|The Coffee Kiosks of Takhmau|
The idea of this blog was to show how cosmopolitan Takhmau is becoming, shown most noticeably in the proliferation of coffee shops that have opened up opportunities for girls and women to be out and about socially. They are more respectable and cleaner than the beer gardens but some folks are innovating and fighting back, taking on Starbucks, Costa, etc at their own game. In this picture you see another aspect of Cambodian culture - the copy-cat one! Seeing how well some of the coffee shops were doing these other folks wanted to get in on the act, but from more modest origins. So now all over the place we have coffee kiosks or shacks, under a shade, with the ubiquitous green artificial grass! Similar drinks are offered as in the salubrious coffee shops but they cost much less.
This blog is also the only guide to Takhmau for visitors and its worth a visit now we have the cheap bus service and [for now free] ferry service. Takhmau ladies, and some boys, give very good service. Just a word of warning - some places come and go overnight, so I can't guarantee 100% accuracy. A place I know has closed I will mark in red.