I’ve read a few posts on the forum recently from people asking about places to go other than the boring st 51 scene. I thought I’d write about some places I’ve been to, and what they were like.

If anyone else has any more …

wreck

I ended my last report with this aside: “If I were to confuse the news with reality, I’d have to deduce that the UK is just like Cambodia, except that it has terrorism and snow.”

Here’s where there is a key difference though. …

woman noise

Cambodians love noise, or so it would seem. Or maybe they just don’t notice it. Possibly, if it does bother them, they”re simply too tolerant as a people to make a fuss.

Or maybe it’s all of the above. Not so myself, I”m …

gun_crime1a

Recently one of the country’s top pop stars and TV presenters was gunned down mid-morning outside her English class (given the ugly anti-Vietnamese xenophobia here, a news headline in English was disgracefully inflammatory in its ambiguity – ‘Cambodian Pop Star Critically Wounded in Vietnam’) …

lastride

Travellers considering renting a motorbike while in the coastal resort of Sihanoukville/Kompong Som should be aware that the authorities are currently insisting that foreigners carry a Cambodian drivers license. This post comes from local resident and business owner, “Laud John” and was originally posted …

cambodian-orphans

The Phnom Penh Post* recently came up with an interesting phrase for a new and growing phenomenon: ‘orphanage tourism’. It’s something I’ve been getting increasingly aware of and irritated with and it was interesting to read about the wider picture.

Starting with my own …

Honda-VF_750C_Magna_V45-1982

Having a small budget for a replacement motorbike, thanks to my wonderful parents, I spend the morning travelling around the Khmer orientated bike shops, figuring that they would have lower prices than the ones that cater to expatriates. This put all of my language …

GenLonNol

Nutty politics time – another month, another party. The latest one is not headed by a prince for a change. Being entitled ‘The Khmer Republican Party’, you’d think it sounded innocuous enough – if you had no idea of Cambodian history.

In 1970, as …

Traffic in Phnom Penh 01 (AFP)

Police were forced to flee an angry mob recently after a teenage passenger fell off of a motorbike and sustained minor injuries. According to the mob he was pulled off by the police.

The cops, in contrast, say he …