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Bangkok 1957, the T(w)hailight zone.

1957? (OMG). Sounds – and is – like an awful long time ago. Feels like a long time ago. :) We were living in Cambodia then. 371 more words


The last white elephant

White elephants are only theologically white. To the average eye they look like any other elephant. They get their whiteness from their resemblance to the white elephant which impregnated Maya, the mother of the Buddha, when the Buddha wished to assume human form at the beginning of the present age. 639 more words

Buddha And Naga

Angkor Wat, by motorcycle.

Sitting down to a bowl of instant noodles in the room, it feels a little surreal to be writing this in Cambodia. It was a long ride today from one beach resort in Pattaya to another in Sihanoukville. 431 more words

Sam Sary and the little whips of history

In November Sam Rainsy, inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi’s  election victory in Myanmar, began comparing himself to the Burmese heroine. Like Suu Kyi, he was the son of a freedom-fighter, and like her he would lead his people to victory. 902 more words



Ahhhhh, Kirirom.  Alpine forests only a three-and-a-half-hour moto ride from the hot and dusty streets of Phnom Penh.  Your ass will be sore but the fresh air is worth it.   230 more words

Cambodian Road Trips

Jackie in Cambodia, 1967

Did you know Jackie Kennedy visited Cambodia in 1967? I sort of did, I mean I’d heard about it, but then I’d forgotten. It didn’t seem so important. 493 more words



When the forces of the Royal Government of National Union of Kampuchea (GRUNK) and its allied National United Front of Kampuchea (FUNK) entered Phnom Penh on April 17th, 1975, the ambassadorial personnel together with about six hundred other foreigners were forced to take refuge in the French embassy. 3,812 more words