Bou Meng: a survivor returns to Tuol Sleng, Phnom Penh

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Bou Meng: a survivor returns to Tuol Sleng, Phnom Penh

Bou Meng is one of 12 inmates to survive the Khmer Rouge’s Tuol Sleng Prison in downtown Phnom... enlarge

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The sad decline of Phnom Penh's historic Renakse Hotel

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The sad decline of Phnom Penh's historic Renakse Hotel

The Renakse Hotel in downtown Phnom Penh closed its doors to its last guests almost a decade ago. I was among those that had an opportunity to stay... more

Photoblog - Chasing Andre Malraux’s ghost in Phnom Penh

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Photoblog - Chasing Andre Malraux’s ghost in Phnom Penh

A look at some of the crumbling French colonial buildings that featured in Frenchman Andre Malraux’s ill-fated time in Phnom Penh during the 20s.... more

[Video] Sofitel Metropole Hotel, Hanoi - in real life

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[Video] Sofitel Metropole Hotel, Hanoi - in real life

Hanoi's Sofitel Metropole Hotel makes a pretty strong claim to being Vietnam's best hotel. It has all the elements - history, architecture,... more

A sunset cruise on the Mekong, Phnom Penh

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A sunset cruise on the Mekong, Phnom Penh

In this video, we take a sunset cruise along the Ton Le Sap and Mekong Rivers in Phnom Penh. We travel along the city riverfront past the its royal... more

My last ride on the Mekong River ferry between Saigon and Phnom Penh

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My last ride on the Mekong River ferry between Saigon and Phnom Penh

For decades, old rusting ferries have carried trucks, cars, motorbikes and people across the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia.They've been an... more

Happy Year of the Goat - Saigon's Tet Flower Street

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Happy Year of the Goat - Saigon's Tet Flower Street

Saigon’s Tet Lunar New Year flower street is a longstanding city tradition. I popped down yesterday afternoon, a few days into the new Year of the... more

Talking Art Vietnam - Artist, Pham Huy Thong

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Talking Art Vietnam - Artist, Pham Huy Thong

"Artists in Vietnam have a big advantage. We are living in a goldmine of issues”. So says artist Pham Huy Thong in this Rusty Compass video. Thong... more

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