Category Archives: cambodia

War Criminal # 1

SIDESHOW by William Shawcross When I first visited Cambodia in 1995, I arrived at Phnom Penh’s airport on a brutally sunny day. My sunglasses offered little protection against the glare and I stumbled toward the terminal seeking relief from the heat, then stopped upon seeing a small bus deboarding its young passengers. Every child was […]

STINKY’S RETURN by Peter Nolan Smith

Back in 2007 Nik Reiter and I decided to avoid the madness of Songkran by leaving Pattaya for Cambodia. My wife was up-country. She was seeing family. Things weren’t good between us. Nothing like a road trip to cheer up a man,” Nick said and he booked a van for the border. The next morning […]

DA CHICKEN FARM IN SIHANOUKVILLE by Peter Nolan Smith

In 2007 I was losing my mind. The mother of my daughter has deserted me to live in the hicks or ‘bannok’. I had given up everything to move to Thailand and be a father. Angie’s mom was scared that I was planning to kidnap her. She was stupider than a bucket of mud. I […]

APOCALYPSE NOW AND THEN by Peter Nolan Smith

I tried to enlist in the Marines soon after my 16th birthday. My mother wouldn’t sign the papers. The 1968 Tet offensive dented her belief in the final outcome of the Vietnam Conflict, as the fallen were airlifted home in coffins and the wounded filled the VA hospitals. Discharged soldiers were portrayed by the newspapers […]

Bad Road – Phnom Penh to Thai Border

In 2009 the Cambodian government announced the completion of over 1,082 kilometers of roads. The fragile infrastructure improvement came thanks to Chinese and South Korean investments with the national road from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville serving as the showpiece for internal travel, however the important connection between Siem Reap and the Thailand border remains to […]