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French linguist and archaeologist Etienne Aymonier is best known for his systematic surveys of the ruins of the Khmer Empire.

Keat Sokim is an assistant instructor of chapey dong veng at Cambodian Living Arts, teaching students how to play the traditional two-stringed instrument (the chapey).
Fri, 9 December 2016

MY PHNOM PENH: Keat Sokim Musician

Keat Sokim Musician Keat Sokim is an assistant instructor of chapey dong veng at Cambodian Living Arts, teaching students how to play the traditional two-stringed instrument (the chapey).

Kek Channthy has partnered with Scott Bywater on her new project.
Fri, 9 December 2016

In new band, Space Project frontwoman proudly declares musical independence

In the wooden-walled rehearsal room at Links music shop this week, a set of musicians lays down a Khmer Surin-style melody: the low hum of a bass line, an electric organ riff, a drum beat.

Truckloads of fish arrive at the Prek Pnov fish market each night, where they are weighed, bagged and sold.
Fri, 9 December 2016

Blood, guts and late nights in the city’s most sprawling fish market

At the Prek Pnov wholesale fish market, on National Road 5, customers begin arriving around 2am. It’s one of the only places open on the empty highway at this time of night.

The royal sword was also lost during the Lon Nol period. Photo supplied
Fri, 9 December 2016

Trailing the King’s forgotten crown jewels

Victoria Beldova was a student at Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design when she decided she would make a new crown for the Cambodian king, Norodom Sihamoni.

More than 1,500 volunteers planted trees at the Peung Tanoan tourist site. Photo supplied
Fri, 9 December 2016

Rural site takes aim at eco-tourists

More than 5,000 trees will be planted at a newly minted tourism site outside of Siem Reap town in an attempt to draw more visitors to the area, according to local organisers.

Fri, 9 December 2016

Luxury hotel receives big makeover – and a new GM

An evening of celebrations at the end of November at Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor marked the reopening of the hotel following seven months of extensive renovations.

Ma Martel sought to mix aspects of Cambodian and Western wedding photography. Ma martel
Fri, 9 December 2016

At Angkor Photo Fest, fledgling photographers find their footing

Siem Reap-born Ma Martel fell into photography after a trip to Europe two years ago when he borrowed a friend’s camera. He had already staked out a diverse career path, from French-language tour guide to film location scout.

Korsang’s drop-in centre welcomes drug users for blood tests, needle exchange and methadone treatments.
Fri, 9 December 2016

Connecting former addicts to the users in need of help

Down a back alley in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov neighbourhood, a handful of men and women are ushered into a non-descript house filled with a row of wooden beds. Many appear nervous. A mother and child are asleep on one of the beds, where they will remain until the centre closes at 5pm.

Chin Chi’s bright front attracts passersby.
Fri, 2 December 2016

Bar Sito adds eye-catching extension

If you’ve taken notice of the bright red shophouse-style bar that’s cropped up on Street 240, that’s the point.