Danielle Keeton-Olsen
The Phnom Tamao park now has a few water features peppered across the deforested land. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Cleared Phnom Tamao Forest Sculpted Into Park

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit has left the cleared area of Phnom Tamao forest after occupying it for about a month starting in August, seeming to transform a piece of the protected forest into an apparent park after a land giveaway controversy embroiled the area just three months ago. 

Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba gifts cufflinks to Information Minister Khieu Kanharith at the Asean Summit in Phnom Penh's Sokha Hotel on November 12, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Asean Suggests Myanmar Could Be Barred From Future Meetings

A string of high-level meetings has continued back-to-back in Phnom Penh this weekend, with Asean stating it could reconsider Myanmar’s participation in future meetings and the U.N. chief calling for human rights defenders and climate activists in Cambodia to be protected.

Workers fix a carpet inside the Sokha Hotel, the venue of the Asean Summit in Phnom Penh on November 9, 2022. (Cindy Liu/Reuters)

On Asean’s First Day, Cambodia Puts on Show of Prosperity

Meetings played out behind closed doors on the first day of the Asean Summit in Phnom Penh on Thursday as hundreds of workers scurried throughout the Sokha Hotel’s labyrinthic interior to tape down innumerable red carpets and arrange flowers.

Racing boats pass under the Road 143 bridge during the Water Festival celebration in Kampong Speu's Chbar Mon city on November 7, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Crowding, Chanting, Sinking at Prek Tnaut River for Water Festival

CHBAR MON CITY, Kampong Speu — Waters and spirits were high as the annual Water Festival boat races resumed after a two-year hiatus, bringing thousands to the banks of the Prek Tnaut river to watch competitors soar, or sink, through its currents.

The "Welcome to Batam" sign on a hillside in Batam city, Indonesia on July 16, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Learning to Scam Under the Threat of Tasers

Indonesian nationals rescued from a Phnom Penh scam compound say they were targeting Facebook users every day to cheat them out of thousands of dollars. Most are relieved to have gotten away from the criminal work and threat of violence that hovered over them.