Thuch Salik, the young Cambodian street hawker who became an internet star last year when he was filmed selling souvenirs to tourists at Angkor Wat in more than a dozen languages, has found there is much to like about going to school in eastern China.
Instead of attending classes for half a day then working for his parents for the other half in Siem Reap, the 15-year-old has full-time studies at Hailiang Foreign Language School, a private boarding school in Zhuji, Zhejiang province.
Thuch, who is smaller than classmates his age, is studying and exercising hard in the hope of becoming a strong and educated adult. He had his eye on a place at a university in Beijing, he said.
“I like it here very much, because it is very beautiful,” he said with a grin. “I like studying English and Chinese. I like the classroom, I like to eat rice, and I like my room.”
Thuch, whose story won him admiration and a full-time education, shares a dormitory with three South Korean classmates.
He studies for 10 days in a row then has four days off.
He said he enjoyed school life far from home.