09 Monday Dec 2013

The Gallery: Cambodia Photos in December

Talking about taking photo, everybody like to photograph.  I would like to share some photos about Cambodia.

Budha in the night

Buddha in the night

Buddha statue in the night: this is located in Takeo Province. I took it while I went to Kathen Tien, a buddhist ceremony.

The Ocean Forest.

The Ocean Forest.

The  Forest Ocean located in Sen Monorom City of Mondulkiri Province.  It is called the forest ocean because of the trees growing on the mountain like the wave of sea. This is why people called it Samot Chheur or The Forest Ocean.

Num Ka Chhay - Street food

Num Ka Chhay – Street food

Num Ka Chhay is a kind of street food that Khmer people like to eat. You can find it on street and in local market.

I hope you enjoy to these photos and please leave me a comment.   Enjoy your travel in December.

01 Sunday Dec 2013

Refection on My Stay at Nature Lodge

For the long holiday, Water Festival in Cambodia, my friends and I went to visit Mondulkiri. We chose Nature Lodge for our accommodation in the Senmonorom area of Mondulkiri province.

Nature Lodge

Nature Lodge

Nature Lodge provided a relaxing retreat on 6 hectares of beautiful greenery  in Sen Monorom of Mondulkiri Province. Guests could enjoy a refreshing dip in the spring located just steps away from the lodge.

Nature Lodge Village provided cosy rooms and standalone bungalows with private terraces and comfortable lounge areas. Everyone enjoyed the view of the surrounding mountains. Some bungalows had 2 separate bedrooms and a large bathroom.

The resort was a 10-minute drive from Sen Monorom City’s Bus Station and 2 km from town centre. Phnom Penh International Airport was situated 370 km away.

My Point View When I first visited 

This resort has a so beautiful landscape as comparable to the landscapes in Europe or in America. If you have been to Europe, you would felt that place was similar.  During our visit, there were lots of guests came to stay.  Many visitors were from South Korea, China, Malaysia, America, Australia, and France.  Mostly they made their bookings with travel agencies and online hotel booking websites.

I stayed in a twin-bed room which had a great view of the mountain. We had a wonderful time staying there. At night, my friend was shocked because there was a frog on his bed, and this was not a bad experience. This frog made us laugh together.  Moreover, when I went to the restroom, there were many ants in there. This was a great experience in my life to stay and sleep with those bugs.

The Restaurant and Cafe served a wide variety of foods, ranging from Mediterranean, European and Cambodian dishes. The Bar and Lounge offered a selection of wines and local drinks.

The Nature Lodge gave me a great experience and it was worth the stay.   —  By Leny

Nature Lodge

Nature Lodge

Nature Lodge

Nature Lodge

Walk Street at Nature Lodge

Walk Street at Nature Lodge

Sit in a circle @ Natur Lodge

Sit in a circle @ Nature Lodge

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27 Wednesday Nov 2013

Thanksgiving in Phnom Penh

This year, thanksgiving falls on Thursday November 28th, a weekday. Organizing a group dinner would have been cumbersome. We had decided to host the dinner on Saturday prior to the actual date instead.

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Finding a turkey in Phnom Penh wasn’t too difficult. Stores like Lucky, Bayon supermarkets carried brands like Butterball and Honeysuckle. We purchased a 13 lb turkey for a group of 12. Lucky supermarket also carried Stovetop stuffings but not cranberry (no frozen nor canned ones), so we had to improvise.

Thanksgiving wasn’t not so hyped up to be here in Phnom Penh as oppose to Christmas, which many restaurants, shops and hotels are more susceptible to celebrating it.  Only a handful of restaurants and hotels would serve Thanksgiving meal.  Digby’s, Hagar, Vespa, Sofitel are some of the fews that served Thanksgiving meal.  You could order a thanksgiving meal (including turkey, ham, stuffings and more) from Digby’s and Hagar.

01 Friday Nov 2013

The Angkor Wat International Half Marathon 2013

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The Angkor Wat International Half Marathon will be held on December 01 2013. For runners who want to join this race we offer an online hotel booking options here on IRG Dream | www.dream.myirg.com .

Course: 
Specially established in Angkor Wat Ruins in front of the Central Sanctuary of Angkor Wat (Start & Finish Line). Passing Prasat Kravan – Prasat Bat Chun – Banteay Kdey – Ta Prohm – Baphoun – Bayon – South Gate – Basie Cham Krong – Phom Bakheng – Ta Phrom Kei – and back to the front of the Central Sanctuary of Angkor Wat (Finish Line). See Course Map (Acknowledged by AIMS and IAAF). Running course will be marked the number of kilometre. ChampionChip Check Point will be at Angkor Thom (Bayon Temple). Continue reading

13 Saturday Apr 2013

Happy Cambodian New Year 2013

IRG would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Khmer New Year 2013

Khmer New Year 2013

 

05 Tuesday Feb 2013

Chinese New Year in Cambodia 101

Chinese New Year or as some call it, “Lunar New Year” is start of the new year based on the Chinese Lunar calendar. It is mostly a holiday that is celebrated by locals in their home.  While the celebration is more subdued than its big neighbor, China, many Khmers do observe the holiday as day to pay respects for ancestors and gods/goddesses.

In preparation for the new year, many families begin by cleaning the home as a way to “sweep away the ill-fortunes” and then the family will put up signs with the word “道” (“dao”) turned upside down on doors.  “Dao” turned upside down sounds like “fortune come.” Many people will go shopping this time to purchase fruits, sweets, and flowers to give to family and friends as a good luck token for the new year.

On new year’s eve, families gather together and eat a big meal together to celebrate the “closing of the year.”  There are certain dishes that must be eaten such as fish, which symbolic of wealth, long leafy greens, which symbolizes the longevity of the parents, and dumplings, which represents gold. All meat dishes must be served with the head and tails of the animal in order to symbolize that every beginning will also have an end.

The first day of the year is for giving thanks.  The family puts out an offering to the ancestors and to the gods/goddess asking for a prosperous new year, good health, and longevity.  Then there will be a burning of paper “money” as a form of respect. The unmarried people (mostly children) will wish the married people (usually parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc) a blessing for the new year.  Usually the term is “恭喜发财” (Gong xi fa cai) or “Congratulations and be wealthy” but other wishes could be said “心想成真” (Xin Xiang Cheng Zhen) or “your heart’s wishes will come true.” In return, the married people will give the unmarried a red envelop containing cash.

The second day of the new year is to continue visiting family members.  While during the first day, families spend time and visit each other, families visit the male’s family first.  The second day is for visiting the wife’s family.  More red money envelop exchange occurs as well.

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Food Offering

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Children burning money for respects.

16 Wednesday Jan 2013

Special Offer – Thansur Bokor Highland Resort

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Thansur Bokor Highland Resort

iscover the first and only highland resort in the Mekong Sub-Region amid the pristine jungle wilderness and pleasant cool weather on the beautifully landscaped hill on the Bokor Mountain, Kingdom of Cambodia. The resort is 45 minutes drive from Kampot town and 170 minutes away from Phnom Penh. Continue reading

25 Tuesday Dec 2012

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!

From our family to yours…..

22 Thursday Nov 2012

Thanksgiving in Phnom Penh

 

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day

Today is Thanksgiving, a classic American holiday intended commemorate the first dinner that the pilgrims and Native Americans had together when the pilgrims first arrived to America.  Today, many American celebrate by coming together and having a Thanksgiving dinner and thinking about what they are thankful for.  So how can you enjoy in this tradition while living in Phnom Penh?

Well there are 2 options:

  • Make your own Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Go out to eat.

If you were to make your own dinner, you need recipes and supplies. http://www.allrecipes.com has a great selection of Thanksgiving recipes that you can follow.  You can print off the recipe and shopping list to get all of your supplies.  To get all of your supplies, Lucky Supermarket off of Samdach Preah Sihanouk Boulevard has all of it from turkeys to box stuffing.

For the clumsy chefs out there, there are a few places in Phnom Penh that will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

  • Hager Restaurant and Catering, No. 44, Street 310, BKK1, Phone Number: (855) 010 333 095 / 010 333 014
  • La Couple in Sofitel Hotel, 26 Old August Site , Sothearos Boulevard , Sangkat Tonle Bassac, 6pm to 10pm, 34.28$/pax

Whatever you decide to do, we hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.  Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!