I Made it Through the Thai-Cambodia Border Without Being Scammed

The border crossings into Cambodia are notorious for their corruption. Tacking on a few dollars to a standard entry visa – which is equivalent to a days’ earnings in most parts of the country – is commonplace. Things get even shadier with visas outside the standard tourist issue. Officials at the Thai-Cambodia border crossing in Koh Kong once tried extorting an acquaintance of mine for $100 to validate her NGO visa. These are supposed to be free.

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Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh: Too Good to Last?

There seems to be a persistent rumor that the popular Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh will be razed for new high-end development. Those rumors are flatly denied, but you can’t blame people for worrying. Some land has already been claimed by developers building secretive high-rise condos and expensive shopping centers. If recent history is any indication, the future is ominous for one of Phnom Penh’s only open spaces.

Shopping at TK Avenue Mall in Phnom Penh

It’s weird how normal TK Avenue Mall is. The outdoor mall, located in the Toul Kork section of Phnom Penh, is so Western that it feels like another country entirely. Phnon Penh has a number of shopping malls, and while some are quite nice, there’s always something a little “off” about them for an American like me. That’s not the case at TK Avenue.

DIY Bicycling to Silk Island in Phnom Penh

Several Phnom Penh travel companies offer tours to the bucolic Silk Island started at about $25 per person. A couple of my friends highly recommend it, but my brother and I have a bit of an aversion to guided tours and spending money on things we could do on our own. With that in mind, Mark and I ventured on our own for a loop that included three ferry rides, 50 kilometers of riding and less than $15 spent total after we stuffed ourselves with all sorts of snacks.

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