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Foreign marriages to Cambodian women now kaput?

The Cambodian government recently outlawed all marriages between foreign men over 50 and Cambodian women of any age. Its stated reasons were to prevent trafficking and abuse. So it’s OK if you’re under 50, right? Wrong again. Foreigners who earn less than $2,550 USD per month are also excluded. That means a yearly salary of […]

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WoWasis book review: ‘Sightseeing’ by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

Rattawut Lapcharoensap was born in Chicago, raised in Thailand, and as an emerging writer, has written  a terrific book of short stories based in Thailand, Sightseeing (2005, ISBN 0-8021-1788-0). The title is based on the story of a young man and his mother, who’s taking perhaps the last vacation she can visually enjoy, as her […]

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Thailand-Cambodian military skirmish damages historic Preah Vihear temple

Sophomoric saber-rattling on the part of Thailand and Cambodian politicians has escalated to military forces battling over a 4.6 square kilometer patch of disputed territory has damaged the historic 11th century Preah Vihear temple (also known as Khao Phra Viharn), according to Thai army sources reported in the Bangkok Post.  This small patch of earth […]

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WoWasis pioneers the use of travel-site GPS coordinates

Like most non-Western nations, the countries of Southeast Asia have loads of street addresses that don’t mean much to non-residents. It’s common for numbering schemes to stop as a street name changes, then start up again a few blocks away. Often, addresses on one side of the street have nothing in relation to those on […]

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WoWasis film review: Cambodia’s ‘Enemies of the People’

It is estimated that between 2 and 3 million people were killed by the Khmer Rouge before North Vietnamese troops put an end to the carnage and the regime in 1979. Unlike several other films that deal with mass atrocities (Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman’s Nanking of 2007 being one of them), Rob Lemkin and […]

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Judge puts the kibosh on more NGO pedophile follies in Cambodia

Here at WoWasis, we earlier this year reported on alleged scams run by NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in Southeast Asia that have resulted in false allegations of pedophilia on the part of innocent Westerners. In August of this year, a Cambodian judge ruled in favor of a man he considered unjustly accused.  According to the Phnom […]

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NGO Pedophilia controversy heats up in Cambodia

Two sides are squaring up in what promises to be an interesting legal battle in Cambodia over whether NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) are illegally entrapping visitors in an attempt to gain convictions for pedophilia. In May, The Phom Penh Post reported that Sok Sam Ouen, executive director of the Cambodian Defenders Project, has alleged that “NGO […]

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Day Spas in Cambodia

Day spas commonly offer treatments such as aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, therapeutic body  massage, body scrub, body wrap, iridology, and overall wellness programs, on a walk-in basis.  They are little-by-little becoming more prolific in Phnom Penh.   Spas in Siem Reap tend toward the resort-hotel variety, but we’ll keep you posted as more Day Spas start to appear […]

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Resort and hotel Spas in Cambodia

Note: for all medical procedures, remember to consult your own doctor.  We do not recommend participating in any medical procedure without first discussing the situation with a professional.  The data on this page is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute a recommendation.Resort/Hotel spas offer professional spa services within a hotel or resort environment.  […]

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WoWasis’ Cambodian Bookshelf

Much of the literature on Cambodia deals with the Khmer Rouge days, somewhat less on the glories of Angkor Wat.  Travelers who haven’t read on either subject prior to entering Cambodia invariably dash to bookstores to catch up on what they’ve seen and heard.  Here are a few books we here at WoWasis would consider essential […]

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