7 Ways Cambodia Can Solve its Foreign Dude Problem

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Oh crap, it happened again. Just yesterday, Cambodian police announced that they are searching for a 48 year-old British man in connection with the presumed murder of a Cambodian woman. Apparently, the suspect fled his hotel in quite a haste after allegedly killing a “lady visitor” and stuffing her dead body under his bed.

The details of this particular incident may be revolting, but sadly, the report of a Westerner being implicated in a crime in Cambodia is no longer surprising at all.

Every time I return to Cambodia after a few months away from the country, I’m amazed by the rapidly increasing number of Westerners who are visiting or living in the Kingdom. Cambodia now welcomes over four million foreign tourists annually – six times as many tourists as it received just ten years ago.

It’s not just the tourist numbers that are increasing. Thanks to a rising Thai baht and some cockblocking visa restrictions implemented across the border in Thailand, the number of expatriates moving to Cambodia has also swelled in recent years. Unfortunately, while the quantity of foreigners in Cambodia continues to multiply, the quality of foreigners visiting and moving to Cambodia appears to have declined.

Hardly a day goes by now without a sensational article in the local press about a Western lowlife engaging in some embarrassing or criminal behavior that seems to cast all foreign visitors to Cambodia in a negative light.

But if you read those news articles and you take just a cursory look at the Western meth headsburnoutsbooze hounds, bums, and beggars wandering the streets of Phnom Penh, you will quickly realize that Cambodia doesn’t have a general problem with “foreigners” causing trouble in the country.

Cambodia has a specific problem with foreign men.

Think about it. Foreign women don’t flee criminal charges
in their home countries and move to Cambodia to buy sex from teenagers, abuse drugs and alcohol, molest orphans, and assist suicides in Kampot.

Foreign men do that.

You never see local newspaper photos of a crazy foreign woman setting fire to her apartment building while wearing only a Speedo.

You don’t read about foreign women in Cambodia glassing bargirlsstealing Wild Turkey from supermarkets, strangling Vietnamese prostitutes, or setting up fake charities to get access to vulnerable garbage dump kids. Foreign men in Cambodia do that.

You rarely see foreign women driving drunk and killing Khmers or hopping around ancient temples with their peckers hanging out. If a Cambodian hotel owner rents a room to a foreign woman, he can be relatively confident that she’s not going to smash up the hotel, burglarize the other rooms, or leave a dead hooker under the bed.

As far as I know, Cambodian police have never arrested any Western women for stealing cars,
dealing drugs, raping masseuses, robbing banks, sodomizing beggar kids, cutting off the thumbs of local thieves, or wrapping their dead roommates in tarp and sleeping with their decomposing bodies. Western men in Cambodia get arrested for that stuff. Pretty often.

Am I suggesting that foreign women in Cambodia are perfect? No. They are sometimes seen plodding around in ill-fitting backpacker garb and trying to pay 900 riel for a tuk tuk ride. But by and large (and I do mean large), the foreign women you meet in Cambodia are decent, law-abiding people who are here to do something positive with their lives. A foreign woman who moves to Cambodia almost always does so for a noble purpose, like working, volunteering, or supporting her man. In the meantime, the most popular reason for foreign men to move to Cambodia in 2013 was “could no longer afford the booze and hookers in Pattaya.”

Do you know what else foreign women almost never do in Cambodia? Die. Okay, every now and then you may hear about a drug overdose by a honeymooning bride, but that’s quite rare.

Self-destructive foreign men, on the other hand, bite the dust in Cambodia with alarming frequency. They jump from buildings and leap from bridges. They hang themselves, stab themselves, shoot themselves, and drink themselves to death.

Most commonly, they die from drug relatedheart attacks” in Sihanoukville or on Phnom Penh’s Street 51, where the Grim Reaper stalks the notorious Walkabout Hotel.

Am I suggesting that every foreign man in Cambodia is a sexually deviant, alcoholic jailbird who will inevitably harm himself or someone else with his disgusting and dangerous behavior? No, not every one. But it cannot be denied that all of the raping, killing, stealing, and dying by foreign dudes in Cambodia inflicts untold suffering upon the Cambodians who are victimized by their crimes, not to mention the burden on local authorities who have to clean up the foreign corpses and ship them back to Croydon.

There are so many undesirable foreign dudes menacing Cambodia now that the Cambodian government should really do something to solve this problem. Here are 7 ways it could do so:

1. Impose gender-based visa fees

At the moment, Cambodian tourist visas cost $20 per month. Ordinary (business) visas cost $25 per month. Here’s my proposal. Starting immediately, entry visas should be totally free. For women. Visa fees for men should be doubled, to $40 a month for tourist visas and $50 a month for business visas.

Hear me out on this. While I have not seen any statistics showing what percent of foreign visitors to Cambodia are male, it is undoubtedly well over 50%. My guess is that the Western expat community may be as much as 75% male.

This male-female visitor ratio is unnatural. If a bar or nightclub attracts disproportionately too many dudes, it will impose a cover charge for men and offer “ladies night” promotions to women. This prevents the place from turning into an undesirable nightly sausagefest. If the strategy works for bars, why shouldn’t countries do the same thing?

Doubling visa fees for men and eliminating fees for women will generate substantially more revenue for Cambodia, because there are more male visitors than females. Instead of 4 million annual visitors paying $20 each ($80 million), there will be about 2.5 million male visitors paying $40 each ($100 million), and 1.5 million females entering for free.

The change would have absolutely no financial impact on all the normal male-female couples who visit Cambodia as legitimate tourists. The husband’s visa costs would double and the wife’s visa costs would be eliminated, so that’s a wash.

The increase would only detrimentally impact all the “lone wolf” males who visit Cambodia each year– the exact demographic that causes most of the trouble once they get into the country. Doubling their visa fees would offset the costs of hosting these high risk, death-prone visitors, and it might dissuade some of them from showing up at all. Any single dude who is deterred from visiting Cambodia due to a $20 increase in his visa fee probably wouldn’t have contributed much to the local economy anyway.

What about the cost of extending an ordinary (business) visa to remain in Cambodia for a full year? Right now that costs about $285. Under my proposal, the one year visa extension would be free for women but cost twice as much (about $570) for men. This would help attract desirable female expatriates, while simultaneously deterring immigration from a less desirable, oversaturated group (i.e., single dudes who can’t afford $570 per year to stay in the country).

You may think, “This idea is crazy. Cambodia would never implement deliberately discriminatory visa fees based on gender.” Why not? Cambodia already imposes weird age restrictions and financial requirements on foreign men who wish to marry Cambodian women; discriminatory rules that are not imposed against foreign women who wish to marry Cambodian men.

Raising visa fees for foreign men would be a simple and effective way for Cambodia to increase revenue by tens of millions of dollars and control immigration from a particular, problematic subset of foreign visitors that Cambodian law already discriminates against. The only remaining question is whether some skint expat dudes would try to save the $570 by applying for their visa extensions disguised as women, like Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari in “Bosom Buddies.” Well, of course they would.

2. Ban foreign men from teaching Cambodian children

Many of the foreign men in Cambodia support themselves by teaching English to Cambodian children. It seems that almost any Westerner can find a teaching job in Cambodia, even with no prior experience or qualifications. Disturbingly, there have been numerous incidents of Western men getting jobs as teachers in Cambodia even though they have prior records in their home countries of sex crimes against children. One American serial pedophile told the FBI that he came to Cambodia specifically because it was an easy place for a convicted sex offender to find work as a teacher.

It’s not feasible for Cambodian schools or the Cambodian government to conduct worldwide background checks to determine which foreign teachers are prior sex offenders. The only surefire way to protect Cambodian children is to ban foreign men from teaching them at all.

Children are loud, annoying, germ rockets who are best cared for by women anyway. It’s quite unnatural for an adult male to ever want to spend time with any children other than his own. Any white guy who randomly shows up in Cambodia to “help the children” should probably be kept as far away from kids as humanly possible. If you had a child, would you rather leave the kid with an unknown Western woman for the day, or leave the kid with the next white dude you find walking along Phnom Penh’s riverside? I thought so.

I’m actually surprised that a ban on foreign men teaching kids hasn’t happened yet. When foreigners do bad things to Cambodians, the Cambodian government usually responds with a sweeping ban of whatever activity led to the abuse. When news broke of abusive marriages between Korean men and Cambodian women, Cambodia simply banned Korean men from marrying its women. When Malaysian employers mistreated some Cambodian maids, Cambodia banned Malaysian recruiters from hiring more maids. Following reports of child trafficking, Cambodia banned foreigners from adopting Cambodian children.

I realize that most foreign male teachers in Cambodia are not rapists or child molesters. But there have been enough horrific reports of sexual abuse of Cambodian children by foreign male teachers that ban-happy Cambodia should just forbid foreign men from teaching kids.

Why can’t the foreign dudes in Cambodia teach English to adults, while foreign women teach the children? If schools can’t find enough Western women to teach Cambodian kids, they can hire Filipinas. The kids may end up speaking English with a silly Filipina accent, but at least they won’t be molested by their teachers.

3. Only give long term visas to foreigners with jobs, businesses, or spouses in Cambodia

For the first quarter century following the fall of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia had no reason to restrict immigration from Western visitors, because no Westerner in his right mind wanted to move here. Times have changed though. The standard of living in Cambodia has improved in recent years, while economic conditions in some Western countries have significantly deteriorated.

Many Western men now view Cambodia as a desirable place to live. They may tell you that they enjoy Cambodia for the “freedom,” which apparently includes the freedom to drink their own blood and eat their own shit.

Unfortunately, Cambodia still lets absolutely any Westerner stay in the country forever, even if he is unemployed, homeless, and begging on the streets. Shockingly, Cambodia even lets Western pedophiles remain in the country after they have committed sex crimes against Cambodian children, leading to their subsequent arrests for abusing Cambodian children again and again and again.

It’s time for Cambodia to tighten its visa requirements and deport its foreign pedophiles. Send the undesirable Western dudes packing for the Philippines.

4. Interrogate and search single male travelers on arrival

I’m a single Western male who has flown into Phnom Penh airport about two dozen times. No Cambodian immigration officer has ever asked me a single question. No customs officer has ever searched my bag.

There’s a scene in the movie “Taken” where Liam Neeson’s character impersonates a French intelligence officer and tells some Albanian gangsters, “You think because we are tolerant that we are weak and helpless.” The utter indifference displayed by Cambodian customs and immigration officers creates a first impression among visitors that local law enforcement is inept and that “no one cares what I do here.” This nonchalance emboldens foreigners to misbehave once they enter the country.

Cambodia should put on a show at the airport to make foreign dudes believe they have arrived in a country with competent law enforcement that pays attention to what visitors do here. As passengers exit the plane, women and couples should be sent to the normal immigration line. Creepy single guys should be referred to a special line, where an immigration officer may ask them questions like, “What’s the purpose of your trip to Cambodia?” “How long have you lived in Thailand?” and “Ewww, why is your passport covered in vaseline?”

I sometimes get questioned and treated like a sex tourist by U.S. immigration officers when I return from Cambodia. As far as I’m concerned, that mildly humiliating experience should start in Cambodia itself. How will Cambodian immigration officers decide which foreign men to interrogate? That’s easy. Guys traveling alone. Guys wearing tank tops. Guys who look like Steve Buscemi.

Sex tourists are like cockroaches. They hate sunlight, both literally and figuratively. Shine a light on their activities by asking them questions on arrival and looking through all their luggage.

The foreigners who commit sex crimes in Cambodia are invariably found in possession of kiddie porn, dildos, handcuffs, Rohypnol, and other creepy shit.

When you find a foreigner entering the country with an entire suitcase full of condoms and Viagra, remind him that it’s illegal to have sex with children. Watch how he stammers and avoids eye contact and mutters some nonsense about being here to “see the temples.”

Even if you let the guy into the country, he’ll know that you know that he’s a disgusting pervert. This may make him less likely to misbehave during his trip. Shoplifting is deterred when store employees simply say “hello” to customers who enter, because potential shoplifters know that they’ve been noticed. Same idea.

Don’t tell me that Cambodia doesn’t have the resources to question and search foreign male visitors. Cambodians are naturally inquisitive people. It makes no sense that immigration officers who should be scrutinizing foreign visitors remain mute during every encounter, but I can’t walk ten feet down the street without a tuk tuk driver asking me where I’m going and what I’m doing. Cambodia should just deputize a bunch of volunteer motodops to work at the airport and tell them, “Go ask those white guys a lot of annoying personal questions and search their bags. Anything illegal you find, you can keep.”

5. Stop giving visas on arrival to Africans

The most important rule of a successful modern immigration policy is “Never let in immigrants from countries poorer than your own.” Very few countries are poorer than Cambodia, and most of those shitholes are located right in the middle of Africa.

Cambodia has seen an influx of dodgy African males during the last decade, from lovely places like Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Guinea, and Cameroon. Do you know why so many African dudes are moving to Cambodia? Because virtually no other country will let them in.

African men probably behave even worse in Cambodia than Western men. Sure, they may not be accomplished sex criminals, but the Africans in Cambodia have shown a strong aptitude for drug
trafficking
, fraud, robbery, and the occasional kidnap and murder.

Africans who arrive in Cambodia also regularly overstay their visas, because, let’s face it, the squalor of Phnom Penh is a fucking paradise when compared to Ouagadougou.

I propose the following solution. Every year the United Nations publishes the “Human Development Index,” a report that basically ranks all the countries on earth from nicest to crappiest. Cambodia is usually ranked about 140th, ahead of only the most screwed up countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Cambodian immigration officials should just look at that report every year and draw a big red line right under Cambodia. Anybody from a country listed below Cambodia should be denied a visa on arrival.

6. Criminalize extramarital sex between foreign men and local women

Did you know that in Vietnam, it’s illegal for a foreign man to share a hotel room with a Vietnamese woman unless they are married? Lao law similarly prohibits sexual contact between foreigners and Lao nationals if they are not married. Do some people break those laws? Of course. Forbidden sex is totally hot. It’s hotter than make up sex, and almost as hot as conjugal visit sex.

But these laws are still a major disincentive to bottomfeeding sex tourists, who always prefer the path of least pussy resistance. Vietnam and Laos both have warm weather, cheap beer, and beautiful women. Yet, thanks to these laws, they are not overrun with sex-crazed Western men like parts of Cambodia and Thailand.

Cambodian law already restricts marriage between foreign men and local women, so why not announce a few new laws restricting sex and cohabitation as well? Even if the laws prove impossible to enforce, their mere existence may slow down the tide of horny foreign men parading nightly between Street 104 and Street 136.

7. May I suggest the occasional civil war?

Cambodia’s absolute best hope of quickly clearing out its foreign dude debris would be if its ongoing election protests suddenly turn violent. Nothing will scare off the junkies and sex tourists like a nice, loud civil war and then a decade of U.N. oversight and artificially high prices.

It wouldn’t even have to be a full blown civil war. All you need is enough violence and unrest for the U.K. Foreign Office to advise against travel to Cambodia. As soon as that happens, British travel insurance will be invalidated in Cambodia. This is important, because British tourists never go anywhere without travel insurance. Few things terrify a Welshman more than the thought of having to spend his own money to see a doctor. Trust me, if a few bombs go off and the Foreign Office blacklists Cambodia, virtually all of the shirtless Brits in Sihanoukville will quickly decamp to Bognor Regis.

And when the British government advises against travel to Cambodia, the U.S. State Department will quickly follow suit, because they don’t want to be sued by some dumb American who gets shot in the ass and then complains that no one warned him that civil wars are dangerous.

Soon the sleazy French, the kinky Germans, and the drunken Australians will all disappear too. Yes, a bloody civil war that tears Cambodia apart would be totally worth it, if it meant I’d never have to see another dude like this guy basking outside Paddy Rice.

Gavinmac is a foreign dude who spends far too much time in Cambodia. His other “7 Reasons” articles can be found here.

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92 Responses to 7 Ways Cambodia Can Solve its Foreign Dude Problem

  1. richard says:

    some good points Gav,
    get rid of the Pattaya scum that travels to Cambodia (there easy to find as they all use pattaya-addicts.com) :-)

    But than again, it would also affect the GOOD men that do travel there. Perhaps combine a visa with a required 3 day pass to Angkor Wat for $60 for men??

  2. Angela says:

    Wow man, I can’t believe you’re seriously publishing this article, and Khmer440 is publishing this for you. I know you think it’s a joke, but others, especially Khmers reading it with limited English will take it seriously and not be able to tell it’s a joke. Even if they know you’re joking the impression has been made just by the pictures. I can’t believe you’re so ignorant.

    I resent being grouped together with the scumbags you describe here just for being a foreign man who lives in Cambodia. You have no crime statistics to back up your claims, and you could have done the same piece about any country in the world basically. NOT FUNNY DUDE! Please take this down and practice responsible “journalism” in the future.
    AFAIK you don’t even live in Cambodia, you’re writing from Australia stuff that hurts us who actually lives here? NOT FUNNY !

    • andy says:

      Well, “Angela” (sounds creepier than anything in the article), nobody, least of all the writer, is claiming this is ‘journalism’ anyway. NOT INTERESTING SWEETHEART!

      • Jim says:

        Well, many a true word said in jest, and while the article may be a “lighthearted”, it clearly has barbs.

        I agree with many of the points (yeah, made as a joke, or maybe not), but you have to maintain perspective.
        The tone of the article, by use of negative space, paints Cambodia and Khmers as some kind of innocent, decent society, being fouled by the worst of the west.
        I think there are plenty of Khmers who can compete for the lowlife scum title just fine.

        Personally, I think lawyers should be banned from entering the Kingdom, or indeed from any decent society at all.

  3. Hanno Stamm says:

    Hmm, I live here and not only does that article NOT hurt me, I think it is funny as hell!!!

    I somehow doubt that “especially Khmers reading it with limited English” come to Khmer440 a lot. And even if they do they probably find all their stereotypes confirmed…

    • Sammy says:

      No worry, I think most Cambodians who visited this site know understand it clearly. At least, besides the funny side, it reflects that there is not always full of good foreigners and bad Khmers. Most articles are painted negatively about Cambodians, so just this piece of a funny article, that does not hurt much. LOL

  4. Dermot Sheehan says:

    What kind of name for a dude is “Angela” anyway? Probably some sort of weirdo who should be deported.

  5. gharrik says:

    Interesting article , a lot of correct potential measures yet I (and so many others) feel discriminated . Since 10 years I take care of export of Cambodian agricultural products worldwide bringing an income for myself and the country . I live happily together with a Khmer lady and take care of her and her kids and family . I do go to 51 street (even with my GF) as one of my favorite restaurants is there and all foreigners I do meet there make an honest living, are not interested in Taxi girls neither drugs or any mafia related activity If I have to pay 500 doll a year to stay here, I (and many others) will work tomorrow in Myanmar a country with 100 times more potential than Cambodia . Sure I take my GF with me . Yet I love this country and it’s people , I stay here.
    ..
    The only solution to tackle all the problems related to sex, crime , drugs is to increase the salaries of those people that have to control the wellbeing of this country and it’s people so they will be less sensible for bribes . I do not need to bribe a custom officer at arrival in the airport;, neither a policeman in the street or a judge in the court . You forget one important thing, 70pct of the Cambodians (authority included) make their income on all the problems you mention
    in your article . It is like the EU warning for child labor…without child labor this country will go down hill as the children support their families and will keep doing till they are supported themselves by their own children . No child labor, no income ….problem…Imagine you can keep out the Pattaya and Phuket and Huan Hi and Cha am sex tourist , you think that the taxi girls from street 51/104 and 136 are going to work with their parents in the paddy fields, or will line up in the garment factory for 2.75 dollar a day ???
    Bring law and order to this country with severe measures /sanctions for those (locals and foreigners) that brake the law and all will be solved in a no time regardless if they are white, yellow , red or black .

    • Sammy says:

      You should move Myanmar with 100 times more potential than here. Cambodia is not good enough for you. I am not sure if you know much about Myanmar. It is actually a beautiful country, but economically it is still behind this country or quite similar.

  6. Chewy says:

    What a ridiculous piece of writing. To paraphrase the author: “No offence, but all foreign males in Cambodia are sexually deviant rapists with a drug problem.” Apart from the fact that I’m a bit younger than the average expat, I fit all the prerequisites described in this article (male, foreign, teacher), and I take offence to such a blatant insult. But granted, apart from Khmer’s finest males being the cause of most of the grief in this country, white males are too often the perpetrators of both petty and serious crimes in Cambodia. Coincidentally, white males are the cause of most of the world’s problems, so no surprise there. Besides that, the absurd solutions proposed by the author are incredibly immature, unfathomable and, through a sudden halt to the influx of expertise, would be a death blow to the future of most Cambodians hoping to compete with the economic wolfhounds from Asian superpowers on the rise, like HK and Singapore, who are going to eat them skin and all if the Khmers don’t get their sh*t straight.

    If you truly believe that every single foreign male is a low-life scraping the bottom of the barrel to feed whatever addiction he has, you’re hanging out with the wrong people, my friend. You’re probably not so far off yourself.

  7. name says:

    Mmm clearly you are on a mission here, however hard you try and deny. Not a shred of your usual (sometimes very weak) efforts at humour.

    Any stats to back up your random findings would be nice. A comparison on crime in the west V in Kh, but hey, you can’t be arsed. Just write a bunch of hardline stuff. Also, no foreign women… what was that recently about the daughter of a pizzarestaurateur? Weren’t most of the recently arrested drugmules female?

    And yeah, you might not care to restrict entry since you are an affluent occasional visitor, but for many others this wonderful country is not a place to hide from authority, but just not be bothered by it. Thanks for introducing big brother and the nanny state.

    • Chis Waldie says:

      I wonder how much Phnom Penh’s economy would suffer? Get rid of all the riff-raff and you could close all of the businesses on St. 104, most of the profitable businesses on 51, a large chunk of BKK1, a good chunk of the riverside and a hell of a lot of tuk-tuks. Good you may say, but how many mouths depend on the salaries and tips of these waiters, waitresses, hostesses and drivers? High-end tourists tend to spend in high-end places with very little of the money trickling down to the actual labour the services. Thailand was built on exactly these types of expats and tourists – police them a whole lot better and aim a little higher once the country’s tourist infrastructure has developed considerably for sure, but for the time being Dubai this isn’t. With regards to the female contingent, sorry but I really don’t think they spend as much as men do here – lack of female oriented entertainment venues. I am sure those stats are gender reversed in Jamaica/Dominincan Republic/etc…

  8. Dirty Expat (Dirty for short) says:

    As always, Gavmac has come up with a real gem! This guy is a genius!

    However, I can’t understand why he didn’t mention immigration raids as a way to solve the foreign dude problem. If Cambodian immigration officers occasionally raided the shithloles foreign dudes are known to congregate in and then put their pasty white asses on the next bus for the nearest border maybe there would be less of a foreign dude problem. Here are some shitholes I recommend they raid first.

    1) The Walkabout
    2) Sharky’s
    3) All of Sorya Mall
    4) 69 Bar
    5) Garage

    By the way, I have a bone to pick about Africans (at east West Africans). What’s up with dissin’ my homies?
    Let’s do a simple comparison. The number of West Africans in Cambodia has steadily increased over the last decade. So has the number of filthy, pasty, bloated western sexpats. West Africans don’t work (actually they do, just not in the formal economy). Bloated, pasty-skinned sexpats (I’m talking Edward Snowden white!) don’t work (they are mostly on pension). The difference is ten years later you can see West Africans rolling all around Daun Penh in nice second-hand SUVs and Camrys but the bloated pasties are still on tuk tuk.

    Lastly, My bro Gavmac forgot about all the Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean filth. Frequenting hostess bars on 136 is one thing, but full-on sexual human trafficking is another thing. You get the pervs, alcoholics, drug addicts and occasional murderers among the whities once in a while but paying to rape underage virgins is business as usual for the slant-eyes. At least they work though. The own all the garment factories…

    • Chis Waldie says:

      Wow, you made it a race issue…! As Africans are world-renowned for their business acumen, honest dealings, intelligence and leadership I am sure that the success of your African brethren has come as no surprise to you. The cars the Africans drive sure are beautiful….if compared to the heaps of junk you see on the streets of Lagos. I even saw one African guy driving a Merc so new he hadn’t even taken the plastic off yet (or was it so old that he’d covered it in black tape to cover the body work? – I shit you not).

      Africans working in the “black market” is nothing new, although the poor Cambodians who have not yet been exposed to such endeavors do seem to be rather easy targets. The number of scam emails Cambodians receive is through the roof – all concocted by Africans residing there and hoping to rob the locals of the few dollars they have managed to save by constantly thinking of ways to tease their bank account details from them.

      Basically, Africans in Phnom Penh like to flash the few dollars they manage to steal through conspicuous consumption. Westerners who generally come from much wealthier backgrounds do not feel this need, hence the disparity that you seem to perceive.

      A true litmus test is to have a look outside the mini-marts in any expat area of Phnom Penh. Usually full of Africans who can’t afford the $1.50 price of a can of beer in a bar and instead choose to pay 60c – frugality maybe, penniless more like!

  9. Tom says:

    A sloppy,badly written,ill informed and researched article Gavinmac.
    Pathetic.

  10. chris says:

    implement option 2 and 6 but leave the rest mate, strewth. Get rid of Paedo’s and Black scammers, and the rest Cambodia can deal with, it has enough druggies and crooks, so dealing with westerners shouldn’t be an issue at all.

    To you wanting to up visa entry fees, dont be so stupid. Cambodia is already pricing itself out of the tourist market thanks to stupid new taxes and ‘developments’.

    A funny post, but also worrysome. Now the cambodians may implement your not all right ideas (facepalm)

  11. leon9mm says:

    That was a dysfunctional piece of crap from a dysfunctional mind about a dysfunctional country. .
    Is there nothing better to write than this dribble. .
    come on…..

  12. Paul says:

    Yep. Double all visa fees. All the English teaching expats will leave the country for greener pastures.

  13. u.n.t. says:

    Re male teachers:
    The problem with your plan GM is that then Garage would have no customers and schools would have replaced their male teachers with the likes of this lot -
    http://www.funnyordie.com/lists/36cdcafaa1/top-10-sexiest-female-sex-offenders

    http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2011/05/hot_female_sex_offenders.php

    • dermot sheehan says:

      Garage bar has a wide range of customers, only a small fraction of them are male English teachers. It would still do fine.

  14. Jim says:

    Jest, or not, gavinmac is clearly a metrosexual feminist, and at the same time no doubt playing to the female gallery.

    So men cause all the problems in Cambodia?
    So too the world.
    Let’s outlaw men!

    But guess what, men are also responsible for most of the progress, both biologically and creatively.
    It’s because nature experiments with men’s abilities, and therefore creates exceptional outliers (but also exceptional dumbasses), because they have to compete to reproduce, while women are granted that privilege automatically.

  15. Jim says:

    I don’t know what to call it -a pile of cliche’s or a stack of shit. Sad attempt at attention. Give it up. The “humor sucks. It’s getting to the point with these “7 assholisms” that there isn’t even any reason to read K440 anymore. What the hell is your point? Why do you care so much about what other barangs look like or are doing? Do you come to Cambodia to watch other foreigners? Really. What the fuck?

  16. Moody says:

    Thanks GM. This article will clearly have plenty of long term entertainment value gauging by the responses so far.

  17. johhnybarang says:

    The author is actually decribing himself if you look at his history- however he comes on tourist visas.

    He is a lawyer, so expert at stirring up shit for fun and profit.

    Well done.

    I will look forward with anticipation to remarks here.

  18. Pascal says:

    Nice trolljob but whats the point of this article? Just stir up some shit?

  19. Paul Booth says:

    What’s the attraction of Cambodia for Gavinmac? We should be told.

  20. steve owen says:

    Why not ban prostitution instead, but where would gavinmac get laid if that happened?

  21. Logos says:

    . Interesting to see all the negative reactions from those who feel threatened by the doubling bofvthe visa fees. It certainly confirms your take on how little added value they bring in, be it as residents or tourists.

  22. DWW says:

    Gavinmac – Good introduction to article but let down by weak (& Racist)reasons
    Please explain why have you come to Cambodia 2 dozen times?

  23. williagra says:

    Once again without fail, and with tongue firmly implanted in cheek, GVM gets to the core and proposes some not too outlandish solutions to what ills the Kingdom of Wonder. That this brilliant satire flies over the heads of so many is both amusing and depressing.

  24. Stickman says:

    More brilliance from Gavinmac!

    Sadly for Cambodia it’s only going to get worse as more and more low-end foreigners resident in Thailand are looking at relocating to Cambodia which, on this side of the border at least, is perceived to be cheaper, has more relaxed visa regulations and there is more of an anything goes attitude (which appears to appeal to those relocating).

    There are even sex tours being promoted to Cambodia on Soi Nana (which if you don’t know is a major sex tourist area and one of the seediest streets in all of Bangkok).

    It’s only going to get worse and Gavinmac will have no shortage of material for a part 2.

    • gavinmac says:

      Thanks Stickman.

    • andy says:

      “there is more of an anything goes attitude” – so so deluded. Our Prey Saw prison is getting overcrowded with black and white foreigners as it is; let’s see how many can be crammed in.

    • fliflo says:

      actually its Thailand thats more “anything goes” in reality

      last time i was in bangkok, i saw crystal meth pipes, swords, dildos, porn, knuckledusters, viagra, and taser guns. all openly on display in patpong nightmarket. not to forget the pingpong sex shows

      Cambodia would never allow it nowadays

    • William says:

      Why you stick up for the khmer440 lot deludes me, they all hate you Thai expats, they look down on you.

  25. Nameless Observer says:

    It seems like you hit a nerve with a lot of people (especially guys) here, Gavinmac. You must be doing something right! ;)

  26. There’s no rebutting the truth in this article. The type of men moving in IS a serious problem and it is only getting worse. Unfortunately, poverty can often blind reason. I just hope the Cambodians think higher of us than what foreign vagrants they see mumbling and stumbling around the streets of their cities.

  27. Karl Hungus says:

    A good read with some valid suggestions until #7. I think the Cambodian people have been through enough. The sad and alarming thing is it could easily happen in the current political climate. But regardless, any guy planning a long-term stay in Cambodia nowadays has to be a bit off in his thinking. 10 years ago, maybe, a big maybe. But now with the place being overrun with global detritus. Nuts, absolutely nuts.

  28. Tony says:

    Well, I hope the article was a joke, otherwise I would recommend a local visit to the next doctor…

  29. MekongMonkey says:

    Most western expats here can’t even string a sentence together so I doubt they could actually understand this article while others have probably sold their laptop to pay for next months rent so they won’t even see this masterpiece.

    Oh how I wish Cambodia could have something similar to the Pattaya Flying Club. I would have pamphlets made up and distribute around Soriya Mall. Suggestions are most welcome.

  30. Arthur Fannin says:

    The weird old prowlers, mumbling nutters and shaky druggies are part of the texture of the Cambodia we know and love.

    The residence visa setup is just fine the way it is. If anything, it ought to be reduced in price so we could spend that amount of dosh on consciousness-altering substances and agreeable experiences.

  31. Jim says:

    You speak like an absolute fool, generalising way too much. You are a complete idiot. People like you should be locked up themselves !

  32. fliflo says:

    Gavinmac, you can always F off to singapore if you like

  33. William says:

    Rubbish article and I suppose gavinmac will ridicule all who do not agree with his rubbish writing.

    I believe most crimes in Cambodia are committed by Cambodians and most underage sex committed by Cambodians as well.

    I believe Cambodians created their underage brothels and love to have sex with young girls, the western man is small fry when it comes to underage sex in Cambodia.

  34. William says:

    When is this kind of article going to end? It makes a joke of khmer440 and makes a joke of Cambodia, expats in Pattaya must be laughing in their seats at us here, we look like muppets.

    Expats in Pattaya have more cash and more ideas including business ideas than all the expats in Cambodia ten fold put together and so khmer440 guys should stop attacking them.

    I notice so many khmer440 guys hate backpackers, English teachers, sexpats, sex tourists, western women, street 51, hostess bars and many others. Why, why, why the attacking all the time?

    Why not make 2014 the year that khmer440 has a look at its self?

  35. rob says:

    Apart from some of the links to amusing / tragic / mind-boggling incidents involving Expats in Cambodia at the start of the article, the rest comes off as – at best – a poor attempt at humour. At its worst, it offers a juvenile and glib take on what is, in the harsh reality of a developing nation such as Cambodia, a relatively minor issue, that of the misbehaviour of a small demographic of male tourists.
    Perhaps most troubling is not Gavinmac resorting to increasingly asinine arguments in an attempt to win a cheap laugh but the fact that he clearly has an excellent knowledge of Cambodia and has decided to use this to write a ‘funny’ article which can only be to its detriment.

  36. I have lived in Patong, Phuket, Thailand for 17 years. I have also worked, at my own expense for a non religious NGO in Calcutta a few years prior to that.
    I have spent considerable time in Phnom Penh over the last year or so and this article reads like a reflection of many conversations I have had in the rarefied heady atmosphere of that countries ‘aid’ community. Typically in the better and more exclusive eateries and bars in that city where they tend to congregate. Their attitude to anyone out of their demographic, young and beautiful and working on a US level salary for some NGO (in many cases NNGO – Nearly Non Government Agency) then you were obviously a sex tourist. As I am fat and well over 40, I could feel the judgement being made as I entered many of these places.
    This article reads like their moaning, in every expat community moaning is a common disease, yet the target for these expats was other expats who weren’t like them and this is sophistry of the lowest order.
    The article failed on all levels of journalism and to add insult to injury, it wasn’t even funny.

  37. Vanthy says:

    It’s a badly written, Giv. U looked only one side.
    Cambodia only applies for culture, bio or historic tourism. But why the stupid men like u come? U wrote yr activities and yr actitute either what u need, right? With yr badly points view, should thinking that yr country doesn’t exclude (also countries).
    If campare to yr country, I am only very very small point than situation in yr country.

    Giv, U R A STUPID RECORDER by my view. U should think about affect and effect with yr article. I hope u understand what I post this comments with my limited English. :-((

  38. a says:

    This is the most sexist article I’ve (partially) read in a long time. Boils down to men are to be treated with significant suspicion and be actively discriminated against.

  39. SE Asian dude says:

    It’s a joke man. The article is a joke.

    If anyone thinks GM actually believes his suggestions would or could be implemented is taking this way too seriously, jeez. Not as funny as his other 7 reasons articles, but I liked it.

  40. SE Asian dude says:

    It’s a joke man. The article is a joke. (and I’m American)

    If anyone thinks GM actually believes his suggestions would or could be implemented is taking this way too seriously, jeez. Not as funny as his other 7 reasons articles, but I liked it.

  41. BangkokJones says:

    In short, Cambodia is a place for the kind of expat loser (I prefer to call them “runaways”) who can’t even afford to live in Bangkok or Pattaya. This applies to both sexes equally, though of course the males are far more likely to indulge in the naughty nightlife of Cambodia. I feel privileged to be able to live in a sophisticated international city like Bangkok, having twice visited Phnom Penh and been appalled at how primitive it all is and how the expats there are way lower than even the worst that Thailand can attract. If you find yourself having to live in Cambodia as a foreigner, congratulations, you have truly reached the bottom of the barrel.

    • dermot sheehan says:

      I hate Thailand, and Thais, with their upside-down frowns called “smiles”. Why anyone would choose to live in a fucked-up country like that, especially in that sewer-beach city Pattaya, or that horrible city along the fetid Chrao Praya river? There’s nothing sophisticated about those cities, they’re just lame imitations of western cities full of hookers and ladyboys. The country can’t even keep a government together for more than a couple of years, it’s a pathetic mess.

  42. I visited Cambodia once, as a 22 year old tanker in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, along with thousands of other young American males, in President Richard Nixon’s long forgotten Cambodian invasion to wipe out the NVA and VC base camps during 1970.

    The campaign was a real downer from a military standpoint, as the cowardly Communists simply refused to commit suicide by attacking our armored columns well supported by Army attack helicopters and the fast movers of the U.S. Force (RATS!)

    I always wanted to return to the country and do a tour without the M-60A3 model tank and the 11th ACR, but never around to it.

    • dermot sheehan says:

      Unfortunately your country’s “intelligence” was way behind your enemy’s. If you had invaded 2 months earlier you might have had some success. Instead you just made things worse, and the communists were two steps ahead of you. A shame really.

  43. Brilliant! Hilarious! Of course the gormless miss the point entirely. Fluoride doing it’s job I suppose.

  44. Pu Li says:

    I found it hysterical.

    I live in China, have done for seven years, and when I arrived, even if the article is only half correct, China was in the same situation. The middle aged of most western countries were rampaging around much as described above.

    Now, the situation has completely altered, not least due to a few of Gavin’s suggestions.

    You want to be an English teacher? Show a degree, two years experience, a TEFL/TESL/Celta etc AND BE RECRUITED OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY. Arrive on a Tourist Visa, get a Foreign Expert Certificate from the Min. of Ed. convert through Hong Kong to a one year working visa.

    Plan to slip in on a Tourist Visa and get employed? 90 days only, leave the country (perhaps to Hong Kong) to get an extension, two weeks only. Return to your home country to re-apply.

    Get lifted doing anything sexually unacceptable? 15 days detention and deportation.

    Married to a National? One year Resident Permit, sir. Two years if you’re over 60. The cheapest visa in China.

    It can be done, it should be done. Some of us resent being tarred with the low life brush.

    95% of expats in my city boost the image of their home country now and are looked up to, accepted and respected.

  45. Nick says:

    The old man problem is pretty serious but they will pile out once the weather turns bad. What can you expect though the prices in western countries to live off ones pension is way to high. I teach at night..I dont see what all the hate over teaching is about. What makes all of you so special? Most foreigners here come and go within a 2 or 3 years the faces change alot.

  46. dr bob bruce says:

    0bvisly this story is ritten by some man hating hairy legged full blown carpet munching dike who needs a good root to straighten her out or the riter is a stark raving poof who hates the foreigner in cambodia picking us bar girls and rejecting his sick perverted ways…..

  47. Neil says:

    Nice as usual. You must be bloody thick skinned though to put up with the abuse you get – but you have had me pissing myself laughing a few times. I confirm I am not a spammer.

  48. guecko says:

    Death sentence should be applyed to all these scumbags. and if there is no efficient justice in this country to do so ..well a “Dexter like” scumbags hunter should do the cleaning ^^ Be honnest, you’ve already imagined yourself beating to death one of these sleazy motherfuckers ;)

  49. Drexl Spivey says:

    I love the irony that this sanctimonious, naive rubbish was written by a lawyer: the most pernicious, hypocritical, vile, immoral, money grabbing, bottom-feeding profession in the history of mankind (and I use the word profession in its loosest possible sense).

  50. anonymous says:

    It is ridiculous that travellers have to pay so much just to experience another type of Asiatic hell. It is sad that Westerners foreigners end up being mistreated for no other reason than because they have run out o money to give to those grasping khmers who have no empathy for others.
    Another reason not to travel or live or work in Asia.

  51. tim says:

    wow gavinmac you truly are a man hating douchbag …

  52. sokunthea says:

    who are you?It’s true ,you’re not a Cambodian why you so clear about Cambodia.Do you know how old is Cambodia starts? I warn you if you write stupid writing more about Cambodia you’ll regret for it.

  53. PeterL says:

    Enjoyed reading the article and agree with most of it. Look forward to the next publishing.

  54. Bo says:

    So.this means the Cambodian government is following the sound of money and does not care who’s coming in to the country. Am I right?

  55. AlegreViajero says:

    Nameless Observer said it right in just one short sentence: « It seems like you hit a nerve with a lot of people (especially guys) here, Gavinmac. You must be doing something right! »

    Yes, I believe 100% that your article is right, and the first 6 solutions are darn right also – leaving aside the civil war just for now… and the free visa for females! Hum…! And how daring it was to put up-front to the public all these pictures. They reveal their baseness and wretchedness. They are truly miserable human wrecks.

    I live in Vietnam since 2009 (now in Nha Trang) for the exact reasons mentioned above: unless you are REALLY looking for it, mostly in the two capitals, the streets of Vietnam are generally cleaned of prostitution and disgusting drunkards – except for the locals viets themselves. Oh yes, there are some brothels, some drug and more and more blacks. They all fit together. Again, in the capitals.

    Visa, although very accessible, are always something to plan ahead because it keeps changing all the time. The 1st visa on arrival at the airport cost about $65-$70; the 2nd 3-month extension, $38, the 3rd $64. Yes, you can now stay 9 months in Vietnam without a visa-run. Then you need to make that visa-run to Cambodia for a new 3-month visa. Let’s say for one year, including the run, about $400. (I will now feel embarrassed at the frontiers next time…)

    I hope, after leaving Thailand, than possibly Cambodia, those sex maniacs, predators and addicts of all kinds don’t find refuge in Vietnam. They seem to be migrating east… Good Lord! It is funny that I was for the future considering Cambodia… I sincerely love those people and their smiles… and most speak English! This article makes me rethink this option…

    I will now keep reading you for a long time Maître Gavinmac. Keep saying it loud and clear.

    • Steve says:

      I fully agree with you that Cambodia should do everything to avoid becoming a refuge for scumbags (like NYC or the City of London have long been–the scumbags there wear expensive suits and dresses of course but they’re of the worst sort). And any activity that exploits the powerless, especially minors, those who depend on the care of adults and thus are the most tragic victims of adult predation, is absolutely immoral. Of course, any consumption of corporate products in Cambodia enables and contributes to the exploitation of the powerless, including many minors, be it garment workers, or those young people laboring 10-hour days in shoe factories unprotected against toxic glue fumes in unventilated factories owned by foreigners, run by Khmers, and made profitable by consumers unaware of or unconcerned about the consequences of their choices.

      To be sure, the sexual exploitation of minors is without doubt one of the worst of the worst offences against children in Cambodia or anywhere else. Foreigners who come here with that in mind are undesirables of the worst sort and should be completely unwelcome. And Cambodia would no doubt do well to follow the examples of Vietnam (where, apparently, there’s no prostitution–who knew?–except no doubt for that “practiced” by Khmers).

      What is objectionable, aside from the implications of prejudging who’s unwelcome, is painting all men of a certain age (or according to the writer any age) with one brush. The humor defense is disingenuous; it’s not a humorous topic and the writer has made his attitudes about it very clear elsewhere.

      At best it’s passive-aggressive sniping or as I noted earlier, maybe even indicative of projection on his (or her) part. The writer seems quite prone to over-generalizing; when combined with such unmitigated moral outrage it is toxic regardless of how disgusting (in this case, very) the legitimate targets are.

      Finally, it may well be most empowering to Cambodians to find a Khmer/Asian solution to the problem rather than blindly follow the self-righteous prescriptions of self-entitled moral arbiters from countries in Europe and North America where prostitution and child-abuse are wide-spread, and pornography of the most extreme sorts is availbe every where there’s an internet connection. We don’t really have much of a moral high ground to stand on, do we?

  56. Steve says:

    Gavinmac, you really need to look inside your own perverted mind. I’d begin by looking into the psychological phenomenon known as “projection.” Your over-the-top condemnation of anything or anyone you deem “creepy” is a red flag. Seek help before you abuse any Khmer people yourself.

  57. Steve says:

    I’ll follow up by, first, retractting a bit–I shouldn’t assume you have a perverted mind; but “thou protesteth too much.” I’ve read a number of your numerous posts here and elsewhere about this topic, and like the right-wing closeted homosexual who condemns homosexuality at every opportunity, your condemnatory over-generalizations, never mind your obvious love for the word “creepy” is a warning sign that you may well yourself harbor feelings and thoughts about abusing under-age Khmer girls, or boys, or both!

    Along with psychological projection, I advise you to look into the concept “attitudes are antidotal.” Some of the other starched-collar moralists spitting venom at all foreign men over 45 visiting Cambodia would benefit, no doubt, from no small amount of the same honest introspection.

    What about a 51-year-old man who comes to Cambodia to see–Cambodia! Can you believe that might actually happen? And aside from finding much to love in this still-Asian country (i.e. not westernized like most every Asian country has become) he falls in love with a Khmer woman in her late 20s, one who has a .00001% chance of marrying anyone any more because she’s “too old”? But thanks to this “all barang men over 45 are creepy pervs” meme you so fully support (oh yes you do, don’t weasel out of it with claims of writing humour) is legally barred from doing so.

    This situation is the wet dream of unreflective, self-righteous moralists like you everywhere. Speaking of creepy…….

  58. Steve says:

    I’ll add that the references to African cities you’ve very very likely never visited or have no real knowledge of as “shitholes” betrays your typical Western neo-colonial mentality, something so prevalent among represssed-guilt-assuaging do-gooders in “3rd world” countries (like NGO staff living their 1st-world lives behind A/C-cooled curtains while helping out the “poor” Khmers).

    Let’s see if you or like-minded others can muster a more sophisticated response than “I’m rubber and you’re glue” or baseless ad-hominem attacks.

    • gavinmac says:

      I’ve actually been to Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. I’ve also been to Ouagadougou. They are all shitholes. I invite you to visit them and report otherwise, unless you’re too racist and afraid to go to Africa.

  59. John says:

    The sad irony of your apparent “desire” for a civil war in Cambodia is that it is largely due to a civil war 20 years ago that much of the current situation we detest exists today..

  60. SteveP says:

    Wow! I did not read all the comments, but let me maybe be the first to congratulate you on being provocative. Provocative PLUS! I went to Thailand and Cambodia for the first time this past year. My reality is a bit tame and limited (I spent New Year’s Eve in a hotel bar, listening to jazz and editing my photos. Lol) But I did dabble a bit with consenting adults, and feel NO guilt or defensiveness.

    I saw little of what you talk about, but do believe it is out there. My hours and venues out simply did not mesh with theirs. But I read enough, and saw peripheral signs, to believe there is some of that going on. And some is too much. I draw a large, thick, broad bright line at sex with minors.

    You wrote with humor, exaggeration, hyperbole, with instances of genius, common sense, and silliness.
    Good writing? Yes! You were never boring.

    You have a country in extreme poverty. Many are trying to solve this problem. Some are exploiting it.

    Thanks for the awakening of awareness.

    • SteveP says:

      Let me amend. Your suggestion of a civil war was a bit much. A nice, clean, staged and efficacious civil war outside the farang streets on Phnom Pehn and Siem Reap as a cleansing experience is a tad calloused given very recent history.

      BUT I do not believe in condemning for going a bit too far in one section of your diatribe.

  61. That would have to be the most sickest piece of shit journalism Iv ever read. Man are you one fucked up dude ! Id wouldn’t be surprised if you were plagued with unhealthy fantasies of Germane Greer? Iv been going to these places for the last 6 years and the vast majority of foreigners I met were decent kind people. Which is why a lot of Asian women like being with them, another reason why Asian girls like the company of Foreign men is because a lot of the local men treat them like dogs, also you conveniently left out the report on child abuse by INTERPOL which clearly stated that at least 85% of child abuse is committed by local Asian men. I once asked a Thai Barman, where are all these dirty molesters that are supposed be on every street corner, that the western media keeps harping on about, he angrily replied that their Government was making a serious effort to clean up that type of garbage, he said, even if they managed to shoot every one them, the western media will still find them under ever bed. He ended the conversation with a very interesting point and that is , the only ones that see this type of crap are the ones who go looking for it. so it begs the question. What the fuck! were you getting up to over there? Not only was this story the work of a complete and utter Wanker, but also a person with a guilty conscience.

  62. Louise Belhavel says:

    Sad to say, Cambodia is currently in the process of being cleaned up.

    Not so long ago, a bowl of grass and a supply of Rizlas were available for the free use of guests staying in the ramshackle guesthouses on the now-vanished foetid lake.

    A few years from now the Blue Meanies will have stamped out irresponsible joyful hedonism once and for all.

  63. enock says:

    I know many Africans especially from West Africa deal in drugs and exhibit despicable manners but, are there Africans who are living clean lives there? Not every African you meet is a drug dealer, beggar or a murderer. My team who are successful venture capitalist were planning to come and for a week train and invest in young Cambodians, we saw this article and because we have done so much in Africa and have special relationship there, we feel like cancelling our intention.

  64. Kevin James says:

    From reading this article, I imagine Gavinmac to be one of those bitter, fat white lady NGO’s who hang out at the FCC, whom nobody wants to shag any more.

  65. johno says:

    you are an idiot! I have read some crap since researching my second visit to the kingdom you are now number on on my idjit scale the close second place getter was a guy boasting he did three women in one night and refused to pay for sex and didn’t use protection! foreign men flee to Cambodia,,.. women don’t! they don’t have the non feminine thunder thigh expat female can do what they want say what they want wear what they want Abuse who they want and have forgotten what it means be feminine and take every friggin cent you have saved accumulated in your life time and have the cops drag you out of your own home and leave you on the street .. but that’s legal you are a door knob!!!! and ill take Asian women and their way of life anytime

  66. dick butkis says:

    you take what you can get. attracting wealthy visitors that are not perverts is not something the country is able to do.

    don’t see many honeymooning couples around either, what are you talking about?

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