Nowhere in Cambodia do such incommensurable worldviews meet as in the relationships between sex workers and punters.

This meeting of different worlds is what I find most interesting about Southeast Asian nightlife. In ordinary relationships, first encounters follow more recognisable paths toward understanding. There is an element of familiarity when guys meet total strangers from …

There are many things in this country of hard and searing heat that I find frustrating, puzzling and simply drive me to desperation.

Please hear me out because what I?m going to say is simply my opinion and you may have figured it out already, in which case forgive me for wasting your time.

The …

Dreadlock

His opening attack almost had me. His large flame pointed weapon nearly caught me on the side of the head as he attacked. I ducked as the flame slightly singed my coiffure. I smelt the acrid smell of human hair aflame.

I parried the next few blows and then stood back, Muhammad Ali in …

american beggar

I dragged my girl up to the lake one afternoon for breakfast. I don’t go there often, especially in the morning, but I had an inexplicable craving for museli, and I didn’t know where else to get a bowl but in the heart …

kickb

The Arena

I squinted as I looked up into the blue skies of Phnom Penh. It was a hot day in that peculiar time in which the end of the Rainy season merges with the attractive climes of the cool season. In that period …

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Some time ago I went to visit the throbbing metropolis of Pursat for a few days and this is what happened.

I was in my room on the night of my arrival and I thought I would wander out and find some food and …

pepsi1

Cambodia is a country of myths and fables where gossip in the street becomes fast fact in minutes. Everyone remembers the mung bean fiasco of last year, the Thais demanding Angkor Wat or many different home remedies. Sorting fact from fiction could be a …

dickoff1

It all started as I sat sipping a Pimm’s on my balcony in the provinces. My stallion Argonaut stood happily in the front paddock, chewing sugar cane, and smiling fondly at Peggy, his pink flanked companion and friend from Phnom Penh. I was contemplating …

speedyman

Bitching about Cambodia, slagging off the natives, complaining about living in Phnom Penh: How often do you hear these topics raised in conversation? Everyone does it surely. Not just the overhearing of course, but really getting stuck in yourself, a decent gripe about traffic …

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So where is all this good Khmer food hiding? Hint: you won’t find it in any backpacker place or tourist restaurant.

Let’s begin the day with breakfast: decent noodle soup can be had for 3000r just a few blocks west of Capitol at O Reussey …