Phnom Pen, Cambodia  /

 

Cambodia is a country close to my heart after spending 14 years there. The people are warm and friendly with a positive attitude and an amazing ability to rise above their very sad and traumatic past. I love the French influence in the old colonial buildings and the wide tree-lined boulevards. Here are my favourite places.

WHERE TO stay:

The Pavillion
An old colonial home, French managed and set in a beautiful garden.

Rambutan
In a great location close to the Russian market and restaurants.

The Raffles
For a bit of old world glamour and its famous Elephant bar but the true beauty lies in the incredible garden and magical pool.

Plantation
A wonderful resort oasis in the heart of the city, they also hold many art exhibitions and have a lovely boutique gallery selling Cambodian handicrafts.

Raffles

WHERE TO eat:

Ocean
Simple yet delicious Mediterranean food, owned by a lovely Italian man. The spaghetti seafood is a must!

The FCC
Because it is an old establishment where correspondents met in the Untac days after the war and would share their stories. Great for people watching and watching life pass by along the river front.

 

FCC 

Bassac Lane
A wonderful selection of the cutest bars and cafes. Fabulous for cocktail hour and late into the night.

The Shop and The Chocolate Shop
Owned by a wonderful Belgian couple who have lived in Cambodia for many years. The bread and chocolate are simply delicious and so beautifully presented. Chocolates are a great gift to take home, along with a bag of the famous Kapot pepper that they also sell.

WHERE TO Shop:

Bliss Boutique
Australian owned and established since 1986, beautiful handmade designs all created in Cambodia by Cambodian artisans.

Eric Resina
Wonderful designer with amazing talent for silk textile creations, Eric has collaborated with many well-known designers and spend half his year in Paris.

Amber by Romyda Keth
A reputed Cambodian fashion designer who trained in Paris but has been established in Cambodia for over 30 years. Her formal gowns are true pieces of art.

 

by Cassandra Harper