Author Archives: Nathan Thompson


How to Survive Alone in a Cambodian Village

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When in Rome It’s a crap adage but helpful. One of the first things you need to do is abandon your Western habits in favour of local ones. Even superior Western habits will not serve you if you cling to…

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Frenchman Bashed and Gashed with Beer Bottle in Street Robbery

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Phnom Penh -A Frenchman (បុរសជនជាតិបារាំង) returning home from a Panda Mart convenience store was badly injured when 2 thieves on a motorbike grabbed the beer he had purchased and used it as a weapon to rob him of his wallet….

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Shaven-headed Australian Expat Arrested in Phnom Penh

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Tuol Kork and Daun Penh military police arrested an Australian man, a មេខ្លោង (kingpin) known for supplying drugs to the expat community along the riverside in Phnom Penh. -The arrest was made at 10:00 am on the 20th December, 2013,…

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Cambodia Expat Missing Person Enquiry: Denis Jones

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I’ve been retained by the Jones family in the UK to look into the matter of the disappearance of their son, Denis. I can share a few facts with you, and also let you know that there are a few…

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5 Things Barangs Do Better Than Khmers

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Not eating our pets Whilst in the West pets are a source of joy, in Cambodia pets are a source of protein. Rationality tells us it can’t be more wrong to eat a dog then a pig; indeed haven’t we…

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American Head of Christian NGO Arrested for Rape

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Ministry of the Interior’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police in collaboration with America’s FBI yesterday arrested Daniel Stephen Johnson, an American citizen. The arrest was made at a house in Sonsom Kosol Village, Beoung Thom Phun Commune, Mean Chey…

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Waiting For Go…….

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The day is already hot, the air a humid mix of dust and engine fumes billowing from an array of mottos, 4 wheel drives, buses and ropey delivery trucks. They wait in the shadow of tall glass towers, squatting patiently,…

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Walking a Mile in a Sex Worker’s Shoes

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With Pchum Ben less than a week away I got a call from an unknown number on my cell phone. Usually picking up a mystery call results in my apologizing in Khmer for not speaking enough Khmer, and I eventually…

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5 things Khmers do better than Barangs

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1. Respect In the West the phrase, “old person” is so objectionable that it needs to be pussyfooted around with terms like, “older person” or “senior”. In Cambodia if you call a fifty year old guy “Tha” (grandfather), he is…

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Cambodia’s Lesser Traveled Killing Fields: Wat Somrang Knong

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When was the first time you heard about Cambodia? Are you (very) old and remember the ‘Golden Era’, mature enough to remember the Nixon/Kissinger policy of B-52 diplomacy, when most people were concentrating on TV news showing college drop-outs and…

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