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Interviewed on Travel Safety in Cambodia in The Daily Telegraph

My thoughts on travel safety in Cambodia in his Telegraph piece. Behind the paywall, unfortunately.

Tom Vater, one of Telegraph’s south-east Asian experts who travels frequently in Cambodia, says the recent boom in investment in Sihanoukville from China has led to the arrival of violent gangs and a rising crime rate.

“Since 2018, the Cambodian government has welcomed indiscriminate investment from mainland China,” he said. “As a consequence, Chinese mafias have moved in, taking advantage of the lawless environment to open casinos, fighting locals for economic dominance, sometimes with fatal results.”

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