Future of Phnom Penh

What will Phnom Penh look like in 2035? To answer this question, it’s important to base the answer on the Phnom Penh’s 2035 master plan. Despite the media coverage of its slow progress, let’s take a look where we’re heading to. How Phnom Penh will fare with other capital cities in Southeast Asia? Phnom Penh has been known as the Pearl of Asia or the even the Paris …

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How to be the best Airbnb host in Cambodia

I’ve been a part-time Airbnb host since late 2016. So this blog post is my experience as a first time Airbnb host in Phnom Penh. During that period, for about 6 months, I learned a great deal to be a better host. Airbnb, what? For starters, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. In Cambodia, especially in …

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Cambodia's 3-year multiple-entry visa for foreigners

Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will introduce a three-year multiple-entry visa to Cambodia encourage foreigners, tourists, and business people, as the country hopes to welcome at least 7.5 million foreign tourists by 2020. The new visa application will be available from Sept 1 to foreigners from all nations. [poll id=”6″] Other polls: Is Phnom Penh really one of the world’s least livable cities? How is the new price …

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What does Facebook's Free Basics mean to Cambodia?

While Facebook’s initiative Free Basics has been recently banned and debated in India and Egypt, it’s not a topic here in Cambodia. When the service launched in October last year, only the Cambodia Daily ran the story with this headline: Controversial Facebook Internet Service Launched in Cambodia. Controversial or not, not many Cambodians here asked and discussed. Currently only Smart mobile users can have access, at no cost, …

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Ron Gluckman's conversation with Chanthol Sun

In a December issue in Forbe Asia, foreign correspondent Ron Gluckman talks with Cambodian Commerce Minister Chanthol Sun. Here’s how Ron profiled Cambodia’s rising star minister: A freewheeling proponent of free trade and a booster of international commerce agreements, he’s dedicated to streamlining business regulations, training the workforce and taking Cambodia online. Foreign investors view Sun, 59, as Cambodia’s most Western-minded official, which is no surprise. Here’s probably …

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Hun Manet in media spotlight

A couple of days after an interview with ABC’s Beverley O’Connor, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son Hun Manet has become a top news story in the Cambodian mainstream media. In The Cambodia Daily: On Australian TV, Hun Manet Lauds Father’s 30-Year Reign In Friday’s interview, Ms. O’Connor also pressed Lt. Gen. Manet about being “widely tipped” as Mr. Hun Sen’s successor. “If the people want you, you’d …

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Online career portal everjobs.com.kh is now live in Khmer

everjobs.com.kh, Cambodia’s fastest growing career portal, has officially launched its platform in Khmer. The translation enables job seekers and employers to register, create their professional profile, post their job listings and browse more than 3,300 career opportunities in local language. “Since Khmer is the mother tongue of 97.5% of the Cambodian population, launching the website in Khmer is a logical step for everjobs. By offering our website in …

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Email from our reader: Traveling the Cambodian Genocide

Hi, I recently published the ebook, Traveling the Cambodian Genocide, which is a collection of essays and photographs that takes readers to the unexplored sites that the Khmer Rouge had once used to commit acts of genocide. The book, however, is really a story of the people–the survivors and the next generation–showing how the atrocities of the ’70s can and still effect them today. It also examines the …

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New book: Phnom Penh Sights Beyond the Guidebooks

Updated: Sightseeing for locals: the city’s secrets revealed King Norodom’s Head: Phnom Penh Sights Beyond the Guidebooks Author: Boswell, Steven W.; King Norodom’s Head deals with sights in and about Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city that are rarely – if at all – dealt with in guidebooks and other works about the city. This is not, therefore, a guidebook with walking tours of the town. The reader will …

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David Beckham to tell world leaders at UN to protect children

UNICEF As a father it is devastating to think that any child should have to suffer violence and abuse. I’m proud to say that I’m going to travel to the UN next week with UNICEF, to make sure that children’s voices are heard and that world leaders act to protect children from danger. Read my article in Newsweek, with a powerful letter to world leaders written by children …

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First Starbucks coffee store in Cambodia grabs major media coverage

Starbucks to Enter Cambodian Market This Year is the latest news headline in the Cambodia Daily. Chang Bunleang, managing partner of the local Brown Coffee chain, which has 10 outlets in Phnom Penh, said that while Starbucks was a well-known brand among Cambodians, consumers would ultimately determine their coffee choices based on quality. “A lot of time [our] coffee is actually handcrafted, and Starbucks is going too much …

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Where to buy a Kindle Voyage in Phnom Penh?

Living in Cambodia, and you want to buy a Kindle Voyage. Where? Kindle Voyage is crafted for the love of reading! The thinnest e-reader is now available for grab at Sweet Memory Store. Amazon announced the Kindle Voyage on September 18, 2014. It was officially released on October 21, 2014 in the US. The Voyage has a 6-inch, 300 ppi E Ink Carta HD display, which was the …

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