A Visit to Klang Leu

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When you drive into or out of Sihanoukville on Route 4, you pass an uninspiring looking row of retail shops. That’s the visible part of Klang Leu. What you don’t see is the residential district just behind the shops. Sopheak’s sister lives there and we visit now and then. It’s like another world from Sihanoukville. I took the shortcut to Klang Leu. It took less than 10 minutes to get there from the new Douceur … Continue reading

From Sihanoukville Port to Hun Sen Beach

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I’ve taken the road from the Sihanoukville port to Hun Sen Beach many times before, but never explored the nooks and crannies of the village by the water. One day it may be gone, so I decided today was the day I was going to take some photos. I’m glad I did. I rode out to Hun Sen Beach before I started taking pictures, so this will be a tour in reverse. Hun Sen Beach … Continue reading

The Road from Otres to Sihanoukville Airport

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I’ve been wanting to take the new road from Otres to the Sihanoukville Airport for a while now. Today was the perfect day for it: no rain, a little overcast and windy. I was hesitant after a friend hit a rock and had a bad accident, but another friend told me it was smooth now. She was right. I told myself I wasn’t going to get distracted by new developments. It wasn’t easy, because I … Continue reading

Sihanoukville Journal versus Expat Journal

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When I started my Sihanoukville Journal, everything about Sihanoukville was interesting to me. I’ve been here almost ten years now and it just feels like home to me now. That’s one reason why I’m not updating my journal as much as I used to. I write a lot of opinion pieces here, but steer away from stories that aren’t related to Cambodia or Sihanoukville. Those stories I publish on my other blog, Expat Journal. As … Continue reading

Two perfect weekends in Sihanoukville

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My idea of a perfect weekend is going to a café with a good book and following it up with a swim. Everything cooperated with me the past two weekends, so I enjoyed two perfect weekends in Sihanoukville. I finally got my copy of Brian Gruber’s War: The Afterparty and the weather has been nice the past two weekends. I go to Escape on Serendipity Road on weekends for my coffee. I go there for … Continue reading

My favourite Sihanoukville restaurant

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I eat out almost every night. A creature of habit, I rarely try new restaurants, but have about half a dozen I go to regularly. Lately I’ve been going to Pat’s Place on the Hill about three times a week. It’s not the fanciest restaurant I could go to, but it’s my favourite restaurant in Sihanoukville. I don’t particularly like hanging out on the Hill, but Pat’s Place is different. It’s a family run business … Continue reading

Is Ocean Box the best café in Sihanoukville?

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The Ocean Box Cafe may be the best café in Sihanoukville. It’s a little out of the way and a little expensive by Sihanoukville standards, but there’s something about it that makes it special and worth visiting. It’s run by a young Cambodian and most of the patrons are young to youngish Cambodians. I went there with friends on Saturday. It was packed and as some patrons left, others poured in. Most of them were … Continue reading

Looking back: 10 years in Cambodia

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It’s hard to believe, but the first time I visited Cambodia was nearly 10 years ago. I was going to wait until September to write this post, but something happened yesterday that prompted me to write today. The kid in the photograph below is Sopheak’s little brother, Sarat. I met him in September or October of 2006 at his home in Khmeng Wat. The rain started to fall and he went outside to celebrate. I … Continue reading

Our Khmer New Year

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Khmer New Year is a holiday I dread and look forward to in equal measures. I dread it because our neighbour starts celebrating about a week early and plays loud music for about 12 hours straight. I look forward to it because we always go to at least one wat and have a big family dinner or two. I never really knew why Khmer New Year falls at this time of year. Fortunately, a friend … Continue reading

Serendipity Road and Ochheuteal Revisited

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It’s no secret that Ochheuteal beach is not my favourite part of Sihanoukville. On Wednesday evening, I decided I wanted to eat at a restaurant that overlooked the water, so I went to the bottom of Serendipity Road, parked my motorbike and walked to the first restaurant I came to on Ochheuteal. The food wasn’t remarkable, but I got to watch the sun set and enjoyed the cool ocean breeze. I went back last night. … Continue reading