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I’d deliberately not planned any of my week in Siem Reap other than vaguely seeing Angkor Wat.

I flagged down the first passing motodop and told him to take me there. After he initially tried a couple of bog-standard tourist scams on me we …

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It’s a testament to human ingenuity and adaptability that anything works in a country where disorganization is the order of the day.The most glaring example is probably the two older markets in the centre of Phnom Penh: Psar Chas and Psar Kandal. There vendors …

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I expected Cambodia to be dangerous, full of marauding bandits, lingering Khmer Rouge, land mines and bloodthirsty, disease-ridden mosquitoes.

I first came to Cambodia in March 2006, as a young 40-something female traveling alone. I was on alert. By the time I reached …

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After steeping myself in classical and traditional Cambodian music for the first few months that I was in the country, I’ve then discovered an amazing genre – the Cambodian rock scene of the late 1960s and early 70s. In the all-too-brief period between Independence …

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Since Chinese Diplomat Chou Ta-Kuan wrote his account of life at Angkor Wat in the 13th century, Cambodian history has been written by foreigners. In recent years there has been a huge amount of writing on the subject of the Khmer Rouge …

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I recently wrote about Cambodian gold-diggers who dug up a Khmer Rouge period mass grave to pillage gold jewellery from the corpses. This article is about the other meaning of gold-digger. Recently my fiancée witnessed a particularly unpleasant if all-too-common event in Phnom Penh. …

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Terry Avon, a fantastic writer for this website and a good friend to many of us, died earlier this week. Here is a tribute from Terry’s friend Tim Holland together with some photos from his funeral and wake. Terry would have wanted his wake …

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English resident Canadian-born author Geoff Ryman is in the running to win the prestigious Hugo award for best science fiction/fantasy story of 2007 for his superb short-story, ‘Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter’. It is truly wonderful – an entertaining tale of the …

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We’re now approaching the half point of the year and way back in January, Fopro made a few predictions on the 440 forum. How is he doing?

I predict that motorcycle rental will be banned in Sihanoukville again.

I predict a major fire in a squatter …

cambodiaoldman

First off, I’m 45, slim (no beer belly), have most of my hair and believe myself to be reasonably attractive. No, I am not offering myself up for matchmaking or lonely hearts. It is just to let you know that I do not look …