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Phnom Penh: A Playground for Solo Ladies

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Eve Watling challenges Lauren Quinn’s recent K440 article suggesting that Phnom Penh is no place for ‘solo ladies’. Recently on Khmer440, we heard about how it’s hard to be a Solo Lady in Phnom Penh. Certainly, the majority of the…

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No Country For Solo Ladies

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How many solo females do you know in Phnom Penh? And I don’t mean unmarried. I mean alone. I mean, Western women who’ve wandered into Cambodia with no connection to any NGO, government, volunteer program, research project or other human…

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Liam Strother: Conman and Thief in Cambodia

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Liam Strother is 26, from Scotland and has spent the past few months traveling around Cambodia gaining the trust of tourists, expats and local businesses and then stealing from them. In Sihanoukville, he is reported to have left a trail…

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A Day (and Night) in Siem Reap

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB31TXoKN34 First check this amazing new time lapse Siem Reap-based movie from the film maker Max Palmer, then read Naomi Collett Ritz’s guide to the perfect night on the town. With Siem Reap being a tourist town and all, you…

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Phnom Penh Dining Reviews: Langreach Sros 54

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When your out of town guests come looking for an authentic Khmer dining experience there are plenty of options. There’s the small-food-big-plate option of Malis, the charity nod of Friends, or for substantially greater authenticity there’s some very good food…

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14 Months in Siem Reap

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I have been in Siem Reap for 14 months. Don’t hold me to it, but I would be happy to move on around Hanukkah. In general, expats seem to stay for six months. We come as NGO workers, teachers or…

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Toul Tom Poung: Expat Dining Options Aplenty

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There’s a buzz about Toul Tom Poung these days. One by one, the often two-story timber artisan dwellings formerly housing wood workers or scooter dealers are being razed and replaced with lanky apartment buildings that are rapidly transforming the local…

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Golden Soriya, 4am Drunks and Addictive Arcade Games

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Pedro heads into the dark underbelly of the nocturnal expat scene and chances upon a weirdly addictive computer fish game Addiction is a right can of worms. Late last year, in a BBC Newsnight debate, the less cool, God bothering…

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Fried Short Noodles and Friendly Sisters: a Recipe for a Good Market Lunch

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Jenny Conrad continues her search for budget vegetarian street food in Phnom Penh. Having conquered my initial wariness of Cambodian street food in the Russian market – largely through an appreciation of the tasty nom kachay available – I slowly…

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Khmers, Gore, Porn, Suicide and Facebook

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Cambodian’s use of Facebook is, like many Cambodian things, interesting. Naomi-Collett Ritz examines the phenomenon of Khmers and FB. The other day on the internet a well-known photojournalist posted a photo of a family standing around an open coffin. The…

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