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 …

30years

“The more you know, the less you understand; the more you understand, the less you know.” I put that in quotation marks, but has anybody ever actually said it? They should have.

The thought occurred to me as I read a short biography by …

Cambodia-Cambodian-Riel-KHR-100-1000-bank-notes-front-1-ANON

Okay, this has been blatantly stolen from a friend of Lord Playboy’s Cambodia Blog, but he says that he does not mind.

“Dear All, I have been corresponding by email over the last few months with a young couple in Belgium who are contemplating a …

foot

I have touched upon a few aspects of food in Cambodia over the last couple of years but I thought it worth making a specific record of the everyday, generic eats and treats to be had here.

Breakfast: The Khmers’ make little distinction between …