Khmers, Gore, Porn, Suicide and Facebook

Cambodian’s use of Facebook is, like many Cambodian things, interesting. Naomi-Collett Ritz examines the phenomenon of Khmers and FB. The other day on the internet a well-known photojournalist posted a photo of a family standing around an open coffin. The women were crying. The photo showed the face of the…

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The Diseased Temple Dog and Me

Vice and Slate writer Nathan Thompson encounters a disconcerting side of Khmer rural life: the treatment of stray animals The dog was a right old mess. Its patchy fur exposed grey skin gathered into folds and each eye was blood red. Its head drooped as it crept around the temple….

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Sunday Roast at the Cavern in Phnom Penh

Sundays are brilliant, aren’t they? Whether you are nursing a hangover from Saturday night’s excess, or praising the Lord for the seventh day, that God-given day of rest applies to everyone (except Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists supermarket workers and the Khmer construction workers opposite your apartment). Even so, for those…

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The Legend of the Aap

Pedro takes a look at the body-less monster of Khmer villages, the Aap. “Do you believe in ghosts?” is a question sometimes asked after conversations about rice and money have been exhausted. “Believe!” is the emphatic answer. When prodded on the subject further, the admission is usually “Believe, but never…

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What Not to Do in Sihanoukville

Vice and Slate writer Nathan Thompson visits Sihanoukville and has a dire time of it I expected Sihanoukville to be a Sodom of sexpats. But it wasn’t all that bad. “Just go to Otres”, my expat friends had told me. I would have followed their advice if I hadn’t been…

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Life in Brown Coffee and Bakery

Nathan Thompson examines the customer demographic at Brown Coffee in Phnom Penh. I’m a coffee shop w*nker. I’m that guy sitting at his laptop rolling his eyes as you enter with your girlfriends trailing your excitable sprogs behind you. Even as I write this I am glaring at a Chinese…

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The Cambodian Carnival

Pedro tries and fails to enjoy all the fun of the provincial Khmer fair Provincial Cambodians have a different understanding of the Western concept of leisure time. A lack of disposable income and strong family ties mean that only the wealthier portion of the populous is able to enjoy daytrips…

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