Cambodia Cooking Class: A Review

Spending a day in a cooking course wasn’t exactly part of the plan for Cambodian leg of the trip but having done it, I’m thankful I did. Having been stuck in Phnom Penh due to a painful visa application process the Thai embassy punished us with we were in dire need of something fun to do. Flicking through Lonely Planet and looking online I came … Continue reading Cambodia Cooking Class: A Review

CHOICE Village Trip

In wanting to continue helping out with the CHOICE group and the fantastic work they are doing, I opted to offer my services on one of their fortnightly village trips. Each fortnight Ross and the other members of CHOICE hire a truck, collect food, medical and clothing supplies for over 80 families an hour’s drive from Phnom Penh. Starting at 9.30, myself and the other … Continue reading CHOICE Village Trip

S-21 and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields

Nestled in and around the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh lay two of the most moving places that you will likely encounter on a journey through South East Asia. After hiring a tuk tuk for the day costing $20 we set off towards Tuol Sleng or, S.21 (Security office 21). S.21 was converted from a cluster of primary and high school buildings into a detention and … Continue reading S-21 and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields

CHOICE Soup Kitchen Phnom Penh

It’s 8.00am, breakfast is on its way and I’m nervously sipping on my coffee. Chiva’s Shack (our guest-house) is affiliated with the expat charity group called CHOICE (Charitable Humanitarian Organisation In Cambodia by Expats) and each morning a few of the members can be seen working on laptops or talking. I’ve been wanting to introduce myself and see how I can help for a few … Continue reading CHOICE Soup Kitchen Phnom Penh

Cambodia: Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville

Located centrally in the Kingdom of Cambodia lies a small nation’s capital teaming with history. Similarly to Laos, Cambodia has a history of French influence that is reflected in many of Phnom Penh’s older buildings and restaurants. Independence was achieved many decades ago yet croissants, French coffee, baguettes and Corden Bleau appear on almost every restaurant menu.   The city itself can be ‘done’ in … Continue reading Cambodia: Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville