Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Frommer's faves

Guidebooks about Cambodia are on the increase. The latest version of the Lonely Planet guide has been sent off to the publishers so should be out in a few months. Brand new guides by National Geographic Traveler, Moon and Frommer's are already out according to the publisher's blurb, though so far my requests for review copies have fallen on rocky ground. Instead, all I can do is give you a taster from their own websites. Ah, there's a problem there as only Frommer's Cambodia and Laos, by Bangkok-based Daniel White, 352-pages and published this month, has anything worthy of mentioning. Frommer's have gone for the traditional 'best of' with 10 Favourite Cambodian Experiences to chew on, best small towns and best restaurants, amongst others. For the small towns they recommended Battambang, Kompong Chhnang and Kampot. For the best restaurants they've selected Frizz, Khmer Surin and Angkor Palm. Hmmm. Anyone who has spent time in Cambodia will have their own favourites of course, me included, but for the time being here are the top 10 fave experiences according to Frommer's author Daniel White:
  • Contemplating the Bayon
  • Dancing the Ramvong
  • Enjoying fresh coffee and baguettes by the Tonle Sap
  • Haggling in the market
  • Dolphin spotting on the Mekong
  • Savoring Kep crab in Kampot pepper
  • Biking the Cardamoms
  • Boating up the Sangker River after the rains
  • Taking in an Apsara dance show
  • Taking a spin through the rice paddies around Battambang.
Anyone want to throw their personal favourites into the ring?

and of course, coming to a bookstore near you soon, or get it online



Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

I just got a message from Trevor Ranges, the author of the new National Geographic Traveler book on Cambodia and he tells me a copy is in the post, winging its way to me. I'll give the run down on it when it arrives. Thanks Trevor.

March 9, 2010 at 9:06 PM  

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