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The Lim Meng Heng family roast pig stall is one of half a dozen or so nearly identical operations set up cheek-by-jowl on the northwest edge of Phnom Penh’s Orussey Market.

A cat-shaped ceramic from Angkor, probably from between the 12th and 13th centuries.
Fri, 11 April 2014

History of cats in Cambodia is a long story even though it’s only a short tail

On a sunny afternoon, a middle-aged computer programmer waiting in line for tickets to the Royal Palace was fascinated by the skinny cats playing at his feet.

Kim San gave birth to her daughter the day the Khmer Rouge arrived in Phnom Penh in 1975.
Fri, 11 April 2014

7 Questions with Kim San

Kim San, 71, survived the Khmer Rouge. Her story is particularly remarkable: she gave birth to her daughter the day she and her family were forced out to the provinces. To commemorate next week’s anniversary of when the Khmer Rouge took power, she spoke to Emily Wight about her memories.

Author of "Song for an Approaching Storm", Peter Fröberg Idling.
Fri, 11 April 2014

Pol Pot’s broken heart: Can a failed romance create a tyrant ?

Inspired by a rumour about the well-liked young Saloth Sar losing the love of his life, Swedish novelist Peter Fröberg Idling came up with a fanciful creation story for Pol Pot.

Bour Mer, 42, says the community still lives and works with its own culture. He says they have no problems and life is good.
Fri, 11 April 2014

Minority in western Cambodia still proud of its heritage and traditions

The Por indigenous group of western Cambodia are proud of their identity, which is distinctly separate from ethnic Khmers. The people have their own language, traditions, farming practices and beliefs.

A farmer paddles through his rice fields in Battambang during last year’s floods.
Fri, 11 April 2014

Droughts, flooding, disease: the reality of a Cambodia that has been hit by climate change

Disruption of typical weather patterns. Scorching drought interrupted by erratic rainfall. Water shortages and then, suddenly, a deluge of flooding. Poor crop yields; an increase in food prices; dreadful hunger.

Fri, 11 April 2014

Phnom Penh picks: The city’s tastiest ice creams and sorbets

Blue Pumpkin is always a crowd pleaser, but, as the days get hotter, where are the other best ice creams in town?

Stylish lights hang above the polished copper bar.
Fri, 11 April 2014

Meat and Drink provides British beer garden atmosphere for an early evening cocktail served with hearty cuts of flesh

In Phnom Penh, stylish boozing has become a byword for the ventures of Will and George Norbert-Munns, the 30-something Kiwi brothers behind Bar.Sito, Public House and Seibur.

A girl from Somrong Leu village, in Preah Sihanouk province. There are fewer than 100 ethnic Sa’och in Cambodia.
Fri, 4 April 2014

In the south, the ethnic Sa’och language has fewer than a dozen speakers

Members of the Sa’och live in Somrong Leu village in Prey Nub district, at the crossroads between the provinces of Kampot and Preah Sihanouk. There are fewer than 100.

The pad thai at Needa: gloriously sticky but fresh.
Fri, 4 April 2014

Needa pad thai? The clue’s in the name with this smart Thai place that screams for patrons

For a few weeks before I finally approached it, I thought Needa was an office block.