Tag Archives: Vietnam

Hanoi vs Beijing – Where does Cambodia stand?

spratly3

Tim LaRocco surveys the complicated web of international tensions across South East Asia and wonders if Cambodia’s careful balancing act can be maintained indefinitely. Continue reading

Posted in Analysis, Commentary, Expat Life, International relations, News, politics | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Expat Life in Hanoi and Phnom Penh: Comparisons and Contrasts

Lauren Quinn

Lauren Quinn reflects on her expat experience in two culturally distinct Indochinese cities. Two years ago, I rode the Phnom Penh-Ho Chi Minh City bus with all my worldly belongings—admittedly not much—shoved into bus’s luggage compartment. As we crept into…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life, Phnom Penh | Tagged , , ,

Two Seats on the Vietnamese Bus Ride from Hell

Simpsons_Otto

Never mind the boat ride from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc, which started an hour late and stuttered through two “Ooops! We’re out of gas” delays before depositing us ashore in Vietnam. The boat trip was late, ridiculous and at…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life, Travel | Tagged , , , , ,

Last Orders for Phnom Penh’s Drunkest Vietnam Veteran

Vietnam_SWM1917_Revolver1

Well he came home from the war with a party in his head and an idea for a fireworks display and he knew that he’d be ready with a stainless steel machete and a half a pint of Ballentine’s each…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life, Phnom Penh, teaching | Tagged , , , ,

The Days After the Vietnamese Came

thedayafter

By Chhay Vet January 13th was the day my family was liberated by the Vietnamese but the fighting carried on for many weeks afterwards. Many Khmer Rouge soldiers were desperate and decided to fight on until their deaths. Kropeu means…

Posted in Commentary | Tagged , , ,

The Day the Khmer Rouge Ran Away

polpot

By Chhay Vet Even though I was only nine years old, I will never forget the 13th of January 1979 as that was the day I saw the Khmer Rouge run away from the village of K’dau at the base…

Posted in Commentary | Tagged , , ,