Haha yeah there are lots of unknown (but really good) Cambodians who play in the Bay Area and Fresno (California places) but they never go to major tournaments. =\
If anybody wants to vacation here…I would suggest spending most of your time in Siem Reap. It’s so different now…lots of international food, the place is actually SAFE, people are so friendly (still have some beggars though), and hotels range from incredibly cheap to astronomical (Angelina Jolie stays at a hotel that’s 1000 USD a night). Of course, the main attraction is Angkor Wat and the other temples…and maybe the happy pizza ^_^; but you can get that at most places in Cambodia…
When I lived here, in Phnom Penh during 1995, I would remember going to arcades that had like 10-15 rainbow edition cabinets…kids would just mash on the punches with Zangief and his lariats had 4 yoga flames surrounding it haha…I’m hoping that that trend is gone but who knows, they still sell those 64-in-1 famicon cartridges. At least there’s now ATMs and more paved roads. Still, Phnom Penh is full of vice…if that’s your thing, you could really go nuts and turn the town upside down but with AIDS and corrupt cops and such, it is definitely risky…really cheap, though.
Will update more when I return to the capital tomorrow (hopefully)…I always try to get photos of places in different countries that have SF in some form.