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Tranquility in Cambodia

A video made by a traveler from Malaysia.

This video starts with shots (some blurred) on the Tonle Sap with the camera just above the water.

It then goes on with shots of Angkor Wat and other temples capturing their beauty and mystery.

Cambodia as we love it!

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Video: Cambodia’s Water Festival

Water Festival Phnom PenhThe annual Water Festival in Phnom Penh is coming up. It will be held from Saturday November 20th to Monday November 22nd, but expect festivities starting already on Friday Night.

More than 400 boats, propelled by precision-trained oarsmen, take part in the boat races and the city takes on a carnival air during this period.

Open-air live concerts are held, make-shift food stalls selling a variety of local fare are set up in parks and children as well as adults take rides on ferris wheels.

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Video: Cambodian SUV drivers are bastards

Cambodia is a wonderful country with some lovely people, except for one race: drivers of big SUV’s who all think they are above the law. In October 2010, an expat witnessed something that happens every day in this country, but what happened next is almost beyond belief if it wasn’t recorded on video.

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Video: Honoring the Ancestors

Bonn Pchum Ben is the festival held for commemoration of the spirits of the dead. The highlight is on the 15th day of the waxing moon during the tenth month of the Khmer calendar, called Pheaktrobotr.

The festival does not just begin and end on one day. In fact, it lasts 15 days, each of which is called a day of Kan Ben. A Ben is an offering. During the first 14 days, people take turns offering food to the monks of their local pagoda in the hope that their offering will reach the souls of their ancestors by virtue of the monks’ sermons.

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Video: The Spirit of Cambodia

So there is this guy on Vimeo, called properniceinnit, who spend two weeks in Cambodia and made an amazing video.

He says this about the country: I was fortunate enough to spend 2 weeks in Cambodia, if you haven’t yet been, go. I had an amazing time and would highly recommend visiting.

Yes, of course Angkor Wat features in this 5 minute video, but like Cambodia is much more than it’s temples, properniceinnit has succeeded in capturing the spirit of the country. He himself gave his video the simple title Cambodia, but I think it should be renamed in The Spirit of Cambodia.

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A Pilgrimage to Angkor (Treasures from the Past)

The French travel writer and exotic novelist Pierre Loti (1850–1923), in his day the youngest member elected to the Academie Francaise, had dreamt of visiting the ruins of Angkor when, as a child, he came across illustrations of them among Read More

To Cambodia with Love (To Asia with Love)

From a tarantula brunch in the remote Cambodian countryside to a leisurely cyclo ride through the streets of Phnom Penh, To Cambodia With Love is a true collaboration, containing personal essays by more than fifty writers. Among them you will Read More

The Land of the White Elephant: Sights and Scenes in South-Eastern Asia: A Personal Narrative of Travel and Adventure in Farther India, Embracing the Countries … Siam, Cambodia, and Cochin-China. (1871-2)

This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1873 edition by Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, London. List Price: $ 29.99 Price: $ 29.99 Read More

The Rough Guide to Cambodia 2 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)

The Rough Guide to Cambodia is the ultimate guide to this increasingly popular destination. Features include a full-colour section introducing Cambodia”s highlights, from the world renowned towers of Angkor Wat to the stunning tropical beaches of Sihanoukville. In true Rough Read More

Economy of Cambodia

Economy of CambodiaThe Cambodian economy grew at a rate of 10% between 2004 and 2007. This was mainly driven by industries such as garment, tourism construction and agriculture. Due to the global economic crisis GDP dropped to below 7% growth in 2008, and stayed just in the positive in 2009, 0.1 percent, while the growth in 2010 is expected to be around 5 percent.

Clothing, timber, rubber, rice, fish, tobacco, and footwear are the main exports; petroleum products, cigarettes, gold, construction materials, machinery, motor vehicles, and pharmaceuticals are the main imports. The chief trade partners are the United States, Hong Kong, China, and France.

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Revolution, Reform and Regionalism in Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series)

Geographically, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are situated in the fastest growing region in the world, positioned alongside the dynamic economies of neighboring China and Thailand. Revolution, Reform and Regionalism in Southeast Asia compares the post-war political economies of these three Read More

Modern History of Cambodia

Norodom Sihanouk, a key figure in Cambodian politics after World War IIUnlike Vietnam, Cambodian nationalism was politically quiet at the beginning of the 20th century.

This was probably so because of the reigning monarch and the way the French handled the monarchy. Khmer villages who were used to abuse of power believed that if the monarch was on the throne, Cambodia was fine as it was.

At the same time, low literacy rates in Cambodia, which the French were reluctant to improve, stopped nationalist currents to spread.

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Early History of Cambodia

Mythical Naga

Little is known about prehistoric Cambodia and the origin of the Khmers. Probably they came from the north, down the Mekong river. They migrated into Southeast Asia, being pushed down by invading Sino-Tibetans from the north.

In a Cambodian legend, the naga were a reptilian race of beings who possessed a large kingdom in the Pacific Ocean. The Naga King’s daughter married an Indian Brahmana named Kaundinya, and from their union sprang the Cambodian people.

Therefore still Cambodians say that they are “Born from the Naga”.

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Colonial Cambodia’s ‘Bad Frenchmen’: The rise of French rule and the life of Thomas Caraman, 1840-87 (Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia)

At the same time a biography and a history of how Cambodia became colonized by the French in the nineteenth century, Cambodia’s Bad Frenchmen offers a captivating account of a little-known period of colonial history. Drawing on new materials from Read More

Phnom Penh: A Cultural History Reviews

As a one-time resident of Phnom Penh and an authority on Southeast Asia, Milton Osborne provides a colorful account of the troubled history and appealing culture of Cambodia’s capital city. Osborne sheds light on Phnom Penh’s early history, when first Read More

Lonely Planet Cambodia: A Travel Survival Kit (2nd ed) Reviews

The only complete guidebook to Cambodia, this new edition has the latest information on visas, safety and transportation, and maps. In addition, there are special sections on the history, art, and architecture of the legendary Angkor Wat and Khmer language Read More

Flying Tigers over Cambodia: An American Pilot’s Memoir of the 1975 Phnom Penh Airlift Reviews

At the end of World War II, a number of former American military pilots formed the “Flying Tiger Line,” which soon became the world’s leading airfreight company. Its motto of “Anything, anytime, anywhere” was especially applicable in its humanitarian projects. Read More

The Stones Cry Out: A Cambodian Childhood, 1975-1980

“The Stones Cry Out is startlingly good as literature. It is also an important addition to a thin historical record. . . . Her account of the revolutionary rhetoric, set against the reality of what the revolutionaries were actually doing, Read More

Angkor

The great temple complex of Angkor Wat, the architectural gem of the Khmer dynasty, was built between the ninth and fifteenth centuries. It rises 200 feet from the Cambodian jungle floor like a gigantic mandala, its walls adorned throughout with Read More

The Pol Pot mystery

This documentary reveals the life of Pol Pot whose real name is Saloth Sar. He was the Prime Minister of the Democratic Kampuchea and leader of the Khmer Rouges. His personal history is redrawn since his childhood until his death. Read More