Monkeys, Crocodiles, River Ride, And Other Videos From Cambodia

As a bonus to the Cambodia stories offered the last several weeks, I thought I’d cap it all off with some videos. They are all related to nature. This first is a short clip of visiting the crocodile farm in Battambang and seeing the largest of them being fed:   From reptiles, we’ll go to…
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A Goodbye To The Faces Of Cambodia

An ancient history of greatness; a recent history of tragedy; and the present that is a breadth of culture, charm, and optimism–and all of it with a natural backdrop of unique terrain peppered with its beautiful wildlife. The definition of “idyllic” is: extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque. Cambodia is idyllic. And it seems like she…
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Going To A Cambodian Kickboxing Match

After the weight of the previous post, I was ready for a lighter side to Cambodian living–something spirited, celebratory, and proud. Well, the same taxi driver who escorted me to the genocide museums knew of a Cambodian boxing event. So off we went… If you read previous posts, you know that the Cambodian people (the Khmer) have experienced…
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The Genocide Of The Khmer Rouge

In the early 1970′s little Cambodia was in the middle of civil and international war–intricately tied to the Vietnam War. But on April 17th, 1975, the existing, American-backed government fell to the revolutionary regime, the Khmer Rouge (“Red Khmer,” Khmer being the predominant ethnicity and language of Cambodians and Red being the color of Communism). They…
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Teaching English In Cambodia

My second day in Battambang, I decided to rent a small motorcycle. There is no better way to cruise a foreign city in the tropics–faster than walking or biking and more exposed than riding around in a car. You take in the city buildings, the market, the sellers and shoppers, the commuters on their bicycles,…
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Battambang, Cambodia: A Crocodile Farm And Wedding Crashing

Our boat approached the landing in Battambang. We twelve travelers jumped off the boat onto the bank a couple of feet away. While waiting for my luggage, a motorcycle driver approached as they often did at opportune times in Cambodia. He looked friendly and knew English. I believed him when he said that the other drivers here offering free rides…
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The Floating Villages Of Cambodia

After getting admittedly “templed-out” (my guide book warned me about that), I was ready to trade in the ancient and the touristy of Siem Reap for the peace and slower pace of Battambang, a less-visited city of 150,000 in the northwest of Cambodia. But before I made that trade, I had another exchange to make:…
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The Monks Of Cambodia

Their faces are shaped by serenity. Their bright orange cloth serves as an unmistakable symbol. There’s a wonder and mysteriousness about these guys (and gals I came to find out). Even just the sight of an old Buddhist monk in Cambodia revealed the impact of their presence accompanying that lightness in their step. They emit something…
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The Jaw-Dropping Khmer Temples Of Cambodia

Throughout earth’s history, there have existed mighty, regionally-isolated civilizations all over the world. These were beacons of organization, mathematics, and artistic expression. They were fated to fall, however, due to the peoples surrounding them, the members within them, and the state of warring and conquering they all stewed within. One of these old kingdoms was located…
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Introducing Cambodia

Since I’m not currently traveling, I’m devoting the next several Sunday blogs to past treks. Today, I start a series about Cambodia.  In February of 2011, during my Chinese New Year break from teaching English in Zhuhai, China, I flew south to this little–and little-known–country in Southeast Asia. Upon my return to China, I published…
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