Category Archives: provinces

A trip to Phú Quôc from Phnom Penh

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Currently there are two main ways to get to Phú Quoc Island from Phnom Penh: fly via Saigon, or go overland through Hà Tiên, and then take a ferry.  Over water festival a few friends and I chose to go the…

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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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Otres Beach Murder Remains Unsolved & Killer Still at Large

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When Denis Goncharov’s butchered body was discovered floating in a shallow ditch some 400m from Sihanoukville’s popular Otres Beach on July 19 2015, police quickly identified their prime suspect – the man’s best friend and business partner, Dmitry Sidorov. The details of this horrific killing shocked the coastal community that was already reeling from a recent surge in violent crime and unrest linked to feuding Russian gangs. Goncharov had been the victim of a frenzied knife attack that allegedly began while he was still riding his motorcycle. Police allege that the attacker was his passenger, and began knifing him as they travelled together. Continue reading

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The Good Life? A Treatise on Raising Meat in Cambodia

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By Pedro El Millardo The former owner of K440 had been asking me to write an article about experiences with farming out in the provinces for some time, which, to be frank, really isn’t interesting at all; basically ground hog…

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Decision 2017 – should we be worried, and what can we do?

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As tensions mount ahead of Sunday’s important local elections – and set the tone for the run up to 2018 – Tim LaRocco offers some wise advice to expats keen to get involved in the local political process. Don’t! Continue reading

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A road trip through Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri

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As the holidays were approaching my wife and I were gifted with a surprise: a week of time off between Christmas and New Year’s. Having already made plans in country for the New Year’s Eve weekend, we decided that instead…

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Back on track in Cambodia

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For me, the sight that most encapsulated the rebirth of passenger services in Cambodia was the two young children, travelling on a train for the very first time, accompanied by their grandfather or great-grandfather. The looks of awe and excitement…

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Dying to get to work

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The most lethal challenge to Cambodian workers comes not from poor ventilation or industrial machinery, but the challenge of getting to and from the sweatshops 6 days a week. It’s kinda a case of hard work never killed anyone, but the commute might just be deadly. Continue reading

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The Mekong Mutilator, part deux

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Me and Strange Dave got bored one day in Battambang, bought a telescopic rod and some tackle, a bag of mealworms as bait and got permission to fish in a small pond where huge fish could be seen basking on the surface. After hours of chain smoking and drinking warm cans we had nada, not even a nibble, when along came the Khmer crocodile lady and scooped up a respectably dinner sized specimen with her hands. With her fucking hands! Continue reading

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Khmer don’t need no education

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Last year almost 75% of grade 12 students across the country failed their final exams after an anti-corruption drive, which was deemed rather unsporting, as every other grade 12 student in previous years had lied, bribed and cheated in order to pass with flying colours. Somebody must take the blame, and as usual shit always rolls downhill, from the MoEYaS, to the provincial education offices, to the school directors, to the teachers and perhaps the students themselves. Continue reading

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