Shopping Ethically in Siem Reap, Cambodia

When visiting Siem Reap, you won’t be short on places to buy souvenirs. The question is, where have those souvenirs been made? According to the Angkor Handicraft Association, around 80% of souvenirs sold in Siem Reap are imported from neighbouring countries. I, for one, prefer to buy local and support fair wages

“We can’t wait to go back to take toys for the children.”

“Thank you for your work! We were in Cambodia and can’t wait to go back to take toys for the children,” the Instagram comment read.  At first glance, this may seem like a sweet comment and gesture. However for me, my heart started racing, alarm bells went off in my

Must-See Documentaries About Cambodia

Cambodia is a fascinating country.  Many who visit fall in love with the luscious green rice fields, the smiles of the local people and the relatively low cost of living. However, there is a sinister side. Take the time to learn more about the political and social issues that Cambodians face

Three Fantastic Khmer Albums to Stream on iTunes

AWAKE | Laura Mam Laura Mam is a Cambodian-American songwriter/singer/guitarist who was born and raised in the United States. Several years ago, she made the move to Cambodia, and has gained a lot of respect for her music style, which is heavily influenced by acoustic sounds, indie rock, Cambodian 60s music, and funk. Her album,

The Weaknesses of Men and Women in Cambodia

“The biggest weakness in Khmer men is they think with their eyes. The biggest weakness in Khmer women is they think with their ears.” This was the response a workmate gave to me when I noted he never ‘seeks out the pretty girls’ like the rest of the team do. He