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By the Rivers of Battambang

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OK, it’s the finale of rainy season 2013. It was PchumBenh weekend, so what could go possibly wrong? Last PchumBenh found me in Siem Reap, out in the swamps doing a bit of Buddhism and chowing the family ‘pet’. This…

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Accidental Sleaze

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Shane Thomas goes clubbing with a Khmer student in Bangkok and discovers that globalization is as pervasive in the sleaze industry as in the car, call center or garment industries. “You wan’ play pool?” Said Dom. “Er OK, sure”. I…

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Arm Thyself!

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A few things have come to my attention recently. First of all, it has been noted that many readers of these bi-monthly or so ramblings are not altogether familiar with use of the vernacular in the English language, and have…

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Fear and Loathing on the Siem Reap-Phnom Penh Night Bus

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I finished work late Friday night, so in order to make the most of the weekend we decided to take the overnight bus at midnight. This would put us in Phnom Penh by 6:30 the next morning, give us two…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: The Vegetarian

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For vegetarians living in Cambodia, the standard fare of vegetable fried rice, stir fried greens or noodles with vegetables can become a little monotonous after a while. At many Asian-style restaurants, vegetarian options simply use vegetables or tofu as a…

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Village Coffee Wars

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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….

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My Unusual Relationship with the Cambodian Crocodile Lady

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We’ve all got to take time out once in a while to relax and unwind, right? Stress relief can be multifaceted, taking the form of sports, fine wine, cigars, rub n’ tugs or having needles stuck into the spine by…

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Budget Dining in Phnom Penh South of O’Russei

A feast fit for a king at Royal India - and all for a total of $12.50

O’Russei market tends to be the kind of place I go to buy vegetables and then leave again straight away. With new, garishly-coloured budget guesthouses continuously popping up all over the streets south of the market, those visiting appear to…

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Whitebait, Guinness and Rollmops – Khmer Culinary Faves from the UK

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‘I miss the rollmops, delicious, just like prahok…. but I don’t really like Cornish pasties,’ my husband informs our friends back here in Phnom Penh upon our return from our two-month trip back to my homeland. Being in the UK…

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A Classified Ad on Cambodia Parent Network

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Eagle-eyed K440 correspondent, Ned Kelly, spotted this strange-but-almost-true advertisement on the Cambodia Parent’s Network yahoo group and felt it deserved a wider audience. We concurred. Hi Everyone, My wife and I are moving to Haiti for reasons of economic hardship,…

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