Cambodia under tha rain

Bayon under tha rain. Photo A. Rodas

Bayon under tha rain. Photo A. Rodas

We are already in the raining season in Cambodia. For those who relay in foreign tourism is a tragedy. For farmers it is a blessing. Things are related in the universe. The rain is the responsible that Cambodia produces a very good and strong rice, the one that would go to plates as far as Africa.

But Cambodia is also a water country. It is in the Khmer culture. Rivers, lakes, wells… are everywhere in the Cambodian views.

Then houses in the countryside reflect that the people are prepared to live with water around them as well: They are built on four beams letting a ground space to be used as a granary, to keep animals of, just to hang a hammock and receive guests.

This could be difficult for those who come from very dry countries or those countries where big bodies of water belong to the wild – with the exeption of the Italian city of Venice.

For Cambodians, especially those of the countryside, rain is not a problem to lament. They go to welcome it with feasts and happiness. Problems will come in those places that western buildings were imposed and that, of course, are not built thinking in the raining season. But Cambodians should not forget that they are people of the water and that it is the one that gives them the food they eat.

The problem of concern must be the electrical storms that are especially strong in the country and that have put in danger the lives of many people, making to think seriously in measures of prevention from official departments.

But out of that, raining season should be a time of happiness for locals and visitors and we can take the best from it as well. It is also a hot country and a shower just is refreshing and can become a space of social encounters. If you come to Cambodia for visit, surely you want relay and escape from conventional rules in your city. Then a walk through the beach under the rain could be just a nice experience if you want.

Just take care and do not take a cold. After a walking under the rain, a cognac can be protecting. Then enjoy w raining night in that big and warm bed of that quit and nice hotel of the country of the everlasting smiling.

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

One response to “Cambodia under tha rain”

  1. Charles Evans says :

    A very nice and positive article.

    Was the big and warm bed photographed in a Don Bosco Hotel room?

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