Cambodia
Kampong Cham Province

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  • Day52

    Walking through Angkor Ban

    April 8 in Cambodia

    This afternoon we had another experience that we would not have had if we were traveling on our own — we visited the village of Angkor Ban, spoke with an elderly woman who lived in the town, and then visited a class where students were learning English.

    Angkor Ban is a small, but typical village in Cambodia, close to the border of Vietnam. About 200 families live in the village, but the families are large and multi-generational, so there are a total of 1700 inhabitants in the village The village was emptied during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, but was never bombed. So, most of the buildings were constructed in the 1940s and 1950s, and the village looks quite similar to how it looked at that time. Everyone in the village engages in farming, and the educational opportunities for children are pretty limited. As in many Cambodian towns, there is a large temple complex, in which monks live. The temple forms the heart of the village, both literally and figuratively.

    Walking through the village was like stepping back in time. There is electricity, but no running water. Rainwater is gathering in huge vessels for drinking and cooking. Clothes are washed at the river. Children are bathed in a small basin. All of the farming work is done by hand. Cows, ducks and chickens wander freely through the village. While people appear well-fed, the poverty is crushing. It is truly hard to imagine anyone leaving the village and experiencing economic success.

    As we wandered through the village, Sophea walked up to an old woman who was chewing betel nuts. He asked her if she’d be willing to talk to us, and she graciously agreed. We learned that she is 85 years old, and with the exception of the years in which the Khmer Rouge forced her family to move, she has lived in the village her entire life. (I found it surprising that her family was relocated, as a poor farmer couldn’t possibly pose any threat to the Khmer Rouge.) She had 11 children, although 2 died during the war. When someone asked her how many grandchildren she had, she laughed and said that it was too many to count. She has never spent a night in the hospital, and has never had any serious health problems. She donates her time to care for the monks in the village, and lives with some of her children. She chews betel every day, and has for the last forty years. When Sophea asked her if she was addicted to chewing betel, she said she was not, but that she liked to do it every day. She also demonstrated how to created a betel bundle for chewing (it looked disgusting).

    As people asked her about where she lived, she invited everyone to go upstairs and see her house. A group of us walked up the narrow, steep staircase and marveled that an 85 year old woman could manage these steps each day . . . of course, what alternative does she have? The house, which is considered quite large by village standards, was approximately 300 square feet. The floor was made of split bamboo, as were the walls. The ceiling was corrugated tin. Most of the house was a large room, devoid of any furniture except a small cabinet and desk. There was a small room on the side, with a “bed” made of twine. Running across the back of the house was a long, narrow room that functioned as a kitchen. In it was a two burner hot plate that was used for cooking. I have no idea how many people live in the house, but there were bed rolls pushed against the walls. On the walls were almost a dozen framed photos of family members, including the grandmother. With the exception of the electricity, the house probably looks exactly as it did in 1918, or 1818.

    After taking our leave of the grandmother, we walked to a school in the village. Inside were 60 students, ages 8-18, who were learning English. The teacher came to the town once a week, to teach the children who choose to attend. No tuition is charged. The school is a large hut, which lacks walls. There are fans on the ceiling that were donated by the cruise company. There is single white board at the front of the classroom, and mimeograph booklets that are given to the children so that they can learn to read. When we first arrived, i was struck by the fact that there were far, far more girls in the classroom than boys. When I asked Sophea about this, he explained that the boys had to work in the field, while the girls were given the opportunity to study. The children greeted us warmly, and invited us to sit down next to them. We all had an opportunity to chat with the kids, and have them read to us (we were asked to correct their pronunciation, as they have almost no chance for individualized instructions). In talking to two adorable girls, I realized that they had good decoding skills, but didn’t really understand what they were reading. And, while they had obviously learned some basic phrases for discussion (what is your name, how many sisters and brothers do you have, what do you want to be when you grow up), they had limited ability to go beyond those questions. Obviously, some learning some English is much better than learning none, but I was again struck by the limits that are part of the lives of these children. As we left, we all gave school supplies to the teacher, which he would distribute among the students. Spending a little time with these kids was a very bittersweet experience.
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  • Day52

    Visit to Buddhist Monastery

    April 8 in Cambodia

    Being on a cruise ship has been a mixed bag for me.

    On the downside: The trip is completely curated, so everything that you see is carefully selected and packaged. The passengers are incredibly homogenous — all white, affluent, and over the age of 50. The staff, which is all Vietnamese or Cambodian, waits on us hand and foot, which I find extraordinarily uncomfortable.

    On the upside: The guides are fantastic, and are incredibly gracious about discussing the good, bad and ugly parts of life in their countries. The candor that we’ve experienced in our discussions with Phiem and Sophea is incredible and has given me a more nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the places that I’ve visited than I could ever have expected. The people with whom we are traveling are extremely nice, very well traveled and quite interesting. And, there are some experiences that we’ve had which we could never have replicated on our own.

    Our visit to Wat Hanchey, a monastery located on the Mekong River, is one of those unique experiences that we never would have experienced if we had been traveling on our own.

    Wat Hanchey was first built in the 7th century, and has been re-built and renovated several times since then. It is an active monastery, housing almost 100 monks, many of whom are young novices (under the age of 18). We docked at the shore, and walked up to the monastery. As it was early in the morning, pilgrims were only just beginning to arrive and the temple complex was very quiet. Our tour had arranged for us to participate in a Buddhist blessing, in which the dharma would be chanted by two monks, after which we could receive individual blessings from the monks if we so choose. We went to the temple, and shed our shoes and hats before entering. Sophea introduced our group to the two monks — one of whom was 13 (which could be 12 or 11 by our system of calculating age) and the other who was 37. We then sat on the mats in front of the monks, and they chanted the dharma. I used all of the meditation skills taught to me by Emily Doskow to clear my mind and be present in the moment. I found the experience to be very moving. Receiving a blessing from one the monks, as he tied a red string around my wrist, left me feeling elated.

    After the chanting, we had an chance to ask questions of the young monk. He told us that he had been at the monastery for 3 years, and joined so that he could get a good eduction. He said that he has secular classes 5 hours a day, and that his favorite subject is math. He told us that it was very hard to follow all of the rules when he first joined, and he didn’t know if he’d stay a monk forever. He was incredibly composed for a young kid. And, while smiling is discouraged by the rules, as he talked to us there was a slight grin at the corners of his mouth.
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  • Day86

    16.-18.11.2016 - Kampong Cham

    November 17, 2016 in Cambodia

    En Ort ohnii gross touristische Infrastruktur, genau das woni na ha welle gseh bevorii zum Land usreise - Iiladig ane kambodschanischii Hochzyt -Fäschte ufne anderii Art😄🙈 - und wiidr unterwegs mitm Roller, de beschti Weg zum is wahre Kambodscha iztauche..

  • Day117

    Kampong Cham, Kambodscha

    January 8, 2017 in Cambodia

    Unser zweiter Stopp führte uns nach Kampong Cham, einer Stadt mit Dorfflair. Die Leute sind hier sehr entspannt und leben einfach gemütlich vor sich hin...am ersten Abend hat uns ein heftiger Sturm überrascht und wir haben den Abend auf dem Balkon verbracht. Am zweiten Tag hat uns Mr. Chay mit seinem Tuktuk durch die Stadt kutschiert...es ging zu einem Tempel aus dem 10. Jahrhundert, zum Man and Woman Mountain und danach noch zur längsten bambusbrücke! Das geile daran ist, dass die Brücke jedes Jahr von der Flut weggespült und wieder neu aufgebaut wird...täglich grüßt das Murmeltier!Read more

  • Day59

    Prasat Preah Vihear naar Kampong Cham

    January 27, 2017 in Cambodia

    Wanneer je reist, zijn er drie dingen waarmee je rekening houdt in verband met vervoer: is it fast, cheap or comfortable? Jammer genoeg voldoet je vervoer meestal slechts aan twee van de drie. Ben je er snel en comfortabel, dan is het vast niet goedkoop. Is het is het comfortabel en goedkoop, dan is het niet snel. Zoek je iets snel en goedkoop, dan kan je geen comfort verwachten.

    Van Prasat Preah Vihear namen we een privé taxi naar Preah Vihear. Dit was de eerste keer dat we in een echte auto zaten sinds twee maanden (comfortabel en snel, aka niet goedkoop). Na ongeveer twee uur rijden kwamen we aan in Preah Vihear.

    Daar namen we een local transport busje naar Kampong Thom (snel en goedkoop, niet echt comfortabel). We zaten in een busje waar maximum een vijftiental personen in konden, we zaten er uiteindelijk met minstens twintig man in. Twee uurtjes lekker knus en gezellig dicht bij elkaar.

    In Kampong Thom moesten we overstappen naar een andere local bus. Onze eerste taak was de mensen hier ervan overtuigen dat wij echt geen veertig dollar aan een taxi gaan geven. Gewoon "no money!" blijven zeggen en voet bij stuk houden, na een tijdje houden ze toch een local minibus tegen met de simpele vraag die geroepen wordt "kampong cham?". Hop, binnen de vijf minuten zaten we op een ander busje en twee en half uur later waren we op onze eindbestemming.

    (Foto' van een busstop, de markt in Sra'aem en gezelligheid in de bus.)
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  • Day60

    Kampong Cham (Cambodja)

    January 28, 2017 in Cambodia

    Kampong Cham, vroeger de derde grootste stad van Cambodja, is een erg rustige, relaxte plek. Zoals in de rest van dit land, straalt deze stad ontspannen uit. Beetje fietsen, kokosnootje drinken, terrasje doen, het komt hier neer op dik chillen. En dat is dan ook wat wij hebben gedaan.

    In de voormiddag heeft Jona wat gewerkt voor Cyclant, dus ging ik even op m'n eentje op stap. Het was Chinees Nieuwjaar, dus er was veel lawaai in dit anders slaperig stadje. Op het geluid van luide trommels, dansten de draken van huis tot huis om het gezin te zegenen voor het nieuwe jaar.

    In de namiddag fietsten we over de befaamde langste bamboe brug (ter wereld?). Elk jaar wordt deze brug weggespoeld tijdens het regenseizoen, en elk jaar wordt ze terug opgebouwd. Deze bamboe constructie is erg stevig, er rijden auto's, trucks, fietsen en brommers over. We stonden op de terugweg zelfs in de file omdat de eerste auto in de rij in panne was gevallen (erg handig op een enkel richting brug).

    's Avonds deden we een terrasje en aten we fried rice (of zoals ze het hier zeggen "fraai raai") op de markt.
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  • Day10

    Wat Hanchey

    January 14, 2017 in Cambodia

    Viel Zeit bleibt tatsächlich nicht zwischen Boarding, Briefing und dem ersten Ausflug. Wat Hanchey heißt das Ziel des Nachmittagsausflugs. Eigentlich ist es nur ein uralter Turm aus dem 8. Jhd., um den drumherum heute ein Kloster entstanden ist.
    Von dem "Most beautyful view of Cambodia" auf den Mekong sieht man leider auch nicht so viel: es regnet!

  • Day10

    Wat Nokor

    January 14, 2017 in Cambodia

    Das zweite Ziel, Wat Nokor, ist da schon lohnenswerter. Der Tempel stammt aus dem 11. Jhd. und wird heute noch genutzt. Leider ist es aufgrund des Regens und des schlechten Zeitmanagements schon fast dunkel, in Kambodscha geht die Sonne schnell unter.

  • Day11

    Angkor Ban

    January 15, 2017 in Cambodia

    Beim Aufwachen sind wir schon auf dem Mekong unterwegs. Draußen fließt die Landschaft vorbei, und es fühlt sich gut an.
    Erster Stopp ist das Dorf Angkor Ban, ein typisches kambodschanisches Dorf. Zum Abschluss des Ausflugs werden wir von den Mönchen des Ortes gesegnet.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Kampong Cham, Kampong Cham Province, Propinsi Kampong Cham, Кампонг Тям, Provincia de Kompung Cham, Kâmpóng Chami provints, استان کامپونگ چام, Province de Kampong Cham, Provinsi Kampong Cham, Provincia di Kampong Cham, コンポンチャム州, ខេត្តកំពង់ចាម, 캄퐁참 주, Kampong Cham Lalawigan, صوبہ کمپونگ چام, Кампонгтям, จังหวัดกำปงจาม, 磅湛省

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