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.

The minibus packed with Russian tourists belches clouds of black smoke as it bounces along the bumpy pothole-riddled roads of Sihanoukville.

The visitors, who are making their way to the ferry that will take them to Koh Rong Samloem, one of the two nearby islands that cater to Western tourists, remain quiet as they pass mountains of rubbish and construction debris.

With families living amidst the refuse, it is almost a parallel world to the hundreds of gleaming Chinese-owned casinos that dot the landscape. In many ways, Sihanoukville, once the seaside jewel of Cambodia, resembles a war zone. The buildings are all hollow shells and debris is everywhere.

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