A great way to swot up on your Cambodia knowledge is through the bounty of blogs coming out of the country. Offering information on everything from daily life, politics, lifestyle and trends, to fashion and advice on navigating the Kingdom, here are Cambodia’s 10 best bloggers.
Blue Lady Blog
Kounila Keo was one of the Kingdom’s first bloggers, launching blueladyblog.com in 2007. Having been crowned one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30s in April, the 29-year-old is a champion in the country’s digital, media and marketing sphere and blogs about her life, issues in Cambodia, culture and politics.
Tharum Bun has also led the country’s blog scene, sharing his musings online since 2004. The communications specialist, who runs a marketing agency, is also a passionate photographer and shares his experiences, thoughts and comments on issues in Cambodia.
Santel Phin is another pioneer in Cambodia’s blogging sphere, having run his site since 2008. His main goal is to share with the world what is happening in Cambodia, throwing the spotlight on hot topics. Targeting first-time visitors to the country, he dispels common myths, keeps readers up-to-date on travel trends and showcases the best hotels, restaurants and attractions.
This online portal is packed full of all you need to know about Siem Reap, from guides to trawling around Angkor Wat Archaeological Park, and Temple Town’s vast selection of restaurants and bars, to other activities to keep visitors occupied away from the temples.
Sharing a mutual passion for lifestyle, design and travel, in 2014, Caitlin Decker and Tiffany Tsang launched Cait+Tiff. With a focus on life and design in Southeast Asia, the duo writes about their passions: creativity, food, travel, style, fashion and a whole host of other topics. It also serves as a platform to promote their design and fashion services.
When in Phnom Penh
Founded by Kounila Keo and Tharum Bun, this blog is an online guide to all that’s happening in the capital. Written by a team of locals, the entries cover new openings, restaurants, travel tips and more.
A Dose of Cath
Young Khmer blogger Catherine Harry has been making a name for herself with her outspoken vlog posts at A Dose of Cath. Tackling controversial issues – many of which are considered taboo in Cambodian society – headfirst, Harry discusses sex, relationships, mental health and feminist issues.
Sok Lak is a freelance economic reporter and co-founder of Writing Alliance, a student-run association that promotes writing among young Cambodians. Through his blog, he writes about environmental issues, social issues and the country’s economics.
Move to Cambodia
You may not be planning on moving to Cambodia but long-term expat Lina Goldberg is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to all things Khmer – a factor that is reflected in her informative website and blog. From restaurant and hotel reviews, to city and island guides and top tips for navigating the country, this site should be top of travellers’ list of sites to save.
Having previously worked for Cambodian Center for Human Rights, Sopheap’s posts tend to centre around politics, human rights and social issues in the country – discussions that many consider to be brave of her as the 2018 elections loom.