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Cambodia

Kampudschea; Cambodia
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Landgrabbing (45% of landmass) by Chinese. Corruption. Forced evictions. National park logging. Garment industry.
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Cambodia is a country in Indochina surrounded by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Since 2005 backpackers started tourism, after 2014 Cambodia reached almost same level as Thailand and in 5 more years they will leave Thailand behind. It is Chinese power here.

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id: planet.earth
diameter: 12742 km
pop: 7.1 B
area: 510.1 M km2
tempL: -89 C
tempH: 57 C
Continent
id: continent.asia
countries: 48
pop: 4.2 B
area: 44.579 M km2
density: 87/km2
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id: sub.asia.se.indochina
countries: 3
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id: country.cambodia
prime: Hun, Sen
GDP: 17.8 B USD / PC: 1.1 K
capital: Phnom Penh
pop:15.2M d:84
area: 181 K km2
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Most beaches on the mainland are in Sihanoukville which has as well most of Cambodia's islands in front. Most popular mainland beaches are Ochheuteal and Otres in Sihanoukville. Another populuar ones are to find at Koh Rong twin islands.
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Biggest city in Cambodia is the Capital Phnom Penh. Most known for tourists is Siem Reap with its Angkor temples. Sihanukville on the southern shores is the gateway to the islands.
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Cambodias diver sites concentrate on the Islands of Sihanoukville. Most centers bring their divers to the outer side of Koh Koun island.
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Let us say Cambodia was a haven for western expats until 2014 when it got clear which way the nation goes, China tourism. Most expats from Sihanoukville once then moved back to Thailand or moved on to Myanmar.
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Whatever you will eat in Cambodian coming from a Khmer kitchen will have 1 to several spoons of MSG, Monosium Glutamate. The Khmers love it but us westerners will feel dizzy afterwards. The brain is called Ajinomoto from a Jap company.
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A unconvenient subject documenting the heads of corruption and anyone else still living in country of course wouldn\'t do it as until those ancient Khmer Rouge murderers replaced into government positions wouldn\'t appreciate.
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Most hospitals and clinics in Cambodia are still far away from international standards. With heavy health issues you should try to reach Rattanak in PP, a Bankok hospital or in best case the Bumrungrad hospital in Thailand
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Once before the 70s when it all started with civil war which finally got triggered by USA dropping bombs over Cambodia as well, Cambodia was a pearl. But eversince you better call it a never ending tragedy of super corruption.
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Cambodia has a Thailand a nearly unlimited variety of hotels to offer. Many built until 2014 are beautiful but eversince the Chinese and money hungry investors invaded the nation it got same concrete mess as everywhere in the world.
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Most of Cambodias islands are in front of Sihanoukville. Most known are Koh Rong and its sister island.
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Cambodians are in average working for 70 - 120 USD a month in the tourism centers and for far less in the further provinces. That means everything what is worth a Dollar is valueable. Most Chinese companies settled on the southern side of Phnom Penh.
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On top of landgrabbing the prime minister Hun Sen which sold within 2 years 45% of Cambodias entire landmass to mostly Chinese investors. But as well European companies from UK and France are involved in those crimes called forced evictions.
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The Khmer language is a language barely any westerner will ever achieve to learn and just a very few ones living for more than 10 years in country achieved.
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Cambodia is the country of Generals. Nearly every family has any military members. Every province got a 1 star General commander. The 2 star commanders then concentrate in Kampong Speu. Those with 4 stars stay with Hun Sen.
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Khmers are barely listening to any western music as there would not be any reason. The inland music scene variety is just massive and great and Khmers love their own songs. Most popular singer is Kemarah Sereymon.
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Best nightlife in Cambodia is in Phnom Penh around 51 Pasteur street. Other spots are Sihanoukville which offers a load of bars but no decent nightclubs. Siem Reap has not much more to offer at nights.
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You better hurry up to see any tree or national park in Cambodia. 45% of the Countries landmass has been sold recently and the Chinese logger companies concentrate of course where they get the Rosewood out.
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It will take a while but it is coming and Cambodian People will get a list of all those corrupt faces which have plundered their Nation into own pockets and sold 50% of the entire landmass since 2005 before even someone knew how it worked.
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Imagine once the Khmers found out a house in Switzerlnd costs 1 million Dollar when they got an internet connection. So what they did first was to adjust their property prices to international prices of the tops.
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Khmers love to go eat in restaurants, so it got a wide variety of restaurants all over the nation.
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Cambodia got 5 major telecom operators. Phonecalls and 3G internet is cheap and mobile prepaid cards can be bought anywhere.
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The rule in Cambodias traffic is, there is no rule. So epxect anything what you not yet knew about drivers behaviour. Once involved in an accident the Khmers will run away and the victims will be stolen their things. So be careful driving on thos streets.
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Cambodia has 3 airports from whose Siem Reap seems to be as busy as the main Phnom Penh airport. Sihanoukville runs still smaller operations with just direct flights to Siem Reap and not yet international ones.
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Most tourists scare about snakes but usually will never see one and better worry about traffic accidents in Cambodia. But if it happens (usually to farmers) it is the Malayan Pitviper which is quite aggressive.
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Cambodia is a country in Indochina surrounded by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Since 2005 backpackers started tourism, after 2014 Cambodia reached almost same level as Thailand and in 5 more years they will leave Thailand behind. It is Chinese power here.

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Cambodia is a country in Indochina surrounded by Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. It\'s mostly known in past for it\'s civil war during the 70\'s. Most foreigners would not have dared until 2005 to enter the country but it had not much to offer for foreigners anyway. Most have been scared about Malarya and Landmines. Tourism started first with a couple backpackers and Pattaya style older men in Phonm Penh and Sihanoukville. Big mass tourism started in Siem Reap with it\'s Angkor temples after 2012. The country got recently in the news by it\'s national parks and big style logging of Try Pheap and APP Indonesia/Malaysia and as well always because of extreme corruption issues of the leading government lead by Hun Sen. The actual prime minister, an ancient S-21 regiment Khmer Rouge leader which has been operating from Me Mut Vietnam border and Kampong Cham northern province during the civil war is by 2015 now 30 years in power. Cambodia got plenty of islands in front of Sihanoukville\'s coast which have been mostly untouched or with few basic accommodation. Those wanted to see once such untouched islands better hurry up, as the big machines of the speculators and investors are on the start and it\'s just a matter of very few years until it will look like anywhere else as plenty of Masterplans show what future will be Some plan their disney world, some their Mick Jagger 5 star islands and ideas go the way that beaches convert to a Dubai or Singapore like skyscraper beach towns as at Sihanoukville\'s Otres. Don\'t underestimate chinese as they show what they are able to at Botum Sakor national park. They just log whole national parks down over a size of 100 square kilometers and build casino cities instead within a very few years. 45% of the countries whole land mass and all islands have been secretly sold by the ruling government (Economic Land Concessions) to foreign investors within the last few years with deals of leases to 30..99 and twice 99 years. By 2013/14 Cambodia got once more in the news by demonstrations against the ruling government when poeple got told by Sam Rainsy, an in French exile living Khmer, how the country has been bleeded out within a few years by the small hungry elite of Hun Sen which is responsible for often violent evictions of 100\'000s of people within the last few years.

Imagine just 10 years ago you won\'t have seen any foreign people in Cambodia,most cities have been run down, Phnom Penh had dusty streets with very few cars and if someone could afford a vehicle he had a Daelim Motobike used as MotoDup taxi or a Tuk Tuk. You won\'t have seen any tourist more than a backpacker at Angkor temples and Siem Reap was a sleepy little town. Koh Kong was separated from the rest of the country, when coming from Thailand the only way to get into Cambodia was a ferry operating from Koh Kong to Sihanoukville over Smuggler Island in a 4 hours trip. Then Thailand has been running low on wood and organized a street connecting Koh Kong to the rest and of course the wood has been travelling to Thailand where all hotel builders have been celbrating the cheap tropical lxuury wood to build their bungalows, at least in Koh Chang.

When coming from Laos Don Deth 4000 Islands from a forest path into Cambodia it was a dusy road and it took 20 hours to get down to Phnom Penh crossing several times the river by floats. Phnom Penh a few lights at nights and very few places to go beside the ancient Walkabout and Heart of Darkness. You had no internet and were lucky to get a 128kbit connection which was shared with all other hotel customer and the best hotel in Sihanoukville called a 5 star was Sokha which offered a 512 kbit internet connection. Not for every hotel customer. A 512 kbit connection for a hotel with 176 rooms shared, then you can imagine how slow your internet got just until 2012 where people in the western world had in the meantime 6 Megabit connection for a single household. So it was annoying and almost impossible to do any kind of work with internte until 2012. Without internet, no business people would have ever stayed in Cambodia and Khmers started to learn about computers when Smartphones came up in 2013 when as well internet connections got better and the AAG glass fibre seacable connecting the country to the rest of the world over Malaysia have been set. So since now 2 years you could say Cambodia is kind of integrated in the world, but everysince they go with turbo speed. Most foreigners knew about Cambodia before it\'s the land of legless people, beggars, landmines and Malarya. Those backpackers entering the country in before 2008 have been stuck somewhere at rundown shacks at Sihanoukville\'s beaches because there was no boat transfer to any island. This means, most of those islands have rarely seen any people until 2008 and have been completely untouched.

2008 rich Khmer people started to run around the country to buy land. They took the last dollar they had somewhere and collected all they could get. Everywhere walls around land have been built and no one really knew what\'s going on. Sometimes a story where people on beaches or other good land or on the islands have been evicted, their homes have been burnt down and caterpillars made the rest followed by military police battled civilians down. Backpacker island resorts grew up and disappeared again by order of government. Prospering island resorts with booming tourism disappeared again after investors bought islands just for speculation reasons and left it empty over years. Facilities on beaches have been built and soon afterwards taken and burnt down again by the government. There were always just rumors, nobody serious reporting, no news papers, no journalism other than in Phnom Penh, nobody was on sources but a few years later everyone found out about. 45% of Cambodia\'s landmass has been secretly sold to foreign investors. Some of them bought 10\'000 hectares, another ones up to 200\'000 hectares ( 2000sq km ) in a row. It\'s called Economic Land Concessions and means a free playground for government to log whole nationalparks down, evict 100\'000s of people and battle those buy military police down which wanted not to leave. Some imvestors bought whole islands and gave the fisher families a couple dollars to leave. An Austrian couple sailing in front of Sihanoukville found the 2 SongSaa twin islands and was just amazed how cheap it was to get rid of the locals and to buy those islands. They made a Mick Jagger class luxury resort on it and charge those flying in by helicopters up to 6000 dollar for an overnight stay. Russian billion dollar guys as Polonsky and Trofimov have been buying whole islands and wanted to make their private homes and disney land on it. From one day to another masses of new luxury cars on streets in Phnom Penh beside of all other run down facilities as well as all hospitals where people still struggled by the lack of a couple dollars. Khmers bought just the biggest vehicle Lexus 570LX with 5.7 liter engine for 80 grand which cost with a 100% import tax 160\'000 dollars. Everybody wondering how people could afford such cars in a country having econmoy or industry more than NGO\'s and donators money. Southern of Phnom Penh kilometer long walls around land have been built and years later big companies started to settle where 100000s of people started to work in garment insdustry. When China payd salaries of 500 monthly dollars, workers made 70 dollar in Cambodia, so plenty of companies expanded or relocated over to Cambodia. Siem Reap got from a sleepy town overnight to a mass tourism crowded city with 2 mio visitors a year and everyone having tried before somewhere else as in Sihanoukvilleto make any mostly low income business has been running to the Angkor town to make his fortune. Cambodia has been rebuilt by foreigners with a dream in their head. They made it ready for tourism with ancient cheap land leases. All sort of stories exist with inicially cheap land leases which got horrible expensive over 10 years and doubles i\'s prices every year. Some of those foreigners built infrastructure are still there, another ones started to get troubles and headaches by Khmers and officials which have been land owners and have seen their opportunities after things have been built. Chinese and Khmer companies started to build or are still building whole casino resorts having golf courts inside nationalparks as at Bokor or Botum Sakor. A good reason to build infrastructure inside national parks as rosewood is payd by 5000 dollar in Cambodia for a cubic meter but 25000 dollar in China. So Cambodia got the country of loggers. On top of it Try Pheap, a local caino and logging magnate with a good handshake to the Prime Minister and likely others as Okhna Sok Kong, the Sokha luxury resort, casino, Angkor and petroleum businesss man. Okhna means in Cambodia a donation to CPP and likely another into the pocket of the prime minister. You call them excellencies, but they are mostly not that excellent and just another crowd bleeding out whole systems and make fortunes into their pockets just because they have been at the right place at the right time and not because of special skills. It\'s estimated that in just a few years Cambodia will not have any national parks anymore and if no one tried to prevent the whole thing it\'s estimated Cambodia had almost not a single tree within just 6 month. It\'s the open playground of a highly corrupt government lead by the CPP prime minister Hun Sen, bleeding out a whole country together with his selected people set in power in police, military, government and ministries. And most Khmers had no idea about all this until 2013.

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Eviction of beach businesses begins at Ochheuteal. 100 beach shacks have been flattened with caterpillars Saturday.
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Otres was one of the last world beaches built once by backpackers and many creative People which made it ambiant. Now it is going average idealess Chinastyle concrete boxes as anywhere.
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Polonsky was arrested in May 2015 over an expired visa. Eversince his Island Resort is falling apart.
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Almost half of Cambodia has been sold to foreign speculators in the past 18 months - and hundreds of thousands who fled the Khmer Rouge are homeless once more
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