Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville has become a dangerous playground

Another news report has surfaced highlighting the dangerous town that Sihanoukville – once a sleepy, coastal tourist destination in Cambodia – has become.On Sunday, it was reported that a boy had picked up a pistol and six bullets when out playing with friends on a plot of land in Village 2, Sangkat 1, Sihanoukville off Otres Road. Authorities have also confirmed that the gun was real.

1 June 2020
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How China changed Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville used to be a sleepy coastal town in south Cambodia. Its beaches were known for their quiet, cosy – albeit a little seedy – atmosphere that attracted mostly families, individual travellers and backpackers. Aside from the goings-on of the tourists and those connected with the country’s sole deep-water port, nothing much had changed over the years.

1 June 2020
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Cruise passengers take bus tours despite virus fears

A scramble intensified Monday to trace passengers from a United States (US) cruise liner allowed to disembark in Cambodia despite at least one traveller later being diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus.There are fears scores of cruise goers have been scattered across the world without full health checks - as Cambodia on Monday afternoon treated a few dozen of the passengers to bus tours around the capital Phnom Penh.Passenger Christina Kerby, whose drole tweets as the Westerdam was bounced a

18 February 2020
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Sihanoukville has a smelly problem

The resort town of Sihanoukville is producing so much rubbish that it has to rope in the World Bank to help solve the smelly situation.Indiscriminate littering, poor public awareness of proper waste disposal methods, a lack of garbage trucks and an exodus of garbage collectors for better paying jobs have all contributed to residents in the once-sleepy Cambodian coastal city waking up to the smell of garbage on their streets.Other issues such as damaged roads and traffic jams have reduced the

14 October 2019
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China crime plaguing Cambodia?

Sihanoukville, Cambodia was once known for its quiet, cosy beaches. An atmosphere that mostly attracted families, individual travellers, and backpackers. That was until the Chinese investment flooded in, driven by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).By 2018, the once-tranquil city was transformed. Sihanoukville today is an enclave of Chinese investments and is peppered with Chinese-run, -operated and -patroned hotels, apartment towers, restaurants and gambling dens.

9 October 2019
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Made in China: Zero-dollar tourists

In a previous article, The ASEAN Post highlighted the fact that today, in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Chinese mainlanders own more than 90 percent of all businesses. While this has increased land prices in the once sleepy-coastal town, the fact that the Chinese are willing to pay millions of dollars to buy land there only serves to heighten worries that Sihanoukville is becoming a small Chinese colony.

22 July 2019
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Does Sihanoukville belong to China?

Following the growing number of foreigners who come to invest and work in Cambodia, the country’s Ministry of Labour said that it will make an announcement soon to ban foreigners from self-employment on 10 types of jobs including driving a taxi, tuk-tuk, or motor taxi; or being a street vendor, barber, delivery man, or other small occupations.

20 July 2019
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Cambodia is hurting Trump’s trade war

The United States (US) Department of Homeland Security has fined several companies for evading President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imports from China by rerouting them through Cambodia’s Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SSEZ).

6 July 2019
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Concerns in Lao, lessons from Sihanoukville

Recent reports have revealed that villagers in the remote Lao settlement of Huaiyae in the scenic Vang Vieng region north of Vientiane have expressed concern about the possibility of losing their land to a Chinese development project. This was after local authorities were spotted in the town taking measurements and noting the locations of trees.

22 January 2019
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The making of new Chinese colonies

Sihanoukville used to be a sleepy coastal town in south Cambodia. Its beaches were known for their quiet, cosy – albeit a little seedy – atmosphere that attracted mostly families, individual travellers, and backpackers. Aside from the on-goings of tourists and those connected with the country’s sole deep-water port, nothing much changed.

28 August 2018
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