Khett Siem Reab Local Customs

  • mini shrines for sale
    mini shrines for sale
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  • buying at the souvenir shop
    buying at the souvenir shop
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  • buying at Chnong Keas Floating Village
    buying at Chnong Keas Floating Village
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Khett Siem Reab Local Customs

  • Krama Scarf

    if you plan to have a multi day tour of the angkor complex and is afraid of getting sun burn or having a tan from the stiffling heat and humidity while walking among the many shrines and temples of the complex, you can buy the local cambodian scarf, the Krama as a means of protection from the sun and exposed areas of your neck and face from the...

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  • Small Coin Purses

    you can buy the local Small Coin Purses all around siem reap and at the angkor complex and a caveat: if you had been to thailand and vietnam, they have the same kind of Coin purses available there and at the same designs too and i am confused on where this cute items were made?are they made here in cambodia or in thailand or in vietnam or only one...

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  • Messenger Bags

    you can buy the local mini messenger bags all around siem reap and at the angkor complex and a caveat: if you had been to thailand and vietnam, they have the same kind of messenger bags available there and at the same designs too and i am confused on where this cute items were made? are they made here in cambodia or in thailand or in vietnam or...

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  • Ladies Bags

    These kind of ladies bags are very inexpensive gifts for your female friends and if you are an "el cheapo", for your girlfriend or fiancee or wife to0! hehehe. One thing I've noticed when going to the markets here at Siem Reap and at the Markets at Bangkok and Saigon is that they have many similar items on sale on these three countries and these...

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  • Angkor Wat Shot Glasses

    Collecting Assorted Shot Glasses of the places that I've travelled is again one of my hobbies when going to a place and besides these shot glasses, I also collect Fridge Magnets. You can find lots and lots of souvenir items in Siem Reap, Tonle Sap and Angkor Wat and many of them are Shot Glasses and they come in assorted designs like hand painted,...

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  • Tonle Sap Refrigarator Magnets

    As you would know by now, I'm an avid collector of kitschy refrigerator magnets and shot glasses and while on a Siem Reap and Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap Lake, I must buy these favorite souvenir items of mine. You can buy the Assorted Tonle Sap Fridge Magnets at the Chnong Keas Floating Village or at the Boat Station to the Tonle Sap Lake. You can get...

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  • Angkor Wat Refrigerator Magnets

    As you would know by now, I'm an avid collector of kitschy refrigerator magnets and shot glasses and while on a Siem Reap and Angkor Wat and Angkor Complex Tour, I must buy these favorite souvenir items of mine. You can buy the Assorted Angkor Wat and other Angkor Complex Fridge Magnets at the various Souvenir Shops lining the huge Angkor Complex...

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  • Mini Buddhist Shrines

    Since Cambodia is a Majority Theravada Buddhist Country, You would see many Wats, Temples and Pagodas around the area But for the Pious Buddhists, they also have a mini shrine in front of their homes or commercial establishments where they burn aromatic insense sticks and offer things like food or money to Buddha and assorted buddhist deities and...

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  • Tomb Raider

    Initiated by Hollywood A-lister, Angelina Jolie, this drink called "Tomb Raider" is a combination of lime juice, Cointreau, and tonic water. It's served very chilled so therefore it can be refreshing especially after touring the ruins in the jungle. This is served at the Red Piano bar/restaurant where the famous actress stayed during the shooting...

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  • Bon om Touk - Waterfestival

    This is an ancient 3 day festival dating back to the 12th century (times of Jayavarman VII). It marks the reversing of the water flow (water flows back from Mekong River to Tole Sap) and kicks of the fishing season. It happens on the full moon of the Buddhist month of Kadenk which is usually in November (2009 1-3 November). There are fluvial...

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  • Water Festival - Bonn Om Took

    Bonn Om Took (normally held in November) is the water festival which brings in the fishing season and marks the change of the flow of the Tonle Sap river, during this time the river begins to flow backwards towards the sea.The population of Phnom Penh doubles during this very popular festival when people from all over the country come to celebrate...

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  • Royal Ploughing Ceremony

    The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is celebrated in May at the beginning of the rainy season and is the first of the traditional agrarian festivals.This day marks the start of rice planting for the country.In times past on a day determined by Palace astrologers, the King traced the first furrows in the capitals sacred rice field, inaugurating the...

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  • Local Custom's

    Cambodian culture and customs has a rich and varied history dating back many centuries and has been heavily influenced by India. In turn, Cambodia has also greatly influenced Thailand and Laos.Cambodian teachings include that if a person does not wake up before sunrise, they are lazy.You must tell your parents or elders where you are going and what...

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  • People of Cambodia

    Cambodia is bordered to the North by Thailand and Laos, to the East and the South by Vietnam and to the South and the West by the Gulf of Thailand.Approx. population is 14,000,000 MillionLanguage Khmer, secondary languages: English and FrenchReligion 95% Buddhist with the balance being Muslim, Christian and animist.About 90-95 percent of the people...

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  • Show of respect

    I noticed a strange gesture when being handed change by the clerk in a shop in Siem Reap and also when "knocking glasses" when out drinking with local Khmer. Lets say its in a shop and the guy behind the counter is handing you change after a purchase, using his free hand he will touch the forearm of the "money hand. it alsmost looks like he is...

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  • Land Mine Victims

    There are so many land mine victims in Siem Reap. These people have the pride not to beg money from you. Instead they play music in front of temples or they sell souvenirs or books. You can donate some money to these musicians or you can buy some souvenirs or books from these land mine victims to help them survive.

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  • Bor Bor

    Another drinking tip with a Khmer cultural spin. In many cultures there are cetain foods eaten at 2-3 in the morning after a big night out drinking. In Australia its typically a Pizza, burger with the lot or a kebab with heaps of garlic sauce. My local contacts in Siem Reap have what they call Bor Bor which is really just Congee (rice porridge)...

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  • Young girls selling whatever they can

    Saw young girls selling everything from string bracelets to fruit. Captured a lot of photos and gave them a few bucks for that.

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  • Cambodian houses

    Traditional Cambodian houses are built of wood and bamboo mats covered with leaf or wooden roofs. They are often raised on stillts, which can be even above two metres high. This way they are safe from flooding and below the house there is some space which is often used for storage purposes or as a kind of 'living room'. On a hot day you can see...

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  • Lotus flowers

    Everybody who's been travelling in Asia must be familiar with a lotus flower. But you should know that it is not just a flower - it's much more than that. For buddhists ( and majority of Cambodians are the followers of Theravada buddhism) lotus is a symbol of spiritual development.Its seed growing in mud is like our ignorance, then the stem growing...

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  • Apsara dances

    When you visit various Angkorian temples you are bound to notice innumerable figures of apsara dancers presented on bas reliefs. According to the legend Apsaras emerged from the milk foam when gods were churning the ocean of milk to extract the nectar of immortality. They are considered to be the symbols of beauty, grace and charm.If you stay in...

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  • Volunteering in Siem Reap

    This is a good place to volunteer your services for a little while and if you are in any way connected with Paediatrics I recommend Angkor childrens Hospital near the new Market area. please look at their web site. Kol is in charge of publicity for the hospital and Arun is in charge of volunteers.Medical and Non medical volunteers are welcome and...

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  • Donate Blood at Angkor Childrens...

    this is the one right in the centre of town, just next door to the new market, within walking distance of the downtown area. it is a japanese originated NGO and they take care of infants and children with problems including HIV. they are always short on blood so a donation would be helpful.I was impressed with the readiness of Japanese tourits to...

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  • Maung Maung a Local Personality

    I have known Maung Maung since 2003 and he has been a good friend, very helpful with your needs. He also owns Mandalay Inn, the place I usually stay in Siem Reap. He usually comes to pick me up at the airport and organizes my trips around Siem Reap.always he takes a little time off his very busy schedule and have a dinner with me somewhere in Siem...

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  • shops in the markets

    are usually owned by khmer families and it is nice to befriend them and buy things from them. they try not to cheat you but it is nice to know the price range before you go and bargain. the shop i have been going to is no 24 along the road from Ta Prohm hotel right in front of the river. they have never tried to cheat me and usually end up giving...

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  • Do not touch, it is not a scarecrow.

    This is not a scarecrow! It is a guardian for the house where the spirit of recent past away elder would dwell and protecting the family. There are many of them along the village path to the temple of "Banteay Serai". At first, I wonder why having scarecrow in at the entrance of house and they seems well dressed than the usual one at the field....

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  • Family Portraits

    Cambodians have a high regard to families. Finding family portraits in the living room of most homes are a common sight. The photo of the head of the family was usually displayed at the center and the children at both sides. They don their national costume and formal outfits for this.

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  • Blast from the Past

    In Siem Reap, time seems to have stood still. Despite the huge influx of tourist every year, it retains its rustic feel and charm. One such example is their colorful billboards. What makes this interesting and quite unique is that these poster boards are the same old ones very popular during the 70’s. Like in the photo showing a girl talking over...

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  • We went to a Cambodian wedding!

    in Siem Reap, we were invited to attend a wedding of a relative of our driver's.We were made to feel welcome-including getting in wedding photos!If you think the couple looks less than "blissful", its because they were several hours into the ceremony when we arrived.It starts at about 6.00am on the day of the wedding, and the ceremony takes about...

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  • Income gap

    One would need to be in Siem Reap town to really understand the danger of income gap. everyone there seems to be eyeing a piece of flesh from all the fat tourist there.now there is alot more moto and Tuk Tuk driver around to the number of tourist, beggers are everywhere be it the childrens, mothers, disabled.One would be very surprise just to look...

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  • Gente - People

    La gente y su simpatia es algo que no se puede grabar en las fotosThe people and their friendliness is something that you can not record in the photos

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  • Rapa del Monje - Monk shaving

    Antes de tomar los habitos los aspirantes a monjes deben cortarse el pelo al ceroBefore becoming monks , the candidates must shave their head

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  • Linga + Yoni

    El Linga y el Yoni están presentes en la mayor parte de los templos , no sólo en Angkor sino también en en todos aquellos de tradición Hindú , por este motivo vamos a tratar de definirlos :Linga : Representación simbólica de Shiva , en la forma de un falo , a menudo estilizado ; está compuesto generalmente por tres secciones . la base cuadrada...

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  • Monjes en - Angkor -Monks

    Cuando paseas por Angkor Wat te llaman la atención los monjes que pasean o simplemente están en cualquier esquinaEl colorido es muy llamativo y por cierto que el color de la túnica no tiene ningún significado especialWhen you walk in Angkor Wat it pays your attention the monks that are walking or simply are in any cornerThe colourful is very bright...

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  • Monte Meru

    El Monte Meru representa el centro del Universo de la mitología Hindú y es alli donde está la morada de sus dioses.Muchos templos (montaña) de Angkor se inspiran en la simbología del Monte Meru .La torre central es el monte , por el cual se asciende a los cielos , que está rodeada de torres que representan las cordilleras al rededor del monte , los...

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  • Escaleras - Staircase

    Las escaleras para subir a los templos son de gran pendiente , de hecho hay quien dice que la altura de los escalones va aumentando según se llega a la parte superiorParece ser que el motivo de esta dificultad era para soportar la idea de que : "el ascenso a los cielos no es fácil "The staircases to climb to the temples are very steep , in fact...

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  • Nagas

    La Serpiente - Naga es otro elemento fundamental en la cultura Khmer , por ello intentaremos dar su definición :Naga : Rey serpiente , seriente mítica con cabezas múltiples ( 5,7 o 9 cabezas) ; en Camboya esta serpiente se ha asociado con el agua y sus beneficios ; es simbólicamente el guardián de la prosperidad y de los tesoros ; símbolo del agua...

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  • Apsaras

    En cada rincón y esquina de Angkor puedes ver a las apsaras , que son :Ninfas celestiales o bailarinas representadas como figuras volátiles ; en Angkor , la estización es extrema y las apsaras se representan a menudo en grupos con sus mejores galas y sus joyas. Son el "símbolo divino de la felicidad " ( Maurice Glaize) In each place and corner of...

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  • Batiendo el Océano de Leche-Churning the...

    " Batiendo el Océano de Leche "es un tema que aparece constantemente en Angkor y está basado en una leyenda hindú que tiene su origen cuando se perdió en el mundo el elixir de la inmortalidad y para poder conseguirlo se aliaron los asuras (demonios) y los deva(dioses ) para que utilizando la serpiente Vasuki , que hacía de cuerda , pudieran tirando...

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  • Arboles-Trees

    Banianos , higueras y Kapoks (Ceibas ) son los árboles que podemos ver que se están apoderando de alguno de los templos En alguno de los casos no se sabe si el árbol aguanta al templo o si es al revés y están haciéndose estudios científicos para ver como se puede atenuar su crecimiento Banian , Figs and kapoks (Ceibas ) are the trees that we may...

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  • Sueños al río-Dreams to the river

    Coincidiendo con la última luna de noviembre , la gente va al río a soltar sus " botes iluminados" y se supone que los sueltan en el río para deshacerse the todas las malas cosas que les han pasado y al mismo tiempo para que sus sueños puedan fluir río abajo.Es impresionante ver el río iluminado ,lleno de "barcas " hechas con bamboo , flores y...

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  • Dollar Instead of Riel

    In Siem Reap it seems that USD is the preferred currency over their local Riel. USD is widely accepted wherever you go, may it be restaurants, shops, grocery stores or even street vendors. You need not change your USD to Riel. As of March 2005 exchange rate is 1USD : 4000 Riel.When buying small items, expect to pay in USD and get your change in...

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  • Water plants in pots

    I like pots with plants and flowers on terraces, sidewalks and in pedestrian areas, because they are usually very decorative and give a green touch in stone surroundings. Here in Cambodia and Siem Reap , I was very surprised to see not ´normal´ plants in earth, but water plants in water. It´s nice to see the use of water plants not only in...

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  • Watching TV

    In the street just east of the Psar Chaa I saw a lot of seats at the sidewalk, all oriented in the same direction. Why.... many people were looking television here. At a closer look I saw there were different sets with each another program. Most spectators were rather young men.Also in the internetcafes I saw not only possibilities for internet and...

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  • Bamboo scaffolding

    During our walk in town we visited the temple complex Wat Dam Nak, a former royal palace, but now the Centre for Khmer studies. The temple was under restoration and partly disappeared behind bamboo scaffolding.We walked around the temple and saw that at one side they were still constructing men were still building the scaffolding and tied up the...

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