A fter more than two decades of civil war, an exclusive
club has opened in the capital, catering to those whose interests still run to
gunfire, and whose members roster reads like a "Who's Who".
says:"The Cambodian Sport and Entertainment Club has been established with the
aim to provide a place of recreation and relaxation to the most powerful,
influential, prominent and wealthy people."
The club at Lake Paung Peay
is the brainchild of Hong Kong-based German businessman Thomas Bovet and his
Cambodian counterpart Ly Sorsane, and already its roster boosts some big
Its "patron" is Second Prime Minister HE Samdech Hun Sen, and his
supporting cast of honorary members includes Sar Kheng, interior and national
security minister; Defence Minister Tea Chamrath; Ek Sereywath, Secretary of
State for Defence; and Khieu Kanharith, Secretary of State for
Included in the club's facilities are a skeet-shooting (clay
pigeon) range, a golf driving range, angling ponds and a tennis court. There are
even hovercraft for members' use.
And to quench a thirst hard-earned on
the pistol range there is a karaoke lounge and bar.
Membership is being
restricted to 200 people, including 65 Cambodians, and comes in three
categories, honorary, VIP and regular; and starts at a cool
Joining requires invitation or introduction by members, and
applications are "thoroughly examined by the board of directors and honorary
membership committee," the brochure states.