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News: Young Brit Peter Riley, 25, Dies in Sihanoukville

Peter Riley

The young western man found dead outside All Nations Guesthouse at Victory Hill, Sihanoukville yesterday has been named as Peter Michael Riley, a 25 year old British man from St Heliers, Jersey in the UK. Continue reading

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News: Khmer440 members support relief efforts in Nepal

thanks K440

Today a few K440 members supported the relief efforts in Nepal by contributing money to the above group of volunteering travelers and expats helping the victims of the recent earthquake. The contribution was enough to provide a shelter and food for one family of five for three months – every cent has gone toward direct assistance. Continue reading

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Under the ink: Tola, The Village Tattooist

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Nowadays it seems as if every man, woman and his/her dog in the western world is ‘inked up’. The last couple of decades have seen an explosion of ‘body art’. Gone are the days when tattoo parlours were the domain of Maoris, pissed up sailors and those used to taking regular holidays in Her Majesty’s finest institutions. From sports stars to Hollywood A-Z listers and right down to sink hole estate trash, everyone has gone under the needle. Continue reading

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British national, Oliver Banks, and unidentified foreigner dead from ‘intoxication’


Two days, two separate incidents of foreign men dying from excessive drinking in Phnom Penh. Late last night a 32 year old British male died after being taken to Calmette Hospital. According to police reports, Oliver Gordon Banks was staying at a guesthouse on Street 136 when he was refused admission into Pontoon nightclub for being too drunk. Continue reading

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Sunday with the Kru Teay

fortunetelle hands

Fortune telling, prophecies and finding ways to influence fate form the backbone of Cambodian culture. Such things are intricately woven into ancestor worship, the spirit world and more orthodox ideas of Theravada Buddhist teachings. The above prophecy is known to pretty much every Khmer old enough to have heard it (go on, ask), and gets updated by each generation to ‘prove’ its authenticity.
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The Phnom Penh Pyramid of Judgment

Cambodia Rolls Royce

People love to look down on each other. Even those at the lowest of the low finds someone else to judge. Hell, when I was addicted to heroin I looked down on the alcoholic who lived downstairs. “The poor bastard is destroying himself,” I’d think after waking up to find myself face down on my keyboard having typed 232 pages of “mmmmmmm.” Continue reading

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National colours: Cambodia’s ever-changing flags


A country’s flag is a symbol; as is the act of changing one. Cambodia’s history is rife with coups, invasions and occupations which has not only fomented regime change but has also provided the impetus for the flag’s numerous transformations over the years. Since 1863, there have been numerous different national flags, including periods of time when more than one flag was in use in Cambodia – depending upon where one was in the country – and at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Continue reading

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Santa and Budweiser – the Khmer explanation


Jon Allen is in Siem Reap for the holiday season and tries to explain the concept of Santa Claus to his Khmer brother. His brother rightly thinks he is a complete nutjob. Continue reading

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Lies, Lies and Aeon Mall

aeon crowds

Pedro Milladino takes a trip to Aeon Mall against his better judgement, and finds himself confronted by lies, lies and more damned lies. Continue reading

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Three things to avoid in the provinces


Nathan Thompson returns to Cambodia and settles again into village life. Here he lists three key things to avoid if you want to stay sane in your Cambodian rural idyll. Continue reading

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