Category Archives: Travel

14 Months in Siem Reap

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I have been in Siem Reap for 14 months. Don’t hold me to it, but I would be happy to move on around Hanukkah. In general, expats seem to stay for six months. We come as NGO workers, teachers or…

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The CTN Roadshow

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Life out in the provinces can get pretty dull. Hot humdrum days follow long, hot nights, with only regular meals of rice and palm wine to break the dusty monotony. There’s also sleeping and bitching about the neighbours- two other…

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What Not to Do in Sihanoukville

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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….

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Wash Bad Luck Right Outta My Hair (Kru Khmer Exorcism in the Provinces)

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Pedro takes part in a provincial Kru Khmer exorcism ceremony As those who are familiar with The Kingdom of Wondering What in Lord’s Name is Going On are no doubt aware, asking a question about day to day events mostly…

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The Cambodian Carnival

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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…

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How I Lived Solo in a Rural Khmer Village

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Vice and Slate writer Nathan Thompson explains how he coped with life in an isolated Khmer village. Living solo in a Cambodian village is like being addicted to hard drugs – an interesting experience, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I…

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Rice Work If You Can Get It

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Pedro joins village Khmer women in the fields harvesting rice. Rice – the bane of my life. Don’t get me wrong, it’s ok and fills an empty stomach, but to be honest it lacks a certain culinary flair, especially when…

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Happy Balloons in Phnom Penh

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Top Banana and Blue Dog guesthouses in Phnom Penh now sell “happy balloons” at the enterprising price of $2 each. The balloons are full of Nitrous Oxide – classically known as laughing gas and colloquially dubbed “hippy crack” because of…

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How to Survive Alone in a Cambodian Village

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When in Rome It’s a crap adage but helpful. One of the first things you need to do is abandon your Western habits in favour of local ones. Even superior Western habits will not serve you if you cling to…

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Waiting For Go…….

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The day is already hot, the air a humid mix of dust and engine fumes billowing from an array of mottos, 4 wheel drives, buses and ropey delivery trucks. They wait in the shadow of tall glass towers, squatting patiently,…

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