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In Siem Reap, a Hustle and Grind for Tourism Dollars

“Pub Street” area in the Cambodian tourist town of Siem Reap on Thursday, March 19, 2015. First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to make a landmark visit to the town on Friday, to become the first sitting US First Lady to visit Cambodia. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

30 April 2015
In Siem Reap, the number increased slightly, from 2.23 million in 2013 to 2.35 million in 2014. More

Demand for Cambodian Coffee Outrunning Supply

The growth is due to government policies to promote local products and an effort to match neighboring Vietnam’s success with coffee.

Career Fair Aims To Help Students Choose Fruitful Job Paths

Cambodia has a young population: about 60 percent are under the age of 30. Each year, an estimated 250,000 people are in need of a job.

Video Expelled Environmentalist Remains Optimistic About Mother Nature Cambodia

Spanish outspoken environmentalist Alex Gonzalez has expressed his hope that some of those who visit Areng Valley will become activists to protect Cambodia’s remaining natural resources.

New Year Holiday Brought Millions of Dollars to Siem Reap, Officials Say

The three-day event ran last week, from Tuesday to Thursday, and included a concert, traditional Cambodian games, art shows, product fairs and dances.

ADB Audit Recommends Compensation for Those Hurt by Railroad Project

More than 4,000 families across four provinces and in Phnom Penh are now dealing with the loss of land, housing or businesses, since the government began to fix its railways, in 2006.

Youths Need More Skills To Thrive in Asean, Analyst Says

Asean’s 10 member countries are working toward creating a regional bloc that would open up a free flow of goods and services across the region, much of it by the end of this year.

Video Fishermen From Myanmar, Cambodia And Laos Rescued From Slave Labor​

For years, Min Mink Chan never stopped dreaming of home. As he arrived in Jakarta to board a flight back to Myanmar, that dream was just hours away from becoming a reality.

Better Public Financial Management Needed for Further Development, Economist Says

Public finance reform requires four “platforms,” Heng Dyna said: budget credibility, internal control, prioritizing with budget planning and proper review of finances and performance.

Regional Trade Deals Mean More Opportunities, Economists Say

Cambodian officials and business leaders will be looking for markets to export more products to Asean members.

Migrant Workers Deserve Fair Conditions Abroad, Lawmaker Says

Cambodian migrant workers working legally or illegally in neighboring Thailand and other countries in the region have remitted more than $1 billion dollars annually.

Video Cambodia Lacks Skills in Face of Asean Integration, Expert Says

Asean countries, including Cambodia, are reforming their development and tax policies to conform with a regional norm.

Photogallery Smooth Road Paves Way for Tourists in Remote Cambodian Province

Mondulkiri province, bordering Vietnam in northeastern Cambodia, is known these days as a good place to trek.

Video Neighboring Countries Interested in Booming Tourism in Siem Reap

Cambodia's Foreign Minister Hor Namhong held talks with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi and Myanmar's Vice President U Nyan Tun.

Video Parties Must Work Together, To Ensure Legacy, Expert Says

Cambodian political officials should begin thinking about the legacy they are leaving future generations, with a new political environment following gains by the opposition in 2013, an analyst says.

Video Asean Community Faces Challenges, Expert Says

Asean integration at the end of 2015 will gibe Cambodia opportunities, but it will also mean economic competition that the country must be ready for, an analyst says.

Photogallery Smooth Road Means More Tourism for Remote Province

Mondulkiri province, in northeastern Cambodia, is known these days as a good place to trek, where wildlife and waterfalls make for good scenery, amid forested mountains of red clay, and where indigenous hill tribes still live a traditional way of life.

Photogallery Smooth Road Means More Tourism for Remote Province

Mondulkiri province is known as a good place to trek, where wildlife and waterfalls make for good scenery, amid forested mountains of red clay, and where indigenous hill tribes still live a traditional way of life.

Economic Growth Could Slow as Workers Migrate

An estimated 800,000 Cambodian workers migrated to Thailand in search of jobs this year alone.

Chinese Bank an Opportunity for Aid Reform, Fulbright Scholar Says

Sok Vanseka said Cambodia’s effective use of any future funding from the new bank would largely depend on its own political will.

Cambodia in Race To Catch Up, as Asean Moves To Integrate

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, meanwhile, will have until 2018 to enjoy preferred statuses, as they race to catch up to the rest of the region.

Video Obama’s Visit Could Have Lasting Effects, Officials Say

Cambodian officials said over the weekend they hope her visit will also shine a positive light on the country and encourage more visitors to come.

Video Cambodians Hopeful Obama Visit Will Boost Education for Girls

Cambodians say they are hopeful the visit of US First Lady Michelle Obama will make a positive difference in the educational future of their girls.

Video Obama Leaves With Words of Encouragement for Girls

Following First Lady Michelle Obama’s three-day visit to Cambodia to promote her “Let Girl Learn” initiative, Cambodian officials say they hope for positive changes in girls’ education.

Video First Lady Michelle Obama Shares Her Story in Education with Girls in Cambodia

First Lady Michelle Obama is on her three-day visit in Cambodia to promote girls’ education.

Video A Land Victim Lost Land And Leg

Indigenous communities in Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life.

Continued Growth Not Reaching Poor, Economist Says

Cambodia’s economy is likely to continue to grow at a fast pace, but an economist says that will widen the gap between rich and poor.

As Election Reform Continues, Varied Interest Among Citizens

Many residents in Phnom Penh interviewed this week said they were not sure what was happening with the reform.

Bill Gates Maintains Lead of World's Billionaires

Billionaire philanthropist keep his spot as world's richest man, a rank he has held for 16 of the past 21 years, Forbes magazine said Monday.

Video One Year Later, Answers Elude Families of Missing Malaysian Airliner

It has been nearly one year since Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared, becoming one of the world's biggest airline mysteries.

High Number of Migrant Workers Create Political, Economic Challenges

In June and July last year, some 200,000 Cambodian migrant workers were either expelled from Thailand or left in the wake of political unrest and a crackdown on foreign workers.

Photogallery Photographer Captures Cambodia’s Rapid Changes

The book, Transitioning Cambodia, is ‘a historical documentation’ of contemporary change in Cambodia. Photographer Nicholas Axelrod is a founding member of Ruom, a visual journalist collective in Cambodia.

Video Lao Dam Project Flows Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns.

Photogallery Photographer Captures Cambodia’s Rapid Changes

Axelrod says the building boom during the past seven years has not benefited all segments of society, especially those from poor communities often evicted from desired real estate.

Beverage Companies Wary of ‘Blood Sugar’ in Supply Chain

Representatives from Coca-Cola and Pepsi both said in emails to VOA Khmer that they are not aware of sugar in their supply chain supplied by rights violators.

Video US Job Gains Accelerate in January, But Unemployment Rises to 5.7 Percent

U.S. companies beat expectation in the government's latest jobs report - hiring 257 thousand workers in January. The Labor Department also raised job gains in the previous two months by an additional 150 thousand jobs. VOA Khmer's Ker Yann narrates.

Poverty Reduction a Mixed Success, as Countryside Rates Remain High

The poverty line is defined as an intake of 2,200 calories of food per day, or an income of $1 per day in rural areas and $1.50 per day in urban areas.

Video With Prince Ranariddh Back into Limelight, CPP Appears Stronger, Analyst Says

With Prime Minister Hun Sen holding on to power for 30 years, the region will have a new leader where those who want to stay long in power can turn to for a lesson, analyst says.

Growing Pains, as Capital Keeps Expanding

Phnom Penh is one of the fastest-growing cities in Southeast Asia.

Video Cambodia Reduces Western Influence, Tilts Towards Local

Cambodia tilts towards China and its acceptance of more and more Chinese aid helps the impoverished nation to reduce influence of international donors who had sought to push Cambodia towards more democratic form of governance.

40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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Spanish outspoken environmentalist Alex Gonzalez has expressed his hope that some of those who visit Areng Valley will become activists to protect Cambodia’s remaining natural resources. Alex, who has been banned from entering Cambodia, is touring the US to seek international support and a way to go back to the country. VOA Khmer Men Kimseng interviewed Alex while he was in Washington DC.

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