Beautiful Cambodian Girls: They’re Everywhere!

Beautiful Cambodian girl smiling

Beautiful Cambodian Girl Posing

This post examines some of the reasons that Phnom Penh is home to so many beautiful Cambodian girls.  Just being here is a feast for the eyes with slim, raven haired beauties almost everywhere you look.  It seems uncanny that there should be such a high proportion of beautiful Cambodian girls here, but there is.  Find out why Phnom Penh’s gene pool is possibly richer than it has ever been in the city’s history.  We’ll also talk about how these girls stay so slim, and lastly, why they are so visible around Phnom Penh.

Where do Beautiful Cambodian Girls Get Their Genes?

Cambodia is home to a very healthy and varied genetic pool.  Some anthropologists maintain that good looks are nature’s way to advertising good genes and a healthy person, and they believe that the deeper the gene pool, the more likely people are to be attractive.  Click here to read more about this.  So exactly what sort of genetic make up do these beautiful Cambodian girls have and how did it come about?

Beautiful Cambodian Girl with a handbag

Cambodian girl with a handbag.

The story begins more than 1000 years ago.  Ships from India and China would often land in Cambodia to trade.  One account in a Chinese text of the time stated that the sailors would often not return to the ship, opting to stay in Cambodia due to the common practice of the locals living without clothes, and the ease with which one could have relations with the local girls.  Today, it is still possible to see the uniqueness of the Cambodian features compared to Thai, Laotian, or Vietnamese.  Some Khmers have darker skin and rounder eyes.  This is likely due to the Indian traits that were brought over from the subcontinent on trading missions.  The Indians were able to navigate all the way up to the Lao border where there is a waterfall blocking further navigation upstream on the Mekong/Tonle Sap river system, thus accounting for the physical differences between the Lao and Cambodian people, as the Lao people would have had limited contact with Indians, thus accounting for the spread of whatever genes the traders brought to the limits of the river system they were able to navigate.  More recently, in the 1980s, Vietnamese, and Chinese immigration brought professionals and business people to Cambodia.  There are now many shops in Phnom Penh run by Chinese, and it is not uncommon to find Cambodian girls who speak fluent Chinese.  The Vietnamese came over to fill the spots of the professionals who perished under the Khmer Rouge regime.  Many of today’s doctors, dentists, lawyers, and other professionals came to Phnom Penh to set up businesses and intermarried with local Cambodians, adding depth to the gene pool, and thereby increasing the number of beautiful Cambodian girls in Phnom Penh.

Beautiful Cambodian girl on a bed

This Cambodian girl is from Battembang. She does not have typical Cambodian features.

There are also Thai genes here as well.  Throughout the history of the Khmer Empire, the Thais invaded, eventually causing the Khmer Empire to collapse.  Today, many Khmers live in Eastern Thailand, some of whom intermarried with Thais and returned to live in Phnom Penh.   The Thai border camps for refugees during the civil war may have also facilitated some marriages to Thais.

Possibly the most influential factor was mass migration of people to Phnom Penh in the 1980s.  The Khmer Rouge forced the evacuation of Phnom Penh in 1975 and the city was all but abandoned until people began to return in 1979.  People from all over Cambodia, and some from other Asian nations, repopulated the city.  This migration of people back to Phnom Penh caused it to become a genetic melting pot, as people established themselves and intermarried.  It was an unprecedented mixing of genes producing a ecletic mix of physical features.  Many beautiful Cambodian girls were born during this period.

Eating Habits

Western girls love to eat.  Girls in Cambodia are’t that much different.  The difference is three things: the culture, the foods available, and the traditional methods on Cambodian farms.

First off, the culture.  It is not lady-like for a Cambodian lady to eat a lot or constantly snack.  When they do snack, it is usually on fruits, which are available year round.  You’ll rarely, if ever, see a beautiful Cambodian girl snarfing down a bag of Doritos or munching on a box of donuts.  Those things are much more expensive than the fruit.  Finances help people make their snacking decisions.

Another important cultural aspect is the food available.  It is one of the few countries in which McDonalds does not operate.  KFC is here, but they are still relatively new having opened their first store only a few years ago.  People are not in the habit of going through a drive through on their way out to work.

Additionally, lots of children grew up in poverty, and, unfortunately, they had a limited amount of food available to them.  While this is not a good state of affairs, it did ensured that children did not develop bad eating habits.  These eating habits carried on into adolescence and the people stayed thin.  A thin Cambodian girl is much more likely to be a beautiful Cambodian girl.

Beautiful Cambodian girls dress up for weddings

Beautiful Cambodian girl at a wedding dinner.

The practices on Cambodian farms are also an important factor that helps beautiful Cambodian girls stay slim, and, despite their distance from the capital, they still have an effect in Phnom Penh. For those who worry about growth hormones in meat and dairy at home in the west, you can rest easy knowing that these practices exist on a far small scale in Cambodia.  More of the meat comes from farms where they do not have enough money to buy such hormones for their livestock.  In addition to this, dairy is not a part of the Khmer diet.  The scraggly cattle here were not bred to produce milk and Cambodians are not in the habit of drinking it.  Of course, without milk, dairy products are uncommon in Cambodian culture.  Some Westerners may find it strange that many Cambodian people find cheese unpleasant (Yet they will eat fermented fish paste, finding it delicious).  Imagine how many calories could be cut out a Western diet if cheese was not an option on sandwiches and burgers.

Cambodian Girls Love Makeup

Beautiful Cambodian girls like to wear contacts

Beautiful Cambodian girl with her contacts in.

Western girls spend hours trying get tans and applying foundation to get just the right skin tone.  Oddly enough, Cambodians do just the opposite and avoid the sun at all costs trying to stay as light as possible.  Fortunately for these girls, their natural complexions are perfectly set to accent their delicate features with just a little black eye makeup.

Contact lenses that make the iris of the eye appear larger than normal are also popular with girls who have money to spend.

Ladies of all ages also wear outrageous eyelashes as well when they get dressed up for wedding parties.

Why You See Beautiful Cambodian Girls Everywhere

A few reasons beautiful girls are visible here…

- In the west, the higher standard of living allows most people to have a car.  You may catch a glimpse of some pretty girls zooming around at the wheel, or get a better look at them if you are stuck in a traffic jam.

- In Cambodia girls ride motos.  Cars are for well off people.  They drive slowly and are easy to see.  They go out in the evenings to just walk around the few green areas in Phnom Penh such as riverside, Vietnamese Friendship Park, or Hun Sen Park.  So girls are concentrated into small spaces.  Especially Sorya shopping mall!

- Girls here are much more conscious of their appearance than in most places in the west.  Heels, dresses, makeup and skirts are essential items.  The plethora of makeup salons is tribute to the value Cambodian girls place on beauty.

- Cambodia is a patriarchal society.  Although women can, and do, work in professional jobs such as design, accounting, management, and other such respected positions, traditionally married women stay home and husbands work to earn money for the family.  Beautiful Cambodian girls attract the attention of the well paid men and marry better as a result so they make sure they look the best they can.

What does the future hold?  

Beautiful Cambodian girls - percentage of the population

In 2015 5.2% of the population will be girls ages 20-24.

The future looks good for those with an interest in beautiful Cambodian girls.  One look at a population pyramid shows us that girls ages 20-24 will make up 5.2% of the population in 2015, and that they are the largest age bracket in the pyramid.  What does all that mean?  Well, for the next few years, girls in their early twenties will make up more of the population than any other age group.

So, seize the day and enjoy the sights of some beautiful Cambodian girls in Phnom Penh, the timing has never been better ;)

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Professional Girlfriends in Cambodia

Smiling Cambodian Girl

Smiling Cambodian Bar Girl

Professional girlfriends in Cambodia are potentially any girl working in the “female hostess” line of work.  These include girls at hostess bars, beer servers, freelance girls, beer garden hostesses, and karaoke hostesses.  These professions are not the most highly regarded work a girl can do.  Sometimes they meet clients and become their girlfriends, but when this happens there is likely some monetary motivation involved.  This cash transaction can take many forms.  They range from girls dating guys who regularly buy gifts for them and possibly for their families as well (does not sound too strange does it?), to an arrangement for a live-in girlfriend who will cook, clean and have sex with you in return for a monthly allowance.

Propositions From Professional Girlfriends in Cambodia

A male foreign friend was recently propositioned by a girl who offered to live with him as his girlfriend, and do what would be expected of a girlfriend,  in return for $400 a month.  To put the price in perspective, working at a bar, a girl can earn a salary of $50 – $80 a month.  Tips and drinks augment that salary.  Going with customers for sex can further augment her income, but as seems logical, going to hotels with strange men is risky at best.  Professional girlfriends in Cambodia can charge only a few hundred dollars a month and earn more money than they would at the bar, and reduce the risk they might otherwise take if they were to earn money by having sex with numerous customers.

Good or Bad?

This seems like a logical arrangement for professional girlfriends in Cambodia, but there are further added bonuses for the girls.  Depending on the commitment of the relationship, she may be able to have more than one boyfriend.  These boyfriends may not even be in the country, and they may be sending money from over seas each month.  Or, she may work for a few part time local boyfriends if the arrangements permit her to do so.  This allows girls the possibility of focusing their efforts on a few guys (whose company they hopefully enjoy) and making more money, staying safer, and avoiding the long hours and seven day work weeks that are part and parcel with working in a bar.

For the girls, it gets better still.  It may work out that one of the relationships she is engaged in ends up with her marrying a foreign guy.  If so, she’s just won the proverbial pro-girlfriend jackpot!  Obviously the guy is happy too and one of the professional girlfriends in Cambodia is finally able to retire.  Phew!

Perhaps this all sounds too good to be true?  Remember, prices vary, and the whole arrangement is up for negotiation.  If you fancy such a girl, make an offer at a bar and see what she says.  If communication is difficult, get a translator (usually another bar girl) and talk money if you really want to speak her language.  But before rushing out to your local travel agent to be on the next plane to Phnom Penh, there is further reading to be done with much more detail that was provided in this post.

Further Reading

This topic is not only one of interest to guys who are looking for a sweetheart Cambodian girlfriend.  Heidi Hoefinger, who earned her PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London, has has collected data on the topic for seven years and her work on professional girlfriends in Cambodia appeared in the South East Asia Globe as their cover story in February 2012.  This article contains a wealth of information on the topic and it is only a few pages long with some interesting pictures.  Click here to view the article.  Heidi’s work on professional girlfriends in Cambodia is also of interest to the academic community.  She will be publishing her dissertation, due to be released in 2013.  It will no doubt be an interesting read and possibly the only academic study that is in support of the women working as professional girlfriends in Cambodia.  Click here to see a synopsis of Heidi Hoefinger’s dissertation.

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How To Speak Khmer With Cambodian Bar Girls

Your New Teacher

Any foreign guy who is able to speak Khmer with Cambodian bar girls is in for a good time.  This article is here to teach you about words and phrases you should know when engaging Cambodian girls – in their language.  So, get your thinking cap on and grab a pen and paper because bar girls everywhere in Phnom Penh love hearing foreigners drop a few phrases in Khmer.

Gentlemen looking to speak Khmer with Cambodian bar girls, whether they are freelance girls, hostess bar girls, or girls from the streets of Phnom Penh, will likely find themselves in a limited variety of situations, requiring a limited amount of vocabulary. This short collection of words and phrases will likely get you through most situations, making night time excursions experiences more entertaining and fun.

General Complimentary Vocabulary & Pleasantries

This section of vocabulary is good for coming, going, and making a good impressions.  When you speak Khmer with Cambodian bar girls, as with anyone, being nice goes a long way, so it pays to make the effort.

Beautiful: Sa-aht

Nice Girl: Srei La-oh

Smile: Sau-it

Hair (on the head): Saw

Hello: Soo-ah Sa-Die

Goodbye: Knee Howie

See You Next Time: Joop K-nea Pail Kra-wee

Thank You: Ah-keun

I Would Like A Beer Please: K-n-yome Soom Sra Bee-ah

Would You Like A Drink?: Jong Puk Avai-avai?

Speak Khmer With Cambodian Bar Girls When Playing Pool

It seems as though almost every bar in Phnom Penh has a pool table.  Even if you are not a fan of 8 ball, you’ll no doubt find yourself in a pool game with a girl at some point if you are here long enough.  It always makes it a bit more interesting to make a few comments to your female pool opponent when you play.  You may even understand some of what she is saying to you; a super bonus if your girl of choice does not speak a lick of English.

Win: Che-nay-ah

I/You Win: K-n-yome/Neck Che-nay-ah

Loose: Jeun

I/You Loose: K-n-yome/Neck Jeun

The Ball Went In The Pocket: Bawl Cho Low

The Ball Will Go In That Pocket: Bawl Cho Low Aie New (point at the pocket)

I/You Go First: K-n-yome/Neck Tao Tee Moo-ee

Two Shots For Me/You: Pee Dong K-n-yome/Neck

Very Good!: La-oh Na!

Lucky: Samnang

Unlucky: Ot Samnang

I/You Play Small Balls: K-n-yome/Neck Tow-it

I/You Play Big Balls: K-n-yome/Neck Tom

Speak Khmer With Cambodian Bar Girls About Sexual Stuff

Choi: Sex (vulgar, also an expletive)

Choi Kneah: Sex together

Twer Knea: Have sex (literally, do together)

Would you like to go have sex?: Jong T-wer K-nea?

Would you like to go to my house now?: Jong Tao P-teh K-n-yome?

Da: Breasts

Koo-ah: Bum (someone’s behind)

Hair: Saw

Kiss: Taup

Cum: Gin Took

Eat (swallow): Nam

Naked: Srat

Kon-dui: Vagina

Kon-daw: Penis

Negotiation and Numbers

If you plan to take a girl out of a hostess bar on a barfine, it is well advised to talk money in advance.  Prices, and expectations vary wildly and you could wind up in a sticky situation at the end of the evening if you and your lady have different ideas about how much she should be paid.  Be sure to speak Khmer with Cambodian bar girls to make sure they understand.

How Much (Money)?: Poon-man?

I Like You/Her But…: K-n-yome Jol-jut Neck/Koh-at Boon-tie…

That Is Expensive: T-lai Na

I Will Give (Pay)…: K-n-yome Ah-wee… (add number here)

Sorry, I’ll Leave (the negotiation) Now: Soom Tooh, K-n-yome Tao (walk away)

No Problem: Ot Pan-yah-ha

Let’s Go Together: Tao Jee-moo-ee K-neah

Numbers: CLick here to link to a site that teaches numbers.  For a quick lesson from a foreigner on how to count in Khmer click here.  Some of the pronunciation is questionable, but it is definitely good enough to get by with.

Khmer Backwards Slang

If you find rhyming cockney slang confusing and generally annoying, then brace yourself for this wacky Khmer variant.  Cambodian people believe that it is incredibly clever, and amusing, to re-arrange the syllables of common phrases.    Accordingly, when a foreigner does it, it is all the more entertaining.  It is highly recommended to use this slang when you try to speak with Cambodian bar girls as it may likely result in confusion at first, then rolls of giggles once they figure out what you are saying.  They really don’t expect it (with good reason).  The bold is the backwards slang, the translation is the forwards words, and the brackets are the English meaning.

Sai-sa-bok: Suk-sa-buy (hello greeting)

Cha-pee-noi: Choi Pee Neck (sex with two people)

Chea Knoi: Choi Knea (sex together)

Hopefully the vocabulary, phrases and slang provided in this article will make your evening venture more fun and eventful.  Commit everything to memory, or print out the article and take it along.

Please note, these phrases are shortened, and are not necessarily grammatically perfect.  Wherever possible, they have been modified to be easier and shorter, and closer to the way the Cambodian girls actually speak than to proper Khmer.  The Khmer language in this post can be learned and understood more easily so that our readers are able to speak with Cambodian bar girls with minimal effort.

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