Archive for the 'Culture' Category

Feb 24 2014

Going to a Cambodian wedding

Published by under Culture

Let's get the party started!

Of all the hospitality that might be extended to visitors in Cambodia, an invitation to a wedding is probably the most special. Wedding parties usually take place in street-side yellow and pink marquees by the family home, or in a hall at a specialist wedding venue. Put aside thoughts of formal speeches and hours of photographs: you’re … read the full post

Apr 20 2013

Tourists behaving badly in Siem Reap

Published by under Culture

Inappropriate behaviour -- and clothing -- can be the cause of more than just quizzical looks.

Much has already been written about the lack of respect shown by scantily-clad backpackers oblivious to the fact that ancient sites such as Angkor Wat are still places of worship. But sadly, wearing hot pants and halter-neck tops to working temples is not where embarrassing traveller behaviour ends, and inappropriate behaviour can have consequences more … read the full post

Oct 19 2012

How does the King Father’s death affect travellers?

Published by under Culture

Lighting a candle for the Grandaddy King

Following the death of the former King Norodom Sihanouk, an official week of mourning in Cambodia has been declared and will continue until October 23, 2012. Observance will have a minimal effect on most visitors, but if you care to acknowledge the passing of a historically significant figure, the Royal Palace has become a focal point … read the full post

Oct 18 2012

Mourning King Father Norodom Sihanouk: A photo essay

Published by under Culture

Late night mourners outside the Royal Palace

When the news first broke that the former king of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk had died, many Cambodians were in the countryside provinces marking the Pchum Ben festival. As the word spread, Facebook statuses and profile pictures were updated. Many who had remained in the capital made their way to the Royal Palace to pay their … read the full post

Oct 17 2012

Cambodia mourns King Father Norodom Sihanouk

Published by under Culture

Flowers for the King Father

The death of former King Norodom Sihanouk, aged 89, on October 15 during the Pchum Ben festival is being mourned by Cambodians. Increasingly frail, the King Father’s last visit to Cambodia from his home in China earlier in the year proved to be his last. His death has saddened but not surprised Cambodians, who are paying … read the full post

May 08 2012

Some reasons why you shouldn’t give money to child beggars in Cambodia

Published by under Culture

We stumbled across this short (one-minute long) video that explains oh so well some of the very simple reasons why you shouldn’t give money to child beggars in Cambodia (or anywhere for that matter). The video was produced by Friends International, who have been running a campaign to raise awareness of the issues faced by … read the full post

Mar 20 2012

Dress code in Cambodia

Published by under Culture

I live in quiet dismay at the latent school marm within me. She’s a desiccated, dictatorial old bag, and once even gave a friend of mine a sharp chop to the base of her spine to make her stand up straight. I’m not sure which of us was more surprised. Luckily, the school marm doesn’t … read the full post

Jan 10 2012

Understanding more about Buddhism in Siem Reap

Published by under Culture

Since the days of Jayavarman VII, the warrior king who reigned from 1181 to 1220, Buddhism has dominated Cambodian religious life. Jayavarman VII was the first king to make the transition and though one of his successors tried to reinstate Hinduism, the cult of Siva to whom so many of the Angkorian temples are dedicated, … read the full post

Jun 03 2011

Why giving money to street kids is a really terrible idea

Published by under Culture

It seems so natural and harmless, and resistance feels so callous and cruel, to give to the kids that fill the streets of Siem Reap selling books, postcards, flowers and jewellery, or sometimes just begging for money.  They are poor, they’re clearly in need, and they’re so full of fun and banter that it’s impossible … read the full post

Page 1 of 11