The interior of FCC Riverside, which will remain open over Khmer New Year and host a performance by singer Miss Sarawan on Friday.

Our 2018 guide to spending Khmer New Year in Phnom Penh

Publication date 13 April 2018 | 16:17 | ICT

Khmer New Year festivities are upon us. For the next few days, travellers will be making their way to their home provinces to eat, celebrate, play traditional games and visit a pagoda with offerings.



  • Bringing Khmer dance down to earth

    Publication date 13 April 2018 | 07:31 | ICT

    How a new incubator program is helping classical dancers with the practical side of their craft

  • Rise in tourism lashes beaches in Southeast Asia

    Publication date 12 April 2018 | 15:12 | ICT

    Hordes of tourists clamber across the white sand with selfie sticks as Thai park rangers wade into turquoise waters to direct boats charging into the cliff-ringed cove.

  • Fears tarantula may go off the menu in Cambodia due to deforestation, hunting

    Publication date 11 April 2018 | 12:02 | ICT

    While a plate piled high with hairy, palm-sized tarantulas is the stuff of nightmares for some, these garlic fried spiders are a coveted treat in Cambodia, where the only fear is that they may soon vanish due to deforestation and unchecked hunting.

  • Competitors cross the start line of the annual Pyongyang marathon at Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang on Sunday. Ed Jones/AFP

    A lonely marathon in North Korea

    Publication date 09 April 2018 | 16:26 | ICT

    A few hundred foreigners lined up in Kim Il-sung Stadium on Sunday for the Pyongyang marathon, less than half of last year’s contingent with Western tourism to North Korea battered by tensions and a US travel ban.

  • Rithy Panh, photographed at the Bophana Center last year.

    Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh to receive peace award at Iranian film festival

    Publication date 09 April 2018 | 15:45 | ICT

    The Fajr International Film Festival in Iran has announced it will honour Cambodian director Rithy Panh’s long cinematic career and focus on humanitarian issues in film with the Fajr Peace Award.

  • A performance during the 2017 Bonn Phum festival, which will have three days of festivities this year, beginning on Friday. The festival is a celebration of both innovation and traditional arts that has grown in popularity over five years. Supplied/Staxc

    Bonn Phum 2018: ‘Village festival’ back with focus on music and tech

    Publication date 06 April 2018 | 08:55 | ICT

    After attracting an estimated 30,000 visitors last year, the Bonn Phum festival is back for its fifth annual Khmer New Year celebration of traditional arts and youthful creativity.

  • A layered photograph by Miguel Jeronimo of the casino Naga 2, a symbol of opulence, over a Cambodian woman. Photo supplied

    Exhibit grapples with question of Phnom Penh’s identity

    Publication date 06 April 2018 | 08:57 | ICT

    For one group of artists, the rapidly changing face of Phnom Penh raises the question: what is this city’s identity?

  • Lay Sovichea with his newly published book Khmer Pinyin, in which he presents a new system for writing Khmer in the Latin alphabet.

    Book takes a stab at romanising Khmer

    Publication date 06 April 2018 | 08:59 | ICT

    Lay Sovichea has taken on a task that at first glance seems mundane, if not tedious. He is trying to standardise a system for writing Khmer with the Roman alphabet, giving some order to what is now a haphazard method.

  • Students practise computer games in an eSports class at the Lanxiang technical school on January 29 in Jinan, China. Greg Baker/AFP

    Chinese gaming graduates to new level at universities

    Publication date 04 April 2018 | 11:47 | ICT

    Gaming may still be considered the enemy by many Chinese parents, but that doesn’t mean university students–even those from the country’s most prestigious institutes – are missing out on the eSports boom.

  • Kosai restaurant in Namerikawa, Japan, serves two kinds of hotaruika sashimi: a thawed frozen version (front) and another with the internal organs removed. Japan News-Yomiuri

    Spring marked by squid in Japan bay

    Publication date 04 April 2018 | 11:20 | ICT

    In Toyama Bay, it is just about prime fishing season for hotaruika, otherwise known as firefly squid.