Tag Archive | Environment

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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Cambodia feels the hottest year on record

Cambodia draught and fires April 16 2016

In the middle of the dessert view, the green spots are consumed by uncontrolled fires caused by plastic garbage or vandals willing to clean the land from vegetation.

       Global warming is here and we caused it. On Friday, April 15, the temperature in Phnom Penh reached 40 degrees Celsius at midday, not so much different from Saigon, Bangkok and Vientiane, marking a Southeast Asian drought that is already concerning the economies of the region.   Read More…

What is responsible tourism

       Certainly to get holidays in countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand or any other country in the world, is a right for any citizen. At the same time, international tourism means the movement of meaningful incomes for impoverished communities that would not get much from their traditional way of living. But tourism to poor countries means also many difficult situations.

Stacey Dooley from BBC did this interesting documentary on what is behind the booming Thai tourism. Many things apply to Cambodia as well, with the difference that Cambodia is at the beginning and things can be done to prevent the destruction of fragile local communities, environment and abuse.

I would number those “difficult situations” like this: Read More…

Kep Trade Fair 2015

Cambodian pop star Keo Veasna, one of the artists invited to the 2015 version of the Kep Fare Trade. 

The long weekend made by the Cambodian Independence Day on Monday, 9th of November, has a lot of fun in Kep Province this year with its already traditional Trade Fair, possibly the 8th version, though the number is not written in the promotions. The event marks also the beginning of the Tourist High Season in Cambodia (November – May), that is a very important time for those Cambodian regions included as travelers’ destinations like Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Kep, Kampot, Koh Kong and the natural environments of Ratanakiri and Mondolkiri.

The Cambodian Independence Day has a deeply meaning in Kep, because the town was a French foundation at the beginning of the 20th century and used by the Colonial elite as a holidays’ area. The Province, now the smallest of Cambodia, keeps its own version of the Phnom Penh’s Independence Monument.  Read More…

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