Rainy Beach Adventures

The last two weeks (two weeks’ish), I’ve spent down in the south of Cambodia in Sihanoukville, the official beach area for tourists (apart from Kampot. In fact, Kampot is reputed to be much nicer, but I don’t know because I never made it there). Of course, it’s wet season in Cambodia and so far this…

Last Day at CRDT

As predicted, by the time Friday rolled around, I had most definitely run out of work to do at CRDT. I think this is probably a combination of only working for a corporate organisation for such a short time (5 weeks) and the different perspectives about how long a task should take to complete. Consequently,…

Cafe Culture

Cambodia is full to bursting with NGO’s (non-government organisations). In fact, The Diplomat quoted in an article in 2013 that Cambodia had the most NGO’s in the world, second only to Rwanda. Quite a few of recommended eateries in Phnom Penh are NGO cafes. They’re usually filled with tourists and expats. So, I’ve compiled yet…

Tourist Trawling in Phnom Penh

There are relatively few true tourist sites in Phnom Penh, you could whip round them all in one weekend if you so choose. I’ve spread my visits out to really savour each one, obviously. Here’s a list of five sites you’re expected to visit if you’re ever here (not including S-21 & the Killing Fields,…

Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21) & the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek

It’s inevitable to visit Cambodia for such a long time without making time to see one of the Killing Fields. Apparently, there are over 300 known Killing Fields scattered throughout Cambodia, some are overgrown and difficult to reach. Some are not. Though the Khmer Rouge regime, headed by Pol Pot, were only in power in…

Phnom Penh Nightlife

I’ve had fairly limited experience going out in Phnom Penh, but here is a list of my favourite bars and places (and why) listed in no particular order… Number 10: Vattanac Capital Tower Sky Bar The Vattanac Capital Tower is eye catching, it’s one of the only tall buildings in Phnom Penh, standing at 37…

First Week NGO Wrap-Up

My first week on placement at the NGO has been interesting. It’s been a bit of a learning curve as well. On my first day I was given a presentation overview of the Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT). It looked great! CRDT work in the north east area of Cambodia, working primarily to provide clean…

Volunteer House Food

The great thing about living at the volunteer house is that all meals are provided. Three meals a day, seven days a week. Two classic Cambodian meal delicacies to be enjoyed are the loklak and the fish amok. Loklak is a beef dish served over lettuce. Apparently it originated in Vietnam, created by a French…

Home for Five Weeks

I have now moved into the main Volunteer House and I feel so fancy! I have a room all to myself (so much yay!), it’s on the first floor (only up two small flights of stairs!) and the house is close enough to my NGO placement that I can bike home for lunch (this vastly…

The Airhouse

The Cambodian Volunteer Foundation has three houses in Phnom Penh to house their volunteers, the Main Volunteer house, Mr. Lim’s house and the Airhouse. The main volunteer house is located on Street 24BT. It’s surrounded by a maze of streets, that are made up of a mix of narrow paved roads, mud and dust and…

Last Day at the Orphanage

I realised it was my last day only when I was halfway down a corridor running as fast as I could with Samit laughing uproariously at the speed. I had five minutes left and only one more child to wheel away home. I had been preoccupied. Marie told us at lunch that she had been…

Sweaty Days

I’ve abandoned the tradition of wearing of bras. Instead, I am now outfitting myself with a bikini top during the day with the padding removed and then urgently removing it upon arriving back home. While this is a salve to the sweat rash left by the previous bra wearing practice, it does add a certain…