Planning a travel to Cambodia

The boy and the ox in Siem ReapI am not a tourist agency and for this reason I have the duty to give some advices to those who want to plan a trip to Cambodia. Although this country seems small in the map, actually it’s not too small and it has more things than what you can imagine. Actually the official slogan “Kingdom of Wonder” is rather exact. Let us see some advices for your travel to our dear country. Continue reading

The pot of milk scam in Siem Reap

A girl about 12 sits down near the entrance of a supermarket near the Pub Street. She holds in her arms a sleeping baby, observing with attention the foreign customers coming inside the supermarket. It is around 8PM in Siem Reap and the girl gives special gazes to women with children. A woman with two boys leaves the supermarket. Her children hold big packages of chips and cold sodas. Suddenly, the way of the three is cut by the girl, who looks to the eyes of the foreign lady with tenderness. The baby of her arms does not seem disturbed but in a deep sleep. “Ma’am, give me food for my brother, give me a pot of milk, ma’am,” she says in a very fluent English.  Continue reading

Cambodia since 1999, a video documentary

I share this video documentary by Teleantioquia about Cambodia. It is in Spanish, but you can understand most of the story. We are doubling it in Khmer and English… coming soon. A good resume of what is Cambodia, its history, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Kampot, Kep and Sihanoukville and how I see Cambodia since 1999.

Albeiro Rodas in Cambodia – Part 1, Teleantioquia, 2014.

Albeiro Rodas in Cambodia – Part 2, Teleantioquia, 2014.

Albeiro Rodas in Cambodia – Part 3, Teleantioquia, 2014.

Albeiro Rodas in Cambodia – Part 4, Teleantioquia, 2014.

Boats’ crush in Siem Reap killed one

Siem Reap. A boatman died at the spot when his boat of passengers crashed with another loaded with firewood coming in the opposite direction at the Chi Kreng River on Monday. The place of the incident was the Chi Kreng District, reported the Police on Wednesday. Toch Kal, Chi Kreng Police District chief said that the victim was bringing 6 persons from the Anlong Chambak village to visit the Suong Dam, known also as 76th Dam, when another boat loaded with wood and led by two men could not avoid the fatal encounter at 3:55 PM. The impact was exactly at the corner of the touring boat and it was the reason why Lor Sok, 31, got the worse and died immediately, said Kal. His passengers reacted fast trying to provide first aids, but his neck was broken. The passengers were not injured. According with the police report the boat loaded with wood was likely to has caused the incident and it is on the run at the moment. The police is looking for two men who were leading the boat and as far as Wednesday it has not been successful to locate them.

 

That clever poor young man (1)

Jean arrives in the last flight to the Siem Reap International Airport coming from Bangkok. At his 64 he is alone and free to travel everywhere in this planet thanks to his pension and globalization. ‘Cambodia is a place to see’, said that Australian lady in the bar of a Thai bar. He remembers how she described Cambodia, as a wonder that combines colorful views with cute people. Chloe, yes, it was her name, blond 70 years old grand mother of a seven distributed around the world. Jean asked her to come with him to Cambodia and to show such wonders. She laughed. Certainly no way.  Continue reading

My Asian conical hat

Wearing my Asian conical hat in a Bangkok street.

Wearing my Asian conical hat in a Bangkok street.

Walking a tropical country under a sun can be tiresome for any kind of persons, even those coming from other tropical countries. It can make you to reduce attention to a very interesting tour in a great site as the Angkorian temples in Siem Reap. Prepare, thus yourself to protect from the sun. I bought an inexpensive Asian conical hat in Bangkok last week – it is called in Cambodia ដួន do’un. As I came back to the hotel, the lady laughed very much as soon as she noticed my hat. She said I was resembling a Vietnamese farmer. ‘Actually I don’t mind to resemblance a Vietnamese farmer,’ I replied, ‘I find it very practical to walk under the sun and even if it is raining is like having a small umbrella attached to your head.’ Continue reading

Cambodian Christmas boom

One of my friends wrote to me an email from Phnom Penh:

‘This is great stuff BUT it’s strange to me why so much emphasis is placed on a Christian holiday in a supposedly Buddhist country.  When did this surge of celebrating Christmas (the birth of Christ) become popular in Sihanoukville? Was there an effort from the tourism ministry to promote the westerners holiday in Sihanoukville and Siem Reap? In the past there was no interest.’

It is true that this year the preparations for Christmas has been especially published in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Christmas concerts and festivals, Christmas gatherings in hotels and Christmas neon lights everywhere as it were the most Western country. The reply to this question is: all those stuff are not Christmas as the birth of Christ of course. All those stuff are far from the real Christmas Spirit. The goal is, evidently, to attract Western tourism and it means dollars and euros… It is therefore a business. By sure, most of those Cambodians preparing Christmas parties, do not have the most single idea of what they are celebrating or saying when they say ‘Merry Christmas’ or, as some students of mine write ‘Happy Merry Christmas.’

Court of Siem Reap suspended case against Ms Linde

Siem Reap (Updated 12.11.2011). The President and Creator of Together for Cambodia, Lidia Linde, announced today in her Facebook that the court of Siem Reap suspended the case against her for misappropriation that was forwarded by a group of persons who claim the defense of the previous COF Organization. The Criminal Case will not proceed, she announced, although the group can appeal the sentence. ‘For me is a breath of fresh air and peace after 14 months fighting’, said the Spaniard citizen that protects 40 minors in her center where they receive education and professional attention. Continue reading

The worst flood… Who is to blame

I remember very well the 2000 flood. In that time, the country was starting its recovery after years of a stagnant economy. People suffered, but they were more near to endure it easily after years of total poverty. It cannot be compared with this present flood, the worst in 10 years. Near 170 persons have died already and more than 215 thousand families affected. It is calculated that 290 thousand hectares of land are under the water, while Mr. Phou Phuy, president of the Rice National Federation, said to Xinhua that Cambodia will fall short in rice due to the floods this year. Continue reading

The Mother Teresa Film Festival in Cambodia

Phnom Penh. To close my Saturday evening I went to the Sorya Shopping Mall, that smart modern building just few meters at the south of the Central Market. The idea was to watch a movie. There was outside a music promotional concert and inside the mall plenty of fashion youth going up and down the escalators. I confess that there were not much attractive movies for me this time, but there was something out of common: the film of Mother Teresa. Continue reading

A trip proposal plan to Cambodia

If you come from any country of Europe, I would recommend you to take a flight to Bangkok. Then do not take the flight directly to Phnom Penh, but to Siem Reap Airport. Traveling back to your country, book your flight not from Siem Reap, but from Phnom Penh Airport. In this way, after visiting Siem Reap and the Angkor Wat sites, you go to Phnom Penh and visit the south of the country. Continue reading

Raining comes and tourists go

Foreign tourism got down this month in the main tourist spots of Cambodia like Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. It is already the low season, while hotels and restaurants look for local clients to continue their business. Continue reading

Angkor National Museum

A quick tour through the Khmer Civilization

According to Mr.Wichai Poolprasert, Sales and Marketing Manager, you can do the tour through the Museum in minimum one hour. However, I consider that one hour will be just the appetizer. Continue reading

There is a Black Cat around Cambodia

Abstract photography for an Abstract country…

He has a white Bolognese doggy living in a black studio of a central street of Siem Riep City. His presentation card – his own design with a Liam Mackenzie stylish form at the side of a colorful flower-stamp, – says that he is photographer, teacher, friendly, it consultant, graphic designer, liam@underexposed.asia, funny, polite, intelligent, dependable, determined, organized, tall, awesome, patient, logical, lethargic, rider, loyal. www.underexposed.asia, modest, determined, proud, large, stubborn, quixotic and 093 780 386. Continue reading