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Khmer Empire Marathon, Cambodia: The Andu Project

Lars Lars the perennially drunken Norseman had a preposterous idea. Yet some ideas, as this one most certainly did, open like a door onto a world of wholly unexpected adventure and, well, just goodness. Plain goodness. ‘Why not get him to run in a race?’ The ‘race’ turned out to be the 10K event at […]

Angkor, Cambodia: The Stone Seductress

1. Desire I desire you more than food and drink   My body my senses my mind hunger for your taste   I can sense your presence in my heart although you belong to all the world   I wait with silent passion for one gesture one glance from you   That’s Jalaluddin Rumi’s poem […]

Cambodia: Tim, The Cambodian Tour Guide

In mid-April 2017, I arrived back in Kampot, Southern Cambodia. I’d worked in Kampot at the beginning of that January for a backpacker hostel chain called Mad Monkeys, where my job involved working at the bar, organising and leading a variety of tours, and generally playing host. After five weeks, I was sent to work […]

Otres 1, Cambodia: Goa Redux

Forget the town. Pass straight through it like diarrhea. Iffy beaches, sleaze, some good restaurants, lots of Chinese-funded money-laundering casinos. Yuck. The town itself is not the thing (though there’s a jetty where you can get speedboats to Koh Rong). Head straight for Otres 1 beach, about five clicks east on a clean stretch of beach. […]

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: The Demimondaine

I’ve been itching to write about Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital and one of my favorite cities. I could write about the whole place, Tuol Sleng and all (I have been coming here for a decade and know it well), but I wanted to rhapsodize about the city as an exemplar of urban Indochine (the area […]