The Road to Samlot: Part 1

The rain-damaged and badly potholed road from Battambang to S’dau has received a quick patch up, but for miles out of Battambang the air remained thick with petrol fumes and dust kicked up by dilapidated trucks which were blasting their horns whilst transporting newly picked rice around Cambodia. Battambang gets…

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Mr Kim Long

This is Mr Kim Long or Kum Mien as he is known to his friends in the small and peaceful village of Kompong Ambril nestled on the bank of the River Sangker not so far away from Battambang in Cambodia’s north east. Mr Kim Long is an unusual man for…

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Starters Orders in Battambang

After several lean months, the holiday season has arrived again and last month’s Pchum Ben will soon be followed by Cambodia’s annual Water Festival which sees the happy provincial hordes descend on Phnom Penh. Battambang was looking clean, bright and pretty last week as heats were held on the Sangker…

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Hell’s Kitchen – Cambodia

Whilst perusing the menu at my local Khmer restaurant I was reminded of the mantra , ‘he who dines alone, chokes alone.’ By running my eyes down the menu I couldn’t help but notice the ‘fried lord with mek.’ Is this some sort of posh nosh? As if that wasn’t…

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Pepsi 1, Coca Cola 0

Cambodia is a country of myths and fables where gossip in the street becomes fast fact in minutes. Everyone remembers the mung bean fiasco of last year, the Thais demanding Angkor Wat or many different home remedies. Sorting fact from fiction could be a very lucrative business here if anyone…

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