Ith Sarin, who asked that his face not be shown, at his home in Siem Reap.

The game-changer that wasn’t: Meeting the reclusive man behind what may be the first written record from inside the Khmer Rouge

Publication date 23 February 2018 | 02:20 | ICT

The nearest neighbour to Ith Sarin’s villa in Siem Reap is about five minutes away, and that’s no coincidence.



  • The 'Super Blue Blood Moon' pictured from Phnom Penh last night.

    ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ seen from Cambodia

    Publication date 01 February 2018 | 16:14 | ICT

    A 'Super Blue Blood Moon' was seen over Cambodia last night, with the Moon appearing brighter than usual and tinged a dusty brown colour.

  • A man guides his flock of ducks to safely across the road in Kampong Cham province earlier this month.

    Snapped something spectacular? We want to see

    Publication date 31 January 2018 | 17:14 | ICT

    Dear readers, Whether the wilds of Koh Kong, the temples of Angkor Wat or everyday street life in Phnom Penh, now is your chance to see your photography in print.

  • Men play ouk chaktrang in a cafe in Phnom Penh earlier this week.

    A key piece in Cambodian chess

    Publication date 31 January 2018 | 07:15 | ICT

    On a hot afternoon this week, more than 20 men sit in a nameless café in the Boeung Keng Kang III neighbourhood of the capital.

  • Oum Dara at his home in Phnom Penh earlier this week.

    Former songwriter for the stars reflects on a life well-lived

    Publication date 26 January 2018 | 08:38 | ICT

    Oum Dara was once the songwriter, composer and violinist behind some of Cambodian music’s most legendary singers like Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Sereysothea.

  • Eclectic blues festival invites diverse artists

    Publication date 25 January 2018 | 09:02 | ICT

    Across the street from Wat Botum earlier this week, musicians Julien Poulson, Jean-Luc Jousse and Hollie Lewis were lounging by the pool at the guesthouse Villa Grange, the headquarters for the Phnom Penh portion of the inaugural Fo

  • Members of the newly established Cambodian chapter of the Disciples d’Escoffier, from left to right: Secretary-General Charly Guillo, President Richard Gillet, Treasurer Nicolas Olivry and Chairman of Disciples d’Escoffier Asia Robert Fontana. Photo supplied/Piseth Pen

    Phnom Penh chefs join international culinary association

    Publication date 23 January 2018 | 07:08 | ICT

    On Sunday, some of Phnom Penh’s top chefs were initiated into the newly formed Cambodian chapter of the international culinary association Disciples d’Escoffier – in a ceremony that included sashes with miniature copper saucepans, t

  • Stand-up comic Gina Yashere, who has appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, is in Phnom Penh on a return trip and performing two shows this weekend. Photo supplied

    Comics talk courage and convictions

    Publication date 19 January 2018 | 08:27 | ICT

    After performing at the Ecran Cinema in Kampot last night, elevator-engineer-turned-comic Gina Yashere and 84-year-old stand-up artist Lynn Ruth Miller will perform back-to-back shows tonight and on Saturday in Phnom Penh.

  • Sam Yom, 68, with a photograph of ‘Bi’, who is said to have been the first to strike a blow against Bardez.

    Nearly a century after the bloody murder of a French colonial official, a village still bears the mark of the ‘beast’

    Publication date 19 January 2018 | 07:12 | ICT

    The road to Kraang Leav village, branching off the main highway five minutes northwest of Kampong Chhnang town, leads to a moss-covered stupa boxed in by a stone fence.

  • Luu Meng (left) examines a pickled cucumber at Men Thida’s pickle stall in Toul Tompoung Market this week.

    In pursuit of Phnom Penh’s perfect pickle

    Publication date 18 January 2018 | 08:41 | ICT

    They're kept in metal bowls, plastic buckets and in jars, and often found on the side, or even at the centre, of Khmer dishes. Sometimes they are vegetables, other times fruits, and even fish, crabs or ants.

  • Artist Tith Kanitha next to one of her untitled sculptures for her new exhibition Instinct.

    An artist explores ‘instinct’

    Publication date 16 January 2018 | 07:45 | ICT

    In the white-walled exhibition room of Sa Sa Bassac gallery lives, for the time being, a collection of amorphous wire sculptures, hanging from the walls and ceiling, or draped over pedestals, as part of a solo show by Tith Kanitha,