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Cambodia’s first rum distillery

Most of the world’s rum is produced in the Caribbean and Latin America but there’s a new player in the market with the Samai Distillery in Phnom Penh becoming Cambodia’s first premium rum distillery.

Top 5 heritage boutique hotels in Laos and Cambodia you should check in to

The two countries boast some of Indochina’s most enchantingly spectacular lodges, the backdrop to much of the region’s rich history.

The son rises in Cambodia after Hun Sen’s rigged election

The ‘death of democracy’ cements the military’s power in politics – and paves the way for the prime minister’s succession plan.

Cambodia forces in show of power ahead of Sunday’s election

Thousands of police wearing flak jackets and armed with automatic rifles gathered at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh in a display meant to discourage any street protests during the election.

A Mahathir-like figure, a car crash, and Cambodia’s ‘election’

Prince Norodom Ranariddh was a former leader returning to politics, but his severe injury in a head-on collision means Prime Minister Hun Sen is unable to give voters even the veneer of an honest election

Hun Sen retains his tight grip on Cambodia, and freedoms can wait

Markus Karbaum says having decimated all credible opposition, the Cambodian strongman is a shoo-in for victory in the general election next week. Given the fear, resignation and indifference that prevail, he looks set to rule for as long as he likes

China tips the scales away from the US in push for Cambodian influence

Beijing’s investment in Cambodia has been key to the country’s development, but some argue its domination is creating a quasi-colony and if ruler Hun Sen swings more towards Washington, it would benefit the people.

Party on: Cambodia starts election campaign with doves and dancing

Critics argue the vote might not be fair after a court dissolved the main opposition party for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government.

Cambodian ‘donut king’ who came full circle

US immigrant Ted Ngoy built a dynasty of flour and sugar that changed the fate of hundreds of his fellow countrymen seeking a better life. A sudden addiction took it all away, but it left him all the wiser decades later.

Sex, gender and social change: 23-year-old Cambodian blogger tackles cultural taboos drawing both applause...

A video blog called ‘A Dose of Cath’ unabashedly wrestles with the risqué, drawing both applause and abuse in the patriarchal country.

Cambodia’s golden age of rock revisited by bands putting their own spin on pre-Khmer...

Rock-folk fusion outfit Kampot Playboys are among several bands energising audiences with their own versions of popular rock classics from before the Khmer Rouge regime at their live shows in Cambodia

Cambodia’s central Kampong Cham province’s idyllic rural life, bamboo bridge and wellness

Kampong Cham province has the Mekong River, temples, what was the longest bamboo bridge in the world and a relaxing rural vibe. The charming provincial capital of the same name is best explored by bicycle.

The Hong Kong and mainland Chinese doctors heading to Cambodia on a mission to...

Dr Chow Pak-chin and other medics are heading abroad to remove cataracts from thousands of the continent’s poorest people.

Chinese-backed hydroelectric dam robs Cambodian villagers of homes and livelihoods

Holdouts of Cambodia’s Lower Sesan II Dam hoping for an eleventh-hour lifeline to maintain ties with their Phnong ethnic roots.

Cambodia’s Kratié province offers an idyllic rural escape on the banks of the Mekong...

In the second instalment shining the spotlight on Cambodia’s rising destinations, Marissa Carruthers visits the eastern province of Kratié to experience nature and get a taste of rural life.

Former Macau triad boss ‘Broken Tooth’ Wan Kuok-koi to use blockchain and overseas Chinese...

The convicted former Macau triad leader known as “Broken Tooth” is expanding his business interests beyond the casino hub by creating a new headquarters in Cambodia for the cultural organisation he leads.

Japan plays China’s game in Cambodia. Hun Sen wins

As Phnom Penh cracks down on political opposition, Tokyo keeps quiet to retain its influence and not cede ground to Beijing. Meanwhile, strongman Hun Sen cynically plays off the two powers for his own benefit.

Civil war to UN peacekeepers: Can Cambodia’s blue helmets find peace – for themselves?

Fuelled by a sense of debt from its civil war, Cambodia makes an outsized contribution to UN peacekeeping. Some of its forces have paid the ultimate price – while those who return must deal with the trauma alone.

Kep in Cambodia: beach retreat favoured by country’s kings and French colonial elite is...

In the first of three instalments looking at Cambodia’s rising destinations, we visit the coastal resort of Kep, which is looking to reclaim its rightful title as the St Tropez of Southeast Asia

New owner of Phnom Penh Post denies Cambodian government launched crackdown on independent press

The Malaysian businessman refused to reveal the price of the sale of the newspaper or how a US$3.9 million tax bill was settled as part of the purchase

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