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“We took a highway flyover in the middle of the city . . . the highway passed close to the buildings and I was so close to the people I could see them watch TV and eat at their tables.”

A sex worker waits for customers near Wat Phnom earlier this week.
Fri, 26 August 2016

Phnom Penh sex workers stuck between Prey Speu and the street

Eight years after Cambodia passed a strict – and contentious – anti-trafficking law, street sex workers continue to suffer detainment and alleged abuse at the hands of clients and police.

The finished product: a plate of soba noodles crafted by chef Nobuhiko Kado.
Fri, 26 August 2016

Bringing the demanding skill of making soba noodles to the capital

Inside a glass-paned room, buckwheat and wheat flour are sifted into a large lacquered kibachi bowl, and Nobuhiko Kado, known as Nobu, who trained seven years to hand-make soba noodles, begins the laborious process of kneading the d

Ream Monysilong shows off one of his artworks.
Fri, 26 August 2016

Drawing inspiration – and creating unique art – from the mundane

For 34-year-old disabled artist Ream Monysilong, the items that people discard are his bread and butter.

A bottle building under construction – the bottles are filled with clean, dried plastic waste and secured with chicken wire to form a cheap, environmentally friendly solution. Photo supplied
Fri, 26 August 2016

Raising the roof with recycled rubbish

Like most countries, Cambodia battles with mounds of plastic waste that are generated daily: bottled drinks, plastic bags, straws and food wrappers litter the country, leaving behind an eyesore and a health hazard

Belgian photojournalist John Vink, a member at Magnum Photos for nearly two decades, recently moved back to Brussels after 16 years in Phnom Penh.
Fri, 26 August 2016

MY PHNOM PENH: John Vink: Photojournalist

Belgian photojournalist John Vink, a member at Magnum Photos for nearly two decades, recently moved back to Brussels after 16 years in Phnom Penh.

Student Kim Sophorn and a quarter of her class sport fake braces.
Fri, 26 August 2016

Faking it: the craze for ‘fashion braces’

Like many 18-year-olds around the world, Kim Sophorn’s teeth are decked out with braces: rows of metal brackets adorned with bright turquoise bands. But unlike most of her orthodontic-sporting peers, the Phnom Penh high-schooler’s braces serve no medical purpose. They’re a fashion statement.

Neko Hiroshi at the opening ceremony in Rio. Photo supplied
Fri, 19 August 2016

The Cat: standing up to be counted at Rio 2016 Olympics

As the nation holds its breath for 20-year-old Sorn Seavmey’s chance at the taekwondo podium on Saturday, Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon had a chat with a fellow team member nearly twice her age: Neko “The Cat” Hiroshi, a Japanese c

Businesses want the authorities to take action to make Pub Street more attractive for tourists.
Fri, 19 August 2016

Congested streets draw the ire of local Siem Reap businesses

In August 2, the owners of more than 40 bars and restaurants in and around Siem Reap’s central Pub Street filed a petition with the governor’s office asking that the authorities deal with problems of excess congestion, noise, street

Reading palms from Mexico to China, and now Cambodia. Photo supplied
Fri, 19 August 2016

Finding good fortune: A palm reader’s journey

With his trademark baseball cap, sunglasses and dishevelled hair, Dennis Gillman wanders Siem Reap trying to avoid people who might seek out his services.