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May. 11, 2022

Why kako soup is Cambodia's national dish?

There are so many reasons why kako soup is Cambodia’s national dish. In France, there ratatouille. Khmer kako is unique. Why? Let’s find out. With a variety of of vegetables available around most people’s frontyard garden (in rural homes), this soupy dish mostly contains typical local ingredients. Essentially, the vegetables determine the final taste of the dish.

Mar. 15, 2022

Phnom Penh air quality

Phnom Penh is not Bangkok. But the largest capital city of Cambodia is growing rapidly over the past years. The burning of fuels such as petroleum, diesel and coal in the transport, household, industrial and energy sectors contribute to one common thing in Southeast Asian cities, air polution. In 2018, Cambodia ranked 164th out of 180 countries in the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) for air quality. Should it be your concern?

Feb. 27, 2022

Books about Cambodia you should read

Are you falling in love with Cambodia? What’s a better way to delve deep into a country as fascinating as this once a glorious and war-torn country? From Angkor era to the Khmer Rouge, there are countless books about this beautiful nation. Are you going to visit Angkor Wat or are you interested in history and archaeology? If you’re planning to travel to Cambodia to visit Angkor Wat, you may have read news, reviews, and travel guides on the web.

Feb. 3, 2022

Phnom Penh's best noodles

In Phnom Penh, there are so many choices when it comes to eating good food. If a dish of noodles is your favorite like mine, then let’s find out some of the best restaurants in town. What you will find in my selections are: Chinese noodle styles, Cambodian noodle (Num Banh Chok), Ramen, and Udon. Like a Chinese city, having noodle soup for breakfast is quite common. So every morning, it’s not hard to stroll the city streets and find your breakfast noodle fix.

Jan. 22, 2022

Things to do when in Phnom Penh

If you’re coming to Phnom Penh for the first time and wondering about how to spend your time wisely, this post is all about things you can do in this capital city of Cambodia. But remember that I’m a local resident. So it’s pretty much from my perspectives and experience as a Phnom Penher. Founded in 1372, Cambodia’s largest city is known for its historical architecture and attractions. Also known as the Pearl of Asia or Paris of the East, I think it really matters when it comes to how many days you’ve got when visiting Phnom Penh.

Jan. 22, 2022

Books about Phnom Penh

Since its foundation in 1372, Phnom Penh is uniquely known for its historical architecture and great attractions. Many centuries later, there are more and more books written about this city (aka Paris of the East or even the Pearl of Asia). There are reasons for those nicknames. Written mostly by those who fell in love with the city, I also picked some Phnom Penh books authored by Cambodian writers. Recommended, curated books about Phnom Penh Good book to read: From Phnom Penh with Love Glen Felgate has lived in Phnom Penh for years.

Jan. 22, 2022

Looking for a job in Cambodia? Job search websites you should know

Are you looking for a job in Cambodia? Here’s a list of job websites that you can browse and get latest job announcements. In addition to dedicated job websites, there are also newspapers that run job advertisements. These job websites advertise hiring commissioned by the employers looking for Cambodian nationals and expats. Best Books About Cambodia Khmer Online Jobs The user interface of this online job site is very simple. You can easily browse the job categories (listed alphabetically) easily.

Jan. 11, 2022

Websites & blogs about all things Cambodia

If you’re planning your first trip ever to the Kingdom of Cambodia or looking into moving to live in a city like Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, or Kampot, this is a list of the best travel websites you should check out. These selected websites offer readers good insights and practical experiences. Each time you want to get to know more about Cambodia, you may do some Google search queries to have your questions answered.

Jan. 11, 2022

Furnishing your home apartment in Phnom Penh?

Furnishing your home home apartment in Phnom Penh? Or need some IKEA homewares? Whether you need to fill your new apartment room or add some new ones to your sweet home, shop, or office, these are some of best furniture shops in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap you can buy a new sofa, a dining table, and chairs. Or you might want to get wooden stools, tables, or a sleeping bed.

Jan. 1, 2022

Best cafes for remote work in Phnom Penh

Are you a remote worker in Phnom Penh? Need a good cafe where you can sit with your laptop to work? Phnom Penh’s coffee shops with fast Internet (recommended) Odom Garden is changing the way most Cambodians think about a coffee shop. It’s a complete outdoor, open space cafe located in the heart of Phnom Penh. As the city is getting crowded, this is one of a few or the first of its kind.

Jan. 1, 2022

Phnom Penh nightlife

How to make the most out of your time in Phnom Penh? Enjoy and experience Phnom Penh nightlife. In this post, you will find out some chilling places in the city. Live music? I also include here. Unlike Siem Reap, Phnom Penh doesn’t have a lively, dedicated pub street. But an area near the riverside of the Sisowath Quay is largely known for the best place for nightlife in Cambodia’s largest capital city.

Jan. 1, 2022

What to eat & drink when in Phnom Penh

This post is purely a recommendation by a local Phnom Penh resident. So the taste is pretty much local. My top recommended places to taste local food is at a local market. Or at a home of your Phnom Penh’s friend. The taste would be unbeatable. You cannot get this kind of food taste at the retaurant. When you’re in Phnom Penh either for a short or long stay, you may be wondering what food you should try.

Oct. 26, 2021

Starting a business in Cambodia?

Cambodia is a new, emerging market in Southeast Asia. Which industries or sectors you want to invest or launch your business? There are many options. Are you ready to take part in a growing economy in the region? Are you now looking for vital information about starting and registering your new business in the Kingdom of Cambodia? In this article, we pull together only essential links to Internet sites where you can quickly get started.

Oct. 11, 2021

Top Best Universities in Cambodia

Over the past decade, Cambodia has focused on improving its higher education. It’s one of the top priority of the Cambodian government to revitalize the education system and human resources to keep up with countries in Southeast Asia and the world. Most of the best universities are situated in the heart of Phnom Penh, Camboda’s largest capital city. How many universities in the Kingdom of Cambodia? There are about 100 universities (both public and private) in Cambodia.

Oct. 3, 2021

Living in Phnom Penh: good things to know

I’ve lived in Phnom Penh since the 1980s. I’ve witnessed a tremendous transformation of the city. In the late 1980s, schooling was not about affordability. There was just no choice. Just some years after the Khmer Rouge regime, being able to go to a public school, about five minutes walk from home, was a luxury. Back then, unofficial playgrounds were everywhere. As a kid, I could spend most of the time outdoor with other kids in my neighborhood.

Oct. 1, 2021

Who Is Cambodia's Richest Man?

He who owns real estate properties and telecommunications, if not the media sector. In this list, you’ll get to know a number of top tycoons of Cambodia. They’re some of the wealthiest Cambodian nationals of the Kingdom. During the Covid-19 pandemic, these Cambodian millionaires made donations after donations as the country struggled with the lock-downs. What is Cambodia’s net worth? According to a Wikipedia article, it’s approximately $26.730 billion (nominal, 2019 est.

Oct. 1, 2021

Living in Cambodia

Moving to and Living in Cambodia? Q: What is visiting Cambodia like? A: Cambodia’s Siem Reap is internationally known for its temples of Angkor, where you can have the breathtaking view of the sunset on the top of Phnom Bakheng. Khmer People Are Super Friendly in Asia The most friendly people in Asia are Cambodians. Khmer people are very hospitable. Get a formal or informal invite to visit their home? You must be very fortunate because Khmer people consider you a nice person.

Oct. 1, 2021

Tour Around Siem Reap on a Budget

Siem Reap has an abundance of places for anyone to visit. Whether you are visiting to seek for quick adventure trip or planning to stay longer, this Cambodian province has everything that anyone would desire. There are more than 200 temples around Siem Reap, mountains that you can climb, floating villages that you can visit and even a forest filled with rescued elephants. How to Get Around Siem Reap on Shoestring Budget If you do not mind spending, perhaps the easiest, most convenient way to tour around is to get a tour service.

Oct. 1, 2021

English & Chinese Mandarin Schools in Phnom Penh

How many international English schools in Phnom Penh as of 2019? There are more than 50 private English schools in the Cambodian capital city. The reason I write this review of international English schools in Phnom Penh is simple. I live and raise two kids in the city. Before enrolling them, I have to do some research, talking with friends who have sent their kids to school. As you can see, I’ve written more details about some schools than others as my kids have studied there.

Sep. 30, 2021

Travel by bus in Cambodia

Bus Travel in Cambodia: Experiencing the Local Life From Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville by Bus There are many bus operators that run from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. At the time of this review, the one way bus ticket for Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville is just under US$10. This bus trip from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville is approximately 4 hours. You can expect that there are not many stop over along the route.

Sep. 16, 2021

Good Gifts to Buy in Cambodia

Need a gift idea for a birthay of your beloved one? In this mini guide, I’ll point out some shops where you can get some of the greatest stuff in Cambodia’s Phnom Penh city. How did I come up with this list of gifts to buy? Well, I was thinking of getting a present for my kids. Then I started working on a list. And here it is. Remember, you can get almost anything great stuff here in Cambodia.

Sep. 11, 2021

Bookshops in Phom Penh

Phnom Penh’s Bookstores and Libraries You Should Know If you’re an avid reader and looking for book shops and libraries in Phnom Penh, here’s a list of recommendations for you. Phnom Penh National Library The best place to start is the National Library of Phnom Penh. Also a tourist spot, you should visit this old gem. Located in the heart of Phnom Penh, the National Library is a must visit for those who want to check out what’s old.

Sep. 11, 2021

Hospitals and clinics in Phnom Penh

In Phnom Penh, there are several international standard hospitals your should know. Royal Phnom Penh Hospital is Cambodia’s first JCI accredited hospital. Sunrise Japan Hospital Phnom Penh provides high-quality Japanese style medical services in neurosurgery among several other fields. Khema International Polyclinic is another top choice. Health Care Services: Hospitals and Clinics in Phnom Penh Need health checkup? Healthcare services in Cambodia is not the best in Southeast Asia, but it has been improving significantly.

Sep. 11, 2021

Learn Khmer language?

Learn Khmer Language: Resources Did you know that Khmer is the official language of Cambodian people? Sanskrit and Pali helped create Khmer Khemara because Khmer borrowed a lot of words from the language. Also for the record, Khmer has most alphabets in the world; it is an old language that dates back to 2,000 years ago. Do you want to learn Khmer language? Khmer is not an easy language to learn for most people.

Sep. 11, 2021

Public holidays in Cambodia 2022

How many days of Cambodian national holidays each year? In average, there are 21 offiail days off from business work. The most important holiday of the year is Khmer New Year (Chol Chhnam Thmei in Khmer) in mid April. This is a complete list of Cambodia’s national public holidays in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017. The day(s) off is/are meant for government officials, although businesses have to observe these national holidays.

Sep. 11, 2021

Shopping in Phnom Penh: tips & what to know

Love shopping? How to get the best out of your shopping experience when in Phnom Penh? It’s this time of the year again that you want to buy some of electronics and gadgets yourself, your family members and friends. This mini guide will help you discover great gadgets as well as good shops you can buy them in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Shopping in Phnom Penh: Markets & Malls Did you know that there are more than 30 markets where you can shop for local and imported products in Phnom Penh?

Sep. 1, 2021

Choosing the Perfect Khmer Name for Your Baby?

Are you looking for a Khmer name for your newborn? This is one of the most important topics, especially for those who would soon become parents of your brilliant baby. First thing first, you usually spend a lot of time doing research online and offline into the meaning of the name, especially a Khmer name. In this blog post, you’d learn about the Cambodian names popularly chosen by Khmer parents. All Cambodian names help define the gender, between woman and man.

Apr. 1, 2020

Best Internet Providers in Cambodia (Recommended)

This is a guide to help you find the right Internet packages from the best Internet Providers in Cambodia. Based in Phnom Penh, these Internet Providers have branches and sale offices in major provinces like Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. There are many Internet Providers operating in Cambodia, but only a few major ones own and operate the most advanced optic network covering 25 Cambodian provinces. These Internet Providers have a variety of options you can choose: from 3G to 4G to broadband Internet connections, ADSL and Fiber optic cable.

Feb. 15, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Cambodia: Live Update

This post gives you a live-update and timeline of the outbreak COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus). According to WHO, the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Below, you’ll find the timeline of the latest news (with external links to trusted news sources only) development as the Covid-19 virus infection continues to unfold in Cambodia. How Cambodians are socially distancing A report from Google: https://www.

Aug. 3, 2019

The first post from The Phnmom Penher

This is the first post from The Phnom Penher.

Feb. 5, 2019

The secrets of Khmer food

Khmer food is quite underestimated compared with Thai or Vietnamese food. And it it is way more than Beef Lok Lak and Fish Amok (although the latter is much better than its equivalent, the Thai Hor Mok). The variety of Samlors, Khmer soups, is nearly endless, and then there are grilled dishes and the exotic ones, like snake soup and the fried spiders. What are the secrets of cooking delicious Khmer food?