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Pictures, video’s and sounds of Cambodia and Khmer Life: people, traffic, sights, attractions, children, food, festivities, costums and more. As the rest of the site, this section will be regularly updated and expanded, so come back regularly.

Traffic & Transport in Cambodia

How to load a moto in CambodiaAs we have outlined on our page Dangers & Annoyances, Cambodia overall is not a dangerous country, with one exception: the traffic.

There are traffic rules, but the Cambodians seem never to have learned them or forgotten the rules the moment they received their driving license (for which they simply might have paid, by the way).

Add to that the mix of all types of different vehicles which are routinely overloaded (whether with goods or people, or both) and you get a picture of the chaos on the roads of Cambodia.

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Video: an amazing glimpse into past times, Cambodia in 1910

Footage video 1910 Water Festival Phnom PenhThis video is an amazing glimpse into past times.

This documentary of Cambodia was supposedly produced in 1910 – the title says 1937 but that’s probably wrong – when a couple of Americans set out by boat from France to Cambodia.

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Smiling Kids of Cambodia

Bright smiles in CambodiaCambodians are very friendly people. They are happy to communicate with any stranger that comes along and even will invite you for a meal at their house.

A smile is never far away and it’s even more true for Cambodian children. No matter how poor they may be, a Khmer kid will always have a big smile for you. It reflects the openness of Cambodians.

Point a camera at a kid and they will burst out in laughter. They like to be photographed and are always anxious to see the result. See on these pictures in our gallery.

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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…

Cambodian SUV bastard driving over motoCambodia 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

Pchum Ben in Kampong Speu, CambodiaBonn 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

Video The Spirit of CambodiaSo 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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