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Award-winning American journalist and author Elizabeth Becker began her career in Cambodia in 1972 as a war correspondent.

The bubbling bowls of Muscovy duck soup are made for sharing with friends.
Sat, 7 February 2015

One hit wonder: the duck soup diner

It’s not often you come across a successful chef who cooks just one dish, but Sela Cham – a Siem Reap native and entrepreneur – has had a busy restaurant every night for the past three years.

Shinta Mani Club’s pillared   facade fronts 39 rooms.
Sat, 31 January 2015

Boutique hotel wins big online

Shinta Mani Club credits its ‘emotional software’ with securing a third-place spot in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards

The slick, garden-fronted restaurant is the latest addition to Kann Soann’s impressive local portfolio.
Sat, 31 January 2015

Pick and mix with fine French fusion

Kann Soann has had a busy few months. The Siem Reap-born entrepreneur opened Sokkhak Boutique Resort last September, and now his French fusion restaurant, Sokkhak River, is finally ready.  

With more than 2 million tourists having visited the Angkor Wat complex last year alone, there are growing concerns about degradation of the site.
Sat, 10 January 2015

Stopping Angkor Wat being loved to death

It’s often said that the problem with the Angkor Wat complex is that there are too many tourists – more than 2 million pounded the stone steps of the ancient temples last year, and concern about degradation of the sites continues to

Sat, 10 January 2015

Ragamuffins come to Temple Town

Five years ago, there wasn’t much to say about the music scene in Siem Reap except that it was extremely quiet. Things have improved a little: now there are gigs each week and a locally based DJ collective.

The Phare circus troupe perform their new show, Sokha.
Sat, 27 December 2014

Prodigy’s soundtrack for the circus

Learning instruments by ear came easily to musician Ly Vanthan, so it’s no surprise that when he turned to composing the score for Phare’s new show Sokha, he produced something special

Raffles Siem Reap celebrates a past New Year’s Eve with fireworks.
Sat, 27 December 2014

Siem Reap’s hotspots set to put on a big show for New Year’s Eve

There’s a party practically every night in Siem Reap these days, but no party and no night are like New Year’s Eve.

Food tour guide Steven Halcrow with a selection of Cambodian charcuterie.
Sat, 20 December 2014

Foodie market tours seek to solve Cambodian cuisine’s image problem

Siem Reap couple out to teach tourists that Khmer food is not just derivative fish curries

Bambu Stage and New Cambodian Artists with Nick Coffill (second from left).
Sat, 20 December 2014

New stage set for creative alliance

Cultural awareness key as new company aims to bring history to life through theatre and dance

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