About Cambodia

Cambodia is the modern state that is a descendant from the ancient Khmer Empire of the centuries 9th to 14th that ruled the Indochina Peninsula. It makes Cambodia one of the melting pot of the Southeast Asian Region. As Thailand has been the most famous country of the Region in the Western World, while Cambodia has been hidden due to years of bloody conflicts, it remains a very unknown place. It is little known that some cultural elements of other Southeast Asian countries have something to see with the ancient Cambodian Kingdom. For example, many languages have to see with the Mon-Khmer linguistic family. Thai, Lao and even Vietnamese languages, have many roots in Khmer and many tribal dialects in Myanmar and Malaysia. The martial arts of the Region like the Muay Thai, Muay Lao, Lethwei and others keep relation with the most ancient form of kickboxing: Bokator (defeat the lion), the old Khmer war martial art and its most modern version the Prodal Srei (free fighting).

The Cambodian infrastructure for tourism has improved and the country is now in the route of international destination with modern systems of e-visa and visa upon arrival that welcomes most countries of the world. As its major religion is Theravada Buddhism, it shares many cultural similarities with its neighbouring countries like Thailand and Laos, as well as a regional integration with Vietnam. In the Thai province of Surin and the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, there are many Khmer ethnical groups that share a big relation with their Cambodian siblings.

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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 “About Cambodia”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Finally, I have time to read some. Interesting… specially the martial arts part, for me.

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