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Tum Teav alive today

If you want to understand many things of the Cambodian mentality and old traditions that still around, Tum Teav is a film you should watch. Although it is seen as an old story where mothers determine the husband for their daughters upon social and economic considerations, the true is that such practice continues present in modern Cambodia.

You can get the version with English subtitles in this link. Read More…

Cambodian traffic practices

If you intend to drive a car, a motorbike, a bicycle or just take walks on Cambodian roads or streets, please take in account the following practices. Yes, officially, the international traffic law is in force in Cambodia and there are campaigns to educate people in how to follow the traffic rules, but… one thing is on paper, another is on the streets… so for your safety and the one of others, follow this recommendations:

  • Cambodian drivers do not use driving license. It means that anybody with the possibility to move a vehicle, can drive, no matter if that person is 10 years old, has vision problems or never have been in a driving school. Technically there are several driving schools in each Cambodian province, but it does not mean that 100% of Cambodian drivers attend them. In theory yes, but few follow the driving lessons and the final exam is arranged by a dollar note. Police enforcement never requests driving license – at least it is about a foreigner to whom they would like to get some extra incomes. In particular, there is not driving license condition for motorbike drivers, so you can see children of 8 to 15 driving motorbikes on the roads, without any care for traffic rules – just because they never have been in a driving school.

The driving license in force in Cambodia are these:

Cambodian driving license Read More…

Who are the Sanxing (Three Stars)

Traveling through Asia and in countries like Cambodia, you meet in Chinese or Tao temples the statues of three old men at the altar:

Sanxing at Bokor Mountain

This picture was taken at the Dragon of the Mountain Taoist Temple on Bokor Mountain, Kampot. At the center of the altar we find the Sanxing, in Chinese means “Three Stars”. Following the Chinese way of reading from right to left, the first one is Fu, the one of the middle is Lu and the last one at the left is Shou. Who are these three venerated men? They represent prosperity (Fu), status (Lu) and longevity (Shou). This veneration is traced from the time of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Read More…

The Cambodian palm sugar

One homemade product that deserves to be known in Cambodia: the palm sugar. How the farmer goes up to the palm, the traditional technics and cooking of one delicious local beverage. Watch this video produced in Kampot Province by students of social communication and journalism of Don Bosco Hatrans in Kep.

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