Cambodia and Thailand Border Clash

6 soldiers killed in Thailand-Cambodia border clash ~ Khmer News … Thai soldiers and hospital workers evacuate an injured soldier after he was shot in an exchange of gunfire with Cambodian troops in Surin province near the Thai-Cambodian border. (AFP/Getty Images / April 22, 2011) … — Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:27:00 -0700 For other bloggers’ information:  I got the Super News WordPress Plugin and ShrinktheWeb thumbnail generator to make this news post. As … Continue reading

In Defence of the Sihanoukville Police

I received one comment to my last post, In Praise of the Sihanoukville Police and several interesting comments on the Lonely Planet and Travelfish forums to similar threads. I was on a mission for the SV police. They came in two forms: clichés and thoughtful comments. The clichés went something like this: The Sihanoukville police force is the best police force money can buy and The Sihanoukville police never investigate a crime. They just take … Continue reading

In Praise of the Sihanoukville Police

I know that if my blog had a following, I would get a stream of comments telling me about the corruption of Cambodian police and the mistreatment people have received at their hands. All I can say to these imaginary readers is that what follows has been my experience in the past five years. The most recent example is what prompted this post, so I’ll use that as my example. Yesterday I returned home to … Continue reading

Our Cambodian New Year

Its Khmer New Year this week. I look forward to it with a mixed feelings. On the one hand, Sihanoukville becomes insanely busy for the entire week and I hate it when I have to go into town. On the other hand, we always go to some wats and have a great family day out. Yesterday we went to two wats. Both of them are out near Virh Rienh, where my Cambodian family lived when … Continue reading

Dinner at Home in Sihanoukville

A funny thing happened just before dinner this evening. I was playing with our 8 month old son, Kelly while Sopheak was cooking. She was cooking on our “BBQ” stove, the clay pot we have outside and the one both she and her mother prefer to our gas stove. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, she grabbed a flashlight and started walking down the metre wide strip of land between our house and our neighbour’s. She … Continue reading

Things to Do First in Sihanoukville

When you arrive in Sihanoukville, it will probably be by bus. As soon as you get off the bus, you will be surrounded by tuk tuk and motorbike drivers. Each of them will encourage you to go to some guesthouse or other. Who should you choose? Ideally, you would already know where you want to go, but this is rarely the case for first time arrivals. If the driver speaks English, I suggest you ask … Continue reading

Five Reasons Why I Like Cambodia’s PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen gets a bad rap from some quarters, but just about everybody admits that since he took the helm in Cambodia, the country has come a long way. These are five reasons why I like him: He Outlawed Guns: One of the first books I read about Cambodia was by an expat who was here in 1998. He mentioned that every night the sound of gunfire in the streets kept him from … Continue reading

My Favourite Sihanoukville Beach

You won’t find my favourite Sihanoukville beach in any guidebooks. It is centrally located between Independence Beach and Sokha Beach, but as far as I know,  it doesn’t even have a name. The truth is, there’s not even much sand to speak of along my favourite stretch of this beach, but there’s a wonderful pier that is virtually always deserted. This is where we go when we want to get away from it all for … Continue reading

Writing Workshop Coming to Sihanoukville

Compared with the border dispute with Thailand, rising commodity prices and political unrest in the Middle East this may not be big news, but it’s exciting news for me. My friend and writing mentor, Jan Cornall is coming to Sihanoukville at Easter and will be giving a mini-writing workshop at Q&A Bookshop. I’ve pasted our first flyer below: Creative Writing Workshop with Jan Cornall Have you always wanted to write a travel memoir, life story … Continue reading