PHNOM PENH DIARY
by Joe Fyfe
Cambodiaís quickly repopulating capital and royal seat, Phnom Penh
, is like a beach town without a beach. The very wide Tonle Sap River and adjacent lakes and rice paddies infuse the city with a peculiar haze that is almost like sea air. Guesthouses, restaurants and internet cafes line the festive riverside promenade. Souvenir vendors, fruit sellers and three-wheeled taxi drivers compete with unwashed orphans for the strollerís attention.