Real Estate in Sihanoukville

apartments in sihanoukville

Long time, no post. I’ve been busy editing my book, which is now up to 80,000 words. In the meantime, Sihanoukville continues to grow at an almost alarming rate. Apartments are being built all over the place. Why? It’s because of the influx of workers and residents. Real Estate in Sihanoukville The last boom in real estate occurred in 2007. Then the recession hit. According to an article in the Khmer Times, Beach Property Prices … Continue reading

An art exhibit in Sihanoukville?

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Sihanoukville doesn’t exactly have a reputation as the cultural centre of Cambodia.  Siem Reap gets that distinction, in part because of its proximity to Angkor Wat. We do have a lot of locals and expats who are talented artists, though, and they finally got the chance to exhibit their work right here in Sihanoukville. The 1st (hopefully annual) Sihanoukville Visual Arts Expo is at Sandan Restaurant, just 50 metres or so down the road towards … Continue reading

The Mellow Side of Ochheuteal Beach

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The Phnom Penh Post finds it hard to say anything good about Cambodia, so I wasn’t surprised when I read the headline: Ochheuteal Beach is the worst tourist trap in all of Cambodia. To my surprise, I actually agreed with some of what the 2012 article said. “Ochheuteal is why the rest of Sihanoukville is unfairly tarnished as the creeping Pattaya of Cambodia,” the author wrote and I couldn’t agree with him more. I never … Continue reading

Khmer New Year 2015: what’s it all about?

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If you’ve ever been to Cambodia at this time of year, you might wonder why Khmer New Year lasts so long. We Westerners go nuts on one night a year, while Cambodians celebrate New Year’s for days. I knew it officially lasted a few days, but in reality carried on for about a week, but that was about all. When the STA posted the following document from the Cambodia Hotel Association on their Facebook page, … Continue reading

New Water Park in Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville Cambodia water park

The four kids in our household have been hanging out for the opening of the new water park in Sihanoukville ever since the day I foolishly pointed it out to them a couple of months ago. Well, the big day came just two days ago when free entry was offered for its opening day. Since I had to work, we couldn’t go until the afternoon. That’s probably just as well, because if we had gone … Continue reading

US Embassy Phnom Penh warns about the mean streets of Cambodia

“When I ride my motorbike, I always wear my six-guns on my hips and carry a knife between my teeth. My steely eyes strike fear into the hearts of would-be attackers.” I wrote this in response to an absurd story in the Phnom Penh Post. Crime Level ‘Critical’ in Cambodia: US was the title. After listing incidents that warranted this “Critical” rating, these sage words of advice were offered: U.S. officials were also told that … Continue reading

A holiday in Siem Reap

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Jan Cornall’s Writer’s Journey workshops have been included in a list of the world’s best writers’ retreats. When she invited me to attend her Siem Reap workshop, I jumped at the chance. I went to one of her Bali retreats about 10 years ago and also attended her Sydney workshops and looked forward to the opportunity to re-connect. Fate was on my side and I managed to get a special deal on Angkor Sky Airline … Continue reading

The Cambodia Success Story

Nothing like jumping straight into a subject that’s sure to be controversial, so I’ll start by admitting that my pro-Cambodia stance is partly in response to all the negative press this country gets. There’s always another side of the story and a couple of articles I read recently tell that story. Yes, there is a Cambodia success story. You just have to see it in its historical context. “When a developing country loses a quarter … Continue reading

Email to an old Sihanoukville friend

Looking back towards the stoplight on Victory Hill

When I came to Sihanoukville to stay in 2007, I felt out of my depth and did what most newcomers do — asked those who had been here longer than I for their advice. One of those people was a guy who had only been here a few months longer, but he helped me more than most, not because he had all the answers, but because he admitted he didn’t. What he had to offer … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day in Sihanoukville 2015

The Valentine baby

I wasn’t going to write about Valentine’s Day in Sihanoukville this year because I wrote about it last year, but a couple of things changed my mind. First the good news. Valentine’s Day is always an expensive day here. It goes way beyond buying flowers for your “valentine.” As Sophie says, “This one day for love.” Therefore, everybody you feel affection for gets at least a token gift. That means family and friends. Added up … Continue reading