For years, some Cambodian media have referred to the country’s longtime leader simply as Prime Minister Hun Sen. Authorities warned May 12 that has to stop.
To the editor: I have just finished reading [Publisher Assunta Ng’s] blog. I cannot tell you how sad it makes me feel. I appreciate every effort she puts into showing the world what Cambodia is — and its people and its history. Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures. They are haunting and beautiful […]
Dispelling safety myths
“Is Cambodia safe?” Many readers asked me this after reading my first two blogs about my recent trip with my husband last November.
It is surprising that many have this misconception. While some may have concerns traveling to Cambodia, its tourism has actually increased 17 percent in 2013 and 7 percent last year. Just in Angkor, there are more than one million visitors every year.
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Some travel guidebooks state a Frenchman discovered the ruins of Angkor, Cambodia, in 1860. That claim irks some Cambodians and foreigners. It’s the same story when historians wrote that Christopher Columbus discovered America, while Native Americans had set their foot on the land for over 2,000 years. It’s more […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly “Why go to a backward country?” my friends reacted when they heard that my husband and I were going to Cambodia. “Are you crazy going alone and not with a tour?” another asked. Why people think Cambodia is not a safe country puzzles me. It could have to do […]
By Kristi Eaton Associated Press PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Bigger. Taller. Fancier. Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh is undergoing a staggering period of development 40 years after the communist Khmer Rouge regime took over the city and forced thousands to evacuate to rural Cambodia in its brutal campaign to create an agrarian-based society. […]
By Sopheng Cheang Associated Press PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Ieng Thirith, a Khmer Rouge leader who was the highest-ranking woman in the genocidal regime that oversaw the death of nearly 2 million Cambodians in the late 1970s, died Aug. 22, her family and U.N. officials said. She was 83 years old. Ieng Thirith was […]
By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly The rainy season in Cambodia is definitely moody, but to the point. It’s punctual, at times, but always loud. Irreverent. It doesn’t give two smacks about how busy you are, and it always puts its own priorities ahead of yours. You would think it was a narcissist. But it’s […]
By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly “DON’T BOX,” said Ki Chong Tran’s grandmother, worried what would happen when he moved to his mother’s native Phnom Penh. “Boxing is for peasants.” She needn’t worry. After winning a professional mixed martial arts, or MMA, fight in Phuket in August 2013 against Thailand’s Kritsada “Dream Man” Konsrichai, the […]
By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly Midday. Overcast. Reading Man and His Symbols, Carl Jung. That and looking over a few photographs of rural Ireland, plus notes I made in those days, more than a dozen years ago now, poke out of folders here on the park bench. Making headway. On the story. One I’ve […]