Welcome to LIFT issue 59

Welcome to LIFT issue 59

If you have strolled through Phnom Penh, Siem Riep, or any other urban centre recently, there is a good chance you have walked by a cafe coffee shop. If you are a Cambodian student or professional, you probably stopped by for a drink and a chat with friends.

It seems that, regardless of how many coffee shops are built and opened, there are just as many people looking for a new place to kick back, log on, or get down to work and get a few refreshments. In this issue we look at who’s driving the ever-rising demand for cafes and who’s benefitting form all these customers (page 12).

Our other feature looks at the impact made possible by Khmer blogging and we ask one of the most read young political bloggers in the Kingdom what she thinks about the censorship situation these days (page 10).

We spotted our youth of the week on a trip to Battambang (page 4), and we have a double dose of “What’s new,” with reviews of  movie and an new art space just for Cambodian youth.


  • Man arrested for fake PM endorsement

    The owner of currency exchange company GCG Asia Co Ltd was temporarily detained by the court yesterday for attempted fraud after Prime Minister Hun Sen reacted to the company using his name and pictures to allege his endorsement of the firm. Phnom Penh Municipal Court

  • Archeologists find ancient phallic statue

    An archeological team has found a metre-long tipless stone linga (penis) of the Hindu deity Shiva in the foundations of a temple in Kratie province’s historical Samphu Borak area, a former capital of the pre-Angkor Empire Chenla period. Thuy Chanthourn, the deputy director of

  • Sihanoukville authority orders structure dismantled

    The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration has ordered owners of two unauthorised construction sites to immediately dismantle them and warned of legal action if the owners failed to comply. Ly Chet Niyom, development management and construction bureau chief at the provincial hall, told The Post on

  • Police seek arrest of Chinese ‘gang’

    Cambodian police remain on the lookout for 20 Chinese nationals who earlier this month posted a video clip threatening to stoke insecurity in Preah Sihanouk province, though the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh maintained the group posed no threats to Cambodia’s national security. National Police