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US sanctions Chinese company over Dara Sakor project in Cambodia

The US Treasury Department issued sanctions on Tuesday against a Chinese company developing the sprawling Dara Sakor tourism zone in Cambodia, the latest sign that Washington’s increasingly heated competition with Beijing has now spread to Southeast Asia.

Cambodian TikTok user arrested for disparaging Angkor Wat

A young Cambodian man popular on the TikTok social media platform was arrested after posting a video that questioned the country’s reverence for its famed Angkor Wat temple, and was ordered detained even though he quickly deleted it and posted an apology, police said on Thursday.

Bully or benefactor? New book explores China’s relationship with Asean states

Murray Hiebert’s Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia’s China Challenge is a valuable compendium to understand China-Asean ties, this book reviewer writes.

Cambodia’s Prince Norodom Reasmey Khemuni – 5 facts about the thrill-seeking, guitar-playing Gen Z...

A favourite of uncle King Norodom Sihamoni, the 22-year-old quit Cambodia for California and a life in front of the camera – performing in stage musicals and posting pop song covers on Instagram from quarantine, playing his preferred Fender Telecaster guitar.

Cambodia’s property boom continues despite pandemic – is Phnom Penh real estate a good...

The Southeast country is a consistent performer in residential property, with interest from an increasing number of investors from Hong Kong, mainland China and the region, especially in the expat-friendly capital.

The rise and fall of Cambodia’s Pub Street, the most notorious party strip in...

Pub Street, in Cambodia’s north-western city of Siem Reap, is still almost empty of revellers despite the area having reopened in June following pandemic closures

Hun Manet, Cambodia’s leader in waiting: US military-educated, but China’s man?

Hun Manet, the eldest son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, is widely tipped to succeed his father.

Cambodian orphanage: Ex-head stole US$1.4 million, molested children, inquiry finds

Sovann Komar, founded by American heiress Elizabeth Ross Johnson, found Sothea Arun committed ‘horrific child abuse and financial fraud’.

Skateboarding in Cambodia: how Tony Hawk, an Australian photographer and an NGO from Afghanistan...

Social programmes combining skateboarding with education are one of the reasons why the scene in Cambodia has grown so much over the last 10 years.

Cambodian women post swimwear photos to protest dress code law

The proposed law would prohibit women from wearing anything ‘too short’ and ban men from going out shirtless.

How eco-tourism saved this stunning Cambodian valley and is key to attracting visitors back...

One of the leading eco-tourism locations in Cambodia, the Areng Valley is home to animals hunted to near extinction elsewhere in the country.

Cambodian NGO battles Covid-19 with ‘social distancing football’

Video of first game goes viral with requests from grass roots football around the world coming into Phnom Penh-based ISF.

After ivory trade crackdown, Chinese buyers find new black market in Cambodia

China’s ban in 2017 caused a fall in demand but elsewhere in Asia countries with weak policing draw new traders and tactics, say animal activists.

Lifted from poverty by a Cambodian Cirque du Soleil, acrobats support 1,200 students through...

The performers in Phare, The Cambodian Circus, have broken the cycle of poverty, but the help they give others to do the same is at risk with its shows on hold.

Thais protest against ‘disappearance’ of activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, snatched by gunmen in Cambodia

Dozens of protesters outside the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok demanded an investigation and accused the Thai state of orchestrating the kidnapping.

As the few visitors to Angkor Wat revel in the near solitude, 10,000 in...

‘Very few people have ever been to Angkor alone,’ says a Cambodia-based expat who took advantage of the lack of foreign visitors to tour the famous temples

How Cambodia’s floating hospitals are saving the lives of its poorest communities

The Lake Clinic takes medical care offshore to 10,000 of those who make a meagre living on Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.

Cycling in Cambodia: what a bike trip to Phnom Penh’s newest tourist attraction reveals...

The new US$12 million Win-Win Memorial in the capital’s north provides an enticing destination for one Phnom Penh resident fresh off self-imposed isolation.

Angkor Wat’s modern history reclaimed from French colonialists, and the cultural politics of Unesco

The Khmer empire temples of Angkor are Cambodian, aren’t they? For decades the French considered them theirs; then came Unesco, and now China is muscling in.

Vietnam firm with World Bank links accused of bulldozing indigenous land in Cambodia

Rights groups say Hoang Anh Gia Lai cleared the land under the cloak of the pandemic, destroying burial grounds, wetlands and old-growth forest.