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T / not going for the temples – siem reap part one.

You’d think that this blog having origins in Phnom Penh would have put up a Siem Reap guide or two by now.  After all, Cait and I have run our fair share of Angkor Wat Marathons, personally brought and sent visitors, the whole shebang.  This time around, I was looking for a getaway that wasn’t the usual haunts of Kep or Kampot.  I looked northeast, partnered up with the wonderful folks at MAADS, and got to check out Templation, their new 5 star property in Siem Reap that prides itself on sustainability.


A combination of burnout related sensations happens when you live in Phnom Penh.  Don’t get me wrong, I love this city and I’ve actually called it home for the past six yearss.  But even for this mild mannered freelancer, there comes a point in time where you need to get the heck out of dodge.

Templation is one of the brand spanking new hotels in Siem Reap that not only prides itself on the modern design, impeccable service and gorgeous setting, but also sustainability.  And they’re part of the MAADS family of hotels that I love so much (check out old faves here and here). So it was the obvious place I wanted to escape to with my partner when we both realized we were more than a bit exhausted.  This morning person sometimes needs a little lie-in.

And with reliable and safe flights going three times a day from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap on Angkor Air, we found ourselves checking into Templation just three hours after locking up our apartment. The place is just fabulous and the moment you walk in, you know you’re in a MAADS property, bring warmly greeted by staff and lead to relax at their veranda bar by the pool while they get everything ready for you.

We were lead to our Pool Suite (read: PRIVATE POOL) and we never had any desire to leave the confines of our little 70 square meter escape.  When I did have to work (let’s be honest, the work is never done and I like to respond to clients immediately), I could retreat into the air-conditioned living room for some quick design edits, and then dive right into the pool again.

Oh right.  That pool.  It’s not the usual tiny bathtub that many hoteliers try to pass off as a pool.  This baby is huge.  And the whirlpool jets are cherry on top.  Also, those walls that line your private little space are high, and lined with all the green things so you know that your little foray into skinny dipping is for your companion’s eyes only.  

The other thing about the folks at MAADS is that they are experts at combining modernity with the local vibe.  Every little element I couldn’t help but think that this is how the future of Cambodia living could look like.  Concrete structures that felt warm and inviting.  The perfect amount of minimalism and sparseness in each room so you never felt boxed in by decorative elements.  The walk to your suite even feels like you’re strolling through a lush utopian planet on Star Trek.  And I mean that with the fullest adoration and fangirl sentiment.

MAADS properties also pride themselves on sustainability. But Templation takes this a step further.  They’re near completely energy self sufficient.  This means that they’re producing almost enough energy, from solar panels installed by Solearon, to power their operations.  All of those air-conditioners in their 33 suites and villas that have been designed to be energy effiicent, 21 pools private pools, spa, kitchen and other operations are covered.  And they’re the only hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia’s tourist mecca, to do this.  Oh right, they’re also committed to recycling and composting on the property too.  As a David Suzuki-bred Canadian who is trying to be a little more eco-conscious this year, I’m a huge supporter of this.  

So you could come to Siem Reap to see the temples.  But you could also just come to visit this cultural mecca of Cambodia with all the best artisans and most delicious food, and stay at Templation.  Their restaurant is delicious, with a superb breakfast that is the opposite of your typical buffet and is instead an unlimited a la carte menu that’s part of your stay (read: it’s classy).  Templation also boasts a Bodia Spa right on its premises with a free 15 minute back and shoulder massage offered to all guests (this also means Bodia products in all the rooms!).  So even if you did decide to go for that hike up Phnom Kulen, or rise at 5am to catch the temples at sunrise, you have everything waiting for you when you get back.  Seriously.  Not shabby at all.

Templation is located just minutes outside of the Angkor Wat Temple Complex.  Prices will vary according to season.


This was a sponsored post and thanks to Bernard and the folks at MAADS for reaching out for this collaboration.  We’re huge fans of the MAADS family of hotels in Cambodia and we can’t wait to see what you develop next!

PS – next week I’ll be posting a guide to all the new Siem Reap eats and shops!


All photos by Tiffany Tsang. Please request permission for use.  Cait+Tiff are not liable for any public nudity charges as a result of the luxury of a private pool.


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C / Hunt for Nyonya Popiah

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I grew up in Tucson, the obvious hub for Malaysian food. It sounds weird, but I was lucky enough to have my friend, Michelle, whose family owned a Malaysian/Chinese restaurant, Seri Melaka. I spent a lot of time there in high school, draining the buffet of lo mein and orange chicken, but my 16 year-old dumb taste buds didn’t realize that the best stuff on the menu was the food from Melaka. When they opened a second restaurant, and I actually read the menu, I fell in love.

I went to KL last weekend to visit some friends and insisted on hunting down Melaka food, specifically one dish, Nyonya Popiah. Michelle’s restaurant served it and I ordered it every time, to the point where her mom would laugh at me for being such a one-trick-pony. It looks a bit like and Asian-inspired burrito, but is so much better than that.

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The outside wrapper is sort of a spongey crepe, and the inside is filled with fried garlic, jicama, carrots, bamboo, lettuce, sambal sauce and probably some other amazing stuff I couldn’t identify. It’s a little salty, a little sweet, a little spicy and totally delicious.

Luckily, the internet provided me with information on The Straits Food Company (as in “Straits of Melaka”). This restaurant feels like two street food carts had a Malaysian hipster baby. The food was delicious, diverse, cheap, and served in a great atmosphere. Bonus points for the monster monsoon that provided the soundtrack outside.

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So if you live in Tucson, go to Seri Melaka, and beg them to put nyonya popiah back on the menu. If you are anywhere near KL, get to The Straits Food Company, kind of right now. On the ceiling, in multiple languages, they have written “FOOD FOR ALL,” and we should be so lucky.

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Who has two thumbs, a dumb grin and loves Melaka food? This guy.

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T / at the speed of light in Bangkok

Bangkok-HeaderAsian mega-cities. Oh man.  Imposing and intimidating they can be no matter where you are on the continent. But after spending a month in rainy, still emerging Yangon, my heart slowed to a more comfortable pace when the scape of a thumping populous city, home to over 6 million, came into view.  And then my taxi driver informed me that there had been another bombing.

Nonetheless, I was still determined to make up for lost time, and I wasn’t going to let acts of terrorism get in the way of that.  But I would have to be wary and listen to the advice of others.  I hadn’t visited Bangkok for over 18 months, and I was doing it with new eyes. This trip was no longer limited to 72 hours, nor was it constrained to the tiniest of budgets that would have relegated a much younger me to the famous Khaosan Road backpacker bubble or other more tourist-ridden areas.  23 year old Tiff was going to be high-fiving 30 year old Tiff big time.

And for the whirlwind of a day that I spent with my pal Jane, it never felt like it.  Both of us were taking a breather in the big city.  Catching up, spinning wheels and looms of ideas.  Jane’s spent more time in Bangkok than I have and she was super keen to show me to her favourite haunts while discovering new ones with me.  With the bounty of very efficient public transportation at our feet, I was so incredibly thankful (after hours spent in traffic in Yangon) to go hard and fast.  I wanted to share some favourite new bits of the city I discovered on this trip, adding more proof that Bangkok is one of the hippest cities this side of the Pacific.


 

Bangkok---Live-in-AriBesides hang out with these cool kids, the first thing I did in Bangkok was to get settled.  And where else than the emerging, hipper than thou neighbhourhood of Ari?  Recommended by nearly everyone in Yangon (who know their Bangkok well after more than a few visa runs), I found a perfect homey little AirBnb hosted by foodies Sara and Alex.  Upon arrival, they swept me off on a little food tour of the very walkable neighbourhood.  I loved staying here and if I ever relocated to Bangkok, I would definitely want to call Ari home.  Start with very good coffee at Porcupine (among others). Or have an espresso with some high quality bicycles at tokyobike.  Spend all of your money at Vick’s Weekend. Grab an apertif and perhaps even a delicious Thai seafood dinner at Summer Street. Finish off the evening with whimsy and delicious cakes at Puritan, or maybe an artisanal hot dog on a charcoal bun, right on the street.  Ari I heart you.

Start the day off fresh with a workout at CrossfitAri and then follow it up with some coffee at Porcupine Cafe, around the corner.

Start the day like you mean it with a workout at CrossfitAri and then follow it up with some coffee at Porcupine Cafe, around the corner.

Spend the afternoon admiring quality cycles at tokyobike

Spend the afternoon admiring quality cycles at tokyobike


 

Bangkok---Work-with-OthersAs a hyphenate, there’s always some work to be done and Jane had the perfect place to do it.  The Thailand Creative & Design Centre’s library sits on the top floor of the Emporium Shopping Complex at Phrom Phong BTS stop.  It’s a bit of a maze through the food stands to get to it, but when you do, it totally pays off.  Your first visit is free of charge (so long as you bring your passport), with free wi-fi and design resources up the wazoo included.  Your neighbour could be one of these guys. Plus respect for the quiety, plenty of desks and power outlets. It made the productivity side of my heart very happy.


 

Bangkok---Eat-SlowBefore you head into your work-related headspace, consider having some slow coffee and an indulgent ode to the eggs Benedict at Roast just below the TCDC.  Do it with a very good friend you haven’t seen in a while, and share stories and plan future travel together while that frozen cube of espresso makes friends with milk.

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The tenderest roasted chicken (left) and spiciest duck curry (right) at Neverending Summer.

And invite others to join you for an even more generous dinner at Neverending Summer on the other side of the Chao Phraya river.  While contemplating dining options, Jane jumped at the chance to introduce me to this family run, Thai resto housed in part of an old jam factory complex refurbished into an epicentre of design and food in the Klong San neighbourhood. We were greeted by the matriarch of the establishment and thus began a night of slow food, with each dish deserving a good amount of time to ruminate over, be amazed by, (and on my part – photograph).  I’m still dreaming about that chicken.


 

All photos by Tiffany Tsang. Please request permission for use. We are not liable for expenses incurred for sudden relocations to Bangkok.

 


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T / beyond the pagoda in yangon

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The view from the epic obelisk in Maha Bandula Park, with the High Court looming in the background.

This could also have been more aptly titled as 28 days in Yangon (the duration which a tourist visa lasts).  But I wanted to stick with what I wanted to show about this post – the city once named Rangoon beyond its white elephant: Shwedagon Pagoda. So in the fewest of words (and mostly verbs) and mostly images, I wanted to share with you the best that the city has to offer outside of those main tourist bits.


 

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Right: Start your day right with a bowl of mohinga, and follow it up with chicken and waffles for dinner at Port Autonomy.

The high and the low. The Indian, the Shan and the Myanmar. The street and the city down. This city has it all.  Much of it is hidden, but whether you are looking for a pop-up turned brick and mortar from a bunch of international upstart hipsters to the best local breakfast in the city, there is only one rule: go by the numbers. A packed stall or resto means business. Plus tummy troubles will hopefully be avoided.

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The freshest roti on Bo Yarn Nyunt Street for 250 kyat a piece.

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The best savoury pancakes are next to the freshest rotis. These wheel cakes are best fresh and dipped in crushed peanuts right out of the frier.


 

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This will happen. You cannot avoid it. That is all.


 

TREASURE-HUNTMy pal Dustin was looking for a gramaphone. I also couldn’t say no to the invitation to go antiquing in Yangon.  Across the country lay treasures waiting to be discovered.  Whether they are vestiges of the colonial era and the trading that happened between colonies, or native artifacts which would be preferrred to kept in-country (or brought back in the case of Jojo and Jerome), there is so much to discover.  Treasure-Hunt-Grid



LONGYIThere is something to be said about the Westerner wearing the local garment. But judgers beware, the longyi is the best thing since sweat pants. From the moment I landed, I knew I could adopt this look.  And on men? Even better.


 

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Just another night out at Hummingbird.

The city is filled with secret watering holes. From The Blind Tiger to Hummingbird and Gekko – they range in price and some would say quality. But one thing is certain: they definitely all adhere to a post-colonial, classic frame of mind.  Great conversations at the bar are a must.


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T / just below my feet in yangon

02a---headerI love a good secret bar.  I first fell in love with them while living in Manila.  Every must go spot to spend the evening was behind an exit door of a wine shop or your run of the mill office building.

Secrets are hidden all over south east Asia, and especially in emerging Myanmar.  Being stuck in an office, and even worse, a cubicle, I was having having trouble getting inspired by this enormous secret of a city.  Friends had wondered why I hadn’t posted more about the place.  I was having trouble finding the time to explore. But little did I know that today’s post was right beneath my feet.

01---DoorWhen my Airbnb host mentioned the speakeasy tucked away in our building, I knew I had to make a stop.  So after sitting in traffic for what seemed like eons, while a steady drizzle came down, I finally made it home, grabbed my camera and headed straight down to the Blind Tiger.  In the unassumingly trendy Yaw Min Gyi neighbourhood in downtown Yangon, there’s a little apartment building at the corner of Nawaday Street and Alan Pya Pagoda Street.  Head down the little corridor of a seemingly Myanmar residential building and you’ll see the glowing cartoon of a tiger beckoning you in.

And inside is exactly what you would find a speakeasy in Yangon to look like.  Its design sits halfway between a place Al Capone or a brilliant Myanmar democratic mind would sit, cradling his or her beverage, thinking thoughts of plans and stealth; and a place where a bunch of Shoreditch cultivated hip young things would bring vintage tufted leather sofas and ambient lighting.

05---Leather-SeatsThe-Blind-Tiger---Bar-SceneThe drinks are locally inspired.  The food, both in tapas that are affectionate to groups and hungry friendly large plates, are delicious.  The fact that there is a Happy Hour makes it even better.  And the tiny global community that is southeast Asia only means that while I was wandering around taking photos, my pal (and local fixer!) Laura would be shouting out my name from the loft above.  I couldn’t think of a better place to free myself from the cubicle on a rainy and gray monsoony Yangon Wednesday.

The-Blind-Tiger---PairThe Blind Tiger is located in United Condo, unit 1-11, at No. 2 Nawaday Street, at the corner of Alan Pya Pagoda Street.  Open 7 days a week, noon till late. 


 

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C + T / oh the places we go

We are four days into our Spring Break/Khmer New Year/Lazy week, and today we’re doing round up (brag post) of all our travel posts. It’s so much fun to go back through these posts and look at our memories and the fun things we did, and ate. Living in this part of the world gives us access to some of the prettiest beaches, biggest temples and best street food in the world. We try to take advantage of that as much as we can, and appreciate how spoiled we are by our surroundings.

It’s been a nice eight months. Enjoy!


September 11th- Kep Two Ways

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September 30th-Goa, India

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October 2nd- Sushi Yasuda in New York

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October 30th- Malaysia Eat and Drink

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November 4th- 36 Spare Hours in Dar-es-Salam

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November 6th-Fewer than 24 hours in Venice

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November 11th-Chaing Mai

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November 14th- Sailing in the Andaman

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January 29th- A Weekend Jaunt to Kampot

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February 3rd-Nagar Glass Factory in Yangon

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February 12th- Cambodian Mountain Getaway

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March 25th-Kep Weekend

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April 10th- Inle Lake

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…aaaaand we are lucky to have TWO amazing post from friends this week.

April 14th- The Minimal Things Jen Brings

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and of course, Yesterday’s Minneapolis Love

Photo Credit: Alissa Pries

Photo Credit: Alissa Pries

After putting this together, I want to plan another trip. Is it bad to plan a vacation, while on vacation?
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C / Not Elephant Pants

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For those of you who have been through South East Asia, you know what elephant pants are. Every backpacker has them, they are made of terrible fabric that is basically garbage, and wearing them around is a clear message to any local that you would love to pay 3x the normal fare.

Elephant pants, among other questionable decisions, are all over Cambodia. Like those decisions, they often become a representation of SE Asia to those who don’t know the area. The other common sartorial option seems to be a bad versions of a bandage dress that DOES NOT provide enough coverage for you to be riding a moto like that, young lady. When I landed here, I was not impressed with the fashion scene, local or foreign, but it is getting so much better. There are more and more interesting designs coming out of the region, and I am excited and inspired by people that are putting new ideas into the market here. A lot of those ideas are coming out of Thailand right now. Thailand has great art schools and a strong enough economy to provide funding for the design and fashion. The three designers I am highlighting below do not begin to capture the talent coming out of Thailand, but it’s a peak into some of the cool things that are happening. Enjoy!inspo-bannerthe-only-son

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More here.vatanika-bannerThai-Design-2More here.

I love the diversity in the design style of these three players. From the super-sleek, slightly scary lady at your office party, to the funky party girl who will wear whatever she damn pleases, to the other chick who has probably seen the Hunger Games too many times, I’m into all of it, and happy that it comes from my neighborhood.

Photo by National Geographic

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T / Cambodian Mountain Getaway

headerPine cones exist in Cambodia.  Yes, there are indeed conifers only 11 degrees north of the equator.  As well as temperatures that go so low that you might want to wear a toque.  Basically, the little things that would make happy any Canuck that finds themselves in tropical climes.

And it’s only 91km away from Phnom Penh.

main-buildingSo seeking a little solace and calm outside this busy bee of a city, my man and I hopped on his black 1100cc cruiser and headed out and up to get a breath of fresh air.  With the new developments happening on the mountain (read more about that here), we decided to plant our tired butts down at scenic Kirirom Mountain Lodge; Alexis de Sureiman’s newest among his family of boutique hotels that he’s developed from colonial buildings in Cambodia, saving them from destruction.

After paying the 5 USD entrance fee to Kirirom National Park and riding about 20km up the mountain, we found ourselves facing a massive sign that would lead us up a bumpy road to the lodge.  We parked our bike at what seemed like the top of a cliff and were greeted by freshly white washed villas built in the style of New Khmer Architecture.  The loud grumbles of our bike also alerted the lodge’s general manager, Rhelimi Bouchaib, down to bound down the property’s staircase with big smile and hippie sensibilities.

roomwoodOur room (superior double, 65 USD), a simple, but well designed space, was both bright and warm with a modern (albeit tiny) bathroom and adjoining outdoor deck.  The very accommodating Bouchaib informed us the electricity would only be available from 6pm-9pm, but if we would like a hot shower after our long bike ride, he’d happily turn the generator on for us.  That said, we knew we wouldn’t be spending very much time in the room.  It’s not exactly that kind of lodge.

upstairs-rooftopAfter a light Mediterreanean meal cooked by Bouchaib himself and eaten outdoors facing a wide valley of pines, we parked ourselves on the main building’s rooftop veranda and whiled away the afternoon reading, enjoying the perfectly crisp 20°C.

And the silence.  Only the birds chirping and other sounds that nature is said to make.  The sound of air moving through trees.  I don’t think I’ve heard anything with the background of construction or traffic in the past few months.  This may have been the most shocking revelation and luxury.  The sunset over the Cardamom Mountains weren’t bad either.

sunsetSo if you are looking for a quiet getaway that’s not too far from the city, Kirirom Mountain Lodge is your deal.  I would pretty much give anything to be back up there with the moderate temps, fresh air and abundant silence.  You could choose the slightly lazier path we took of reading while sprawled on the comfy cushions of the lodge’s rooftop.  Or if outdoor activity is your thing, hiking paths surround the property, which also has a collection of quality mountain bikes for rent (10 USD/hour).

To get to Kirirom National Park, located in Kampong Speu province, drive down National Road 4, towards Sihanoukville and look for the appropriate signs about 87km outside of Phnom Penh.


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C / field trip / nagar glass factory

glass-headerA bunch of Phnom Penh friends have jumped ship for the newer, more exciting emerging market of Myanmar, and now live in the Yangon. Those guys are the worst. But it means that I travel to Myanmar every few months to catch up, eat a different kind of noodle, and explore a new place.

Honestly, in the 10 or so times I have been here in the past two years, I have never really loved it. The people are amazing and kind and smart and funny, but it has been tough for me to be excited about the actual city. It’s a working city and not made for tourism. So in my struggle to find cool things that make the city fun, my buddies Laura and Bill pointed me to an old glass factory that had long since collapsed. The prospect of wandering through a condemned building and overgrown vines to dig for chunks of broken glass sounded like the best treasure hunt ever to me. It was.glass-3So this past weekend, we did just that. After being warned of the massive mosquito/spider/possible giant snake situation ON THE WAY THERE, we arrived and bathed in Deet. It felt like equal parts Indiana Jones and Terminator, but with looking for decorative vases. glass-4glass-7I found a few vases and glasses I love, but my favorite things were the fused glass chunks that I dug out of the dirt. When I brought them up to the very lovely lady managing the little shop, she laughed and gave them to me “as present.” Apparently no one else wants glass garbage.glass-2After this field trip, I am coming around on Yangon. I think I am spoiled a bit in Phnom Penh, as it only takes 20 minutes to get anywhere, and it’s easy to get around in English. Yangon might be more difficult to get navigate, but there are treasures here that are well worth the trip.

I will go back to the glass factory, and next time with more water, more bug repellent, and a big old basket. If you are in the neighborhood and want to check it out, you can find the factory here:

The Nagar Glass Factory

Address No.152, Yawgi Kyaung Street, Hlaing Township

Tel.: 95-1-519718, 95-1-526053

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T / a weekend jaunt to kampot

As I may have mentioned before, we are spoiled by weekend getaways living in Cambodia.  With the sea and the mountains only two or three hours away, who could resist?  So a gaggle of us girls (including one of my favourite photogs) gathered our bikinis together, as well as 10 bottles of wine for a weekend free of responsibility, full of amazing live music (it can be sparse over here), great food and paddleboarding to while away all of our work related stresses.  It was fabulous.  I highly encourage repeat doses.

So on Friday night, we piled into a van waiting to whisk us off 150km away to Kampot, the little river town that continues to ooze more charm every year.  Having nursed some nice wine on the way down, we dropped off our luggage and the bestest canine travel companion at the equally charming Dutch-owned Village Vedici.  We immediately got down to business and headed over the river to see visiting Toronto band, The Digs play with favourite Phnom Penh soul singer, Rhiannon Johnson.  And oh my gosh, they were amazing.  Playing on a rickety deck at Bodhi Villa, this band was oh so tight.  There was a heck ton of dancing with some of the best people we know in Phnom Penh.  A smidge of paranoia about jumping on said rickety wooden deck floor while the Digs’ cover of Satisfaction was flooding the soundwaves. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the week.

villa-vediciOur Saturday was as blissful as Friday night was boisterous in fun.  Lounging around the Villa Vedici pool set perfectly in front of the Bokor Mountains, nursing sore muscles from a night of dancing.  Mango shakes. A tuk tuk ride into town set us in front of the next place that would complete our weekend: Café Espresso.  I can’t divulge too much because we’re intending to feature them in a future post, but holy cow, dare I say best brunch in Cambodia?  Phnom Penh restos have a lot to learn from Angus, his wife and their beautiful baby Matilda.  All I can say is that we are still dreaming about that meal we had there.  And I’m insanely happy to have brought home some super aromatic, buttery, heart fluttering single source Thai Arabica beans that they serve there.cafe-espresso

lunchThat meal, the espressos, the Kampot Salted Caramel milkshake prepared us for the next part of our weekend of bliss.  We headed a couple of kilmeters down the Kampot river to SUPAsia.  That’s stand-up paddleboarding for all of you waiting to be converted.  Colorado-native Anne has been running SUPAsia in Cambodia for the past two years, offering paddleboarding tours not only in Kampot, but down big chunks of the Mekong to boot.  We did a happy 2.5 hour little tour through the little canals of the Kampot river, through the Green Cathedral and into the sun setting over the mountains with Anne as our guide.  And as the resident paddle boarder in our group, I was the only one to have fallen in.  In any case, I loved this so much, I’m already planning to go back next month.

paddleboards paddleboarding-gridOur blissfully packed Saturday ended with yet another tight as Rocky’s buns performance by the Digs and Rhiannon right at our doorsteps at Villa Vedici.  The day couldn’t have ended better.  More ecstatic dancing ensued.  I may have gotten tired of drinking wine as we concluded our eighth bottle of the weekend.  Bodies were very sore the next morning.

the-digs-and-rhiannonWe eschewed plans of jogging and cycling back to Café Espresso (what were we thinking?), and hopped into a tuk tuk for the last time we would have the best brunch in Cambodia (pancakes to die for).  Well at least not until next month when we return.

brunchAnd with one more dip into Hans’ pool at Villa Vedici, farewells to people we’d see the next day at the gym, we headed back to Phnom Penh, committed to making a monthly return to the dosage of calm that Kampot has to offer.  If you’re in Cambodia, I highly recommend.  If you’re not in Cambodia, you should move here now.

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Details:

Kampot is approximately 2.5-3 hours, 150km from Phnom Penh.  Buses are available through Giant Ibis from Phnom Penh.  For more flexibility, taxis and minibuses  can also be hired for 85 USD and 170 USD round trip.

Rooms at Villa Vedici range from 30-45 USD and face the river.  Bungalows to accommodate larger groups can also be rented.

If you’re in Toronto, I highly recommend stopping by the Drake on Thursday nights to catch the Digs live!

Rhiannon Johnson and her band can be caught singing the best soul and jazz in Phnom Penh at the Doors among other locations.  Keep updated on her schedule!


All photos by Tiffany Tsang. Please request permission for use.