About Us

When In Phnom Penh is truly your online guide to Phnom Penh which provides insights and information from the eyes of our local writers.

Phnom Penh is the capital city of the Kingdom of Cambodia, which has charmed its way to many people’s heart. Considered as one of the fastest economies in Southeast Asia, Cambodia still retains its fascinating culture and traditions to be explored by people living outside Cambodia.

So, why When in Phnom Penh? As one of the old saying goes: “When in Rome, do as Romans do,” so here it goes, “When in Phnom Penh“.

The purpose of creating this online platform is to share stories of adventures and discoveries with readers who love Phnom Penh and Cambodia and want to have some idea of what to do here when they are in the country. We currently provide reviews on restaurants, spas, cafes, travels, fashion, and other topics that matter to our readers’ discovery of Phnom Penh and Cambodia. If you have any idea for us to feature in our blog, please feel free to send your idea our way.

Last but not least, When In Phnom Penh is a community blog that allows writers to explore blogging about Cambodia and connect with other bloggers in Cambodia. If the community blog gets bigger, we will also engage brands that are interested in getting online exposure in this community blog. If you are eager to fully enjoy Phnom Penh and Cambodia and all its wonders, certainly the best way is to immerse yourself in the culture of the country and read what the local writers have to say.

Who is behind When in Phnom Penh?


Kounila Keo is the Founder & Publisher of WheninPhnomPenh.com. Kounila graduated from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and a minor in International Relations. She has over 5 years of international experience in journalism, marketing, and advertising. Kounila is a blogger, a writer, a traveller, and an adventure seeker. She’s on the list of Forbes 30 under 30 in the Media & Advertising category. Kounila also runs Mekhala Radiant Communications. Contact her via wheninphnompenh[at]gmail.com.

Associate Editor

Irene Chua is a seasoned PR and marketing practitioner. Known as “Petite Foodie”, she loves to collaborate with brands on creating meaningful content. Contact tengtengirene[at]gmail.com.



At the intersection of media and technology, Tharum Bun is a netrepreneur and tech writer. He founded kokitree, a remote digital agency specializing in all things blogging. Currently, he helps innovate Kiripost, an online media company covering Cambodia’s business, tech, and startups.


(Left) Bounarith Satt supports the When in PhnomPenh by producing digital content, writing and translating press releases. His deep knowledge of the e-commerce industry allows him to have a good grasp of the current startup ecosystem. Currently, Bounarith finished his E-commerce studies at the National Institute of Posts, Telecoms and ICT and a junior student at Institute of Foreign Languages, the Royal University of Phnom Penh.

(Right) Chhaily Hol is passionate about designing campaigns and finds joy in advising clients on digital content and outreach. She studied International relations at the Institute of Foreign Languages. Chhaily excels at writing content, press releases, planning PR campaigns, curating digital content and community management. She is also Mekhala’s in-house translator and PR associate. Chhaily speaks English, Thai, Mandarin, and Khmer.

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