Info site for Cambodia



Great link, thanks Rob. Considering heading to Cambodia for a week on maybe one of my trips next year. A little hesitant about tackling it solo, but would be great to hook up with any BM's who might be heading there at around the same time. Since Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia I've visited, I thought a trip here would put things in perspective, plus I really want to get up to Angkor Wat at some point.


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Great link, thanks Rob. Considering heading to Cambodia for a week on maybe one of my trips next year. A little hesitant about tackling it solo, but would be great to hook up with any BM's who might be heading there at around the same time. Since Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia I've visited, I thought a trip here would put things in perspective, plus I really want to get up to Angkor Wat at some point.
Don't be hesitant .... Cambodia's the friendliest place on Earth. Everything's so cheap, the people so friendly, it's like Thailand 30 years ago .... as I was told and can easily believe it to be true.

Last week Jo and I were within a 'mortar-round' of Cambodia (or Kampu as they call it) and I was tempted to head over to Siem Reap. I must find out more about entering by car as Surin/Ubon R. are very close to Angkor. Jo and I will be back in Ubon R. end of November (for THAT ceremony) and if my son or any friends from NZ/AUS attend it would be nice to treat them to an Angkor visit.

PS: Just home in Kamala today so look out for my TR in Kamala Kapers..... give me a day or 2. :D


Since this is a sticky, and finding good websites for Cambodia is not the easiest, I'll post this one as well. My travel agent actually put me on to it, she says it is run by an ex-pat who know lives in Cambodia, and covers other SEA countries as well. Very informative with a ton of useful stuff.

Tales of Asia - Cambodia


Some good stuff in there VG. I see Soria Moria hotel in SR is a sponsor... bloody nice hotel with awesome food! Go and eat there if you get a chance, especially if you have a lady to entertain 'al-fresco' on the rooftop :D


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Parts of this article a little over the top, but imo a lot of truth in there; as it says, like many foreigners in Thailand have considered the move - I considered moving to Cambodia (Phnom Penh) after several 1 week holidays and a couple of cycle tours there. Then when i really looked at the realities, for me is just wasn't an option, the more I saw the worse it got.

This is too big an article to copy here I think, here's the intro and follow the header link for the full story

7 Reasons Why You Really Shouldn’t Move to Cambodia
Posted on July 3, 2013 by Gavinmac
Lately, there have been a lot of Westerners moving to Cambodia or making plans to move to Cambodia. This is partly due to the difficult job market in many Western countries, and it’s partly due to Cambodia becoming a more “mainstream” destination for tourists and expatriates. Some of the recent interest in Cambodia has come from Westerners living in Thailand. Rising prices in Thailand and stricter Thai visa regulations have already contributed to a noticeable influx of shifty-eyed, tattooed sexpats creeping across the border into Cambodia. Fortunately, a lot of those dudes haven’t made it past Sihanoukville.

There has been such an overwhelming interest in moving to Cambodia that two recent books have been published on the topic. Lina Goldberg published the excellent “Move to Cambodia: A Guide to Living and Working in the Kingdom of Wonder” in late 2012. Earlier this year, Khmer440 contributor Gabi Yetter released her own very well-received manual, “The Definitive Guide to Southeast Asia: Cambodia.”

Both of these books provide helpful information and optimistic encouragement to readers who are considering relocating to Cambodia. It’s the optimistic encouragement that I have a problem with. I personally believe that there are significant drawbacks to moving to Cambodia that could probably fill an entire book. Maybe not a real book, but definitely one of those silly e-books.

Unlike Ms. Goldberg and Ms. Yetter, I don’t have the necessary work ethic or attention span to write a whole book about anything. So I’m just going to offer these 7 Reasons Why You Really Shouldn’t Move to Cambodia.

  1. You will die younger in Cambodia
  2. Cambodia is a horrible place to raise a child
  3. The infrastructure sucks
  4. Living in Cambodia will destroy your financial future
  5. Your mother will be so disappointed
  6. You’ll become an alcoholic and have to make friends with gossipy, alcoholic expats
  7. Your Thai girlfriend will absolutely hate it

and for a laugh, from same author:
7 Reasons Why You Should Never “Friend” Cambodian Women on Facebook


I'm most likely going to be moving there for work next year. Taking your list with a grain of salt as it just seems to be taking the piss.

Thanks for the links though. I'm going to order both books.



Item #7 is quite true. Otherwise, I like Cambodia ... food, wine, beer and girls all as good [if not better] than Th. Lot's of opportunity for the Bacon's or Josho's.


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it's fine to visit, and I'll continue to go there, have a few friends in PP and especially like the restaurants there, cheap wine and a better variety of foods than i can get locally.
But as I said, I wouldn't choose to live there
Get away from the tourist part of PP and you're very soon into filth, poverty and crime
Govt corruption? Thailand looks good in comparison.
PP and it's irregular electricity supply, been through plenty of blackouts, it is a big step down from what I've experienced in this country
A simple comparison, I go to a border town fairly often - on our side it's typical Thailand, smart little community hospitals, schools - 1km away a similar size town with no medical services at all, and no school either.
Thai kids in their govt subsidised school uniforms off to school, while we see their Cambodian counterparts aged from 3-4 helping parents going through the Thai garbage - it is trucked across and dumped for the scavengers.

US Ambassador Says Corruption Scares Off American Firms
September 20, 2013
U.S. Ambassador William Todd on Thursday said that despite his efforts to promote Cambodia as an attractive destination for business, major American companies are reluctant to invest here as they still perceive the country as indelibly corrupt.


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Cambodia's Sihanoukville airport goes international

Skywings Asia Airlines (ZA, Phnom Penh) operated Sihanoukville's first international services on July 29 with a flight to Seoul Incheon in South Korea. Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanoukville is one of Cambodia's premier island and beach destinations.

The seasonal flight operated on-board an A320-200 and is scheduled to run until the end of August. Thereafter, the flights will be combined with existing flights to Siem Reap to offer a full tourism package that includes the Kingdom’s two landmark destinations.

In addition to smaller, local Cambodian charter firms, Sihanoukville is also connected to Siem Reap by Cambodia Angkor Air (K6, Siem Reap).


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a few months old - but i like the pic with this article

"You've really landed on your knees here, haven't you?"

14 Months in Siem Reap
Posted on April 4, 2014

Thanks for posting that. Well written and funny too 555

"If I am already in a tuk-tuk, sir, then no I do not want a tuk-tuk"

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Hatari;175777 said:
Cambodia's Sihanoukville airport goes international

Skywings Asia Airlines (ZA, Phnom Penh) operated Sihanoukville's first international services on July 29 with a flight to Seoul Incheon in South Korea. Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanoukville is one of Cambodia's premier island and beach destinations.

The seasonal flight operated on-board an A320-200 and is scheduled to run until the end of August. Thereafter, the flights will be combined with existing flights to Siem Reap to offer a full tourism package that includes the Kingdom’s two landmark destinations.

In addition to smaller, local Cambodian charter firms, Sihanoukville is also connected to Siem Reap by Cambodia Angkor Air (K6, Siem Reap).
Good timing with the Visa issues and other things going on in LOS i think many will start heading to Cambo especially if there's more direct flights to S'ville in the pipeline.


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Kingdom’s visa fees set to increase
Fri, 15 August 2014
Cheang Sokha

Visas for foreigners entering Cambodia will increase by US$10 in October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement yesterday.

Under the new pricing system, those holidaying here will pay $30 upon arrival, while those on business will have to hand over $35.

“The new visa fees will take effect on October 1,” the statement says.


This will put the e-visa fee up to US$37; it has been USD20 + USD7 (processing charge) since May this year.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International
Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia wishes to inform
all foreign nationals who wish to enter Cambodia of the new
e-Visa fee as follow:
30 US$ (Visa Fee) + 7 US$ (Processing Fee) = 37 US$
The new e- Visa fee shall be put into effect
from 1 October 2014.
Cambodia e-visa


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Cambodia’s streets go digital
Thu, 21 August 2014
Kevin Ponniah

The imposing facade of Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace, Mondulkiri’s towering Bou Sra waterfall and sweeping vistas from a pagoda atop Bokor Mountain can now be explored from all angles online.

Building on its digitisation in April of the Angkor temples, tech giant Google today is to launch Street View imagery of Phnom Penh and more than 10 provinces, allowing users to essentially walk around Cambodia on the internet using Google Maps.

The imagery has been collected over the past year by cars equipped with panoramic camera gear and by individuals wearing specialised camera-mounted backpacks.

While internet penetration is growing in the Kingdom – with close to four million users as of last year – Google expects Street View will “help create better awareness of this country and attract more tourism”, according to a statement.


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National colours: Cambodia’s ever-changing flags

Pre-1863 Kingdom of Cambodia
Flags and coats of arms have been used by nations and empires from the beginning of time. For the purpose of the article I am choosing to begin with a brief statement about the flag in use before 1863.
Prior to 1863, the Khmer ‘nation’ was in a state of disrepair. Several humiliations had occurred throughout the course of the preceding four centuries, including being conquered by Siam from the west, and Vietnam from the east. The French protectorate, requested by King Norodom, imparted a certain political distinction to Cambodia, which some social scientists see as a paradigm shift when critically assessing the nation’s history.
The pre-protectorate flag is better described as a pennant. It is a yellow triangle turned on its side so the base is depicted on the far left pointing right. The inner yellow triangle is bordered in green, a color that has never appeared in a Cambodian flag since. It was a truly unique style of flag, rarely used by other countries in recent centuries.

French Protectorate of Cambodia 1863-1948
Cambodia became a French protectorate in 1867, although historical data suggests the flag in use during this era was inaugurated in 1863.
It is unclear whether the image of Angkor Wat had been used as a national symbol before, but the temple features prominently in several other Cambodian flags through the years including the current one.
Blue, white, and red are three colors which are common to many East and Southeast Asian countries – including the Khmer Empire – going back centuries. They are the colors of the French flag as well, so it’s not surprising they were used in the protectorate. What is interesting is the use of red to designate the borders of the temple. This was only used only once more, in Lon Nol’s short-lived Khmer Republic.
Cambodia remained a part of French Indochina throughout the first half of the 20th century, although its status in the union was unclear after the Nazi occupation of France and the establishment of the Vichy government in 1940. The Atlantic Charter, crafted by the Allies in 1941, implicitly called for an end to imperialism as well. That, coupled with the French humiliation at Dien Bien Phu and the decision to prioritize its crumbling colony in Algeria paved the way for Cambodian independence in 1953. The flag, however, had already changed in 1948.

Cambodian Flag During Japanese Occupation 1945
Before that, though, there was a brief period when Cambodia’s flag reflected its status as an occupied country of Japan which held Cambodia from 1941 until its unconditional surrender in WWII. The Japanese authorities in Cambodia established a pro-Tokyo puppet state and between March and October of 1945 sanctioned the establishment of an official flag.
Against a red background, there are a total of 6 white squares: a central, white thin-lined square with a solid white square in the middle, and four more solid white squares in each corner. It is unknown what this symbolized; it was similar to neither Japan’s national flag nor the Japanese Army’s war flag. Furthermore, Japanese occupations in other Asian nations typically used Japan’s national flag.

Kingdom of Cambodia 1948-1970
This is the current flag in use today. Although it was first used in 1948, Cambodia’s official independence as the Kingdom of Cambodia occurred in 1953 when King Norodom Sihanouk became the country’s ruling monarch.
The horizontal triband was adopted and the colors from the previous flag maintained. The depiction of Angkor Wat is outlined with black fimbriation. Buddhism was a major theme under Sihanouk’s rule, both as King and as a politician following his abdication in 1955. The Angkor Wat temple should be seen as both a symbol of national pride during this time, and culturally and religiously significant. “In a world without pity”, Sihanouk once told a New York Times reporter, “the survival of a country as small as Cambodia depends on your god and my Buddha.”

Khmer Republic 1970-1975
The flag of the Khmer Republic was very different from previous flags. A red canton was introduced with the Angkor Wat, now with red borders similar to the French Protectorate flag, minimized in order to fit into the canton. According to the Khmer Republic’s constitution, the three stars represented three items: the nation, the republic, and Buddhism. The constitution also references the three branches of the government (legislature, executive, and judicial) and the three jewels of Buddhism (Buddha, Dharma, and the Sangha).

Democratic Kampuchea 1975-1979
There is a mild but unmistakable irony that the flag used in Democratic Kampuchea was quite similar to the modern Vietnamese flag, the neighboring nation to the east which liberated Cambodia and put an end to its genocide. Instead of a five-pointed yellow star on a red background, there is a three-spired depiction of Angkor Wat with no borders or outlines at all. The flag’s simplistic design reflected a political philosophy that preached simplicity and curtailed creativity.

People’s Republic of Kampuchea 1979-1989
The flag of the People’s Republic of Kampuchea maintained a similar design to Democratic Kampuchea with the notable exception of the towers of the Angkor Wat which were altered from three to five. This was not a new design. It had been used first by the Khmer Issarak (“Free Khmer”) anti-French resistance in the immediate post-World War II period until Cambodia’s official independence in 1953. It was then used by the Vietnamese-based dissident group, the Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation, who viewed the struggle against the Khmer Rouge to be analogous with the one waged against imperial France.

State of Cambodia 1989-1991
The new flag reincorporated the intricate Angkor Wat design, outlined in black once again, but maintaining five towers representing various industries in Cambodia: soldiers, traders, workers, peasants, and intellectuals. The use of red and blue was an integration of previous flag designs.

United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) 1991-1993
The UNTAC flag was styled in customary UN fashion: a powered blue background and a white, physical image of Cambodia’s geographic space with the word “Kampuchea” spelled in Khmer across the country’s face. This design has since been used by the UN in other parts of the globe where it has undertaken peacekeeping and/or peacemaking operations such as Kosovo and East Timor.


Kingdom of Cambodia 1993-Present
The country was renamed the Kingdom of Cambodia after the UN departed, and the flag reverted to the one used during the last Kingdom of Cambodia period.


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Humour/satire piece, with a little truth thrown in, from Khmer440 - link for full article

Word for the day - 'deathpats'. Given the expat suicide rate in Pattaya, maybe deathpatts ?


The Phnom Penh Pyramid of Judgment

Top of the Pyramid are… Khmers
Khmers are at the top of the chain not just because they completely understand the dangerous and mystifying contradictions of life here but they have survived it. Having endured hardships most foreigners can only imagine they need only look at the latest arrival of tanktop-wearing, elephant-panted foreigners and shake their heads in good-natured condescension. And fair play to them.

Khmers look down on… Old Timer Expats
These are the older ex-pats who first came to Phnom Penh in the 1990s and lived through the 1997 coup. While us new arrivals marvel at the lack of public transport and ramshackle markets, these sensibly-dressed old timers sit back, sup their beer and remind everyone that when they first came here Phnom Penh resembled a malfunctioning version of Tatooine – the town Obi Wan takes Luke to in Star Wars. It’s an impressive look that could only be improved by the introduction of a pipe. These guys have earned their stripes.

Old Timers look down on… Professional Expats
Also near the top of the judgment pyramid are the professional expats. These are the guys who are skilled enough at their jobs to be provided with full western pay and benefits in Phnom Penh. They are executives, accountants, lawyers, NGO directors and fully-qualified teachers. Sure, they exist in a bubble and generally know fuck all about Cambodia outside their high-walled villas and BKK1 apartments but why the hell should they? They are here because they are good at their job and the Cambodian economy needs them.

Professional Expats look down on… TEFLers
The back-up plan of every western wastrel is to teach English in Southeast Asia. Due to a lax education policy and a culture that deems failing an exam to be an unacceptable loss of face, teaching English is a job that requires only that you show up. Hires are made on the basis that the teachers can speak their own language and are the right colour. After six months, working six-days a week, these gadabouts are utterly exhausted and disillusioned. They take their meagre savings and scarper somewhere else like Korea, China or the Middle East only to be replaced by the next traveler who has run out of money but still can’t face up to their responsibilities and return home.

TEFL Bums look down on… Voluntourists
Nearing the bottom of the pyramid of judgment are the voluntourists. Driven by bad conscience at having been brought up in middle class suburbia back in the US, UK or Australia and an ignorant wish to “help the brown people,” these types are not interested in a normal holiday. Instead, their fragile egos demand they make a difference.
The most damning indictment of this kind of thing was given by legendary educator and activist, Ivan Illich who addressed the latest batch of US Peace Corp volunteers with the following scathing indictment: “Suppose you went to a U.S. ghetto this summer and tried to help the poor there ‘help themselves.’ Very soon you would be either spit upon or laughed at. People offended by your pretentiousness would hit or spit. People who understand that your own bad consciences push you to this gesture would laugh condescendingly. Soon you would be made aware of your irrelevance among the poor, of your status as middle-class college students on a summer assignment.”

Voluntourists look down on… Backpackers
Backpackers are an easy target because they are young sophomores. Sophomore, in ancient Greek, means “wise and foolish” referring to that period when a young person first discovers Nietzsche and Chomsky and thinks they totally get the world’s problems. Such nincompoopery is tolerated by older people only because of the knowledge that they were once like that. And these guys, with their ability to think, are the cream of the backpacker community. The less said about the rest the better. Suffice to say we’re talking about people who heat clipper lighters to a thousand degrees and give each other “smiley” burns for fun.

Backpackers look down on… Sexpats

Gathering at Sorya Golden Mall like lecherous, pot-bellied denizens of some mad realm, sexpats are those foreign men who come to Cambodia to take advantage of its cheap whores. While the actual ethics of prostitution is a confusing area, there’s nothing like the sight of a flabby old man melting over a poor Cambodian girl to turn your stomach and attract the entirely justified contempt of those higher up the pyramid.

Sexpats look down on… Deathpats

Say what you like about sexpats at least they have made enough money somewhere down the line to afford flights, hotels, endless supplies of wifebeaters and litres of lube. They haven’t completely failed at life. You really have to wonder at the guys (and they’re usually guys) who come to Cambodia – a country with an unparrelled ease of life for foreigners – only to fail so hard they are found swinging from a noose in a riverside hotel room.

And everyone looks down on… the French
The writer AA Gill once said that, while the English have a barnful of words for “sorry,” the French, “have a mouthful of facial expressions for ‘I don’t care what you think’.” Hell, even the French don’t like themselves. I once had lunch with a laconic Frenchman in Chinese Noodle on Monivong and asked them why the French community doesn’t mix with the rest of the expats. “Because French people are assholes,” he said, with a shrug.


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^ France on a PR drive!

Good France Cambodia brings the French way of life to Phnom Penh
13 March 2015

Starting today, Phnom Penh will be overflowing with a unique opportunity for Cambodians and expatriates to indulge in the French way of life through art exhibitions, movie shows, business events, conferences and debates during Good France Cambodia, a weeklong event to rejoice in France’s cultural contributions.

During the week Good France Cambodia will provide food tasting events at various locations that are open to the public at shops, hotels and restaurants across the capital.

Additionally, there will be live demonstrations to showcase the France’s cultural enrichment in the areas of fashion design, artistic creation and lifestyle.

Culminating next Thursday, 1,000 restaurants and French embassies on five continents are going to celebrate French gastronomy – a cuisine that is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO – with a Goût de France or “Good France” dinner. In Phnom Penh, four restaurants will join in the festivities: Comme à la Maison, Le Bistrot de L’Institut Français, Restaurant Topaz and Van’s Restaurant. Each restaurant will provide a unique menu that will render homage to a vibrant, open and innovative cuisine with best ingredients from France and Cambodia, while remaining true to the French values of sharing, pleasure and reverence for good food.