock venue in town with a house band that plays covers from 10pm til 1.30am, later at weekends. Also has open mike sessions on Mondays. Open from 8pm ‘till late, closed Sundays. Buy1-get-1-free on cocktails everyday from 8pm to 10pm. A/C Meta House 37 Sothearos Blvd, opposite Phnom Penh centre. Tel: 012 607 465 / 067 867 305 Multi-media arts centre established by German film-maker Nico Mesterham has a very cool bar showing films each day apart from Mondays. Centre also houses the German Cambodia Cultural Centre and the Art Café. Open from 2pm till midnight. Closed Mondays. A/C Metro Café Cnr. Sisowath Quay & Street 148, Tel: 023 222 275 Stylish and swish, Metro has much more than a cool décor and changing light boxes, with reasonably priced Tiger and house wines and a great range of Martinis, (try the Expresso). Gets very popular especially late on, while during the day is a good time to enjoy the free WiFi while enjoying a coffee in a smoke free environment. Open 7:30am to 1am. A/C Moto Café 76, Sothearos Blvd., Tel: 023 999 299 Phnom Penh’s only race car themed bar. Serving up both western and Asian food with an extensive drinks list. Overlooking Vietnamese Friendship park. Happy hour from 4pm – 7.30pm. Munich Beer Restaurant 86 Sothearos Blvd, Tel: 012 265 551 Second of the Penh’s micro-breweries offers both gold and stout beer at very reasonable prices – treat yourself to a stein. Open daily from 6:30am to 11:00pm. A/C One More Pub 16E Street 294, Tel: 017 327 378 English-style bar with comfortable wooden bar stools. No hip hop or techno, only great classic 60s & 70s music. Has terracotta-tiled terrace and 3 guest rooms upstairs. Open from 5pm to late, happy hour from 5pm to 7pm, closed Sundays. Open Wine 219 Street 19, Tel: 023 223 527 Large wine shop and deli with well-priced wines from around the world. Has an outside dining area with occasional wine tastings. Open from 7am to 11pm every day. A/C

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Pacharan 389 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 224 394 Barcelona comes to Phnom Penh in this exquisitely up-market bodega. Specialising in tapas and fine Spanish wines, this restaurant and bar is set in a beautiful colonial building with great decoration, an open kitchen and sweeping views of the river. Happy hour from 4pm – 7:30pmOpen A/C daily from 11am to 11pm. Paddy Rice 213-217 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023990321, Irish sports bar on riverside with big screen live sports, serves home cooked western and Asian favourites alongside a fully stocked bar including Guinness and a fine selection Irish whiskeys with daily happy hour from 4pm to 8pm. Often has live music events and a weekly pub quiz. Open 7.30am to late. Pickled Parrot 4-6 Street 104, Tel: 012 633 779 Air-conditioned bar with excellent 9-ball pool table, that’s a popular late night, expat hang-out. Reliable international cuisine is available at the bar, free internet and 24-hour cable sports channels. Clean well-kept guesthouse upstairs with 15 rooms. Open 24/7. A/C QBa Club 313 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 218 189 A stylish hotel bar and nightclub with nightly live bands playing from 9pm till 1am. Open Tuesday to Sunday A/C from 4pm – 2am. Rising Sun 20 Street 178, Tel: 012 970 718 English-style pub with reliable breakfast, meat pies and hamburgers. Has a regular following around the bar at night especially on Fridays. Great posters of British films and TV classics adorn the walls. Ideal for that touch of nostalgia and good fish and chips – though not wrapped in a newspaper. Open daily from 7am till late. Riverside Bistro Cnr. Sisowath Quay & Street 148, Tel: 012 277 882 / 023 213 898 Popular riverside restaurant has a music bar at the back with live bands playing most nights of the week from 8:30 to midnight. Rock music videos are played in the main bar area. Open A/C daily from 7am to 2am.

Rory’s Irish Pub 33 Street 178, Tel: 012 425 702 Arguably the most Irish of the Irish bars in town (though don’t tell Alan at the Green Vespa that) with barmaids dressed in emerald green. Good place to talk to local expats or try the Irish stew. Open from Monday to Sunday at 7am to midnight or 2am at weekends. A/C Saffron 11 Street 278, Tel: 012 247 832, 016 355 867 Pakistani and Middle Eastern café, restaurant and wine bar. The curries are excellent, not too spicy, and come with a range of breads and chutneys. The wines have a bias towards the antipodes, including possibly the best range of wines by the glass in town. Open daily 11 am to 11pm. A/C Sharky Bar 126 Street 130, Tel: 012 228 045 , Countless pool tables and a large balcony to look out over the street. Guaranteed to be lively – a place where anything can happen, especially if you get a bit too close to the local clientele. Serves good Mexican food, and has frequent live music. Open 4pm to 2am, take away 5pm til late. A/C Sonoma Oyster Bar 159 Street 278 (behind Lucky Supermarket on Sihanouk Blvd), Tel: 023 223 617, 077 723 911 Phnom Penh’s first and only independent oyster bar has drawn a crowd of expats and Cambodians seeking highquality oysters in a cosy setting. Open daily for lunch 10:30am – 2:00pm and dinner 5:00pm to 11:00pm. A/C The Cavern 19 Street 104, Tel: 078 638 240 Unique rock ‘n’ roll themed pub and restaurant, with guitar-shaped bar, brick arches and huge photo murals of famous rock musicians. Has good western food and large range of single malt whiskies and wines. Live music performances by up-and-coming local bands and live premier league football. Open from 11:30am to 2am. A/C Touk Sisowath Quay at Street 178, Tel: 012 248 694 Though not a contender to neighbouring FCC, Touk offers fantastic views

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of the river, a respectable happy hour, and occasional live music on Saturday. Open daily 7am -1am. The Chinese House 128 Sothearos Blvd., Tel: 023 356 399 Decadent cocktail bar set in beautiful old Chinese house. Has art exhibitions, film nights and parties down stairs and opulence upstairs. Open from 6pm till late, closed on Tuesdays. The Tree Bar 22 Street 118, Tel: 017 523 379 A cosy pub serving up drinks and decent pub grub. Open daily 4pm – 2am. Velkommen Inn 23 Street 104, Tel: 092 177 710 Hotel restaurant and bar off the riverfront offers a wide selection of western dishes as well as several Scandinavian specialities with a full bar, draught beer, wine and spirits, and free popcorn while you drink. Open 7am till late. From Monday to Sunday. Zeppelin Bar 109C Street 51, Tel: 012 881 181 Over 1,000 vinyl albums played by stone-faced DJ owner in small bar next to the infamous Walkabout. Remarkably good food considering the setting, especially late at night. Try the dumplings. Open daily 5pm to 4am.


Blue Chilli 36 Street 178, Tel: 012 566 353, This welcoming bar run by Thai national Oak is currently the number one gay bar in town. Chic décor makes this one of the coolest bars in town, even if you’re straight. The drag shows on Friday and Saturday are an additional draw. Open from 5pm till late. Classic 20 Street 118 Very Khmer bar that has nightly drag shows, after which the dance floor fills up with all-comers. QG Nightclub 28 Street 172, Tel: 023 630 2691 A gorgeous palace of drag queens with nightly live entertainment. International DJs spinning vocal, disco, electro and diva house music. Women’s Nights on Thursday get loud and raucous! 1st drink free. Lively GoGo Muscle Boy shows on Thursdays.

The Rainbow Bar 73 Street 172, Tel: 097 741 4187 Intimate bar designed to get to know people better has a range of welldesigned cocktails to make the night go with a swing.


Darlin Darlin NagaWorld Hotel and Casino, Hun Sen Park, Tel: 023 228 822 Top-end nightclub with live music popular among the high-flyers of the city. Ladies night every Tuesday and Wednesday first drink is free. Glamour party all night with celebrities and the hottest models of Phnom Penh every Thursday. Semiprivate booths in a chic environment make for an unrivalled experience. Open daily from 7pm until late. A/C Heart of Darkness 38 Street 51, Tel: 023 222 415 The most famous of the city’s nightspots with a good-sized dance floor make this the in-place in town. Has well priced spirits and mixers and is totally packed out on Friday and Saturday nights. Open 8:30pm to 4am. A/C Memphis Pub 3 Street 118, Tel: 012 871 263 The only permanent rock venue in town with a house band that plays covers. Band plays from 10pm til 1.30am, later at weekends. Also has open mike sessions on Mondays. Open from 8pm till late, closed Sundays. Buy-1-get-1free on cocktails everyday from 2pm to 10pm. A/C Riverhouse Lounge 6 Street 110, Tel: 023 212 302 The alternative dance venue for both expats and young Khmers with a selfcontained air-con dance room and great balcony to chill out. Mon-Wed, Fri is hip hop, Thu is Ladies night, Sat is house and Sun is dance remix. Open daily 4pm DJs to 2am. A/C Saint Tropez 31 Street 174, Tel: 077 212 100, 097 9000 401 Upscale club, complete with fake beach, deck bar, and a stylised indoor restaurant, suggests the French Riviera. Menu includes western and Khmer cuisine. Ladies get free bubbly between 9.30pm and 11pm on Thursdays, while Sundays feature a free daytime barbeque in a Cuban ambience. Open daily 6pm to DJs 2pm. A/C

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Le Cinema French Cultural Centre 218 Street 184 Tel: 023 213 124 100-seat cinema shows international art house and mainstream movies with occasional films in English. Children’s cinema on Saturday mornings at 10am. Meta House 37 Sothearos Blvd., (opposite of Buildbright, Phnom Penh centre), Tel: 012 607 465 Movie shorts and documentaries from Cambodia and the rest of Asia. Movies normally start at 7pm, closed Mondays.


Asasax 192 Street 178, Tel: 023 217 795 Shop and gallery space devoted to Cambodian artist Asasax, just across from the National Museum. Bophana Audiovisual Resource Centre 64 Street 200, Tel: 023 992 174 Preserving much of Cambodia’s audiovisual material, has regular exhibitions. Open from 8am to 6pm (Mon to Fri), 2pm to 6pm (Sat).

Dori Thy Gallery 9 Street 278 Tel: 012 661 552 Features the black and white photographs of German photographer, Doris Boettcher. Open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. Equinox 3A Street 278, Tel: 012 586 139, 092 791 958 Cool French-run restaurant and bar has art exhibitions each month. Open 7am to late. FCC Phnom Penh 363 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 724 014 Phnom Penh’s landmark restaurant has a permanent, rotating exhibition devoted to photography. Open 7am to midnight. French Cultural Centre 218 Street 184, Tel: 023 213 124 Formerly the Alliance Française, the French Culture Centre (CCF) is one of Phnom Penh’s major venues for the arts. Promoting French culture and Khmer Ongoing cultural activities include exhibitions, festivals, and film screenings. Onsite shop Carnets d’Asie offers a selection of French books. Happy Painting Gallery 363 Sisowath Quay next to the FCC, Tel: 023 221 732 Open since 1995, this air-con art shop sells the colourful and positive works of iconic artist Stef. Accepts all major credit cards. Open from 8am to 10pm. Java Café & Gallery 56 Sihanouk Bvd., Tel: 023 987 420 Contemporary art gallery with regular exhibitions of Cambodian and international artists. Has second gallery on the ground floor. Website has details about Cambodia’s contemporary art scene.

Meta House 37 Sothearos Blvd., Tel: 012 607 465 Multimedia arts centre on three floors has regular exhibitions, interviews with filmmakers and short films, contains the Art Café. Open Tues. to Sun. 2pm to 10pm. Mutrak Gallery 409 Street 246, Tel: 012 294 731 Gallery featuring works of Cambodian artist Leang Seckon, viewing by appointment only. New Art Gallery 20 Street 9, Tel: 012 824 570 More art shop that does framing than gallery, it does have occasional exhibitions. Pich Sopheap 24 Street 80, Lakeside studio of the Khmer artist, viewing is by appointment only. Reyum Institute of Arts & Culture 47 Street 178, Tel: 023 217 149 Gallery with regular exhibitions of Cambodian artists. Part of an NGO established to preserve traditional and contemporary Cambodian arts. Sa Sa Bassac 18 Sothearos Boulevard, Upstairs. An expansion of the Sa Sa Art Gallery and a merger with Bassac Art Projects, Sa Sa Bassac is an artist-run gallery for contemporary art. Includes a library, reading and workshop room, and a 60-metre gallery space. Ongoing visual literacy programmes. Sam Ouen Gallery 40 Street 178 Run by a Royal University of Fine Arts graduate, this painting shop features the work of a team of Cambodian artists. The usual selection focuses on Cambodian landscapes and traditional portraits, but the artists can be commissioned to create any style of painting. Also offer private lessons. Open daily from 8am to 8pm. Scan Gallery 4 Street 282, Tel: 023 214 498 Contemporary art gallery within boutique hotel close to Wat Lanka. Open from 7am to midnight. The Mansion (Sino-Khmer Residence) 28 Sothearos Blvd. (opposite the National Museum), Tel: 023 724 014 This beautiful, derelict French colonial building has been converted into a venue for occasional exhibitions and parties. Walk into the building and wander around for a taste of what the Penh used to be like.

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The 240 83 Street 240, Tel: 023 218 450 Adjacent to its lobby, The 240 Hotel houses a gallery space dedicated to contemporary art. Picking up where The Chinese House left off, the gallery space presents an ongoing programme of local and international artists. Open daily from 7am to 10pm.

Performing Arts

Amrita Performing Arts 128-G9 Sothearos Blvd., Tel: 023 220 424 Performance art company that puts on contemporary & classical music, dance & theatre. Apsara Arts Association 71 Street 598,Tel: 011 550 302 Organisation that promotes Cambodian arts & culture. Stages performances by request. Open from 7.30am to 10.30am (Mon to Sat). Cambodian Living Arts 407 Street 246 Art organisation devoted to the revival of traditional Khmer performing arts that puts on occasional performances. Chaktomuk Conference Hall Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 725 119 Designed by master Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann, this under-utilised building is worth a visit. Open from 7am to 11.30am and 2pm to 5pm (Mon. to Fri.). Chenla Theatre Cnr. Mao Tse Tung & Monireth Blvds., Tel: 023 883 050 One of the capital’s major theatres, it has regular performances of theatre, dance and music. Epic Arts 1DE0 Sothearos Blvd., Tel: 023 998 474, Organisation that uses art to empower people with disabilities. The Flicks 39B Street 95, Tel: 078 809 429, A festival movie house with a revolving weekly schedule of international films. Also offers possibility for movie parties, with option to hire the movie room for a private session (max 30 people). Screenings generally at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm or 8pm, but check the website for schedule and ticket prices. Sovanna Phum Khmer Art Association 166 Street 99 corner of 484, Tel: 023 987 564 Theatre with performances of shadow puppetry, classical and masked dances every Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm


are either rescued from traders or bred at the centre. Many of the animals are critically endangered. Open daily from 8am to 4pm.


leisure & wellness Amusement

Cambodian Country Club Street 2004, Group 6 Toeuk Thla, Tel: 012 231 755 A peaceful heaven providing tennis, swimming, badminton, fitness centre and horse riding, 15 minutes away from the city. Open daily from 6.30am to late. Kambol Cart Raceway Angsnoul, Kandal, Tel: 012 232 332 A few kilometres west of the airport is Phnom Penh’s flashiest go-cart track. Open daily from 9am to 6pm. Parkway Square 113 Mao Tse Tung Blvd. Ten-pin bowling alley and dodgem track. Phnom Penh Water Park 50 Street 110, Tel: 023 881 008 Traditional mix of slides and wave pools is open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Phnom Tamao Wildlife Park Phnom Tamao, 44 kilometres out of the capital along Highway 2. Cambodia’s best wildlife centre. All animals

Cambodian Cooking Class Frizz Restaurant, 67 Street 240, Tel: 012 524 801 First and only Khmer cooking school for travellers & expats in Phnom Penh, includes transport to the market and a colourful 16page recipe booklet. Open 10am to 10pm. Capoeira Tchou Tchou pre-school, 23 Street 21 Lessons in this rhythmic Brazilian cross between dance and martial arts are held every Tuesday from 6.30pm to 8pm. Contact Michel on 012 458 167. Equestrian Centre CCC, Street 2004, Group 6 Toeuk Thla, Tel: 015 231 755, 012 704 759 With 31 ponies and horses, an international sized arena and spacious stables, the only horseriding centre in Phnom Penh Tuesdays to Sundays, 9am to 11am and 2pm to 5.30pm Garden Yoga Room 456 Monivong Blvd. (cnr. Street 466) Tel:023 721 765, 012 357 561 Yoga classes everyday includes free swim. Walk-in fees: US$4 for Khmer, US$8 for foreigners with 10-class passes (valid 3 months) US$30 for Khmer, US$70 for foreigners. Global Art Centre Behind house 206 Norodom Blvd., Tel: 012 514 790 An international art and creative programme designed for children aged 4-18. Classes held Tuesday to Friday in the afternoon and all day

on Saturday. Free trial. Open from 1pm to 5pm, closed Mondays. Human Rights Kickboxing Kim Hour Gym, 635 National Road 5 next to Cambodia-Japanese Bridge, Tel: 017 878 248 A partner-oriented Khmer-boxing class that trains on Tuesdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm. Admission costs US$6. Khmer School of Language 52G Street 454, Tel: 023 213 047 Khmer-language lessons given at the school or in the privacy of your own home or office. All teachers are experienced and trained at the school. Open 8am to 12pm, 2pm to 5pm. Nataraj Yoga Center 52 Street 302, Tel 855 12 250 817, Daily classes in yoga and pilates, check website for schedule and prices. Photography Tours 126 Street 136, Tel: 092 526 706 Weekend photography tuition and guided tours to Kampong Chnang and Udong, covering technical and creative considerations in the context of travel photography. Scuba Nation Dive Centre 18E0 Sothearos Blvd., Tel: 012 715 785 Learn to scuba dive in Phnom Penh. The academic part of the course takes place in the Plaza Hotel pool, while the real diving is in Sihanoukville. Open 12pm to 6pm during rainy season, but 9am to 6pm during dry season. The Tennis Club CCC, Street 2004, Group 6 Toeuk Thla, Tel: 017 847 802

The two courts are equipped with specially adapted flooring unique in Cambodia, and with quality lightning allowing play past sunset. Skilled English and Cambodian speaking teachers available for private or group lessons. Open daily.

Boat Cruises

The Butterfly Cambodia Tel: 012 602 955, Cambodian river adventures, sunset cruises, birthdays and events to floating villages, Silk Island. Plan your trip, per hour, half-day and full-day rates available.


U-Care Pharmacy 26-28 Sothearos Bvd., Tel: 023 222 499 14 Sihanouk Bvd., Tel: 023 224 099 High quality western-style chemist and pharmacy that sells the full range of beauty products, including international brands. Open 8am to 10pm.

Counselling Services

Alcoholics Anonymous 11 Street 420,Tel: 012 813 731 Meets on Friday, Wednesday & Sunday. Banyan Tree Counselling 17Az Street 21, Tel. 017 555 691. Run by Australian and American social workers and family therapists, specialises in counselling for children, adolescents, couples & families. Available by appointment only. Narcotics Anonymous 11 Street 420, Monivong Blvd., Tel: 012 813 731 NA meets on Monday, Thursday at 8pm and Saturday at 7pm.

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Dance Workshop Cambodia PO Box 1255, Tel: 012 634 008, www., Now in its third year, principal Laura Joy Kiddle and her team of specialists offer ballet, jazz, tap, salsa, contemporary and musical theatre for all dance levels, aged 3 to adult. Laura has a performing arts diploma from Australia and teaches safe dance practises.


European Dental Clinic 160A Norodom Blvd., Tel: 023 211 363 French-run dental practice established in 1994 provides full dental hygiene services with modern equipment and international dentists to the highest of standards. Open from 8am to 12pm (Mon to Fri) and 2pm to 7pm (Sat). SOS Dental Clinic 161 Street 51, Tel: 023 216 911 International standard dental clinic. Full time dentist Dr. Antonia Moa specialises in pediatric dentistry as well as catering for adults’ dental needs. Services range from routine check ups and cleanings to extractions. Open from 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 12pm on Saturday. Open 24/7 for emergencies.


Clark Hatch Fitness Centre Intercontinental Hotel, 3/F Mao Tse Tung Boulevard, Tel: 011 380 769 Well-equipped fitness centre run by a regional gym company that even has a rowing machine, and many classes. Open 6am to 10pm (weekdays), 8am to 8pm (weekends) Fitness Centre CCC, Street 2004, Group 6 Toeuk Thla, Tel: 015 704 759

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Achieve individual targets whether sports specific or to tone, lose weight, build strength or improve cardiovascular fitness for a healthier and fitter lifestyle. Open daily from 6.30am until late. Raffles Amrita Spa Raffles Le Royal Hotel, Tel: 023 981 888 Modern gym and pool in Phnom Penh’s most elegant hotel. Use of gym, pool, sauna and Jacuzzi is available to nonguests. Open from 6am to 10pm. Physique Club Hotel Cambodiana, 313 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 012 810 432 Reasonable selection of equipment in the gym and a pool overlooking the river. Open from 6am to 10pm. The Gym at The Place 90 Sihanouk Blvd, Tel: 023 999 699 Modern establishment featuring a fully equipped gym and weekly classes in dance, yoga and aerobics. Open 6am to 10pm (Mon to Fri) and 8am to 10pm (weekends).


Arya Vong Kim P31 Street Platinum (by Sovanna Mall), Tel: 011 516 575, 011 512 980 Professional beauty salon run by FrenchKhmer hairdresser focuses on quality hair care, including great cuts and colouring, with L’Oréal products. Open 9am to 7pm.

salon in beautiful premises with excellent service. Open from 10am to 8pm, closed Tuesdays. The Dollhouse 46AEO Street 322, Tel: 016 620 907 Salon offers haircutting, colouring, and various treatments, including the Brazilian Keratin Treatment with Collagen to replenish the condition of your hair. Western hairdresser with international experience. Open daily from 9am to 7pm. Hair & Nail Studio 51D Street 214, Tel: 023 992 626 Sleek Cambodian-run beauty salon offers quality nail care using OPI products, and hair, body and facial treatments. Open 9am to 8pm. Image Beauty 57AEo Street 240, Tel: 012 455 239 Khmer, English and Thai speaking stylists trained in hair, facial and nail treatment, with L’Oréal products. Free WiFi, tea and coffee provided. Open 9am to 8.30pm. Tokyo Hair Dresser 8A1, Mao Tse Tung Blvd., Tel: 017 880 740, 016 679 830 Comfortable hair salon with a modern facilities, run by Japanese hairdresser who will provide a hair consultation prior to treatment. Open 9am to 7pm, closed Mondays.


assistance and international healthcare. 7 expat and seven Khmer doctors offer general practice, specialist and emergency medical services. Has on site laboratory, pharmacy, and X-Ray. Appointments are from 8am to 5.30pm Mon to Fri and 8am to 12pm on Sat. Open 24/7 for emergencies. Royal Rattanak Hospital 11 Street 592, Toul Kork, Tel. 023 991 000, A Thai owned and run private hospital with extensive services that strives to provide high standard and quality medical care by professional care team. Open 24/7.


Grand Optics 11 Norodom Bvd., 337 Monivong Bvd., 150 Sihanouk Blvd., Tel: 023 213 585 Modern opticians with the latest equipment including free computerised eye test. Makes prescription glasses and contact lenses. Open from 7am to 7pm.


Asia Club 456 Monivong Bvd., Tel: 023 721 766 Beautiful swimming pool tucked around the back of Man Han Lou Restaurant near Caltex Bokor. Members get a discount at both Man Han Lou Restaurant and Master Kang Health Care Centre.

ChocolateBlonde 18e Street 242, Tel 077 995 160 Run by a New Zealander hairstylist, the salon supports a training academy. Offers cutting, straightening, styling and beauty treatments.

American Medical Centre Ground Floor Cambodiana Hotel 313 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 991 863 Team of international and Khmer doctors provide general practice services to clients. Can arrange emergency evacuation. 24/7 service.

L’imprevu Resort Highway 1, 7km past Monivong Bridge, Tel: 012 655 440 Peaceful resort just outside of the city has bungalows, tennis court, table tennis, boules and a beautiful swimming pool.

De Gran 19 Street 352, Tel: 023 999 707 Classy yet affordable Japanese-run hair

International SOS Medical Clinic 161 Street 51, Tel: 023 216 911 Globally renowned provider of medical

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Exercise is Medicine Dr. Alan Kourie In our modern world of Playstation, XBox, iPads, Twitter this, Facebook that, fast foods and fast lives, it is little surprise that we have less time for exercise and more demand for a quick-fix solution. We once had to chase down our next meal, now we order it online. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and various other health bodies and governments have toiled with spiraling health care costs related in particular to the chronic diseases of lifestyle, amongst which hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol stand out as the main culprits. Think about the costs involved for one person. The doctor’s consultation, laboratory investigations, follow-up consultations and then lifelong daily medication with regular doctor’s checkups. Multiply that by an aging, ever-growing, more sedentary population and you have a looming “medical crisis”. The difference when compared to the financial meltdown is that the power to reverse it lies with us. We can’t say that we didn’t know what was happening. The dilemma is: How do we get our “quick fix” society to subscribe to a long-term solution? The secret lies in prophylactic health. In other words, prevention is better than cure. Exercise, as well as nutrition, is the cornerstone of the

“medical recession” prevention strategy. Making more educated nutritional choices and exercising regularly decreases the risk of chronic diseases (even certain cancers such as colon, breast and lung) and potentially reverses the need for chronic medications. Just as blood pressure, temperature and heart rate are checked at every health visit, physical activity should be another vital sign discussed. Doctors can write out an individually tailored exercise prescription to be stuck on the fridge, striking at the conscience and improving compliance. The key to good exercise prescriptions is prescribing what a patient enjoys doing. It might even involve “lifestyle exercise” such as using the stairs or parking your car further from the entrance. The goal of increasing physical activity is to increase physical fitness and accrue general health benefits such as reduced cholesterol and blood pressure, improved sugar control, elevated mood (all those wonderful endorphins that are released), more restful sleep, and reduced anxiety and lowered stress levels. How many of these are a part of our modern lives? To my patients who say they have no time for exercise and just want a medication I say, “Exercise is medicine!”

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Comprehensive day spa providing a wide selection of facials, body massages and treatments, arranged in a four-storey modern facility at riverfront. Open from 11am to 11pm. Aziadee 16AB Street 282, Tel: 023 996 921 Relaxing, air-conditioned massage parlour with individual rooms. Open daily from 9am to 9pm. Bliss 29 Street 240, Tel: 023 215 754 Health spa at back and upstairs in this beautiful French colonial building. Open 9am to 9pm, closed Monday. Derma-Care Skin Clinic 161B Norodom Blvd., Tel: 023 217 092, Two qualified dermatologists, this professional skin clinic offers a range of beauty treatments using American Derma-Rx products, minor dermatologic surgery, antioxidant boosters, chemical peeling, and lipolysis. Open from 9am to 7pm. Dermal Spa 4C Street 57, Tel: 012 222 898 Spa offering beauty salon, foot massage and body massage services, specialises in Dermalogica skin and beauty products. Open 9am to 10.30pm.

ings and tastefully decorated rooms and using all natural products imported from Bali, this spa offers the full range of massages and beauty treatments with an emphasis on the Balinese. Open 9am to 9pm.

and claims to be the only all-suite unisex spa in Cambodia. Therapy rooms with sauna, steam and flower bath are inviting, and the spa uses Tomichik flowers as part of its treatment. Open from 10am to 3am.

Master Kang Health Care Centre 456 Monivong Blvd., Tel: 023 721 765 Large health centre next to Man Han Lou Restaurant offers foot massage in either public or private rooms downstairs, with both Chinese and oil massage upstairs. Downstairs also has a grand piano which is played in the evenings. Open from 10am to 12pm.

The Villa Paradiso Spa 27 Street 222 corner Street 51, Tel: 023 213 720, Professional spa set in individual huts around a lush, tropical pool. All treatments conducted using natural substances only. Bookings recommended. Open daily from 8am-8pm.

Raffles Amrita Spa Tel: 023 981 888 Raffles Amrita Spa offers relaxation and rejuvenation through a wide selection of services and facilities including treatment rooms, outdoor lap and fun pool, Jacuzzi, fitness centre, sauna and steam room. Open daily from 6am to 10pm.

Villa Spa 456 Monivong Blvd., (cnr. Street 466) Tel: 023 721 765, 012 357 561 Aromatherapy massage in private boutique VIP rooms (villa and bungalow style) from professional Chinese and Khmer therapists from Master Kang Health Care Centre; women customers only. Beauty, manicure and pedicure coming soon.

Seeing Hands Massage 6 Street 94, 209, 246, 253 Street 53 Tel: 016 856 188 String of massage parlours where the service is provided by the blind at a very reasonable price. Open 9am to 7pm.

EL Skin and Wellness Centre 115E0 Street 109, Tel: 012 681 948 Using Dermalogica, L’Oréal, Jane Iredale and OPI products for a variety of face and body treatments, spa provides a professional, relaxed ambience for customers to sample products before purchase. Open 0am to 7pm.

The Nailbar at Friends’n’Stuff 215 Street 13, Tel: 012 381 988 Part of the Mith Samlanh NGO, the Nailbar is a training business run by students in the Hair & Beauty training programme and their teachers. Individually sterilized equipment and a hygienic environment. Massages are also on the menu. Open daily from 11am to 9pm.

In-Style 4E1 Street 51, cnr. Street 118, Tel: 023 214 621, 012 909 747 Set in beautiful old building with high ceil-

The Spa at NagaWorld Hun Sen Park, Tel: 023 228 822 This luxurious spa promises to bring the ancient Cambodian spa therapy to the world,

Sports General

Aussie Rules The Cambodian Cobras is the Kingdom’s premier Australian Football League club, participating in regional and international matches. Also throw great events and fundraisers. See their Facebook page for updates or contact Cambodian.cobras@ for more information. Ball Hockey Played every Thursday night at City Villa, corner of Streets 360 and 71 at 7pm. Contact: Cambodian Federation of Rugby Proper 15-a-side rugby league with four senior teams as well as kid’s touch and

women’s rugby teams. Contact Larry: for more details. Cambodia Golf & Country Club Route 4, Kompong Speur, Tel: 023 363 666 International standard, 18-hole golf course. Open everyday from 6am. Cricket Infrequent fun games played at a school off Street 360, near Street 63, on Sunday mornings. Contact Majid at Saffron Wine Bar on 012 247 832. Football: The Bayon Wanderers Mixed Khmer and western team. Training at the City Villa court on Wednesday and Friday, 8pm to 10pm, Old Stadium on Tuesday from 4.30 pm. Contact Billy Barnaart on 012 803 040 (available from 11am to 10pm). Sunday play at 2pm. Hash House Harriers 8, Street 360 (cnr. Street 71) Meets at the railway station every Sunday at 2:15pm. An ideal way to see the countryside walking or running. Contact 012 832 509. Phnom Penh Ultimate Frisbee A fast paced fun game that is open to everyone, regardless of skill set or gender, Phnom Penh Ultimate has weekly games at ISPP and Northbridge. Contact for details on times and locations. Touch Rugby Mixed touch rugby is played most Saturday afternoons at 3:30 pm at Northbridge School. Please contact Rowena (, or Paul 012 516 460.

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Bodia Spa Phnom Penh Mai Lynn Miller Nguyen Long a haven for residents of Siem Reap, Bodia Spa has offered a similar sanctuary of serenity in Phnom Penh since last year. With an indoor lotus pond, warm wooden floors and rattan furniture by designer Em Riem, the waiting area of Bodia provokes a state of relaxation even before any treatment begins. A gentle soundtrack of nature noises further enhances the calming atmosphere. After I was offered a cold towel and glass of tea, I was presented with the choice of oil for my aromatherapy massage. A staff member explained the benefits of all four oils, allowing me to smell a sample of each one. I chose Ylang Ylang, known for its relaxing effects. I was set for the Apsara Indulgence, heralded as “the ultimate body experience” with two therapists using Bodia Signature massage techniques. For an hour and a half, I felt the smooth, deep strokes of four hands. Highly trained in service and skills, the therapists made sure I was comfortable in every way and asked me to specify the type of pressure I wanted. Having two masseuses at once was a new experi-

ence for me. I had wondered if it would feel strange, but it turned out to be double the pleasure of a normal massage. With the four hands working together in synchronisation, the massage was perfectly balanced—both arms were rubbed at once, both legs were attended to simultaneously, and while one therapist kneaded my shoulders, the other patted down my body. I would happily have spent the rest of my afternoon in the care of the two able therapists, but unfortunately my session had to come to an end. Yet the indulgence was not quite over. I rinsed off the oils under a vast showerhead, a delight for anyone with a typical Cambodian bathroom shower set. The Apsara Indulgence treatment comes for 60 minutes at US$45 or 90 minutes at US$55. Other options include body wraps and scrubs, facials, more varieties of massage and mixed packages. To continue the Bodia experience at home, a range of oils, lotions and other products are available for purchase. Bodia Spa, corner of Street 178 and Sothearos Boulevard, above U-Care Pharmacy, Tel: 023 226 199, Open daily from 10am to midnight.

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Contact Living Room to see what classes they are currently running. Open daily from 7am to 8.30pm.

Yoga lessons with Georgina Treasure for 3 to 5-year-olds from 3pm to 4pm on Tuesdays. Drop-ins welcome.

Java Café 56 Sihanouk Blvd., Tel: 023 987 420 Kid’s menu includes chicken nuggets and pizza bagels. Colouring pages and crayons to keep the kids amused. High-chair is available on request and baby-changing facilities are in the toilet. Open daily from 7am to 10pm


Cafés & Restaurants

Le Jardin 16 Street 360, Tel: 011 723 399 This garden retreat has a great kids’ area with playhouse and sandbox, specialises in birthday parties, with cake, decorations, toys and drawing materials provided for children of all ages. Open from Tuesday until Sunday 8am to 8pm.

Annam 1C Street 282, Tel: 023 726 661 Serving excellent Indian food on a beautiful terracotta terrace, this Indian restaurant also has a playroom with a trained member of staff to ensure your little one gets up to no harm while you eat your chicken korma. Open daily from 11am to 3pm, 5:30 to 11pm.


Café Fresco II Cnr. Streets 51 & 306, Tel: 023 224 891 Let your children play with puzzles and Lego on beanbags, watch films like the Lion King looked after by a trained staff as you enjoy your cappuccino. Open daily 6am to 9pm.

Global Art Centre Behind house 206 Norodom Blvd., Tel: 012 514 790 An international art and creative programme designed for children aged 4 to 18. Classes held from 1pm to 5:30pm (Tue to Fri) and all day (9:30 to 5:30) on Saturday and Sunday. Free trial. Khmer Gecko & Garden Pre-school, 1 Street 282, Tel: 092 575 431 Khmer classes for children from 2.5 to 6-year-olds from 3pm to 5pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Café Living Room 9 Street 306, Tel: 023 726 139 The playroom is stocked with books, games, a wooden dollhouse and even a rattan crib, while the kid’s menu has bite-sized portions.


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Cambodian Country Club Street 2004, Group 6 Toeuk Thla, Tel: 012 231 755 Sports centre and a peaceful heaven providing tennis, swimming, badminton, fitness centre and horse riding in an amazing landscape 15 minutes away from the city. Dedicated to leisure, rest and entertainment, CCC is suitable for children. Open daily from 6.30am to late. Phnom Penh Water Park 50 Street 110, Tel: 023 881 008 Traditional mix of slides and wave pools. Open from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Phnom Tamao Wildlife Park Phnom Tamao, 44 kilometres out of the capital along Highway 2 Cambodia’s best wildlife centre. All the animals are either rescued from traders or bred at the centre. Many of the animals are critically endangered. Open from 8am to 4pm. Sorya Centre Corner Street 63 & 142 The top floor of Phnom Penh’s original shopping centre has a rink devoted to roller-skating and roller-blading.

International Schools

Giving Tree International Elementary School of Phnom Penh 40 Street 334, Tel: 017 997 112, Established to provide an exceptional, affordable, and unique learning environment, based on small class sizes and a international curriculum incorporating compassion, communication, conservation, contemplation, creativity, conscience and global citizenship. ICan International School 85 Sothearos Blvd, Tel: 023 222 418 Offers affordable, high quality education to 330 children, aged 2-12, from 29 different nationalities, using British curriculum. iCAN is a contemporary, purpose-built school and is the first in Cambodia with interactive whiteboards in every classroom. All iCAN teachers are fully qualified, experienced and encourage a love of learning that goes beyond what is taught. International School of Phnom Penh 146 Norodom Blvd, Tel: 023 213 103 Founded in 1989, this non-profit, nonsectarian international school has 567 students from Pre-K to Grade 12. The largest international school with over 65 professional teachers, and the only authorised IB Programme in the country. Lycée Français René Descartes Street 96, Tel: 023 722 044 French school offering primary and secondary level education, extra-curricula activities include basketball, football and rugby. Northbridge School 1km off National Road 4 on the way to the airport, Tel: 023 886 000 U.S.-accredited school offering NurseryGrade 12 university preparatory international education. Purpose built facility with expansive playing fields, playgrounds and

pool on secure, manicured grounds. PYP/ IBO candidate school. Zaman International School 2843 Street 3, Tel: 023 214 040 International school that teaches a full curriculum to children from four to 18. Facilities include basketball and volleyball courts, a football field and a science lab.


Gecko & Garden Pre-school 3 Street 21, Tel: 092 575 431 This not-for-profit pre-school, established ten years ago, emphasises learning through creative play in a supportive environment. The Kids Club, for 18 months to 5-year-olds, is from 3.15pm to 4.45pm (Mondays, Wednesday and Thursday). Also has yoga and Khmer classes. Open everyday from 8am to 12pm. Giving Tree Preschool 5 Street 325, Tuol Kork, Tel: 077 993 073, www.thegivingtreeschool Preschool committed to provide a nurturing environment that supports and extends the child’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual development. Offers a play-based programme in English and French that is fun, motivating and relevant to every child. Tchou Tchou 13 Street 21, Tel: 023 362 899, Kindergarten and pre-school for 18 months to 5-year-olds, open from 7.30am to 12pm (Mon to Fri). French is the main language, although English and Khmer is also practised.


Jolly Baby & Kids 108-110 Kampuchea Krom, Tel: 012 499 099 Wholesale and retailer store that sells clothing and toys for children. Open everyday from 8:30am to 9pm. Farlin Showrooms 129 Monivong Blvd. 175A Mao Tse Tung Blvd., Tel: 023 228 222, 012 875 222, 098 875 222 Sells a variety of imported products for babies and mothers imported from Taiwan. Open daily from 7:30am to 8:30pm. Kid’s World 112 Sothearos Blvd., Tel: 012 661 168 Bright and cheery children’s store selling an extensive range of real Lego, from small pieces up to elaborate box sets such as build-your-own Ferraris. The store also features a small play table. A range of baby products under the ‘Nuk’ label are also available. Open everyday from 9am to 7pm. Monument Toys 111 Norodom Bvd., Tel: 023 217 617 To the rear of Monument Books is a wellstocked toy section. It features an excellent range of well-known board games and toys including Barbie dolls, Transformers, Magic 8 balls and more. It has to be the best place in the city for brand name toys and games. Open daily from 7.30am to 8pm. Willi Shop 769 Monivong Blvd., Tel: 023 211 652 All products are imported from France, including bébé brand baby products, the range includes prams, baby care, cots and toys. Open from 8am to 8pm


Tel: 023 999 888 Professional insurance company offers motor, property, home, marine cargo, personal accident, healthcare, construction and engineering insurance. Group policies can be customised.

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business Business Groups

Australian Business Association of Cambodia (ABAC) 20 Street 114 (cnr. Street 67) For information, contact Kathy Fossati 012 675 838, British Business Association of Cambodia (BBAC) 35 Sihanouk Blvd, Tel: 012 803 891 Contact Chambre de Commerce Franco-Cambodgienne Office 2nd floor, 33 Street 178, Tel: 023 221 453, International Business Chamber of Cambodia 24 Street 462, Tel: 023 210 225 Canadian Cooperation Office Cambodia Commissioner Service Canadian Embassy, 50 Street 334, Tel: 023 215 496 Malaysian Business Council of Cambodia Unit G21, Ground Floor, Parkway Square 113, Mao Tse Tung, Singapore Business Club (Cambodia) 92 Norodom Blvd.,

Commercial Banks

Acleda Bank 61 Monivong Blvd, Tel: 023 998 777, Specialises in micro, small and medium loans to people throughout the country. Advanced Bank of Asia 148 Sihanouk Blvd., Tel: 023 720 435, Managed by Koreans and Cambodians, since 1996. ANZ Royal Bank Main Branch, 20 Street 114 Cambodia’s major commercial bank has brought international standards of banking to Cambodia, with a large number of ATM machines around Phnom Penh. Can arrange money transfers. Maruhan Japan Bank 83 Norodom Blvd., Tel: 023 999 010 First Japanese bank in Phnom Penh.


AG Cambodia Hotel Cambodiana, 313 Sisowath Quay Tel: 017 360 333, Professional insurance agent offering health, home, car, factory, employee and hotel insurance packages. Infinity Insurance 126 Norodom Blvd,

Sok Heng Printing House 1297B Street Luo 5, Stoeung Mean Chey. Tel: 011 939 255, 012 939 255 Modern print house providing a full range of printing services. Graphic design available.


Top Recruitment Cambodia 592 Building F Phnom Penh Centre, Sothearos cnr Sihanouk, Tel: 023 997 492, Provides comprehensive services including recruitment, staff outsourcing, payroll management and staff development consulting.


Beeline Norodom Blvd., Tel: 090 999 611, Mobile phone company offering VoIP international calls at attractive rates. Cadcoms 825A Monivong Blvd., Tel: 023 726 680 Communications company with Norwegian connections has launched the qb 3G entertainment network with competitive talk packages. Cambodia Samarat Communication 56 Norodom Blvd., Tel: 016 810 001 Internet provider that issues the 016 SIM card. Camshin 6B-7B 294 Mao Tse Tung Blvd. Tel: 023 367 801 Internet provider that also installs land lines and issues the 011 SIM card. City Link 170 Norodom Blvd., Tel: 023 220 112 One of the major internet providers in Phnom Penh. Ezecom 7D Russian Blvd., Tel: 023 888 181 Internet service provider that promises boundless internet packages suited to everyone’s needs. Good packages for those looking for unlimited downloads. Hello Tel: 016 810 000, Mobile phone provider that has the 015 and 016 SIM card. Mobitel 33 Sihanouk Blvd., Tel: 012 801 801 Largest ISP in the country. Major mobile phone company which issues the 012 SIM card. Online 60 Monivong Blvd., Tel: 023 727 272 The biggest of the Internet providers. Watch out for their hotspots around town. Smart Mobile 464A Preah Monivong Blvd. Tel: 010 201 000,, One of the most dynamic and fastest growing mobile telecom service providers in the country. Issues the 010, 069, 070, 086, 093 and 098 prefixes. TeleSurf 33 Sihanouk Blvd., Tel: 012 800 800 Internet service provider (ISP) providing 24-hour broadband Internet service.

Q&A with Nick Greiner The former 37th Premier of New South Wales from 1988 to 1992 and current corporate leader provides some insight into his coming visit to Cambodia and future collaboration between Australia and the Kingdom. What future business or community plans do you have that involve Cambodia? I understand you already have close connections to an organisation here. Can you explain more in detail? My involvement has been as Chairman of Opportunity Cambodia, an NGO which runs an education centre for rural children in Chi Kraeng District just south of Siem Reap. It has been going very successfully for three years and a new centre is now under construction. How do you see the possibility of Cambodia and Australia working together closer in the future?

There is considerable opportunity for enhanced business links in Cambodian mining, agriculture and financial services as well as, of course, tourism. Also, Cambodia may in time become a competitive low cost exporter of textiles and other light manufactures. Have you been to Cambodia before? When and in what capacity? I have been twice (in 2009 and 2010) to Siem Reap, but May will be my first visit to Phnom Penh. All visits have been for Opportunity Cambodia with some tourism thrown in. Each time there are significant improvements in service levels and capital stock especially hotels. Still much scope for better infrastructure! Is Michael Clarke the right captain for Australia? I think that it was probably inevitable but I believe Shane Watson is a better bet for the future.

Nick Greiner is the chairman of Bradken, Citigroup Australia, The Nuance Grup, QBE Lender’s Mortgage Insurance, and Blue Star Print Group and Playup, as well as Deputy Chairman of CHAMP Private Equity. He is also a trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation, a member of the Board of Governors Committee for Economic Development of Australia, and the chair of the SMART Infrastructure Facility and the Federal Government’s Review of GST Distribution.

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IT & Software

Netpro Cambodia 11, Street 422, Tel: 855 23 215 141,, IT supports company that delivers high quality and reliable services to home and small to medium size organisations in Cambodia.


services Architecture & Design

Bill Grant Landscape Design Tel: 012 932 225, 012 738 134 The city’s most talented landscape designer.

Bikes & Mechanics

The Bike Shop 31 Street 302, Tel: 012 851 776 Repairs trusty steeds as well as renting them out in the first place. Also provides dirt bike tours.

The Global Marketplace Trevor Keidan The power of social media— like Facebook and Twitter—to bring like-minded people together online is so phenomenal that it is being used to topple regimes. The ‘Facebook Revolutions’ have resulted in changes of government in Tunisia and Egypt, and related uprisings in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria continue. These events may be thousands of miles away but have a direct impact on you. As markets react to global happenings, your portfolio will be affected. It may not be all bad news. Oil has rallied on shortage fears, with Brent crude topping US$120 at the start of April. But pulling in the opposite direction are the devastating natural disasters in Japan, Chile and New Zealand. Within a day of the tsunami, the Nikkei 225 had lost 6.2% of its value, and Brent crude fell to US$112 a barrel. On the week of the Japanese tsunami, the FTSE 100 dropped 247 points, but has now returned above the psychologically important 6,000 mark. Other markets have rallied—In Hong Kong, mainland

China, India and Korea, markets rose at the prospect of the large-scale reconstruction needed in Japan. It is not comfortable to make money from someone’s misfortune, but markets are not sentimental. The urge to sell shares on losses to prevent greater impact is understandable, but holding your nerve is often a better option as you could regain losses in time. Gold and oil prices are key indicators of market moves—the higher the gold price, the greater the investors’ fears—but you cannot only watch a single price. There is a lot more to it: Inflationary pressure can raise oil prices, but insurers paying out on disaster claims will hit their stock value. Before you can make an informed decision, you must identify which markets you are interested in and how long you can remain invested. Unless you are prepared to spend a significant portion of your spare time monitoring the economic impact of world events, it is best to get a professional to do the hard work for you.

Trevor Keidan is Managing Director of Infinity Financial Solutions. This company provides impartial, tailor-made, personal financial advice to clients in Cambodia and Southeast Asia. Should you wish to contact Trevor please send an email to

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Emerald Garage 11 Street 456 Mechanics specialising in maintenance and repair of vehicles, including oil changing and body painting. The place to go if you want to buy a jeep.

Building Maintenance

Bizzy Beez 47B Street 466, Tel: 012 755 913 Premier handyman service does renovations, construction work, electrics, plumbing, painting and landscaping. Property Care Services (PCS) 2A Road 7, Tel: 017 555 203 Solution for property support services, including waste management, security, pest control and cleaning. Only company to clean high-rise windows with abseilers.

Car Rental

Sciaroni & Associates 24 Street 462, Tel: 023 210 225 Law firm with a good reputation. Just the ticket if you get into a spot of bother.


Happy Dog 233 Kampuchea Krom (Street 128), Tel: 012 321 333 This shop specialises in dog food, toys, products and services, including veterinary, boarding, grooming and shampoo. Open from 8am to 8pm.

Post Office

Main Post Office Cnr. Street 102 & Street 13 Open from 6.30am to 9pm. The place to go if you want to send something overseas or get a PO Box.


AsiaMotion Tel: 092 806 117, Photographic agency established by Isabelle Lesser in November 2008 as a cooperation between local and international photographers. Melon Rouge Agency 84 Sothearos Blvd, Tel: 092 644 811, www.melon-rouge. com Photographic agency offers a full range of visual products and services from fashion, life style, reportage, panoramic pictures, to cultural event organisation.

ACC Car Rental Services 43 Street 160z Toul Kork., Tel. 012 456 003, 015 456 003. Professional, prompt and organised rental service that provides vehicles for rent with or without a driver. ACC also rents a range of buses that seat from 12 to 45 people. All vehicles can be delivered to your door.

Nathan Horton Photography Tel: 092 526 706 Full service professional photographer. Hotels, bars, restaurants, spas and location work. Call for Travel Photography workshops and Travel Photography tours.

Asia Vehicle Rental 27 Street 134, Tel: 078 666 557, With the motto “leave your driving to us”, the rental service offers sedans, pick-ups, SUVs and minibuses in 2WD or 4WD for self-drive or with driver. Comprehensive insurance cover offered.

James Grant – Slik Photography Tel: 092 212 880 Commercially trained and fine art qualified professional photographer with over eight years’ experience in fashion, lifestyle and still life.


Crown 115-116 Street 335,Tel: 023 881 004. Global transportation and relocation company with over 150 offices in 50 countries, specialising in expat support and household shipment. 8:30am to 5:30pm Mon to Fri, 8:30am to 12pm Sat.

Hemisphere Design & Interiors Tel: 012 602 955, Western managed renovation company specialising in swimming pools and Jacuzzi construction in fibreglass and concrete.

Design & Media

Anon Creative Energy Internationally trained advertising talent at your service. Strong, strategic ideas that help sell your products and services. Available for freelance art and copy writing projects. Call 089 812 123. Asia Media Lab Tel: 012 818 917, Full service video production company specialises in the creation of dynamic visual content to help bring NGO stories to life for fundraising and advocacy.

Relocation, Shipping


Sapors 11 Street 59, Tel: 012 900 470 Modelling agency as well as training school for housekeeping, cooking and beauty services. Recruitment constancy also offered.

Security Firms

MPA 23 Street 214, Tel: 023 210 836 Well-established security company that is responsible for keeping many of the town’s buildings safe and sound.


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Wat Phnom David Murphy This month, in our continuing series of emerging residential areas outside Phnom Penh centre, we will look at Sangkat Wat Phnom. Wat Phnom is located to the north of Phnom Penh’s centre and is dominated by the Phnom Penh pagoda and associated gardens. The area contains a number of boulevards that makes this Sangkat one of Phnom Penh’s more pedestrian-friendly and leafy suburbs. Known for its high-end hotels such as Le Royal, Sunway and The Phnom Penh Hotel, the area of Wat Phnom is also well-serviced by various forms of entertainment including the Chinese House, the Night Market and the neon strip of Street 104. Wat Phnom has very good road connections to most of Phnom Penh, with easy access to the central city via the main arterials of Norodom and Monivong Boulevards and also to outlying areas of Chroy Changva and Toul Kork. Wat Phnom is undergoing increased development activity due to its excellent location. New developments are taking shape along the riverside with

additional hotels and restaurants continuing to emerge. Wat Phnom’s location on the city side of the Boeung Kak lake precinct puts it in an ideal position to benefit from the huge development that is starting to take shape. This development will provide not only a significant increase in residential properties but is planned to incorporate large shopping and parkland areas. Accommodation options are currently limited in Wat Phnom. Serviced apartments are scarce and limited to Palm Palace and the well-established Garden Mansion. Two bedroom apartments in these complexes range between US$1,100 to US$1,400 per month. Villas in the area are common, although many have been built and maintained with the Khmer resident in mind. Wat Phnom has an enviable amount of French Colonial architecture that will benefit from significant renovation and investment. Villas within the area currently range between $1,200 to $2,500 per month. Wat Phnom is an emerging area which should be considered by any property investor.

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David Murphy is managing director of Independent Property Services. For any property needs, contact David at: dmurphy@, or check them out online, at:

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shopping Art

Your Next Home Media Centre System Sok Yeng What do you expect from a Home Media Centre system? Movies, music, picture slide shows and games? What I am about to recommend will provide a way to create a great multimedia experience through your computer. It’s all about XBMC, short for XBox Media Center. XBMC is an Open Source programme that runs on most OS (Windows, Linux or Mac), available for download from download. Windows also has a Windows Media Center, but it’s not the same. An Open Source program like XBMC allows you to add on applications and media sources like news feeds (RSS), Podcasts, music artists, TV shows, free games and so on. Check out add-on programmes like YouTube, TED, Facebook Album, Movie Quiz, On-MyTV-List and IMDB.

If you want to watch cable TV through your PC you will need a CableTV card, which costs about US$70 for a desktop. You might need to order a specific CableTV card for your laptop online or through a computer shop. A good multimedia experience always needs high-quality sound and visual systems, so here are tips to get them on a good budget. A basic Logitech speaker set will cost around US$50 to US$80. The visual experience depends on your preferences and space, but a 27”LCD monitor will cost you about US$270. Another option is a projector with a screen (around US$700), but the cooling fan can be noisy. If you already have a computer, laptop and screen or a TV, the XBMC programme will add more entertainment possibilities for you to enjoy.

Sok Yeng is the technical manager at NETPRO-Cambodia. This company provides IT solutions for the office or home. For more information email: or visit:

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Happy Painting Gallery FCC, Sisowath Quay, Open since 1995, popular air-con art shop sells the extremely colourful and positive works of iconic artist Stef. Accepts all major credit cards. Open from 8am to 10pm.


Royal Rose 253 Street 51, Tel: 016 997 728 Florists that specialises in flower arrangements for special days, including weddings, Christmas, Valentine’s and birthdays. Whatever the occasion say it with flowers. Open from 10am to 7pm.

Books & CDS

Carnets d’Asie French Cultural Centre 218 Street 184, Tel: 012 799 959 French-language bookshop has sections on Cambodia and Asia as well as general fiction, with a good range of French magazines and newspapers. Open from 8am to 8pm (closed Sun). D’s Books 12E Street 178 & 79 Street 240 Tel: 092 675 629 Second-hand book shop with over 20,000 copies and some originals, with a heavy emphasis on best sellers and travel books. Open from 9am to 9pm. Le Phnom Shop Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Tel: 023 981 888, Small shop offering books and souvenirs including recipes from the hotel’s pastry chef. Open from 7am to 9pm. Monument Books 111 Norodom Blvd., Tel: 023 217 617, Extensive range of new English-language books in town including recent releases and sections on Asia, Cambodia, travel, cuisine, design and management.

Good children’s section as well as a wide choice of magazines and newspapers. Open from 7.30am to 8pm. Open Book 41Eo Street 240 A welcoming reading room open to anyone to drop in, with a good range of children’s books in English, French and Khmer. Apart from the library books, there’s a range of illustrated children’s books in multiple languages for sale.

Crafts & Furniture

Angkor Heritage Shop Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Tel: 023 981 888 The sophisticated artistry of Cambodian craftsmen is evident in the intricate carvings of divine sculptures and Buddha statues. Art Wood 23 Street 294, Tel: 090 249 999, 076 224 9999, Combining classic Khmer design with straight modern angles, young Khmer designer Yin Daravy’s shop sells everything from bed sets to bookshelves and dining tables. Can make furniture to order. Open 8am to 7pm. Artisans D’Angkor 12AEo Street 13, Craft Centre,Tel: 063 963 330. Silk Farm Tel: 063 380 375 Specialising in stone and wood carving, lacquering and silk paintings, all items are hand made by the students at the organisation’s training centre. Open daily from 9am to 9pm. Beyond Interiors 14e Street 306, Tel: 023 987 840, 012 930 332, Managed by Australian designer Bronwyn Blue, this interior design showroom can provide the ultimate design solution to your interior dilemma. All products from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia have been treated to withstand any climate. Open from 9am to 7pm Chez l’Artisan 42D Street 178, Tel: 012 869 634 Quaint shop with high-quality wooden furniture and lampshades that also produces made-to-measure goods on request. Open from 10am to 6:30pm. I Ching Decor 85 Sothearos Blvd., Tel: 023 220 873, 012 558 000, 092 660 746, Boutique interior design shop offering advice on architectural work and interior design, as well as providing custom-made furniture, home accessories, kitchenware,

lighting and bedroom suites. Open from 9am to 6pm, closed Sundays.

juice cartons, plastic bags and mosquito nets.

Pavillon d’Asie 24, 26 Sihanouk Blvd., Tel: 012 497 217 Antique lovers dream, a large array of well-restored furniture and decorative objects. Wooden cabinets jostle for space with Buddha statues and old wooden boxes. Upstairs are pieces from the French colonial era. Open 10am to 7pm, closed Sundays.

Spicy Green Mango 4a Street 278 Tel: 012-915-968 29 Street 178 Tel: 023-215-017 Now open in two locations, designer Anya Weis offers a very different style of clothing to any other shop in Phnom Penh with imaginative, colourful skirts, trousers, t-shirts, belts and shoes.

Private Collection Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Tel: 023 981 888 One of the best carpet stores in Phnom Penh with various silk items like pashmina shawls or silk bed covers.


Ambre 37 Street 178, Tel: 023 217 935, The high-end fashion designs created by Cambodian designer Romyda Keth are popular all over the world, this beautiful colonial building with colour-themed rooms makes the perfect setting for the city’s most glamorous design shop. Also has men’s fashion. Open 10am to 6pm, closed Sunday. Beautiful Shoes 138 Street 143, Tel: 012 848 438 Located near Tuol Sleng Museum, this family-run business measures your feet and designs the shoe exactly as you wish. The shop also caters for men. Open from 7am to 6.30pm. Bliss 29 Street 240, Tel: 023 215 754 A beautiful colonial building houses this exquisite shop with funky patterned cushions, quilts and an excellent clothing line. The health spa at the back of the shop also sells Spana beauty products. Open from 9am to 9pm (closed Mondays). Jasmine Boutique 73 Street 240, Tel: 023 223 103, 063 760 610, Established in 2001 by Kellianne Karatau and Cassandra McMillan, this boutique creates its own collection of designs twice a year using hand-woven Cambodian silk. Open 8am to 6pm. Khmer Attitude Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Tel: 023 981 888 Fashion boutique that offers the finest Khmer silk clothing for men, women and children, including designs by Romyda Keth, and exclusive jewellery that complement the limited edition outfits. Lim Keo 9 Street 222, Tel: 012 941 643 Pret a porter by Lim Keo, son of Sylvain Lim, the master of Cambodian fashion. Ororosso 75 Street 240, Tel. 023 211 741 Featuring classical 1950s and 1960s inspired Italian designs by Khmer designer Keo Sophea, and Belgian designer Wesley Taller. Open from 9am to 9pm. Promesses and Kaprices 20 Street 282, Tel: 023 993 527 Lingerie shop stocked with exclusive French and Thai undergarments. Chic, new prêt-à-porter shop Kaprices is located upstairs. Open 9am to 7pm. Smateria 8Eo Street 57, Tel: 023 211 701 7 Street 178 023 214 720 Boutique specialising in accessories made from recycled materials including a range of bags and wallets made from old fruit

Subtyl 43 Street 240 Up-market boutique selling Cambodian handmade women’s clothes, scarves, shoes, bags and other accessories in contemporary and interesting designs, the Subtyl collection combines class with colour. ChilliKids children’s clothing is also stocked at the shop. Open 9am to 7pm. Sweet Soul 35E Street 288, Tel: 023 307 685 Funky hip hop boutique stocking original brand clothes and accessories, including Sean John, Rocawear and Supra. Mainly for men, though some clothes for women too. Open 10am to 7pm Wanderlust 21 Street 240, Tel: 023 221 982 Fantastic 100 percent cotton clothing by Elizabeth Kiester with frocks and shirts as cute as candy, and a variety of cool and funky accessories. Open 10am to 7pm, Sundays 12pm to 5pm Water Lily 37 Street 240, Tel: 012 812 469 Eclectic shop run by Christine Gauthier selling her distinctive range of unique jewelry, flamboyant hats and bags. Open 8am to 5.30pm (closed Sunday). Zoco 22B Street 278, Tel: 017 755 964 Fashion boutique run by the Spanish-born Nuria, sells dresses, skirts, bags and accessories. Has another store on the way to Serendipity Beach in Sihanoukville and a boutique in the Independence Hotel. Open daily from 9am to 9pm.

Food & Wine

Alpine Trading 13 Street 90, Tel: 012 961 084 Quality European beer importer supplies restaurants, cafes and bars. AusKhmer – The Pantry Shop 125 Street 105, 42 Street 178, Tel: 023 993 859, 023 214 478 This small deli features a variety of modestly priced wines, Australian beers, and shelves full of French delicacies, cheeses, antipasti, and cold cuts. Open 10am to 8pm. Boutique Tea Shop Inside Amanjaya Pancam Hotel, Cnr. Street 154 and Sisowath Quay Tel: 017 200 600, 098 508 080 TWG TEA products including loose teas, packaged teas, tea bags, gift collections and tea accessories are available for delivery, with special gift promotions. Open from 8am to 7:30pm Camory – Premium Cookie Boutique 167 Sisowath Quay, Tel: 023 224 937 Makes cookies using produce from the provinces such as cashews from Kampong Cham and Mondulkiri honey. A portion of the profits fund education for a local orphanage. Open 9am to 8.30pm. Celliers d’Asie 62B & 98 Street 432, Tel: 023 986 350 Wine supplier with the largest quantity of retail stock in town, has been providing

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Tis’ the season for bouffant hairpieces, eight-foot walls of speakers, and enough embroidered lace to stretch from Chantilly to Alençon. With the monsoon season fast approaching, wedding tents are popping up on every street corner in Phnom Penh. Once spanning up to a full seven days of festivities, typical traditional Khmer weddings have been trimmed down to a day and half—although the recent wedding of Hun Sen’s daughter clocked in at three days. Nonetheless, within that 36-hour period, brides and grooms wear up to a whopping ten outfits ranging from the traditional hol sampot with av pak to the sampot chang kben which wraps through the legs and is fastened by a belt, the lustrous pleated sampot chorabap, and the sabaay, a long, one-shouldered sash derived from the sari. In the past, the colours worn corresponded to days of the week, but today brides are more likely to select their favourite hues for the most auspicious parts of the wedding ceremony, such as bubble gum pink, sapphire blue, lacquer red, et al. One young interviewee favoured her orange and gold sampot chorapap and sabaay because its subtle shimmer flattered her figure and made her skin appear porcelain, even

before gratuitous photoshop was applied. Wearing “something old” is thought to bring luck to the bride in the West, but no such superstition exists in Cambodia. As most brides, even in the past, borrow their garments and jewellery, sartorial mementos are rarely passed down over generations. Although traditional garb is still very much in fashion, young brides confirm that styles have changed in the last decades. The wedding albums of two colleagues, one in her early 40s and the other in her mid 20s, show that the shifts are nonetheless subtle. Gem encrusted bustiers have replaced more conservative lace shirts and wraps, sampot patterns have become smaller, and jewellery is now even more extravagant and colourful. A Cambodian bride today may wear twice as many outfits as her mother did, often including a western-style wedding dress. With the rise of international marriages, wedding ceremonies are becoming ever more eclectic, especially those held abroad. One young Khmer woman wed a Canadian in Saskatchewan. While hol sampot were likely few and far between in the prairie province, I’m hoping she saw at least a few Canadian tuxedos.

Genevieve Cortinovis is a Phnom Penh-based fashion designer and historian. She lectures in fashion and design history at Limkokwing University, designs clothing for KeoK’jay, a social enterprise, and will soon launch Bandini, a lingerie line.

wine to most of the top hotels and restaurants for over ten years. Open 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm, closed Sundays. Comme a la Maison 13 Street 57, Tel: 012 951 869 Decidedly sophisticated French restaurant has a small delicatessen and bakery at the back of the restaurant ideal for that morning baguette or croissant with your coffee. Open from 6am to 10.30pm. Dan’s Meats 51A Street 214, Tel: 012 906 072 Phnom Penh’s man of meat, Lanzi, supplies his strictly non-vegetarian products to many of the restaurants and bars around town. Open from 7:30 to 6:30, closed Sundays. Kampot Pepper Promotion Association High quality green, black, red and white pepper from Kampot province produced according to traditional methods. Kurata Pepper Cnr. Streets 63 & 322, Tel: 023 726 480 Selling organic Koh Kong pepper and associated products, Kurata is one of the more unusual shops in town. Open everyday from 8am to 7pm. Open Wine 219 Street 19, Tel: 023 223 527 Aircon wine shop and tasting gallery sells wines, severac, calvados and meat. Open from 7pm to 11pm. Red Apron 15-17 Eo Street 240, Tel: 023 990 951 Home of wine enthusiasts in Phnom Penh is both a wine boutique and tasting gallery. With around 300 wines, the boutique has more range than the supermarkets. Open from 9am to 9pm. The Deli 13 Street 178, Tel: 012 851 234 Café and bakery with a good range of take away breads, sandwiches and pastries. Now has a second outlet on Street 51. Open from 6.30am to 6.30pm, delivery service (within 30 minutes) is only from 7am to 11pm. Veggy’s 23 Street 240, Tel: 023 211 534 One of the few shops catering for western tastes – marmite, Branston pickle, cereals, Barilla pasta, Lao coffee and other expat essentials. Good range of cheeses, salad and meats are stored in the walk-in cold room. Open 8am to 7pm.

Silks & Accessories Couleurs d’Asie

33 Street 240, Tel: 023 221 075 Shop selling French-designed silk & linen bags, scarves, cushions, pillow cases and quilts, has a selection of soaps and bath salts from Senteurs d’Angkor, Amata beauty products and Eric Raisina’s unique textiles and clothing. Open 9am to 7pm (Mon to Sat), 9am to 3pm (Sun). Friends ‘n’ Stuff 215 Street 13, Tel: 012 955 722 Colourful shop with unique products designed by Mith Samlanh/Friends students and parents of former street kids. Range includes clothes, necklaces, purses and second-hand goods. Also has a nail bar run by students from the beauty class. Open from 11am to 9pm. La Clef de Sol 75E Street 108, Tel: 092 194 468 Boutique shop on the opposite La Marmite restaurant has a good range of household goods and home decorations, including tablecloths, bed linen, curtains and bags. Also does made-to-order goods. Open 10am to 7pm, closed Mondays.

#08E0, Str. 57, Phnom Penh, 023 211701 #7, Str. 178, Phnom Penh, 023 214720 The Alley West, Siem Reap, 063964343 email: website:

Le Rit’s 71 Street 240, Tel: 023-213-160 Handicraft boutique on the grounds of the training restaurant Le Rit’s, the social enterprise managed by NGO NYEMO. Fun, funky and a bit different to the norm, the skills and accessories are in fantastic bright colours. Open from 7am to 10 pm. Mekong Quilts 49 Street 240, Tel: 023 219 607 Outlet for NGO Mekong Plus, stocks a large range of hand-crafted bed covers, home accessories, gifts and decorations. Benefits Mekong Plus, which provides scholarships to promote health and quality of life initiatives in Svay Rieng Province. Open 9am to 7pm. Sentosa Silk 33 Sothearos Blvd, Corner of Street 178, Tel: 023 222 974 Using a colourful range of Asian silks, Sentosa creates men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. The owner, Seng Takakneary, is also the president of the Artisan Association of Cambodia. A social enterprise, Sentosa employs disadvantaged people and rural youth. Open daily from 8am to 7pm. Silk & Pepper 33 Street 178 Range of contemporary silk home interior products inspired by Asian and western designs with tailor-made silks and linens. Open from 8.30am to 7pm.

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album review


Wiz Khalifa


Rolling Papers


The Pains of Safari Disco Club Being Pure at Heart Belong

Whokill opens with a persistent, heavy beat and a version of the opening line of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” like you never heard before. tUnE-yArDs, aka Merrill Garbus, aims to stand out, not just with the curious casing of her artist name, but by a penchant for eccentricity that plays through her lyrics, singing style and collection of colourful sounds. It’s a musical project that defies genres, though there are hints of funk, folk, soul, rock and African chant. Besides engineering the drum loops, she also picked up her ukulele and invited Nate Brenner to jam with his electric bass—creating a brilliance that edges on insanity. In the closer, “Killa”, she engages in some kind of schizophrenic spoken word chorus, while in “Wooly Wolly Gong”, she croons a quirky lullaby. tUnE-yArDs is commanding enough on an album, one can only imagine the production she puts on in a live performance.

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With the lead single, “Black and Yellow,” conquering the charts since September, Wiz Khalifa’s done well by his third album. That is if you measure success by record sales and radio play. Blame it on his extracurricular activities or Atlantic Records exec control, but the 23-year-old ex-army brat fails to capitalize on his promise. He keeps it safe with the lyrical content, sticking to the same old hatin’, reppin’ and ballin’ of mainstream rap— In “Rooftops”, he chimes, “We used to not be allowed in the building / But now we on the rooftop”. His greatest talent is for creating catchy hooks, but those may be the very parts that alienate him from the rap hardliners. Though some of the album’s rather repetitive 14 tracks should have ended up on the cutting room floor, there’s still more potential Top 40 gems. “Fly Solo” sticks out as a feel-good, summer pop song, and “No Sleep” is an obvious party anthem.

Yelle, the trio from France who came up with 2006’s fun-filled Pop Up, have struck again. It’s been over four years, but they haven’t lost their touch, serving up sparkly, electro tunes that somehow sound like what the title implies, a Safari Disco Club. Wacky as it is, this album shows a slightly more mature side of the group when compared to previous work. Singer Julie Budet’s voice is still childlike, but she goes less for the playground taunts and more for soft and sweet melodies (although we still hear some of the cheerleader calls in “C’est Pas Une Vie”). As Budet lingers more on the notes, she creates a nearly melancholic tone at times, but as in “Chimie Physique,” a song about chemistry that débuts with a touch of sorrow, all is buoyed by a cheerful beat. Non-Francophones may not be able to understand the lyrics, but Yelle speaks the international language of dance.

The name of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s second full-length seems be up the band’s tragic flaw—The desire to Belong. With the help of producers Flood and Alan Moulder, known for working with ‘90s greats Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkins, and Jesus and Mary Chain, The Pains have found their niche. The ‘90s were just over a decade ago, but who says it isn’t time for a revival? After all, VH1 started airing the show I Love the Nineties years ago. The NYC foursome brings back the twangs of alternative rock and the fuzz of shoegazing that we loved way back when. Band members may be in their twenties, but they can easily summon the stirrings of teenage love. One can imagine the members were the shy, artsy types in high school, fantasising about where they’d be in ten years. The album’s closer, “Strange”, shows how far they’ve come as vocalist Kip Berman sings, “Dreams are coming true.”

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Official 97.5 Love FM Phnom Penh Top Ten 01 Back To December 02 On The Floor 03 I Do 04 Born This Way 05 Key To My Heart 06 A Year Without Rain 07 Just Can’t Get Enough 08 Boyfriend 09 Bass Down Low 10 Stuttering

Taylor Swift Jennifer Lopez Colbie Caillat Lady Gaga Jessica Jarrel Selena Gomez Black Eyed Peas Big Time Rush Dev Fefe Dobson

UK Top Ten 1 Party Rock Anthem 2 On The Floor 3 E.T. 4 Sweat (David Guetta Remix) 5 Just Can’t Get Enough 6 Someone Like You 7 S&M (Come On) 8 Beautiful People 9 Buzzin 10 Don’t Hold Your Breath

LMFAO Jennifer Lopez Katy Perry feat. Kanye West Snoop Dogg The Black Eyed Peas Adele Rihanna Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi Mann feat. 50 Cent Nicole Scherzinger

US Top Ten 1 E.T. 2 S&M (Come On) 3 Just Can’t Get Enough 4 F**k You (Forget You) 5 Born This Way 6 Down On Me 7 Look At Me Now 8 Till The World Ends 9 On The Floor 10 Rolling In The Deep

Katy Perry feat. Kanye West Rihanna The Black Eyed Peas Cee Lo Green Lady Gaga Jeremih feat. 50 Cent Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes Britney Spears Jennifer Lopez Adele

The United States of Tara Beth Young Meet Tara Gregson (Toni Collette): a mother-of-two and part-time artist who lives in Kansas with her devoted and laid-back husband Max (John Corbette). But to know Tara is to know her alter egos— chain-smoking, gun-toting Vietnam vet Buck, apronwearing homemaker Alice and a highly sexed and totally inappropriate teen named ‘T’. Tara suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DID). In other words, she has multiple personalities. Now in its third season, The United States of Tara can be funny—hilarious even. But more often than not it takes a sad tone as writer Cody Diablo (creator of Juno) and executive producer Steven Spielberg unveil Tara’s many layers. In the first season we find out that Tara has recently stopped taking the medication that kept her ‘alters’ at bay. This is at her therapist’s suggestion who believes Buck, Alice and T might provide Tara with an insight into why her personality split. Stressful situations trigger Tara’s transitions. For example, a forgotten bake sale at

her kids’ school forces Betty Crocker-like Alice out. When she comes across her daughter being pushed around by her boyfriend, Buck makes an appearance. A brawl ensues but it’s Tara who’s left with the black eye and the questions when she becomes herself again. Collette’s talent as an actress has never been clearer. She transforms effortlessly into each character. You know the transition is about to take place when she closes her eyes and breathes in deeply. When her eyes snap open she’s a completely different person. If she becomes T, she immediately strips off her ‘mum’ clothes and raids her daughter Kate’s closet. As Buck, she quickly pulls her long hair into a ponytail and stuffs it beneath a cap. Alice dons a vintage number, stat. Throughout the first and second series the “alters” hint at what made Tara the way she is. There’s talk of a high school date rape and abuse she suffered as a child. But like our main character, there’s much more to find out.

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bookshelf Grace Lewis

Sing You Home Jodi Picoult Atria The author of book-turned-blockbuster My Sister’s Keeper delivers yet another page-turner. Picoult broaches difficult moral dilemmas, telling her stories from each character’s perspective. In Sing You Home, she tackles gay rights. After Zoe Baxter gives birth to a stillborn after countless attempts to have a child, her husband Max leaves her. As Zoe moves on she finds herself attracted to another woman, Vanessa. Meanwhile, Max finds solace from an evangelical church. After Zoe and Vanessa marry in Massachusetts, Vanessa offers to carry one of the fertilised embryos Zoe and Max have stored. A legal battle ensues that questions the rights of all involved.

Dead Reckoning Charlaine Harris Ace Hardcover In the 11th book in Charlaine Harris’ New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series--the basis for HBO’s True Blood—telepathic barmaid Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since owner Sam Merlotte is publicly known to be a shapeshifter, suspicion falls immediately on the area’s anti-shifters. Sookie suspects otherwise, but she is distracted when she realises that her sometime lover Eric Northman and his sidekick Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Sookie is gradually drawn into the plot, which becomes far more complex than she ever imagined.

Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness Poke the Box Neil Strauss It Books Journalist Neil Strauss offers a glimpse into the dysfunctional lives of the rich and famous in his newest book. Based on his interviews conducted with celebrities for various publications, Strauss has collected the moments that he believes best tell “the truth or essence of each person, story or experience”. It becomes clear that Strauss has earned the trust of his subjects as he becomes a central character in some odd scenes: shooting guns with Ludacris, getting kidnapped by Courtney Love, making Lady Gaga cry, and shopping for diapers with Snoop Dogg.

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Seth Godin The Domino Project Marketing guru Seth Godin explains how to “poke the box” in his latest book. The premise is that you learn by showing initiative and not waiting around for an authority figure to give direction. It is a manifesto that Godin admits might just make readers uncomfortable. It’s a call to action to kick start your career and your life and to have the guts to stand out from the crowd. There are no step-by-step instructions in Poke the Box. Instead, Godin presents a foundation for taking a different approach to your work and life.

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Raising the Standard of Cambodian Football Not since the 1950s and 1960s when Cambodia rubbed shoulders with Asia’s elite has Cambodian football been looked upon with anything other than a sympathetic nod towards the troubles and aftermath of the Cambodian civil war. Phnom Penh Crown football club is seeking to change that by taking the game by the scruff of the neck and dragging it, kicking and screaming, into a new professional era. Thirty-year-old business entrepreneur Rithy Samnang has been the driving force behind the club’s rise to prominence over the past three years. Now he wants to propel his club to the next level, and that includes making a splash amongst the wider Asian football fraternity, in addition to dominating the domestic scene.

Entry into this year’s Asian Confederation’s President’s Cup and the RHB Singapore Cup will allow the opportunity to make others sit up and take notice. To emphasize their importance, the club and the Cambodian Football Federation will jointly host six group matches in the high profile President’s Cup in the third week of May at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh. The competition pits together the league champions of Asia’s emerging (smaller) nations, this will be the first time that Cambodia hosts such a prestigious regional competition. It’s a big feather in Cambodia’s cap. To further raise their profile, the club has churned out a high quality sixteen-page yearbook, another first in Cambodian football, for the new season as well

Andy Brouwer as publicizing its progress and results through a highly visible website. ‘The Times They Are aChangin’ in Cambodian football. For Rithy Samnang, his desire to make a real difference extends beyond the first team. At the end of last year, his coaches held trials in nearly all of the country’s provinces to identify the cream of Cambodia’s young football talent. A couple of months ago, the club’s Elite Academy kicked off. The first residential football academy of its kind here, the academy accepts 22 boys, all under 13 years old, to live in purposebuilt accommodation at the club’s Tuol Kork headquarters, train each morning and attend private school in the afternoons. It’s a revolutionary and ambitious approach to improving Cambodian football at the grassroots level

and Samnang, who is bank-rolling the project, hopes other clubs will follow his lead. To ensure his Crown charges continue their domestic stranglehold, Samnang has appointed Croatian-born Bojan Hodak as his head coach, a man wellversed in the Asian game with experience playing and coaching in the region for over a decade. In addition, Samnang’s advisor on football affairs is Australian Scott O’Donell, the former Cambodian national team coach and football pundit, who’s also been around the block in Asia. Together, they’ve assembled a who’s who of national players and African imports. The pressure is on to make a big impression, both in Cambodia and on a wider Asian regional stage, for this year and beyond.

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What’s in a Name? 1. Which group of islands in the Aegean Sea has a name meaning twelve islands? 2. Which island group situated on the tip of South America has a name meaning Land of Fire? 3. The Nepalese call it Sagamartha and in Tibet it is Qomolangma. What is its English name? 4. Which Asian capital city means muddy estuary or confluence? 5. Known in Romanian as the Dunarea and in Hungarian as the Duna, what is the English name of this great river?

Feeling Blue 6. Which pop group had a hit with “Blue Monday”? 7. In which city would you find the Blue Mosque? 8. Which Spanish artist is famous for his blue period? 9. Which American state is known as the Blue Grass state? 10. Which accolade is given to the passenger liner crossing the Atlantic Ocean in regular service with the record highest speed?

Give Us a Kiss 11. Which sculptor’s work includes a piece called “The Kiss?” 12. Which song includes the lyrics “Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you / Tomorrow I’ll miss you / Remember I’ll always be true”? 13. In the The Empire Strikes Back, who or what did Princess Leia say she would rather kiss than Han Solo? 14. Which Disney animation featured the song “Kiss The Girl”? 15. What is the best-known novel by the Argentine writer Manuel Puig?

A Walk in the Park 16. The Grand Canyon National Park can be found in which American state? 17. What is the name of the lake in the middle of London’s Hyde Park? 18. Which French theme park is named after a cartoon character? 19. In which English county is Donnington Park motor racing circuit? 20. Which film won Oscars for sound and visual effects and was followed in 1997 by a sequel? The films proved so popular that they became the theme for a thrill-seeking ride at the Universal Studios in Orlando.



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