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5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens

5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens Aug 23rd, 2013 at 11:30AM: Flickr, Celine Aussourd In this lull between fun summer TV like "True Blood" and the fall premieres of network television shows, many people have been binge watching the Netflix comedy, "Orange is the New Black." Set at a women's prison in Rockland County, New York, the series has generated new interest in jail. (From the outside, at least.) Here are five notable prison museums around the world...

Orphanage tourism and Cambodia's fight to end it

Orphanage tourism and Cambodia's fight to end it Dec 30th, 2011 at 9:00AM: In Cambodia, it's not uncommon for tourists to be offered tours of local orphanages in the same way they're offered tours of Angkor Wat. It might be tempting to accept the opportunity to experience "the real Cambodia," especially when you're confronted by extreme poverty at every turn. But before you do, a new campaign backed by international NGO Friends-International and UNICEF asks you...

5 Phnom Penh restaurants where you can eat ethically

5 Phnom Penh restaurants where you can eat ethically Dec 12th, 2011 at 12:00PM: In Cambodia, Phnom Penh is known for its great restaurants. And since many of the city's eateries are run by NGOs or function as social enterprises – companies that operate for profit while providing a social benefit – it's easy to combine social responsibility with sustenance. Here, a sampling of Phnom Penh restaurants that allow you to eat ethically. Friends Restaurant As...

Blogger Jessica Marati

Blogger Jessica Marati Dec 5th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Introducing another new blogger at Gadling, Jessica Marati... Where was your photo taken: This photo was taken on my family's beach in the southern part of Guam, the tiny Pacific island territory where I grew up. It's probably one of my favorite places on the face of the earth. Where do you live now: I'm based in New York, but I've spent the last several months living in Phnom Penh, where...

15 more great cities for drinking beer

15 more great cities for drinking beer Mar 25th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Last month, the writers at Gadling spent a lot of time at the pub, creating this list of The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer. We had so much fun and got so many great comments, we decided we couldn't stop: we headed back to the bar and asked for another round. Here's 15 more of our favorite cities in the world for drinking great beer. Did we include your favorite? Take a...

Ecotourism comes to Cambodia

Ecotourism comes to Cambodia Jan 5th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Mountain bikers can reclaim wilderness that once belonged to illegal loggers and poachers. Hidden in the foothills of Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains, the village of Chi Pat is now home to a mountain biking experience that is unparalleled in trail and impact. This new program is the result of cooperation among Wildlife Alliance (formerly known as Wild Aid), Asia Adventures (a Cambodia-based...

The land of badly behaving Buddhists

The land of badly behaving Buddhists Dec 23rd, 2008 at 1:00PM: Cambodia's dictator for life prime minister, Hun Sen, recently appealed to the country's Buddhist clergy, telling them to clean up their act. The PM told a convention of top religious leaders that the actions and poor judgment of individual monks has given the whole religion a black eye. He cited several situations including monks accepting roles as dancers in a music video and an abbot using...

Invasion of the Bag Snatchers in Phnom Penh

Invasion of the Bag Snatchers in Phnom Penh Sep 20th, 2008 at 12:00PM: If you've been to a backpacker ghetto anywhere in the world, you've seen them. For fear of having their belongings snatched, they guard their bags carefully. Perhaps wearing their rucksacks in the front and wrapping an arm around it for extra security. That might seem like overdoing it. After all, who is going to rob a backpack with a bunch of smelly clothes and out of date edition of Lonely...

The Slowest Train in The World

The Slowest Train in The World Jul 5th, 2008 at 3:30PM: Cambodia has only one passenger train that still runs, and I'm on it right now. Calling it a passenger train is a bit of a misnomer, though. Most of the few seats still attached to the floor are piled high with exotic fruits: durians, pineapples, and several others that I've eaten before but can't name. I think one's a jackfruit, and another might be a soursop. Half of the back car is full of...

Photo of the Day (04.08.2008)

Photo of the Day (04.08.2008) Apr 8th, 2008 at 5:15PM: One of my strongest memories of my trip to southeast Asia was being chased by a herd of monkeys in Vietnam. It was kind of funny at first, until we realized how persistent they can be when they want some food. I think I can honestly say that hungry monkeys lose the 'cute' factor pretty quickly. Still, they're kind of charming in photos like this one from Geotraveler. So what do you think? With...

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