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The Threat of Garbage

It’s Khmer New Year B.E. 2561 and we should choose a better topic to celebrate here. But I refuse to go to the Kep Beach to see the many visitors from Phnom Penh for a reason: garbage. At this very moment, while all Cambodians celebrate the new year with all happiness and cheh, cheh, cheh… all Cambodian beautiful spots are target of thousands of plastic, empty bottles, polystyrene utensils, all, spread everywhere by the happy Cambodian families celebrating with joy and love the Khmer New Year. Garbage on the pagodas, garbage along the roads, garbage on beaches and garbage on the national parks… practically every single corner of the country where a good road can reach for their vehicles.

Garbage at the waterfall

The beautiful waterfall of Cathien in Ratanakiri… You can walk behind the waterfall, on ancient caves carved by the stream. But even here you find plastic bottles… The people who let them, surely enjoy the beauty of the place, but their mind was too short to understand that they could bring their garbage with them and they preferred to let them here…

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Working in Cambodia

If you want to work in Cambodia, be aware of the following facts:

  • Cambodia is a country of low income. It means that the minimum wage is $150 per month. Foreigners with a professional background could get between $500 and $1,000.
  • You must get the Business Visa – now you can apply for it online or upon arrival… a visa for 6 to 12 months. Some westerners look down on Cambodian authorities and stay in the country without a legal permit, thinking that they are smarter… most of these smart guys have been deported as fast as they think. Get your proper permissions on time.
  • Cambodia needs a lot of skilfull personnel for its development. There is a big young population but the skill formation remains low. It gives a lot of opportunities for professional foreigners – for now…. until the Cambodian youth get the point and take those places.

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Cambodian cuisine

The Cambodian food is generally overlooked, even by some expatriates who have lived in the country for years. In the Southeast Asian region, the most internationally famous cuisines come from Thailand and Vietnam. You can find Thai and Viet restaurants in all continents, but it is more uncommon to see a Cambodian restaurant – though there are. As many other things of the Cambodian culture, its cuisine has been hidden by decades of wars and conflicts, but we are in the golden time of tourism and knowing it can be a delicious adventure.

Before the 2004’s Cambodian tourism boom and due to high poverty and economic stagnation, good restaurants were about international food – Western, especially French, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese. Cambodian restaurants were places with poor hygienic avoided by foreigners that were afraid of getting an infection.  Read More…

Arriving to Cambodia

Here some of the ways to arrive to Cambodia from any corner of the Planet.

By plain

Cambodia has only three operating airports in its territory that are connected to international destinations. Most Cambodian regions have an older airport that is out of service since war times. With the Cambodian development, it is possible that we will have more operating airports in the future, but as for now, you can arrive to the following ones:

Phnom Penh International Airport

In the past it was called “Pochentong Airport” – now the name remains only for the big Avenue in front. It has direct connections with:

  • Guangzhou (China)
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghái
  • Osaka (Japan)
  • Tokio
  • Seoul
  • Vientiane (Laos)
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Singapore
  • Taipei
  • Bangkok
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hanoi.

The distance between the Airport (at the west of the capital) to downtown (Royal Palace) is 11 kilometers through the Russian Federation Boulevard until the riverside. Be aware of heavy traffic at 6:00-8:00, 11:00-13:00 and 17:00-20:00. Read More…

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