Cambodia ends elephant rides at Angkor Wat by 2020

December 2, 2019

By 2020, elephant rides will no longer be allowed at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. In 2016, an elephant died while giving ride to tourists, triggered an outpouring of grief and criticism on social media. A petition was posted on change.org addressed to the Apsara Authority who oversees the Angkor archaeological site, calling for the end of elephant riding. This practice had been offering to tourists since 2001 at this UNESCO World…

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Tips to travel Cambodia for the first time

August 12, 2019

Cambodia is located in South East Asia, sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam, with Laos on its north. Heavily influenced by Indian culture, trade and Brahmanism; the Hindu-Buddhist Khmer empire covered a big part of South East Asia until its fall in the 15th century. Apart from its incredible temples of Angkor, a genocide was forced upon Cambodia under Pol Pot’s regime in the 1970s. Closed to the world, it was…

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Cambodian shadow puppetry: the secret behind the art in the shadows

July 26, 2019

Cambodia is famous for its shadow play. Practiced for over 2,000 years, it’s one of the oldest forms of storytelling, and learning its artistry takes years. Shadow puppets are known as sbek thom, which aptly means ‘large leather hide’. Traditionally, they have no moving parts and feature whole scenes, but nowadays puppets with gangly limbs, sbek touch, are more popular. However, both use leather puppets to retell age-old tales projected…

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10 reasons you should go to Cambodia right now!

March 22, 2016

Ascend to the realm of the gods at Angkor Wat or descend into the darkness of Tuol Sleng to witness the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. This is Cambodia, a country with history both inspiring and depressing, a captivating destination that never ceases to amaze its visitors. In recent years, Cambodia has been becoming a tourist phenomenon that is “unique, affordable and beautiful” in Southeast Asia. The paradise-like landscape of…

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