Stories on NPR
In the early part of next month I'm looking at making a first-time trip to the Mekong Delta area. On the way out I will be exiting through Chau Doc whilst on the way back I'll be crossing the Vietnam-Cambodia border at Prek Chak, so I was interested to see that a massive hotel-casino has just this weekend opened up a kilometer from this hardly-used international border crossing. The Hatien Vegas Entertainment Resort - costing $50 million, 161 rooms - will bring work to lots of locals, possibly up to 1,000 employees, as well as Vietnamese tourist-gamblers. Casinos are common at the border crossings with Thailand and Vietnam and whilst they are not everyone's cup of tea, they do provide much-needed jobs for the local inhabitants.
Just heard on the expat-advisory.com grapevine that the weekly French-language newspaper Cambodge Soir will print its final issue this week. How sad. Even though its froggy-speak and I can't understand the lingo, it appeared to have some interesting stories each week (I could only look at the photos and read the odd word) and I'm sure the French will sorely miss it. Its backers have pulled the plug and it is mort comme un perroquet, as the French would say.