June 4, 2012

What I like and Dislike About Cambodia

When I first stepped on the Cambodia soil 5 years ago, I was clueless.  I barely know anything about this country and it's people.  What I heard from my friends and ex colleagues is that this country is underdeveloped, well...as compared to it's neighboring countries in South East Asia.  I already had that idea that the place is not as modernized as other Asian countries particularly as far as education and infrastructures are concerned.

True enough, when I arrived here 5 years ago, I have seen that the roads are not fully developed.  Only a small fraction of the country's people speak and understand English.  It was a struggle to communicate during my first few months.  I had that experience of going to the market hoping to buy some personal stuff that I need in my room which the company provides me but I ended up going back to my housing unit with nothing.  It's because nobody understands me. Sigh!

But I see how Cambodia progressed year after year.  The roads had been developed very fast.  Sooner than what I expected.  Many new businesses had opened up and the tourism industry had soared into great heights.  Cambodia now is one of the favorite destination of travelers particularly those from the Western side.  Many investors are coming to Cambodia to put up businesses and some of the investment costs millions of dollars.  I was thinking that these businessmen will not put up such great amount of money if they haven't seen the potential in the area.

Needless to say, Cambodia had rise up from the grounds after that nightmare from the Khmer rouge.

There are so many plus and minuses about this country and I want to share with you some.  Let me begin with the things that I love about this country.

  • People here are really into veggies and for me that's great. 
  • People here have high regards for foreigners and they treat them with a great amount of hospitality.
  • People here are simple and so are their lives.
  • This country is blessed having no incidents of earthquakes, typhoons, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, etc.  In short they are free from any calamity.  Maybe this has something to do with the country's geographical location.
  • They love festivals and this can evidently shown by a number of holidays in a calendar year 

Now let me go to what I don't like about Cambodia.

  • I don't understand why they have to celebrate weddings for three days.  When they hold weddings, they hold it mostly on the streets where detachable large canopies are installed adorned with lavish decorations.
  • When they have functions, they will play a very strong sound system with an irritating music enough to break your ear drum and make you unable to sleep.
  • They wear a pair of pajamas even outside the streets and to them, this is a common thing.
  • They put a special ingredient on their dishes from which the smell can spread out enough for the whole village to know what is the dish for the day.
  • Women love to put strong make up during parties and wear those thick fake eyelashes. 

Overall, the country is still a good place to stay.  It's safe, people are warm and hospitable, the cost of living is not so high and they provide ample opportunities for employment.


45 comments:

  1. Learn a lot from this post Sis. Thanks so much for sharing... :-)

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  2. I met a lady from Cambodia a few months back, and the things she told me weren't so different from what you've posted. I guess, the fact that someone else shares your sentiments validates how you feel about Cambodia :)

    visiting from BC Bloggers

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  3. A wedding for three days? Amazing. Too bad they celebrate on the streets and disturb others. But I guess it shows how comfortable they are in their country. Imagine being able to walk outside wearing pajamas as well. Sorta the same here in the Philippines :D

    It's great to know about other countries' cultures through first hand experience, but it's also nice to be able to know through blogs like yours. Thanks. :)

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  4. Interesting post! I really love traveling. I hope I could also visit and experience culture of Cambodia soon!

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  5. There are weddings here that last for 7 days. :P

    And those you dislike about Cambodia also exists here in our country i.e., loud music, strange food, people walking around in pajamas.

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    1. Rae, you are referring to isolated cases, I am talking in general. It might also be happening in the Philippines but it's not the usual thing. When we hold parties, we play loud music but not 24 hours as in very very loud as u already know that you are causing disturbance to the whole village.

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  6. i havent been to cambodia. maybe its part of their traditions to celebrate weddings for three days. its quite expensive to celebrate wedding for 3 days here in the PH.

    http://khyutee.wordpress.com

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  7. thanks for sharing.i am glad that you are honest to say things that you like and candid about the things that you don't like.. sa iba kasi puro maganda lang sinasabi..

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  8. Those dishes with special ingredients reminds me of our tuyo. In developed countries neighbors complain of the smell :)

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  9. Haha! Natawa naman ako dun sa tatlong araw ang celeb ng weddings tapos makakapal ang makeup. Parang naririnig ko lang ung literal na reklamo mo.

    Pero blessed sila about the no calamity. Ang galing!

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  10. Such interesting things you shared. Moving in and living into another country will always initially makes us compare with life in Pinas. But eventually we'll learn how to live with everything. There are different customs that they observed and we just need to respect and go with the flow, he!he!

    Visiting from BC.

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  11. Now, I know more about Cambodia. I think I still want to visit this soon. :)

    Lizzie of Make More Money Online

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  12. I didn't include Cambodia in my destination list. But I guess I'll add it.

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  13. thanks for sharing sis. it is good you post here some of your observations so in case one of us go there, we do not expect too much about them.

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  14. nice trivia. i've been reading a lot of good reviews about cambodia and i hope i can also visit this place.

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  15. i'd love to visit this country in the future... each country has its own culture, so i'm sure it would be really nice to explore theirs.

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  16. When I read Cambodia, I am always reminded by the killing fields. Of course that was already some decades ago. The country has already risen from the nightmare. 3-days of wedding celebrations? Wow that is expensive.

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  17. Well, it's the nuances and stuff like those that make unique. It's tradition and almost every other country has their own set of beliefs and how they celebrate them. =)

    I'd still love to visit Cambodia one day. It's in my bucket list. =)

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  18. It is the cultural differences of each country that makes it interesting to visit. Visiting Cambodia is on my must visit list, maybe you can be my tour guide :)

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  19. LOL, such a shocker I'm sure. But at least you have opened up to the people and their culture. That's what we really need, to be more tolerable of others. We don't need to agree with understand them.

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  20. Thanks a lot for the information about Cambodia.:)

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  21. that's the beauty of traveling we get to get acquainted with how others live. Dropping by :)

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  22. interesting infos about Cambodia! and wow on being free from calamity!!

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  23. thanks for sharing information about Cambodia. it will an interesting country to visit. :)

    Just Love Blogging It

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  24. you just made me want to visit the place more.. i've been thinking of going there with my hubby.. maybe next year.. we'll just leave the kids with my mom for a week..=) ahhh vacation! so need it..

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  25. never been to Cambodia, reading your post it seems a great place to visit ;)

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  26. these are fascinating info about cambodia...after 5 years working there mukhang nagblend-in ka na diyan; iba lang talaga ang culture nila...
    oh, its this a new blog? congrats ha

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  27. I've been living in Thailand for several years but I haven't visited Cambodia yet. I've only been to the borders. Perhaps, I can visit this place some day.

    Thanks for the post.


    Rizza (beingwell)

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  28. Cambodia is one of my must visit country. sadly for now, i have to be content with a postcard =)

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  29. Thanks for sharing..It feels like I've been to Cambodia by your posts:)

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  30. There are some places here in the Philippines that celebrated wedding's for more than a day too.

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  31. I haven't been to Cambodia before. Thanks for sharing about the place.

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  32. The loud noise is quite hard to take but as long as the people are friendly I think it's okay. :)

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  33. i'm aiming to visit cambodia soon!

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  34. They have really developed fast these past few years and have even surpassed our country in many aspects. As for the things you dislike, they are a lot more tolerable than crab mentality, corruption, and many other things that plague our country.

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  35. Let's respect the Cambodian culture and traditions. If they were to ask too, they have a lot of things to vehemently abhor which the Filipino are explicitly doing from government, culture, and traditions.

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  36. I love to travel and I would love to visit Cambodia :) I like to experience their wedding celebration, atleast it lasts for 3 three days:D rather than in here that the wedding ceremony and reception only last for 4 hours lol

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  37. I haven't been to Cambodia and this is a great start of knowing the country. I wish the Philippines was also situated there so there are less calamities. I've experienced all I think and I'm glad our President now has the wisdom to alert it's people when a typhoon is approaching to avoid dead casualties.

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  38. have you tried tuktuk? i just heard it from my officemates who plan to go to ankor wat this week

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  39. I'm new to your blog, what do you do in Cambodia? It must be interesting to live and work there. I've only known Cambodia through partners before when I still worked with NGOs. I'd love to visit someday, along with Vietnam and Laos.

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  40. looks like a very interesting place. OOh, i have been wishing to receive a postcard from there, would you be so nice to send me one, he he he,

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  41. Cambodia are beginning to emerge as tourist spot

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  42. hahahaha.. if there are pros there are also cons... nothing is perfect in this world. but the way i see it, i love to go there and try my luck LOL! CAMBODIA.. here I come!

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  43. never been outside the country so i barely know cultures of other countries. thanks for the info,


    ~corbylove

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  44. I wanna see Cambodia someday too!

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