Category Archives: Commentary

Three things to avoid in the provinces

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Nathan Thompson returns to Cambodia and settles again into village life. Here he lists three key things to avoid if you want to stay sane in your Cambodian rural idyll. Continue reading

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Remembering keeping_it_riel – an obituary

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The former owner and admin of Khmer440 died suddenly yesterday, aged 49. gavinmac’s portrait of keeping_it_riel remembers a friend (and occasional foe) who had an unforgettable impact on Phnom Penh expat life. Continue reading

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The curse of jetlag

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Bertolt Bieber arrives in Phnom Penh and is hit by that curse of intercontinental travellers, jetlag. Here is his account of experiencing jetlag in his first couple of days in town. Continue reading

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Phnom Penh Thmey, baby

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Pedro Milladino moves back to the big city and finds his new neighbourhood of Phnom Penh Thmey is a place of contrasts, and a place where a new urban elite are using their riches to leave an indelible mark on the landscape. Continue reading

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Hanoi vs Beijing – Where does Cambodia stand?

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Tim LaRocco surveys the complicated web of international tensions across South East Asia and wonders if Cambodia’s careful balancing act can be maintained indefinitely. Continue reading

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Taking 12 Steps in Cambodia

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Dave H visits an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Phnom Penh and considers the treatment options for both expat and Khmer alcoholics in a drinker’s playground. Continue reading

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Provincial Protein – A Guide to Subsistence Dining 2/2

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Pedro Milladino continues to munch his way through myriad varieties of rustic Khmer nosh in the second part of this series It’s a well established fact that Asians eat dog, but then again so do some Swiss. Without dwelling too…

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Provincial Protein – A Guide to Subsistence Dining 1/2

Amazing Street Food From Around the World (16)

Cambodian food has a bad rep, and quite deserved too for the most part, with cheap refined cooking oil, diabetes inducing sugar levels and liberal doses of that culinary crack- highly addictive crystal monosodium glutamate, MSG- the stuff that makes…

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Cambodia as My ‘New Colossus’

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Tim LaRocco opines on his impending return to Cambodia as an expat I’m a New Yorker born and bred, and thus, a creature of particular routines and habits. I eat the same breakfast everyday (toasted everything bagel with an egg,…

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How Khmers Make Ends Meet aka Blood is Thicker than Bor Bor

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Last time I gave a little personal insight to the polar opposite worlds of a high-up ranking family in the big city and a cow farming bunch in the wilds of Kampong Cham. Official sources state that almost 20% of…

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