Tag Archive | Siem Reap

Don´t take night buses in Cambodia

       Taking night buses in Cambodia is dangerous for any person, local or foreigner. The most used route is Sihanoukville-Siem Reap, two tourist destination of the country. Before it seems a good idea to travel between both cities in the night and in the past it was well recommended. But the golden time is over: Complains of bad service are everywhere and it includes even an attempt of sexual rape of a British lady on the Virak Buntham bus company, thefts where bus staff is involved and a crush accident due to high speed by Olympic Express bus company.   Read More…

If Inanna talks to you

 "After all the crazy night at Pub Street, I went to Eanna and I saw many Buddhist statues... so Inanna, the goddess of love, told me, clean my temple, especially of so much plastic and coca cola bottles" - Photo Inanna on the Ishtar Vase.


“After all the crazy night at Pub Street, I went to Eanna and I saw many Buddhist statues… so Inanna, the goddess of love, told me, clean my temple, especially of so much plastic and coca cola bottles” – Photo Inanna on the Ishtar Vase.

After reading about a tourist woman breaking a Buddha’s statue at the Bayon because goddess Inanna told her “to clean up the temple because there was too much rubbish, from the monks and other people” (see Daily Mail) I went to look for who was this Inanna. It could be possible that an ancient mystery of the Angkorian temples came to be revealed to a Dutch woman after a crazy night at the Pub Street? – in looking the true any hypothesis must be reviewed. Well, this Inanna is not a Khmer goddess and not even an Indian or Chinese, but Sumerian: the goddess of love, fertility and warfare. Her temple was in Eanna, an ancient city of Sumer and now located in what it is southeast Iraq, thousand of kilometers far from Siem Reap. So then, it was Willemijn Vermaat, 40, who was in the wrong place – not the Buddha’s statue. She must go to Iraq and try to break any national monument there. But I don’t think that Vermaat was the only person in the wrong place: Apsara Authority was much more in the wrong place: How is it possible that a woman breaks an archeological treasure in their nose? Where they were? Why so much daily incomes are not used to establish video cameras?

Lidia Linde, a hero in child protection

Lidia Linde in Heros

I invite you to read this profile of Lidia Linde Ginesta (Ma Lidia), portrayed by Unsung Heroes Compassion. Just in the middle of many denounces of fake orphanages in Cambodia that are only facades for hidden business using poor children, we need to look up real and transparent experiences and, who more than real and transparent than Lidia. If someone has any doubt of who is she, just walk into her Siem Reap office and check any possible book, contact any of her donors and know her story, far from fiction and full of heroicity.  Read More…

Planning a travel to Cambodia

The boy and the ox in Siem ReapI am not a tourist agency and for this reason I have the duty to give some advices to those who want to plan a trip to Cambodia. Although this country seems small in the map, actually it’s not too small and it has more things than what you can imagine. Actually the official slogan “Kingdom of Wonder” is rather exact. Let us see some advices for your travel to our dear country. Read More…

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