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S&S World tour

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I don't use hotels much for non work travel.

I was reading through the travel section and noticed an ad for a package holiday, which included:

FREE check in/out

WTF?

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Just got back from a week in Cambodia. Interesting place. Going back for three months next year to look into the opportunities a bit better. Apparently insanely corrupt (which might put a crimp in my current ideas) but also insanely growth. Also insanely being bought up by the chinese, they are definitely getting in while the getting in is cheap.

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21 hours ago, tor said:

Just got back from a week in Cambodia. Interesting place. Going back for three months next year to look into the opportunities a bit better. Apparently insanely corrupt (which might put a crimp in my current ideas) but also insanely growth. Also insanely being bought up by the chinese, they are definitely getting in while the getting in is cheap.

The Cambodian government sold out to the chinese as part of the One Belt One Road initiative by the chinese, who now are literally taking over many parts around that part of the world. The chinese have full control over any development, including bringing their own labour.

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On 7/2/2018 at 8:13 AM, cobran20 said:

The Cambodian government sold out to the chinese as part of the One Belt One Road initiative by the chinese, who now are literally taking over many parts around that part of the world. The chinese have full control over any development, including bringing their own labour.

Given the cost of labour in Cambodia I am not sure bringing their own in (for unskilled stuff) would be worth it. Minimum wage is about $120 a month, average is about $350 a month I believe.

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5 hours ago, tor said:

Given the cost of labour in Cambodia I am not sure bringing their own in (for unskilled stuff) would be worth it. Minimum wage is about $120 a month, average is about $350 a month I believe.

I suspect they bring their own to control everything (as the chinese government likes to do) and avoid any language issues.

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21 hours ago, tor said:

Given the cost of labour in Cambodia I am not sure bringing their own in (for unskilled stuff) would be worth it. Minimum wage is about $120 a month, average is about $350 a month I believe.

Issue is not so much money, but social cohesion. Bringing in labour means those people are not unemployed and starving in China.

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From the article it looks like the former Malaysian government were incompetent and/or corrupt (i.e. not the chinese).

Shame about the high speed rail Malaysia / Singapore. We are likely to be making that trip a fair bit in future and while Singapore airport is far and away the best in the world I do like a fast train picnic.

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5 hours ago, tor said:

From the article it looks like the former Malaysian government were incompetent and/or corrupt (i.e. not the chinese).

Shame about the high speed rail Malaysia / Singapore. We are likely to be making that trip a fair bit in future and while Singapore airport is far and away the best in the world I do like a fast train picnic.

Yes, corrupt to accept the bribery from the chinese to sign up to their belt&road scheme. Same with all the other Asian countries. Their infrastructure loans are not free and if you don't meet payments, they confiscate (ie. takeover).

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The malaysian government were corrupt not incompetent. They were extremely competent at being corrupt. Just ask Najib. Might get better but given the history between Mahatir and anwar ibrahim maybe not so much. Cambodia on the other hand are also corrupt but no where near as practised. It's the wild west at the moment. High risk but in need of help, they will bend over backward for you before in a few years seizing you assets. They're not particularly idealogical. Just plain dishonest. Good time to get in as long as you know when to get out. And don't get on the wrong side of their politics. Which means understanding their politics. Hence my risk comment.

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