Tag Archives: Nathan Thompson


5 things Khmers do better than Barangs

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1. Respect In the West the phrase, “old person” is so objectionable that it needs to be pussyfooted around with terms like, “older person” or “senior”. In Cambodia if you call a fifty year old guy “Tha” (grandfather), he is…

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An Expat Joins ‘Precept Day’ in Cambodia

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I first became aware of Precept Day when I was awoken from sleep by the sound of 20 ancient Khmers chanting outside my bedroom door. The old people were sat on the tiled floor of the head monk’s residence chanting…

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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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Amazing Cambodia!

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The Amazing Cambodia exhibition is ready. We spent the morning sticking up old photographs with blue tac… well, it must have been some special Chinese blue tac because it was very sticky. You had to spent a minute trying to…

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Devoted Beings

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“Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world … I feel like I can’t take it… and my heart is just going to cave in”, said the weed-dealing douchbag in that American Beauty film. But, douchbag or not, he has…

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A Village Bus Trip to the ECCC

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The Extraordinary Chambers of the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) is the venue where leaders of the Khmer Rouge are tried for crimes against humanity and it has an outreach program that brings villagers from all over Cambodia to Phnom Penh…

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The Refugee Is Me

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It was not White Guilt that led me to live in a Khmer village. It was something worse. A desire to help my fellow man. I wanted to share my privileges……in an exotic country with nice beaches. The fact I…

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You’re a Pagoda Boy Now

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I first met Phil when I moved to live in a Khmer village. He was American, 50ish with a penchant for Hawaiin shirts and anti-government rants. He first visited the village back in the 1990s as part of a medical…

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6 Reasons to Leave the Expat Bubble and Live in a Khmer Village

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You Will Have Realizations In the village you will not have air conditioning and this means that mattresses are a menace to a good night’s sleep. Cambodians sleep on a straw mat on a wooden floor or cot. So say,…

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The Top 5 Cambodian Road Hazards

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The men of the village gathered around, white-vested. As we finalised the deal they nodded their approval. I was off on my red second-hand Suzuki 110cc moto. Driving in Cambodia is sensation similar to being babysat by a lax teenager…

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