Author Archives: Mac Hathaway

Cambodian Travel: Kompong Chhnang, Hilltop Temples


The foothills of western Cambodia”s wild Cardamom Mountains stretch all the way to Kampong Chhnang. The provincial landscape is one of rolling green hills, and many of these have become traditional Khmer sites of worship. With the exception of one…

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Cambodia Travel: Kampong Chhnang, The Khmer Rouge Tunnel Prison


On a recent trip to Kampong Chhnang with my friend, Srey Mom, I was very keen on finding a historical site that I”d heard of long before. The area northwest of the city is covered in the traces of the…

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Travel: Around Kampong Chhnang


A few months ago, I made a trip to Kampong Chhnang with my friend, Srey Mom, to check out the old, abandoned Chinese-built airport and some of the surrounding Khmer Rouge era infrastructure. While the massive airport, large enough to…

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Developing a New Cambodian NGO

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by Mac Hathaway As the director of the Hathaway Gender Consultancy Ltd., I work closely with international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to provide empirical research on issues related to gender. The efforts of the NGO community in dealing with gender-issues in…

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Cambodia Daytrips: Prasat Sras Keo, Takeo


Dusting off an old archaeological survey of Takeo I found some time ago, I headed down to the provincial capital recently in search of several obscure pre-Angkorean temples. Even with specific place names, it’s not always easy to find these…

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Skull Tourism: Cambodia’s Rise from the Mass Grave of History


Cambodia is a mass grave, a shallow hole in the ground, blood-soaked, bone-filled, holding the rotten corpses of the millions slaughtered by Pol Pot’s psychotic, genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. Ironically, though, it is this brutal, bloody history that is helping…

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Cambodia Daytrips: Wat Ang Sleng, Takeo


By: Mac Hathaway Returning to the town, we went back to the restaurant where we’d gone before and again pestered the proprietors for travel tips. There’d been discussion in our absence, and new ideas had emerged. This time, we were…

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Cambodia Daytrips: Wat Kiribobaram, Kompong Cham


Just a short drive toward Kompong Cham stands the tall, red archway to the entrance to Wat Kiribobaram. An ornate naga bridge, with the dragon’s undulating body as the railings that lead from this first gate to the inner one,…

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Cambodia Daytrips: Wat Puthai, Takeo


By: Mac Hathaway Without a guidebook to point out the way, my plump Khmer ex and I embarked on some genuine countryside exploration last year, pestering shopkeepers, accosting motodops, and sniffing out leads to any out of the way little…

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The Phnom Penh Sex Tourist Pride Parade 2007


Sex tourists have been the subject of ridicule for too long. Today’s society presents us with an unfair picture of these men as huge, hairy-chested old codgers who for eleven months a year desperately masturbate until their hands cramp up,…

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