A Psycho-geography of BKK1, Phnom Penh

Three kings and one dictator watch BKK1, Phnom Penh’s exclusive district. To the north, lies the late king Sihanouk with his effigy is rendered in concrete on a road island. The southern border is held in place by Sihanouk’s allay, Mao Tse Tsung. Sihanouk’s father Monivong keeps the West and…

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By the Rivers of Battambang

OK, it’s the finale of rainy season 2013. It was PchumBenh weekend, so what could go possibly wrong? Last PchumBenh found me in Siem Reap, out in the swamps doing a bit of Buddhism and chowing the family ‘pet’. This year, due to an ill-conceived career change and the majority…

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Accidental Sleaze

Shane Thomas goes clubbing with a Khmer student in Bangkok and discovers that globalization is as pervasive in the sleaze industry as in the car, call center or garment industries. “You wan’ play pool?” Said Dom. “Er OK, sure”. I wasn’t sure. We were in an empty, silent club populated…

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Village Coffee Wars

Fed up with Costa, Brown, Gloria Jean, Spinelli and other soulless, corporate Starbucks wannabees? Nathan Thompson reviews the homely Khmer coffee shops in his village many miles away from the glitz of Phnom Penh’s BKK1. We douse ourselves in coffee. Every morning a million infinities are spent waiting for water…

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Angkor Wat’s Geoglyph Gardens

A June 2013 UNESCO report on the first “lidar” aerial laser survey of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, which exposes topography under tree canopy, has revealed a mysterious geoglyph attached to this great temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. The immense geoglyphic relief area is exactly as wide from east…

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