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Cambodia: Protests Turn Violent in Phnom Penh

Date: September 18th, 2013 | No Comments

At least one demonstrator was killed and several more injured when protests turned violent in Phnom Penh Sept. 15. Officials say that security forces used tear gas and water cannons, and fired their weapons into the air to disperse the crowds as they gathered to protest alleged cheating in the country’s July elections. Though [read more]

Cambodia: Remote Koh Kong Province Becoming Popular Eco-Tourism Spot

Date: March 9th, 2011 | No Comments

Anyone interested in emerging eco-tourism might consider visiting the province of Koh Kong, a densely forested area in southwestern Cambodia that includes part of the Cardamom Mountains and a section of Kirirom National Park. Once extraordinarily isolated and a refuge for the Khmer Rouge, Koh Kong has become part of a project called Community-Based-Eco-Tourism, which [read more]

Cambodia: Crime May Increase During Khmer Holidays

Date: October 6th, 2010 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh issued a notice to remind travelers that several holidays on the Khmer calendar fall in October and November and street crime increases during this time. Vehicle accidents also increase and unruly behavior spikes because celebrants tend to drink too much. If you become the victim of an assault or [read more]

Cambodia: Angkor Wat May Remain Open at Night

Date: June 3rd, 2009 | No Comments

Authorities are considering opening Angkor Wat at night to draw more tourists. Lighting the expansive archaeological site would allow visitors to remain as late as 8:30, while now they must leave at sunset. Cambodia is expecting more than a million foreign tourists this year with more than half visiting the Angkor temples. The country needs [read more]

Cambodia: Security Increased for Independence Day, Water Festival

Date: November 6th, 2008 | No Comments

Ten thousand security personnel will patrol the streets of Phnom Penh to keep order on Independence Day Nov. 9 and during Bun Om Tuk, the annual Water Festival that runs Nov. 10-13. The festival is so popular that as many as 4 million Cambodians are expected to flock to the capital city to take part [read more]

Cambodia: New Cases of Bird Flu Confirmed

Date: February 6th, 2013 | No Comments

In January, the Ministry of Health confirmed five new cases of “bird flu” in humans, four of which were fatal. Also known as H5N1 or avian influenza, the relatively rare virus is transmitted only by direct contact with infected birds—never human-to-human. However, since the illness it causes is often fatal and has high endemic potential, [read more]

Cambodia: Phnom Penh Stampede Kills Hundreds

Date: November 23rd, 2010 | No Comments

A three-day water festival that marks the end of the rainy season, the Bon Om Touk, ended in catastrophe in Phnom Penh Nov. 22 when a stampede killed at least 378 people and injured hundreds more on an island at the junction of the Bassac and Mekong rivers. An estimated 2 million people crowded into [read more]

Cambodia: Khmer Rouge Hideout to Become Tourist Attraction

Date: March 10th, 2010 | No Comments

The final stronghold of the Khmer Rouge will become a tourist site now that the government has approved developing Anlong Veng in northern Cambodia. The tourism ministry has picked out some three dozen sites in the isolated region, including the fenced-off area where Pol Pot was kept under house arrest during his final months and [read more]

Cambodia: Malaria Diminishing, but Drug-Resistant Strain Increasing

Date: January 15th, 2009 | No Comments

Efforts to control malaria in Cambodia have shown great success, reducing the number of cases from 100,000 in 2006 to 54,000 in 2008 and cutting the death rate in half, from 396 in 2006 to 184 in 2008. A drug-resistant strain is developing along the Thai-Cambodia border, however, that health authorities and WHO hope to [read more]

Cambodia and Thailand: Border Dispute Still Simmers

Date: October 22nd, 2008 | No Comments

A simmering border dispute flared into a military clash Oct. 15 in the area of the Preah Vihear temple, known as Khao Phra Wihan in Thailand. The region is in Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province and Thailand’s Sisaket province. Additional border disputes exist in at least two other sites, Prasart Ta Moan and Prasart Ta Krabey, [read more]






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