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Into the future: What will Cambodia look like in two decades?

In 20 years time, Cambodia will be as unrecognisable to us as our present would have been to our parents. Over the next eight weeks, Southeast Asia Globe, in partnership with Future Forum, will be speaking to some of the Kingdom’s brightest minds about the future they envision for the next generation.

A wild Cambodian Bensley experience: Sustainable luxury tourism in Cambodia

Can luxury and eco-friendly sustainability be mutually compatible? Southeast Asia Globe sat down with serial luxury hotelier Bill Bensley at his wildest experience so far in Cambodia.

Working things out: Training up Cambodia’s out-of-work youth

Cambodia has a shortage of candidates with the necessary soft skills key to propelling them towards better jobs. We speak to the community organisations trying to expand opportunities for vulnerable youth.

The archivists: How DC-Cam helped convict the Khmer Rouge

From our print archive: Since 1995, DC-Cam has been collating information on the crimes of the Khmer Rouge, conducting forums for victims and providing invaluable help to all the tribunal lawyers.

Homegrown heroes

Cambodia has long looked to international donors to fund its social development. We speak to three local Cambodians fighting to promote education and environmental awareness among the Kingdom's young generation on their own terms.

Lost in translation: Keeping children safe in Sihanoukville

A wave of casino-driven Chinese tourism to Cambodia is creating new challenges for the community networks that child protection groups have spent years setting up.

The great disappointment: How Sam Rainsy’s long-promised return fell flat

Sam Rainsy’s long-promised return to Cambodia on November 9 seems to have fallen at the first hurdle. For the exiled opposition leader, this humiliation could mark the end of his decades-long political career.

Health, wealth and happiness: Taking back Cambodia’s healthcare system

With the help of foreign donors, Cambodia has taken steps toward universal health coverage. Those in the system say it’s still not enough.

Looking on the bright side: How solar can shore up Cambodia’s energy needs

When it comes to quick, clean and scalable solutions to Cambodia’s energy dreams, a recent surge in investment in solar power is promising a pathway to prosperity.

Drawing on the past

From our print archive: a new generation of Cambodian comic book artists are carrying on the legacy of the Golden Age forebears.

The return

On November 9, Cambodia’s opposition leaders have promised to return to the Kingdom to take the fight to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party. We spoke to senior CNRP politician Mu Sochua about her fast-approaching date with destiny.


Cambodia’s native language is under pressure from a globally dominant English that is generating more jargon than Khmer can easily absorb.

Pipe dreams

A Chinese-funded property boom in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville is casting the city’s meth addicts to the margins.

Time to rebuild

Since Prime Minister Hun Sen announced a ban on online gambling, tens of thousands of Chinese nationals have left Sihanoukville on Cambodia’s coast. But the road to rebuilding seems a long one indeed.

Building a Kingdom

Buried amid the noise of Cambodia’s real estate boom, the Kingdom’s construction workers are still struggling for access to a steady wage and basic social protections.

Too little, too late for US ‘recommitment’ to Mekong countries? China’s already there

As Beijing floods the Mekong with much-needed cash, the US finds itself pushing back against the tide to retain influence.

Cambodia’s rising stars

With a growing economy, new businesses on the rise and an eye on digitisation, Cambodia’s innovators now have more opportunities to shine than ever before.

How luxury travel can ease damaging effects of overtourism

As increasing levels of mass tourism in Cambodia’s major cities threaten to place strains on local infrastructure, representatives from the luxury travel industry offer a model of high-value, low-volume tourism they believe is key to preserving the Kingdom’s natural splendour.

Cambodia’s education system / The keys to the Kingdom

With Cambodia surging ahead towards high middle-income status, ensuring that the next generation has the essential skills it needs to thrive in a high-skilled work environment has never been more important.

Affordable housing / New development for Cambodia’s emerging middle class

Cambodia’s first planned neighbourhood of affordable homes creates a new model of community in greater Phnom Penh.