I stumbled across a new online service the other day. momondo offers flights from London to Sihanoukville. Aside from the obvious (that Sihanoukville is now a bona fide international travel destination), it got me thinking about what surprises were in store for first time vis...
The sun shines in Sihanoukville at last! It s 3:00 on the third straight day of sunny weather. Normally, that wouldn t be news, but June, July and the first week of August were some of the rainiest I can remember. I usually like the rainy season, but it was wearing thin after two months.
Competition between Sihanoukville and the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc for a share of the fattening tourism pie is set to intensify, analysts say, with Vietnam Airlines and the Vietnamese government this week announcing a concerted effort to direct tourists to the island.
THE ANZ Bank’s commercial relationship with exploitative Cambodian company Phnom Penh Sugar has come to an end, with pressure applied by the bank over the group’s poor social and environmental record resulting in the sugar plantation business refinancing with another lender.
It s the 6th of June and the rainy season has begun. Usually, we start to see tourist numbers tapering off in April and May. By June, they are a fraction of their high season numbers, with the exception of European summer holiday makers who keep some of our more popular guesthouses busy.
Sam Rainsy, leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and his entourage paid a visit to Sihanoukville yesterday. When word got out that he was coming hundreds of residents rode their motorbikes out to Virh Rieng to meet him and accompany his motorcade to Sihanoukville.
They say Cambodia has only two seasons -- wet and dry. That may be true, but there are also transition periods when it s a little of each. The in-between season leading up to Khmer New Year is my least favourite. Hot and humid, there s little respite from the heat day or night.
I just finished writing Plato s American Cave on my other blog and it reminded me that I ve been wanting to write about village life in Sihanoukville for a long time. Really, though, I ve been wanting to write about village life, as opposed to city life, in general, because it s a subject that s dear to my heart.
I wanted to make my 200th entry special and nothing is more special than this. Since the last election, Cambodia has been in a state of tension. Compared with other flashpoints around the world, it hasn t been serious, but there has been violence. Once violence takes hold, it usually escalates.
I m happy to report some encouraging news about the political tension in Cambodia for a change. Although other news has justifiably dominated and been distorted by the world headlines, Cambodia had a minor crisis recently when some demonstrators attacked guards in Phnom Penh.
What is fuelling growth in Sihanoukville? Is it tourism? That s what most visitors guess, but it s only one answer. True enough, there s been an explosion of tourism here, but step away from the tourist areas and you ll see where most of the growth is coming from.
Rob Schneider's insight:
2,000 new jobs in million square foot furniture factory is just one example of what's really fueling growth in Sihanoukville.
A more diverse range of cultures live in Sihanoukville than in any other country I ve lived in before. The fascinating thing for me is that it s not a melting pot: people from different countries tend to gravitate towards others who share the same language and culture, but don t exclude outsiders...
Rob Schneider's insight:
Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Indian, Greek ---- you name it, you can find it in Sihanoukville.
When you think of Reiki and other forms of alternative/energy healing, Sihanoukville is probably not the first place that comes to mind. When Alyssa White, a Reiki practitioner based in Phnom Penh, told her clients and friends she was going to offer free introductory healing sessions at our new vega...
There s been a lot of bad news about Cambodia lately. Tensions between the two opposing political factions have been high. There s continued talk about land grabs and illegal logging. As usual, there are elements of the press who simply have to look for as much bad news as possible.
I wasn t a big fan of Valentine s Day when I came to Cambodia, but wasn t dumb enough to let my prejudice stand in the way of buying Sophie flowers and a card when the day rolled around a month after my arrival.
I ve written several blogs in defence of Cambodia s Prime Minister Hun Sen. It's not because I'm a fan. It's because the Western news is so overwhelmingly slanted against him, I think some balance is needed.