Siem Reap Local Customs

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Most Recent Local Customs in Siem Reap

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    Untangle fishing nets

    by shavy Written Apr 5, 2016

    These women's preparing the fishing nets during fish season which start in February. This whole village communities are close to each other. These water villages are as well supplied and active as their counterparts in the country. Here fishing families live above their tanks constructed of split bamboo.

    Fishing is a main income for the villages, during rainy season the water in Tonle Sap lake flooded the bottom with a large amount of organic material, which makes it more like a nutrient rich vegetable species, where fish like to come spawn. That makes Tonle Sap the most productive inland fishing area

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    Monks ceremony inside Angkor

    by shavy Written Mar 30, 2016

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    We visited Angkor in December 20, 2015. Firstly, we went to Angkor Thom, walk around to see Bayon temple and surroundings. Afterwards, on our way to next temple (Baphuon), there, we saw all the monks. There is some kind of ceremony. We talk to one of the monk, he's friendly and quite good in English. There were totally 4100 monks present that day from all over Cambodia.

    The ceremony took place in (Terrace of the Elephants) in Angkor Thom. Cambodian people give foods and money. Most of this monk have their alms bowl, I see some of them is full with money. I wonder what happened to that money, a monk who talk to us he said, they can't keep the money only the food. The money will gathered afterwards

    It's surprisingly nice, to see many monks. We have seen monks during our trip in Cambodia but not many that day. Monks like to talk to tourist but they're a little shy. They love to talk about their faith and their lives. And they are very interested in your opinion, most of them do not mind if you take a picture, but if you ask is often easier.

    If you're traveling to Southeast Asia, you will notice how many monks are there. In Buddhism it is assumed any boy or young man to be a monk to months several weeks in his life. During their stay in the monastery deepen the young men in the Buddhist teachings. Moreover, such a stay in the monastery is good for their karma and for the honor of the family.

    Morning, mostly young monks often go around with alms bowl, or bowl to receive food and donations. By the monks to give something to eat, believers can come closer to their creator. Monks hair is shaved to renounce the vanity. For the orange color of their robes is a very pragmatic explanation. When centuries ago, the color was chosen was orange dye is most available. And thus the cheapest

    Happy day for the monks They have each a bags They're lined up to collect donation From afar
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    Foodstalls inside the ruins

    by shavy Updated Mar 24, 2016

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    We only bought a one day pass for Angkor Wat. It was for us enough, and I'm glad I could see the famous Angkor even for a day. Is horrendously place to stroll, very touristy!. You can hardly take a photo in an empty spot, everyone photograph on the same time, same place what a horrible experience. Despite all this, we been here and seen Angkor Wat.

    After walking and climbing, we need something fresh and cold, our bottled water is warm. We keep on walking along a lake, suddenly we arrived to this stalls. They sell food and drinks, we didn't buy anything to eat because our tuk tuk driver was waiting, cold drinks is our main purpose, I took the coconut milk. Price is about the same outside. Looking to their food list they have variety of dish. This is a better place to stop for lunch instead of the restaurant where our driver took us

    Rows eatery

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    Inexpensive Beauty Salon outside the Center

    by shavy Written Mar 23, 2016

    There are several beauty salons in town, price is competing. If you walk around you mostly find them on main street and near the market area. Some of them is specialized in Spa and massage, and some of this salon it just do hairstyle and foot care. How nice the interior is, how more you pay. One of my companion was looking a hair salon for highlights, we ask the price. Prices vary from 25 dollar and above

    Coincidence, after dinner we walk back to the center, the Belgian restaurant where we have dinner is 20 min walk, on our way back we pass to this Salon. A young girl sitting inside don't speak English, a boy with her, he speak a little English so he's the one translated to her. Ivy wants her hair colored, the girl grab her book and showed

    She ask only 15 dollar, very affordable. She really done a good job. Her salon might not be the nicest place, is messy inside but is very cheap comparing to one in the center. This is common in Southeast Asia, often you'll find cheap beauty salon outside for inexpensive. The one you'll find in the center those are expensive, you pay more sitting in an airco place and the relax chair

    Typical cheap hair salon

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    Sreet food vendor trolley

    by shavy Written Mar 22, 2016

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    Before sunset, street vendors start pushing trolleys out and slowly turning the main streets, I try most of the time if I see them, and can't complain they're good and tasty. I saw this fruit shake trolley during wandering in the afternoon, I got so interested especially he has fruit assortment. The things is, Siem Reap has tropical temperature anything you eat or drink with ice it didn't stay cold for that long. Is not a good idea for me

    Later in the evening at the same street, we found this pancake trolley, while looking at it, it looks so good. We can't wait to try, so we buy. Takes a little while when its ready, you must be patient. For 1$ you can choose banana or chocolate flavor, believe me is the best pancake I've ever ate

    Fruitshake Baking pancake Fresh pancake

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    Inexpensive alcoholic drinks in mobile cart

    by shavy Updated Mar 21, 2016

    Mobile cart vendors are common in Southeast asian countries. But I haven't seen often this vendor selling strong alcoholic drinks in mobile cart. Is a competition of bars. Imagine, a cocktail for $1.5 while the price of a cocktail in the bars in Siem Reap are 5-6 dollars what a huge difference of price.

    My buddy was curious about quality of the alcohol, he try the cocktail. He said wasn't too bad for the price, but you could drink more and more of it, because the alcohol wasn't so strong (imitation). Watched them preparing drinks seems like expert. They all have stuff for cocktails, and is quite a list they have here for cocktails

    Cheap cocktails

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    Grilled Meat on Street

    by shavy Written Mar 20, 2016

    Typically of Cambodia, but in Siem Reap there are more of them than elsewhere. Not only in the market but more on the streets where tourist areas. These are grilled duck which not for directly to eat because is cold and I don't think is delicious if you eat cold. This vendors selling duck meat, feet and liver. If you purchase they will slice a meat and weight. Means price is in kilogram. This kind of food is good if you have a microwave to warm up. I've seen it mostly destined for local people, I hardly seen tourist bought this meat

    Duck meat vendors

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    MOTORBIKE AND TRAILER

    by davidjo Written Aug 25, 2014

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    You will find motorbike and trailer a normal type of transport here (for the poor). Large wooden trailers are attached to the rear of motorbikes and are used fro transporting gods or passengers. I imagine that the bike is sometimes hauling as much as 500 kilos.

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    Houses

    by theguardianangel Written Jan 12, 2013

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    When you pass by the road, you’ll see the houses having similar structures. The houses are elevated and the base is supported by poles on each corner. Obviously, the houses are built on this way because of the tonle sap lake. The tonle sap lake is located in the center of Cambodia and the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. When we visited the “free exhibition”, we learned that the lake’s surface quadruples from 2700 Km sq. in the dry season to more than 12,000 km sq. in the rainy season which accounts for 7% of the area of Cambodia.

    I wondered why the people have to endure living in places where the tonle sap lake is nearby or can reach them but after learning more about their culture… I finally understand. The tonle sap lake is a very important symbolic value for the Cambodian people which cultivates the Khmer natural heritage. Fishing is the primary way of living by the Khmer people and tonle sap lake has the richest freshwater fishing ground in the world.

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    A Karma (Krah-mah)

    by AngMimi Written Jun 22, 2012

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    A Karma is checked cotton scarf, mostly worn by men and women in the rural Cambodia. It can be used a turban on the head, as a towel and mostly used to protect from the sun, wind and dust. Use a Karma to protect your neck from sunburn when you ride on a tuk-tuk.. :-))

    Picture 1 : Not a picture I like, to see people begging. :-(((

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    The Sampot - Cambodian National Dress

    by AngMimi Written Jun 21, 2012

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    The Sampot is the national dress of Cambodia. Its quite similar to Sarong Batik where Asean countries are wearing. My older family members are still wearing them, but I don't (don't want to get embarrassed if my sampot come off, hahaha) The sampot is a long piece of cloth in silk or cotton and with designs, and both end sewn together. They are wrapped and tied around the waist, and it can be worn by men and women. Even the Apsaras are wearing the Sampot.

    Picture 1 : I met these two girls at Bakong temple, and they are wearing the sampot.
    Picture 2 : Picture of Mr Dy Preung in tradisional sampot.
    Picture 3 : Even the Apsara are wearing sampot.

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    Family and Friends outings

    by AngMimi Written Jun 18, 2012

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    Many people in Cambodia look forward to a get together with Family and friends. Members of family and friends may look for jobs in the city far away from hometown and during this Khmer New Year celebrations everyone comes back and have gathering around Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap for picnic.

    Everyone looks so happy, laughing, dancing... I wish I could joined them.

    At Angkor wat At Angkor Wat Family Picnic at Tonle Sap

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    Buddhist Monks

    by AngMimi Written Jun 11, 2012

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    You can find a lot of Buddhist Monks in Cambodia. I have high regards for the Buddhist Monk especially my blind Buddhist Monks in Baling. They are very helpful and giving advice and prayers.
    And I have read an article of Buddhist Monks in Cambodia helped families affected with HIV/Aids.

    Please read.
    http://www.unicef.org/aids/cambodia_39935.html

    Adjusting my robe Ok, almost done. A monk house at Lolei
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    Young Buddhist Monks

    by AngMimi Written Jun 11, 2012

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    In Cambodia, Buddhist monks are held in high regard, not only as religious leaders but for their traditional role of helping those most in need.

    Young Buddhist Monks in the temple, they are not allowed to participate any entertainment or festivals. Its a pity, they could just see from the window like in my pictures.

    Two Young Buddhist monks.
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    Cock Fighting in Cambodia

    by AngMimi Written Jun 11, 2012

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    Cock fighting is a popular game in Cambodia enjoyed by all cambodians from the ancient times till today. Having seated in a tuk tuk facing backward, I have missed taking a lot of pictures, and the cock fighting picture is one.

    http://www.leisurecambodia.com/news/detail.php?id=41

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