For many people Cambodia’s history is synonymous with Angkor Wat and the Khmer Rouge, but the Kingdom of Wonder has another, upbeat story to tell (albeit with a tragic ending). The era known as Cambodia’s Golden Age of Music is … Continue reading
Susan Haythorpe is a British writer, shopper, and music lover who moved to Phnom Penh in 2013.
She is the author of Lost Generation: The Story of Cambodian Rock and Roll, which documents Phnom Penh’s vibrant music scene in the 1950s through 1970s, when the music scene abruptly ended with the rise of the Khmer Rouge.
So you’ve moved to Cambodia, you want to meet other women and make some friends, and maybe find a way of giving something back to your new home. Perhaps you’re starting up a business and hope to learn from the … Continue reading
There’s live music every night of the week in the capital when you know where to look (and most of it’s still free) Phnom Penh’s music scene has experienced quite a shake up since I last wrote on the subject. … Continue reading
The capital’s contemporary art scene is on a roll — and it’s a far cry from apsaras and sunrise over Angkor Wat As the city’s cultural venues burst into post-pandemic life, a spate of new gallery openings and a burgeoning … Continue reading
After a year or so in the doldrums Phnom Penh bars are back in business, and nowhere more so than in the laneways around Street 308 between Norodom and Sothearos Boulevards not far from the Independence Monument. Not only has … Continue reading
Anyone who’s into running will agree this is the best time of year to get out there and pound the capital’s streets. The cooler mornings mean you don’t have to be out before dawn to avoid the heat. With the … Continue reading
Christmas 2020, like the rest of the year, is set to be a strange one. Fortunately, despite the situation elsewhere in the world, Phnom Penh’s bars and restaurants are open for business, so there’s ample opportunity to celebrate the season. … Continue reading
Looking out your window it’s easy to overlook the fact that a trove of heritage buildings lurk beneath the mushrooming high rises. Phnom Penh’s streetscapes can be a voyage of architectural discovery, and Khmer Architecture Tours, a local non-profit organization, … Continue reading