Cambodia, Cambodian Cooking

Teaching Tourists How To Cook Tarantulas In Cambodia

TJamon-Mokeaching Tourists How to Cook Tarantulas in Cambodia

BY Anne Field  For Forbes

You can call it the Airbnb of unusual travel experiences. But that wouldn’t really do this social enterprise justice.

Backstreet Academy is a one-year-old peer-to-peer online platform through which tourists visiting Asia can sign up for experiences unique to that locale, activities the usual sightseer wouldn’t take part in. (Examples: cooking tarantulas, which apparently is a big thing in Cambodia; fishing on the Mekong; wood carving in Kathmandu; wine-making in Laos.)


Books, Cambodia, Loung Ung

Bestselling Cambodian author Loung Ung speaks with UNHCR

“When you name the things that scare you it gives you power over them” – Bestselling Cambodian author Loung Ung speaks with UNHCR.

Cambodian –born Author, Activist and Lecturer Loung Ung was only 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge ordered the evacuation of her home city of Phnom Penh on 17 April 1975. Four years of violent warfare and genocide ensued. Under the leadership of Pol Pot, two million Cambodians lost their lives, including Loung’s parents and two sisters. read more…

Cambodia, Cambodia Travels

NYTimes: 36 Hours in Siem Reap, Cambodia

New York Times: 36 Hours in Siem Reap, Cambodia
A decade ago Siem Reap was the place where you stayed, ate and grabbed a beer or two between explorations of Cambodia’s 12th-century temple complex Angkor Wat. Now the city that Angkor made is something of a destination itself, luring visitors with a lively and varied dining scene, stylish hotels, genial residents and a laid-back river town ambience.  read more….

Cambodia, Cambodia Angkor Temples

In Cambodia, Along the Path to Something Profound

New York Times: by Karen Coates
karencoatesI tiptoed across the wood planks of a wobbly orange boat heading from the riverside town Kampot to the Gulf of Thailand. I burned my bare feet on the shiny outdoor tiles surrounding a Buddhist stupa at Udong, the old capital of Cambodia. Across the country, at the 11th-century ruins of Phnom Banan, I spelunked through deep, damp caverns steeped in legends of magic and superstition.

Cambodia, Cambodian Music

NY Times Review: In ‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten,’ Cambodia’s Lost Generation of Pop Stars

cambodian-videoSixteenByNine540-v2NY Times Review: In ‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten,’ Cambodia’s Lost Generation of Pop Stars

“Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten,” a moving and informative documentary by John Pirozzi, takes its name from a hit song of the 1960s. The title may not ring a bell among Western audiences, though the tune itself might carry a sonic reminder of that era. Like almost all the music heard in the film, it was a product of the vibrant pop music scene that flourished in Cambodia during the ill-fated reign of Prince Norodom Sihanouk.