Another way to describe this place is that if a guy ever needed to disappear, to escape any and all responsibility, and be able to make enough living to get by, this is the place. Just about every bar owner I've met is an expat with some reason why he'll never go back to where he came from.
Lot's of guys have come here just for the girls. Mostly in their early 20's, so naturally beautiful and all looking for a way out of the desparation and poverty that was left behind after the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot atrocities of the mid and late 70's. They're the first generation not to have directly had to live with genocide and they know well enough that an American boyfriend can be a one way ticket out. So easily taken advantage of yet several guys on the job are getting married before going home.
Was sitting last night talking to an Aussie bar owner and heard a few "pops" off in the distance, a few blocks maybe. He commented that it's slowed down a bit lately but hardly a day goes by when he doesn't hear shots fired. Mostly cops practicing the local law enforcement he said, nothing to be too worried about.
Crazy, crazy place...