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Located on a small side street between Psar Chas and Bar Street is the Linga Bar,

which in this author's opinion makes the best cocktails in Siem Reap. All your favourites

are on the menu as well as many new concoctions. Try the lime-y Capriosca or a Whisky

sour. The chic but comfy couches, cozy corners and relaxing modern music make this

place perfect for a before- or after-dinner drink. (Cocktails around $3)

* For most tourists, the only sources of cash are travelers checks or cash advances

on their credit cards. There are three bright yellow Western Unions in town who are

more than happy to do this in a quick, efficient and helpful manner, but at a minimum

$5 surcharge. Not very well advertised or known is that major Cambodian banks will

perform this service for no surcharge at all. When entering a Cambodian bank, however,

patience is a virtue.

* Sangkheum (meaning hope in Khmer) Centre for Children is a joint project between

Italian NGO Progetto Continenti and local NGO KADO (Khmer Angkor Development Organisation).

It is located 20 minutes by car heading west on National Highway 6. The centre currently

provides homes, food, education and much needed love to 43 severely disadvantaged

children between the ages of 2 and 15. They also provide educational support to 40

disadvantaged children in surrounding villages. The Sangkheum Centre welcomes guests

at any time to come and see this inspirational place. Volunteers are also needed.

Contact Sunsoley on 012 858 015.

* Deadfish Tower is a very popular restaurant located on Sivatha Road and bears an

ominous sign that reads "not serving cat, dog, rat or worm". The interior

is multi-level with a choice of traditional chairs and tables or cushions and knee-high

tables. Live traditional Cambodian music is played most nights. The food is primarily

Thai cuisine with a bit of Khmer thrown in. Dishes range from starters such as spring

rolls or fish cakes ($2) to curries, stir fries and noodles ($3-$5). There is also

a range of three- or four-course set menus to choose from, starting at $5. There

is a large variety of beers, spirits and wines, although at slightly higher than

normal Siem Reap prices. The pool to one side of the restaurant filled with crocodiles

is an interesting feature.

Slices of Siem Reap is a regular column that aims to provide information on happenings

and what to do in the Siem Reap area. If you have something to add, email Michael

Hayes at michae[email protected]


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    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

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  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group