Banteay Srei at dawn, Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor without the crowds—Banteay Srei

A pre-dawn alarm, followed by an hour’s travel with a car and driver, ensured early arrival at Angkor’s Banteay Srei, a 10th century temple...
Carving beneath the Terrace of the Leper King, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Around Angkor Wat— without the crowds

Beneath Angkor’s Elephant Terrace Since I first visited Angkor Wat in 1998, tourist numbers to Cambodia’s number 1 attraction have increased exponentially. So, when I...
Frangipani, Cheoung Ek killing fields, Cambodia

The day I met Bou Meng

Frangipani wafted in the early morning air and butterflies were everywhere, when I visited Cheoung Ek, the best known of Cambodia’s infamous killing fields.   The...

The smiling face of ABOUTAsia

Angkor is Cambodia’s premier tourist destination, but it can be a test of a traveler’s mettle to navigate the place. A tailored viewing of...
Cuisine Wat Damnak logo, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cuisine Wat Damnak – Classy, Cambodian and locavore

It was the best meal I had in Cambodia. Cambodian cuisine derives from several sources—Khmer for sure, but with significant influences from the kingdom’s neighbors....
Kitchen staff at Romdeng, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

My Romdeng friends

My last full day in Cambodia was one for the scrapbook, as the young women and men of Phnom Penh’s Romdeng restaurant welcomed me...
Early morning quiet in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh fugue

Early-morning Phnom Penh is quiet, save a few motorcycles and tuk-tuks on the almost empty streets. It’s early in the morning when the place...
Khor Sach Ko, Cambodian comfort food

Khor Sach Ko – Cambodian comfort food

Khor Sach Ko, a slow-cooked Khmer stew, is a hearty beef and noodle dish. It has surprisingly complex flavors for such unpretentious, homely food....

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