Welcome to LIFT issue 49

Welcome to LIFT issue 49

Our magazine is about you, Cambodian youth, and the things that we think you will find interesting. This issue we are focusing on foreigners because we know that having people from other countries in the Kingdom has an impact on Cambodians, especially the younger generation who has seen foreigners on TV, in movies and listened to them singing since they were babies.

We have had more stories about, and from, students studying abroad and we can hardly count them, but this week for the first time we have a story about youth from other countries coming to study here (page 6). We also have a story about what makes Phnom Penh unique from the other cities in the world (page 10), and a story about far away people and places in our country (page 12), and how much your location really matters to how you view the Kingdom.

We are launching the Lift/TEDx Phnom Penh Essay contest on our website this week as well. We would love to get your input.


  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty