Cambodia
Kampong Cham Province

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  • Jan10

    The Twin Holy Mountains

    January 10 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    The Twin Holy Mountains of Phnom Pros.. There is Man Hill and Women Hill we are going to drive up the Man Hill because the Woman Hill is taller and we can not drive up it... we were warned that there are a lot of Monkeys and will try to steal our water or food.

  • Day12

    Kampong Cham Food

    August 17 in Cambodia ⋅ ☁️ 82 °F

    Nasi Goreng (Smile Restaurant), Khmer Curry, Tempura Mushrooms, Tempura Chicken, Vegetables, and Soybeans (local home cooked meal), Strawberry Shake, Pamillo, Papaya, Wood Fruit, and Pancakes with Nutella and Banana

  • Day125

    Die Insel im Mekong

    January 6 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Es geht raus aus der Stadt aufs Land. Im Bus werden die 87 km bis nach Kampong Cham in nur 3 1/2 Stunden entspannt zurückgelegt. Für eine Provinzhauptstadt geht hier alles einen sehr gemütlichen Gang und die meisten Geschäfte haben geschlossen. Die Menschen sind nett höchstwahrscheinlich da es kaum andere weiße gibt. Übernachtet wird stilecht in der Hängematte und dekadend Pastis getrunken. Man kann direkt im Mekong schwimmen gehen und über die Insel Fahrrad fahren. Hier wird dank des guten Klimas Tabak und Maiß angebaut und die Bauernhäuser sehen reicher aus als in anderen Teilen des Landes. Touristisches Highlight. Bambu Bridge nachdem der Zug schon ausprobiert wurde geht es jetzt über die Brücke. Jeder Schritt federt und es ist schwer vorzustellen, dass, bevor die eigentliche Brücke vor 2 Jahren fertig wurde, die jedes Jahr neu aufgebaute Konstruktion, auch Autos aushielt. Ein sehr schönes Wochenende im nichts!Read more

  • Day52

    Walking through Angkor Ban

    April 8, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    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, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌬 6 °C

    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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  • Day24

    Weaving and Market

    September 13, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    Wandering through the village you see so many kids they come running, wanting to do high fives saying hello. They are just so happy. It makes you reflect on how good the life is that we have.

    We went to a home where the family dye and weave cotton to make scarfs to sell to the tourists and at markets. What is interesting is they are helped by a Japanese company so that deprived young children and women could earn money to help their income.

    There was also a very small market selling the usual items but everything was just covered in flies. YUK YUK.
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  • Day24

    Angkor Ban

    September 13, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    Angkor Ban is Khumer meaning commune of Sampov loun District in north-western Cambodia.

    Under the rule of Khmer Rouge, Angkor Ban was chosen to be their billet. The buildings in this village were used as housing and storage. While almost infrastructures in Cambodia were destroyed, the wooden houses in this village still exist until today.

    It seems that there’s no other village in Cambodia that remains as a testament to the long history of Cambodia as Angkor Ban.
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  • Day24

    Temple

    September 13, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    On the way back to the ship we walked through a temple area and chatted to some of the monks.

    It was explained how the young children become monks and the hardships they encounter.

    The family though like that their young boys become monks, where we all found it was sad that these young boys leave home at a very young age (sometimes 6 or 7) to become monks. We I also found it interesting that they do not have to remain monks, they can leave and go back to village life as a regular villager.Read more

  • Day24

    Monk Blessing

    September 13, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    Back on board and 2 Buddhist Monks performed a blessing ceremony. Not that we could understand the blessing but is quite interesting.

    Once the monks finished the blessing we started cruising further up the Mekong.

  • Day24

    Wat Nokor

    September 13, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    The monument is built out of sandstone and laterite and dates from the last years of the reign of Jayavarman VII in the 12th Century.

    It is composed of a central tower surrounded by four laterite wall enclosures. The central tower of the temple of Vat Nokor is decorated with motifs characteristic of Bayon with Buddhist scenes on the pediments.

    The temple complex is believed to have been the headquarters of Jayavarman VII for a time from where he extended his influence over nearby principalities.

    It has a number of distinguishing characteristics other than the fact that it is the largest ancient temple complex in Kampong Cham Province. One of these characteristics is the fact that it is built of black sandstone which causes it to stand out from other temples of the period which are often built of brick or reddish sandstone.

    Wat Nokor Bache boasts a 'Chartres' effect in which a more modern temple of a very different style has been built over and around the original Angkorian structure creating a blend of architectural styles.

    This Temple was incredible, we cannot wait to be in Angkor Wat if this is an example of the temples we are going to see.
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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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