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Cam-Beer-Dia! A Look at Cambodia’s Beer Market

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It is an indisputable fact that Cambodians love their beer. Whether it’s a simple get-together between friends or a lavish wedding ceremony, it seems that there is always an occasion to crack a can, pour into an ice filled glass…

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Do American Embassy Staffers Patronize Cambodian Brothels For “Research” Purposes?

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Despite however much I would like to consider myself a Cambodian insider, having lived here for two years, studying the language, working, and generally trying to take it all in from $1 street side congee to decadent meals at the…

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Cambodia Public Holidays 2018

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Getting ready to plan your beach holidays for 2018? Us too! The Royal Government of Cambodia Sub-Decree No. 202 sets out the Paid Public Holidays for 2018 for all Civil Servants, employees and workers in the Kingdom of Cambodia as:…

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What Can we Expect from the Southeast Asian Games in 2023?

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We’ve written satire pieces about what could be included in the Khmer440 games in the past but now some serious games are coming to Cambodia. The country has been officially confirmed as the host of the 32nd Southeast Asian Games…

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Would the U.S. State Department cover up a bar fight involving an embassy staffer at Golden Sorya Mall?

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There’s been a lot of talk in recent weeks about press freedom in Cambodia and the troubling lack of transparency from Cambodia’s ruling elite. The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh recently issued a statement condemning Cambodian authorities for abruptly shutting…

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Midnight in Cambodia

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In a subterranean bunker in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, members of a secret government organization–Angkor–meet to discuss how the ruling regime can maintain their loosening grip on power with national elections on the horizon. At the same time, a major anti-immigration…

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Mekong Shadows

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In 2012, a collection of short stories called ‘Phnom Penh Noir’ was released, edited by the highly talented Christopher G. Moore, author of the Vincent Calvino series of books (as well as some very cerebral essays on a number of…

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The Khmer440 Games

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association of South East Asian Nations a year of superlative events have been planned by the ten member states, perhaps the most auspicious alternative sporting event in history is being…

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The people you most want to avoid in SE Asia (and everywhere else also)

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Call it expat privilege, call it snobbery, but let’s be honest; once you’ve been living in Asia for a while there are certain stereotypes that you go out of your way to avoid and who you would happily see being…

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The Fairytale Complex: 419s in Cambodia

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As the western target market has become more aware, with only the really, really stupid and old folk with Alzheimer’s responding to African princes, new markets and opportunities are emerging where uneducated folk are given access to the internet without a crash course on who roams cyberspace looking to make a fraudulent buck or three. Word is slowly getting out, thanks to community phone in programmes on ABC Radio, but when I get asked whether a 6 headed naga caught in Kampong Cham going viral on Facebook is real, or if the Zika virus had been really been sprayed over Phnom Penh by Vietnamese agents, then it’s pretty safe to bet that safe internet safety steps are still in their infancy in Cambodia. Continue reading

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