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The 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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.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 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.Read More
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
Unlike 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.Read More
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”.Read More