Four things you absolutely must do when living in a Cambodian village

I felt a little guilty after my last piece. It’s easy to sit back and pick holes in things for cheap laughs and it’s not too difficult, living among the privations of village life, to find foibles left, right and centre. So, to counter that and rebalance my kharmic merit, here are four awesome things about living in a Khmer village that you should definitely try if you get the chance.

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Life in Brown Coffee and Bakery

Nathan Thompson examines the customer demographic at Brown Coffee in Phnom Penh. I’m a coffee shop w*nker. I’m that guy sitting at his laptop rolling his eyes as you enter with your girlfriends trailing your excitable sprogs behind you. Even as I write this I am glaring at a Chinese…

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Village Coffee Wars

Fed up with Costa, Brown, Gloria Jean, Spinelli and other soulless, corporate Starbucks wannabees? Nathan Thompson reviews the homely Khmer coffee shops in his village many miles away from the glitz of Phnom Penh’s BKK1. We douse ourselves in coffee. Every morning a million infinities are spent waiting for water…

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Phnom Penh Coffee Wars 2013

‘War’ might not be the right term. More like ‘rock festival’, or ‘termite invasion’, or something that implies hoards descending upon a location. Over the last few months in the capital there’s been a rapid expansion of the existing big players on the scene: 14 Blue Pumpkins opened on a…

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Phnom Penh Coffee Smackdown

Phnom Penh. 6:00am. Sun breaking over the Mekong; ladies in pajamas flapping their arms in synchronized ecstasy to Akon along the river, chickens scratching, café workers stoking their charcoal fires in the cool morning air. Time to slog off to your NGO / English School / Massage Parlor, and last…

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