The border crossings into Cambodia are notorious for their corruption. Tacking on a few dollars to a standard entry visa – which is equivalent to a days’ earnings in most parts of the country – is commonplace. Things get even shadier with visas outside the standard tourist issue. Officials at the Thai-Cambodia border crossing in Koh Kong once tried extorting an acquaintance of mine for $100 to validate her NGO visa. These are supposed to be free.
Food from nearly all the provinces of Cambodia were represented at the annual Cambodian Cuisine Festival in Phnom Penh. Dishes off all kinds were available for around $2 (or less), including many varieties of noodles, grilled seafood, stuffed frogs, steamed fish, curry and just about anything else someone could desire.
There’s something quintessentially Asian about the image of a floating market. The rustic boats, fresh fruit and old ladies in conical hats appeal to outsiders who have never seen anything like it. As many tourists find out, that romanticized vision of tranquil river life doesn’t usually live up to reality. Some of the floating markets – particularly around Bangkok, Thailand – cater strictly to tourists by selling tacky souvenirs and overpriced snacks. With the advent of highways and mass transportation, floating markets aren’t the economic necessity they once were and are on the decline.
Herbalife Cambodia opened its doors in Phnom Penh promising riches, but its big promises of riches comes across as a scam taking advantage of an impoverished country.
Taroko Gorge was just a road before it became a national park. And a hell of road it still is. It seems almost sadistic to build such a narrow, treacherous road in a place so beautiful. This landmark on the east coast of Taiwan is home to sheer marble cliffs, green mountains, a raging river, and plenty of attractive spots to take a selfie.
The selfie is what really matters, right?
Years of learning at some of China’s top universities came to fruition for my brother when he was selected to star in the country’s most popular dating show. Mark is a brave man who volunteered for the role not to find love, but for the experience of it all. And what an experience it was.
There seems to be a persistent rumor that the popular Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh will be razed for new high-end development. Those rumors are flatly denied, but you can’t blame people for worrying. Some land has already been claimed by developers building secretive high-rise condos and expensive shopping centers. If recent history is any indication, the future is ominous for one of Phnom Penh’s only open spaces.
It’s weird how normal TK Avenue Mall is. The outdoor mall, located in the Toul Kork section of Phnom Penh, is so Western that it feels like another country entirely. Phnon Penh has a number of shopping malls, and while some are quite nice, there’s always something a little “off” about them for an American like me. That’s not the case at TK Avenue.
One of the best ways to get to Phnom Udong near Phnom Penh is by bicycle. Here’s how to do it.