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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:26 pm    Post subject: End of The World ? Reply with quote

Is it really like that movie with Marlon Brando doing a reprise of Conrad ?
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sigmoid



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apocalypse Now, directed by FF Coppola, is mostly set in Viet Nam and was shot in the Phillipines.

If you want a taste of Cambodia, a more relevant movie might be City of Ghosts, directed by and starring Matt Dillon with James Caan. That film was mostly shot in Phnom Penh, the seaside town of Kep and an Angkor-period temple.

There's also a book entitled Off the Rails in Phnom Penh.

Both are those are a bit dated though. Cambodia, especially Phnom Penh, has developed and cleaned up quite a lot in the last 10 - 12 years in terms of roads, buildings and tourism but the "dark underbelly" of the place is still there, just maybe a little less visible.

The people are charming, the economy is growing, things are buzzing and there is a special ancient feel to the place; but there are also still a lot of drugs, guns, violence, gangsters, scammers, crime, razor wire and poverty.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:38 pm    Post subject: dark underbelly? Reply with quote

Siem Reap is full frontal darkness. Lovely country and the Khmer who are hard at work, you barely get to know. I suppose like anywhere else, the out of work Khmers gamble, drink, run scams on tourists. Scambodia is a popular ex-pat nickname. There's that side. There''s another.
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mysterytrain



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sigmoid wrote:
Cambodia, especially Phnom Penh, has developed and cleaned up quite a lot in the last 10 - 12 years in terms of roads, buildings and tourism but the "dark underbelly" of the place is still there, just maybe a little less visible.


My wife and I visited Seam Reap and Phnom Penh for six days last June, before heading on to Saigon for a few days (first time in Cambodia for both of us).

Considering the "house rules" posted on the inside of our guesthouse room in Daun Penh included:

3. "All activities of taking drugs, all kind of gambling and sex trafficking are prohibited"

and

8. "No retaining, or kidnaping activities are allowed within the area of the guest house"

I was sufficiently concerned by that friendly tip that for the three nights we were there, I would not let my wife go to the street outside at night, even to the food stalls right next to the guesthouse, without me by her side.

That said, we did not experience any kind of crime in our few days there. My wife had some of the tastiest gado-gado (the Indonesian term for mixed fruit and veg salad .. don't know what the Khmer call it) she ever ate from a stall in Siem Reap, the people were generally very friendly and kind, I was in a state of mild utopia myself with the local and "near-foreign" beer choices and prices (Angkor, Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Kingdom, Beerlao, Chang, Singha, etc), the Angkor temples were amazing, Cheoung Ek ("killing fields" and Tuol Sleng (the torture prison also known as 'S21') were far from uplifting but "necessary", I think (I mean necessary for visitors to Cambodia to see them), and overall it was a good experience for us ... I'd go back, and I'd consider living and working there but for the fact that I need to save money for "retirement", and pay and benefits there don't seem to add up to much.

PS: I opened this thread, wondering if it was a reference to the Simon Pegg pub crawl movie, and what that had to do with Cambodia ... honest!)
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