Category Archives: Phnom Penh

What is a ‘VoIP Scam’?

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Telephone fraud has been around a long time. The phone offers anonymity between shyster and mark, a separation which makes lies easier to tell and simpler to swallow. Ever since the 1960’s hard sales techniques have been used by, if…

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2019 Public Holidays in Cambodia

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As Water Festival has come to a close, and there remains only one lone holiday left in 2018 (at least it’s on a Monday!), it’s time to look forward to 2019 and the next 28 public holidays. Public Holidays in…

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Le Broken Plate Falls Flat In Its New Location

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Last year I visited Le Broken Plate a few times, and wrote this glowing review of a night there. The location on Street 13 was almost hidden, but once inside the small and trendy restaurant you were warmly welcomed by the…

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Update: Would the U.S. State Department cover up a bar fight involving an embassy staffer at Golden Sorya Mall?

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Last year K440 published an article bitching and moaning about the U.S. State Department’s stonewalling response to aFreedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request for documents about a bar fight involving an embassy staffer outside Golden Sorya Mall. Here is the update. Continue reading

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7 Reasons to Not Buy a Business in Cambodia

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Cambodia itself is detrimental to your health, and working in Cambodia is even more so. What could go wrong? Continue reading

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Mini-Marts I Know and Love – Camko City

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Cambodia is changing. On the way out are the wretched, the desperate, the runaways, alkies and deathpats. They don’t suit the new ‘developed’ status that the country now is hell-bent on portraying, albeit fairly unsuccessfully. Out with the beer guts…

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A Return Trip to Le Broken Plate in Phnom Penh

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I had some friends visiting from out of town for a week, and they wanted to have a fun and different experience from our other nights out in Phnom Penh. It was an easy choice to settle on Le Broken…

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The Jewel in the Crown: A History of Koh Pich (Diamond Island)

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From a semi-submerged sandbar rising from where the Bassac, Tonle sap and Mekong rivers converge, to the shining light triumphing Phnom Penh’s rapid development as an international city, Koh Pich, or Diamond Island, had a short, and often troubled history. Continue reading

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Eating Scorpions: Pitfalls of the Cambodian Dating Culture

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Cambodia is the wild west of Asia. At least that’s what I thought when I landed in Phnom Penh. I was 26-years-old, it was my second time in Asia and I had no idea what to expect. The only other…

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Asia South East-Short Film Festival: A New Event For Cinema Lovers Is Landing In Phnom Penh

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  Are you a fan of independent cinema? Well it looks like we’ve got some great treats about to be served up at The Asia South East – Short Film Festival happening at Meta House Cultural Centre in Phnom Penh…

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