Welcome to the Post Weekend

Welcome to the Post Weekend

Welcome to the third edition of Post Weekend. The big news this weekend comes from the Thai border, where almost a quarter of a million migrant workers crossed back into Cambodia in recent weeks.

Our National feature on pages 4 and 5 this week highlights the alarming increase in street crime in the capital, particularly bag-snatching. Embassies in Phnom Penh have been swamped with reports of stolen passports and applications for replacements, and the figures are worrying.

Several members of our staff have been victims of these crimes, many of which are carried out by organised youth gangs, and the writer suffered some painful injuries when he was robbed. We also offer some tips to readers on how to avoid becoming a victim.

In Thailand, citizens can get into trouble for a reading a certain book or even eating a particular type of sandwich, as we point out on our Regional/World page.

For those looking to invest their spare cash, we take a look at investing in art, which offers better returns than gold, fine wine or stocks, on our Business page.

Our main 7Days feature this week delves into how one of Phnom Penh’s most popular tourist attractions – the FCC – was started in 1993. Former journalist Leo Dobbs, who also contributed to the very first edition of the Phnom Penh Post 22 years ago, recalls the humble beginnings of what was once a club for journalists and photographers.

Franklin D Roosevelt took some careful steps before committing the US into the Second World War, a subject examined in detail on our popular Books page.

There is much more in this week’s paper, including fashion, motoring, the latest property news and sport.

Alan Parkhouse,


  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey

  • Chinese living in Kingdom more than doubles since ’17

    The number of Chinese nationals living in Cambodia this year has increased to more than 210,000. The figure rose from last year’s 100,000, the newly appointed Secretary of State Sok Phal confirmed yesterday. He said: “Of the 210,000, more than 78,000 are living in Preah Sihanouk [province], but