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PHNOM PENH

From the ornate roofs of the Royal Palace to the glistening steel of Vattanac Tower, Cambodia’s capital is a fascinating blend of traditional and modern. Even as the skyline reaches ever upward, the city manages to retain a small-town vibe. With swanky bars and restaurants fit to grace any capital, this buzzing city is definitely on the up
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SILK ISLAND

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Biographical Info

A rich patchwork of fields and orchards greet those who make the daytrip to the bucolic world of Silk Island, known locally as Koh Dach. Surrounded by the Mekong and accessible via a small commuter ferry, the isle – about 30 minutes from the capital – is home to
numerous families of weavers, with tall wooden looms standing beneath many of the community’s stilted houses. Buy a homespun krama scarf direct from the source before traversing dusty tracks by tuk tuk or bicycle, getting an insight into typical village life along the way.

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Finding transport is rarely an issue in Phnom Penh. The most atmospheric way to get around is via tuk tuk, but be sure to negotiate a price before getting in. Taxis are also becoming popular and are easily ordered via ride-hailing apps – we recommend Exnet, though others are available.

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A number of regionally brewed lagers will vie for your attention on menus throughout the country, and which is the best is the subject of much debate. Angkor and Cambodia Beer are the most popular with locals, though the Singaporean brand Anchor and the famed BeerLao from neighbouring Laos are also good options.

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Key phrases:

Hello > Sua s’dei

Goodbye > Lia hao-y

How are you? > Sok sabai?

Sorry > Sohm toh

Yes > Baat (man) – Jaa (woman)

No > Ot-tay

Thank you Awkun

No problem > Ot benh ha

Left > Schweng

Right > Saddam

Straight on > Dow tron

Go back > Dow veng