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When it comes to seniority on the Cambodian expat circuit, I consider myself still a rookie, several pegs down the totem pole from some of the grizzled veterans who have made their bones in the Kingdom of Wonder over many years.

I made my debut …

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Disparity of income is nothing new and we are told seemingly on a weekly basis that the chasm between rich and poor is widening further and further around the globe. The system involving the rich getting richer, whilst the poor get poorer has been around …

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How many solo females do you know in Phnom Penh?

And I don’t mean unmarried. I mean alone. I mean, Western women who’ve wandered into Cambodia with no connection to any NGO, government, volunteer program, research project or other human being. During my nine months living …

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Liam Strother is 26, from Scotland and has spent the past few months traveling around Cambodia gaining the trust of tourists, expats and local businesses and then stealing from them.

In Sihanoukville, he is reported to have left a trail of unpaid bills …

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Tim LaRocco has put together a primer for those seeking a basic need-to-know understanding of the political situation in Cambodia

I recently asked my college students in the Introduction to Political Science course I teach to play word association with some of the world’s countries. When Cambodia came up, there were but two answers from …

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First check this amazing new time lapse Siem Reap-based movie from the film maker Max Palmer, then read Naomi Collett Ritz’s guide to the perfect night on the town.

With Siem Reap being a tourist town and all, you never need an excuse go to out. Any night of the week you can find …

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Take a look outside of your house. Chances are, if you live in the west you will see a few plastic bags hanging in the branches of a tree or floating about along the street. The quantity will vary depending on whether you live in …

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Tim LaRocco examines the for-profit private education sector in Cambodia and finds a system not fit for purpose:

“We don’t allow the students to cheat here,” the head teacher of a well-known language school in Phnom Penh explained to me in his office …

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Do you have any superstitions? Salute solitary magpies, count rosary beads, throw spilled salt over your shoulder, have an irrational fear of the number 13, which is antagonised further when that day of the month falls on a Friday?

Such irrational beliefs, to ‘normal’ people in …

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When your out of town guests come looking for an authentic Khmer dining experience there are plenty of options. There’s the small-food-big-plate option of Malis, the charity nod of Friends, or for substantially greater authenticity there’s some very good food at …