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The Diseased Temple Dog and Me

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Vice and Slate writer Nathan Thompson encounters a disconcerting side of Khmer rural life: the treatment of stray animals The dog was a right old mess. Its patchy fur exposed grey skin gathered into folds and each eye was blood…

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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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Hitching a Lift Through Sunday’s Protest with Sam Rainsy’s Wife

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Naomi Collett Ritz hitched a lift through Sundays’s mass CNRP protest with Sam Rainsy’s wife, and managed an exclusive interview in the process. Here’s her report for K440 Beginning Sunday morning tens of thousands of Cambodians descended on Freedom Park…

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Meet Minea the Masseuse

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Naomi Collett Ritz interviews Siem Reap masseuse, Minea, about her time in Thailand as an illegal migrant, being ‘sponsored’ by an Australian sex tourist, and the cheapness of Chinese customers. Minea and I like to watch Californication when she massages…

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My Cambodian Traffic Jam Hell

Traffic accidents are the primary cause of accidental deaths in Cambodia and on Saturday morning, August 3rd my friend Jude and I took a passenger van from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh at 7:30 am. A trip in these vans…

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Reflections of a Returning Expat

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There are a number of aspects of life in Phnom Penh that those living here may take for granted, but which are seen through new eyes once you have been away for a long time. Having recently moved back to…

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Regarding Escalators and Cambodia Expats: A Little Rejoinder for Gavinmac

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While in most respects Sovanna shopping mall seems to differ little from City mall or Soriya mall, there is at least one way that it does. Here, what I have in mind are the several occasions in which I encountered…

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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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Driving Monks to the Beach

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I sat down to begin a day of work in the small office of the NGO where I volunteer. It was the day after Khmer New Year, when all through the pagoda, not a creature was stirring – not even…

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