Dao has moved and other Sihanoukville news

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I’ve mentioned Dao of Life more than once. They’re Sinanoukville’s one and only vegan restaurant. I’m not a vegan, but I love their food and love the restaurant. Shazia and the crew go beyond giving good service: they make you feel at home. Dao’s only drawback has been its location. It wasn’t close to any tourist areas and those who didn’t have their own transportation had to take a tuk tuk to get there. In … Continue reading

More about Cambodian Traditional Medicine

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I am so grateful to the man who commented on my previous post about Cambodian traditional medicine, My Magic Cambodian Natural Medicine. John Lowrie was formerly connected with an NGO that sought to preserve the culture of the people of Mondulkiri. His blog, A Northumbrian Abroad, deserves a larger following and the book he sent me, Traditional Therapeutic Knowledge of the Bunong People in North-eastern Cambodia, is brilliant. What little I knew about Cambodian traditional … Continue reading

My Magic Cambodian Natural Medicine

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I do express my opinion in my Sihanoukville Journal, but rarely write about myself. Most of my readers don’t know that I’ve been moving at a snail’s pace since the 2012-13 dry season. I’d had some problems with my right knee before then, but a Chinese herbal remedy kept it under control. Then one day the last of the cartilage in my right knee wore out and I found myself standing in the middle of … Continue reading

Architecture in Sihanoukville


I mentioned in my last post that Sihanoukville is a new city. Even today there are big chunks of the city that are undeveloped. It’s filling in fast, though — so fast that some say it’s their biggest complaint about the city. It’s hard to find a quiet area where construction is not taking place and the infrastructure is having trouble keeping up with growth. Architecture in Sihanoukville Expats who want to build in Sihanoukville … Continue reading

A great day at the Kampot Writers and Readers Festival

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This year was the inaugural Kampot Writers and Readers Festival. On Saturday morning, our little writing group drove down to Kampot to attend. We were hopeful, but a little wary. A lot can go wrong during the teething stages of a new event. There were a couple of hiccoughs, but those were far outweighed by the success of the festival. We arrived a little late and I ended up watching the first panel discussion on … Continue reading

A Yoga Retreat in Sihanoukville Cambodia? Yep!

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Sihanoukville isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you’re thinking about attending a yoga retreat, but it may be in the future. Not only do we have a yoga retreat, it’s doing very well. Vagabond Retreat is located near Independence Beach in a quiet and sparsely populated residential area. I first heard about it years ago, but couldn’t find its old location. After they moved, Shazia at Dao of Life told me how … Continue reading

The Sihanoukville Journal is back online

Update: 24 October It’s a bit sad, but here’s how my Google Analytics looks since my website went offline. At least some traffic is coming back and hopefully I’ll be back to normal soon: Just a quick post to let you know the Sihanoukville Journal is back online. All my websites were hacked and my host suspended my account until I could get the problem fixed. After spending $200 on an online service, I discovered … Continue reading

Deforestation in Cambodia

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Update: 17 September: The Cambodia Daily published an article about this issue yesterday. The photo below from the article graphically illustrates how bad it is. If you read my blog regularly, you’ve probably noticed that I avoid criticising Cambodia. My intention from the beginning was to present the positive side of this country because it seemed like everyone from bloggers to the MSM liked to pick on Cambodia. While some criticisms are valid, others are … Continue reading

Signs of the times in Sihanoukville

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I’ve read a barrage of stories about Sihanoukville recently. The one thing they all have in common is that they support my recent contention that Sihanoukville is a metropolis in the making. Unfortunately, some of my reading has been in print media and I can’t find the articles online, so you’ll just have to trust me. It started when I read that Sihanoukville Airport was being upgraded to accommodate international flights. This was always the … Continue reading

Two sides to the 2015 Cambodia NGO law debate

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The acronym NGO is almost synonymous with sainthood in the minds of many people. Non-Governmental Organisations are there to help people, right? They stay out of politics and selflessly do whatever they’re set up to do, whether it’s feeding the poor; giving children a better education; or providing healthcare. Some NGOs do those things. Others do them, but with an agenda that might not be in the interests of the culture they’re trying to help. … Continue reading