Pulling the plug on power in Cambodia

Bangkok Post –

A fisherman lays down his net in Tonle Sekong River, a tributary of the Mekong River, in Cambodia. The river is the site of several new dams, helping power Cambodia’s emerging economy.

The cityscape of Phnom Penh resembles a work in progress. On a strip of land marking the cross-section of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, a new hotel under construction and empty plots face the centuries-old Royal Palace.

Nowadays, restaurants and nightclubs come packed with tourists in the capital city. Around them, signs of construction abound, with steel bars and cement blocks piled up on footpaths everywhere.

“Four years ago, it looked nothing like this,” said Chenda, a hotel owner who goes by a fake name. We were standing on the rooftop restaurant of the five-storey hotel he runs, complete with a shiny terraced pool area.

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