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From blood-thirsty dictatorships to the mummified corpse of a cannibalistic serial killer, dare you delve into The Advisor’s guide to the dark side of tourism in Southeast Asia? Mankind’s fascination with Death and the macabre stretches back far beyond the beginnings of history....

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Age of sharing

SATURDAY 26 |Once upon a time, or 2001 to be exact, the Dutchman behind The Flicks Community Movie Houses in Phnom Penh wasn’t known as the godfather of couch surfing. Global media had yet to brand him ‘The world’s biggest freeloader’ (he still prefers ‘economic refugee’) and the...
Posted On Apr 25, 2014
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Vintage Asia Heaven

estampe (French) n. print, engrave   I thought I had died and gone to heaven. The source of my out-of-body experience was a visit to Estampe, a recently established emporium on Street 174, situated right next door to the equally heavenly Romdeng restaurant. Estampe pays...

Guilty Pleasures

“What’s the haps?” asks my tousled, recently pleasured 20-something housemate as she stumbles from bed and fridge hangs, poking for treats. I’m deleting last night’s filthiest Instagrams and rehydrating with a tremendous bloody mary. There’s fresh coffee, lashings of Royal D and...

If music be the food of love …..

“Thai food ain’t about simplicity. It’s about the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish, like a complex musical chord.” — David Thompson Invited by Sofitel to sample a new menu, I’m curious to find out if ‘Tempting Thai’ is worthy of the title. To be sure,...

Penh-dacity II: Bong James Bong (Apr 24)

Desmond, an accidental English-language expat, sleeps above Snuck Bar in exchange for duties of wearing a tie and encouraging foreign customers. Suddenly he’s been given a field promotion to music manager, a job for which he is no better qualified. But help is on the way. Now...

Skyward

As Phnom Penh reaches for the sky, the once-novel rooftop sky bar is now common enough to merit competition. Nothing quite says ‘stylish luxury’ like a double-sized, 12th-floor jacuzzi with near-panoramic views of the capital. Such is Frangipani Living Art’s defining top-floor...
Posted On Apr 25, 2014
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Age of sharing

SATURDAY 26 |Once upon a time, or 2001 to be exact, the Dutchman behind The Flicks Community Movie Houses in Phnom Penh wasn’t known as the godfather of couch surfing. Global media had yet to brand him ‘The world’s biggest freeloader’ (he still prefers ‘economic refugee’) and the...
Posted On Apr 25, 2014
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Clash of the titans

SATURDAY 26 |The loudest bands in the country go toe-to-toe tonight in a clash of the post-hardcore titans: Sliten6ix, Cambodia’s first and only deathcore group, take on the male- and-female-fronted screamo band No Forever. Ear defenders optional. WHO: Sliten6ix and No Forever...
Posted On Apr 25, 2014
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Boom box

SATURDAY 26 |Few would place Philips, the Dutch appliance maker, among the world’s greatest contributors to global hip-hop culture, but there it most certainly stands. In 1969, Philips released the ‘radio recorder’, a dull grey and matte black plastic audio box with an extendable...
Posted On Apr 25, 2014
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Hot wax

FRIDAY 25 |At the pinnacle of the late-1980s UK club scene, when people like Steve Strange ruled a Gomorrah of gender-bending pop excess, the truly rebellious were breaking into abandoned school buildings in Brixton, wiring the places with jerry-rigged sound systems and shaking...
Posted On Apr 24, 2014
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Up in smoke

FRIDAY 25 |The Fumes, fronted for the last time by Karin Schelzig tonight, are perhaps one of Phnom Penh’s longest-serving expat rock bands. This raucous quintet comprising Schelzig (lead vocals, guitar), Gem Habito (lead guitar), Darren Jahn (bass), Jon Banules (keyboards), and...
Posted On Apr 24, 2014
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Beat dis

THURSDAY 24 |Formed in 1964 and regrouping exactly 20 years later, Jamaican ska band The Skatalites, of Guns Of Navarone fame – along with Studio One in-house bands the Soul Vendors, Sound Dimension, Soul Defenders and Brentford Road All Stars – laid the foundations for modern...
Posted On Apr 24, 2014
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Holidays in hell

From blood-thirsty dictatorships to the mummified corpse of a cannibalistic serial killer, dare you delve into The Advisor’s guide to the dark side of tourism in Southeast Asia? Mankind’s fascination with Death and the macabre stretches back far beyond the beginnings of history....

Victim of history

Thierry Cruvellier, author of Master of Confessions: The Making Of A Khmer Rouge Torturer, examines an engima He was born in 1942 in the small rural village of Choyaot, in the populous rice belt province of Kampong Thom, where his parents gave him the name Kaing Guek Eav. In his...

Get your freak on

I’ve just met Mit Jai Inn and am sitting in a bar next to the river trying to digest the rich and curious contents this equal parts peculiar and wise artist from Chang Mai is transmitting. Mit is someone who can be truly inspiring if you pay attention to what’s behind his...
Posted On Apr 11, 2014
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Penh-dacity II: Bong, James Bong (Apr 10)

Desmond, an accidental English-language expat, keeps himself afloat in Phnom Penh by sleeping above a bar called Snuck. His boss just walked in, in the company of a man with several slightly different names. Now read on for the second part of our new fiction series by Guilermo...

Guilty pleasures

Last year my nephew was expelled from school for shaving his head on a field trip to Cheese World. If you’ve not been it’s a forlorn assemblage of derelict teat-suckers and an actual stuffed cow, clustered round a diorama of Sumerians inventing feta. At the end, for the class...

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