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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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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Rice Work If You Can Get It

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 it’s heaped out into my bowl every day. Breakfast is…

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Happy Balloons in Phnom Penh

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 the short, moreish high produced upon inhaling. What I can’t…

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Waiting For Go…….

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, swatting away the street sellers offering fried food, imitation leather…

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