Author Archives: Allison Jane Smith

About Allison Jane Smith

Allison Jane Smith is a freelance writer and communications professional. She is the Editor-in-Chief of whydev.org and a contributor to Beacon. She currently lives in Battambang, where she drinks a lot of coconut water and even more iced coffee. For more Allison, follow her on Twitter.

How to get from Battambang to Phnom Penh (and vice-versa)

Battambang is about 180 miles (290 kilometers) away from Phnom Penh, a distance that can take you anywhere between four to seven hours to travel, depending on traffic, flooding, and how you choose to go. Here are our picks for … Continue reading

A guide to Battambang’s art galleries

In Cambodia, Battambang is synonymous with art. For hundreds of years, Battambang was Cambodia’s hub of arts and culture, before the Khmer Rouge destroyed the arts scene in the 1970s. Over thirty years later, there’s an artistic revival in the … Continue reading

How to find housing in Battambang

So you’ve decided to move to Battambang. Welcome! Be warned it may require patience to find a home that will suit your needs, as the best places tend to be passed from expat to expat like family heirlooms. That said, there … Continue reading

Five reasons to visit Battambang now

Five hours from Phnom Penh, Battambang often loses to Kep and Kampot for those who want a relaxed getaway, and to Siem Reap and Sihanoukville for those who want a more exciting vacation. While it’s true that Battambang doesn’t have the … Continue reading