Writing Workshop Coming to Sihanoukville

Compared with the border dispute with Thailand, rising commodity prices and political unrest in the Middle East this may not be big news, but it’s exciting news for me. My friend and writing mentor, Jan Cornall is coming to Sihanoukville at Easter and will be giving a mini-writing workshop at Q&A Bookshop. I’ve pasted our first flyer below: Creative Writing Workshop with Jan Cornall Have you always wanted to write a travel memoir, life story … Continue reading

Media Behind the Times in Sihanoukville

Not long after I moved to Sihanoukville, I received a phone call from some friends who were in Vietnam and wanted to come over and visit me here. They were very upset, because they couldn’t find the train to Sihanoukville. “There is no train to Sihanoukville,” I told them. “Yes there is. It says so in Lonely Planet,” they replied, a note of defiance in their voice.  Instead of taking my word for it, they … Continue reading

Sihanoukville Airports

There are two airports in Sihanoukville. Planes don’t fly in or out of either of them. Everyone is waiting with bated breath for the real Sihanoukville Airport near Ream National Park to open. The other one, the Airport Fashionable Disco has an airplane in the hangar that will never fly. It doesn’t matter, though. It makes a great backdrop to Sihanoukville’s most fashionable public beach. The beach in front of the Airport is the widest … Continue reading

The New Sihanoukville Bridge

Sometime around Christmas of 2010, we had lunch at Hawaii Beach for the first time in at least a couple of years. The last time we were there, there were rumours that a new bridge was going to be constructed to link Sihanoukville with the nearest island. It was an ambitious Russian plan to develop the island into a tourist resort. At the time, no one was sure whether there was any truth to the … Continue reading


What’s wrong with this picture? Well, nothing’s wrong with it other than the fact that since it was taken in February of 2007, Sihanoukville has changed dramatically. This is a photo of Ekareach Street. If you come to Sihanoukville, you will get to know this street well. It is the main street in town and runs all the way from Victory Hill to the Golden Lions, where it splits off into three roads that run … Continue reading