Sihanoukville: A Cambodian City Losing Its ‘Cambodian-ness’

Sihanoukville, the coastal city and only deep sea port of Cambodia, is no longer a sleepy, undeveloped town for backpackers. This is a fact that should be welcome. But the rapid urbanization has caused social and environmental impacts that cannot be ignored. The lack of “Cambodian-ness” and “inclusiveness” is something that needs to be discussed.

Sim Vireak is Strategic Advisor of the Asian Vision Institute (AVI) based in Phnom Penh.

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