Though the results of this practice are decidedly mixed, some foreign men who have done it are quite happy with their situation.
Physically, they are probably the least attractive race of women in Southeast Asia, and they do little to make up for this with their personalities.
It is quite rare to see a foreign man in a long-term relationship with a Cambodian woman.
There is an incredibly broad “grey area” here, ranging from street prostitutes and brothel girls, to bar and hostess workers, and on down the line to girls who hang around clubs and guesthouses looking for a traveller who will economically support them and their extended family.
Where to draw the line between a “normal girl” and a prostitute is very unclear…
The lack of a mature concept of romantic love means that many Cambodians women are looking for little more than a meal ticket and as much pocket money as they can get. It is a society where women who have sex before marriage are automatically branded as whores and will never find a decent husband.