Cambodia: 10 reasons to visit

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Cambodia: 10 reasons to visit

  1. 1. Cambodia:10 reasons to visit<br />Nam Nguyen<br />Reporting for the Web<br />
  2. 2. Angkor Wat sunrise<br />Photo source: http://bit.ly/l5uNuI<br />1. Angkor Wat : is a temple complex at Siem Reap, Cambodia, the modern name, Angkor Wat means "City Temple" was built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. <br /> It is the world's largest religious building. Hands-down Southeast Asia's most magnificent archaeological treasure<br />Angkor Wat has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors. <br />
  3. 3. Buddhist monks in front of Angkor Wat<br />Photo source: http://bit.ly/j3V34M<br />2. Religion: As in neighboring Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, Buddhism is the predominant religion in Cambodia. But animism and superstition continue to play strong roles in Khmer culture and society. <br />Many people believe in powerful neak ta. Neak Ta followers believe in sacred soil and sacred spirits. It remains the dominant belief of the hill tribes. <br />
  4. 4. Photo source: http://blog.worldfriends.tv <br />“Killing Field”<br />Photo Source:http://bit.ly/iK1LOw<br />3. History: An estimated 1.7 million Cambodians died by Khmer Rouge. <br />Toul Sleng Genocide Museum(also known as S21), ironically a former school, located in a quiet Phnom Penh suburb, this was the infamous Khmer Rouge prison / torture centre. <br />'Killing Fields'of Choeung Ek where Toul Sleng prisoners were forcibly marched and then executed. <br />
  5. 5. Chaul Chnam Thmey Festival<br />Photo source: http://bit.ly/jEHywR:<br />4.Festivals: There are many festivals in Cambodia what show special Cambodian culture and customc such as Chaul Chnam Thmey (Cambodian New Year April 14-16) or Vesaka Bochea (Buddha Day -April 17).Bon Om Tuk (The Cambodia Water Festival, November 23) is the largest festival and an amazing sight to behold! It is truly a national event, many villagers throughout the country have spent almost a full year preparing their villages boat – elaborately and brightly decorated dug out canoes with large eyes on the prows to ward off evil spirits. <br />Bon Om Tuk Festival<br />Photo Source: http://bit.ly/9taonR<br />
  6. 6. Questions & Answers<br />5. Food: Along the Gulf of Thailand lie some of Southeast Asia's most unspoiled beaches and unpolluted (for now) waters. You'll eat some of the best seafood of your life here. <br />Photo Source: http://bit.ly/koVlQV<br />
  7. 7. 6. Apsara: one of the most popular Cambodian classical dance pieces, described as 'dance-drama' in that the dances are not merely dance but are also meant to convey a story or message.<br />Apsara is just one character portrayed by these highly skilled dancers. Apsaras are beautiful, supernatural women. They are youthful and elegant, and proficient in the art of dancing. <br />Fairy Dance- Apsara<br />Photo source: http://bit.ly/lwfxtb<br />
  8. 8. Tonle Sap village kid<br />Photo Source: http://bit.ly/b8BSBb<br />7. Floating villages: On the Tonle Saplake, the largest lake in South East Asia where the traditional floating village of Chong Khneasand witness the residents going about their daily life. <br />It is quite a sight seeing a whole bamboo village complete with homes, gas stations, schools, hair dressers, and even karaoke bars floating on a lake. <br />
  9. 9. 8.Bamboo Train: Enterprising locals in Battambang, the bamboo train in Cambodia is one of the world's all-time classic rail journeys. It’s made from recycled tank wheels, small motorcycle engines and lashings of bamboo.<br />Cambodia’s main train service only runs four times a month and derailments are common. <br />‘Norries’ are little more than bamboo slabs with wheels and run on the state-built track. With a top speed of 50 km per hour, the norry network is far superior to the train. <br />As one driver explains; “People like these because they’re fast and on time”.<br /> (Source: http://bit.ly/jnXT0<br /> Photo source:http://bit.ly/lIYUeH)<br />
  10. 10. 9. Philanthropy: Work with street kids, give blood, buy a cookie to support the arts—if you're looking to do good while you travel, you'll find plenty of interesting opportunities here.<br /> (Photographs: Nam Nguyen)<br />
  11. 11. Cambodian smiles<br />Photo source :http://bit.ly/mvJGJn<br />10.Cambodians: With a population of over 14.8 million, Cambodia is the 65th most populous country in the world. <br />However, one of the best features of Cambodian culture is the warmth of the Cambodian people. They are super charming and super friendly. <br />
  12. 12. Thank You,<br />June 6, 2011<br />

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