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On October 14th, 2016 by RVM

Must see Documentaries and Movies before visiting Cambodia

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Must see Documentaries and Movies before visiting Cambodia

Visiting Cambodia soon? if like me you like to learn about the history of the country you are visiting, I think you will enjoy watching my Top 5. They can be found on YouTube, Amazon, Netflix. Hope you enjoy them.

A thousand years ago the Khmer people in Cambodia built a kingdom that stretched a million square kilometres. Its capital was the lost jungle city of Angkor, once the largest city on Earth. At the heart of the city was Angkor Wat, a vast temple complex covering an area over four times larger than the Vatican City. Many other huge temples are scattered throughout the city. But little else remains - in the heat of the jungle most of the city has rotted away. The lives of the people who lived there largely remain a mystery.

But now a new scientific project is revealing the lost splendour of Angkor and shedding new light on its people. Revolutionary new imaging technology is allowing archaeologists to construct an accurate picture of the city of Angkor. It helps reveal how the Khmer went from being a group of subsistence rice farmers to building the greatest ever empire in South-East Asia. And it also helps shed new light on the reasons for Angkor's mysterious collapse.

The Mekong River with Sue Perkins

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Sue Perkins embarks on a life-changing, 3,000-mile journey up the Mekong, South East Asia's greatest river, exploring lives and landscapes on the point of dramatic change.

The Killing Fields (1984)

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A movie about a journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians.

The Man Who Built Cambodia

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THE MAN WHO BUILT CAMBODIA (can be found on YouTube) explores the life of Vann Molyvann, an architect whose work came to represent a new identity for a country emerging from independence, and whose incredible story encompasses Cambodia’s turbulent journey as a modern nation.

In Cambodia’s post-independence period, Molyvann was at the centre of a renaissance, developing a distinctive architectural style, New Khmer Architecture, that completely changed the face of Cambodia.

But in 1970, at his creative peak, Cambodia’s political landscape disintegrates, forcing him to flee as the Khmer Rouge plunges the country into genocide and civil war.

Finally returning in the 1990s, Molyvann finds a different country than the one he left. He’s marginalized from public life and many of his works are destroyed or neglected.

Today, like many countries is Asia, Cambodia is developing rapidly and unevenly.

Now nearly 90, the film follows Vann Molyvann as he reflects on the country he’s put so much of himself into.

Narrated by Academy Award™ nominee Matt Dillon, at the heart of THE MAN WHO BUILT CAMBODIA is Vann Molyvann’s lifelong engagement with the identity of the Khmer people, and his attempt to create a unique architectural style that gives modern expression to that identity.

On October 3rd, 2016 by RVM

Bus Phnom Penh to Siem Reap & Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

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Traveling by Bus in Cambodia

Flying is quick; about 45 minutes in the air, but you miss so much! Occasionally we make a trip to Phnom Penh and we use the buses most of the time. Not just because its cheap; about $15 each-way, its a great way to see a parts of Cambodia that you would never normally see. Passing rice fields, traditional Khmer wooden houses and a landscape that stretched for miles.

Is traveling by bus safe? well over the years their has been one or two accidents in the past but I feel save using the main bus companies like Giant Ibis and Virak Buntham Express. When choosing a bus company my advice would be to travel on a large bus rather than a mini-bus and make sure they have insurance; which the two iv mentioned have.

It takes roughly 5 hours to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and vice versa, so if you have the time or on a budget a bus is really quite comfortable and a good way to see Cambodia.

On September 22nd, 2016 by RVM

Christmas in Siem Reap

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Christmas at River Village Manor in Siem Reap

Siem Reap is a popular destination for tourists especially over the festive period. I for one love Christmas, sitting around as a family enjoying a drink or two! Here at River Village Manor we are planning a three course Christmas dinner around 5-6pm for ourselves and guests (price TBC). We should be getting some Christmas pudding sent from the UK along with other bits. Its going to be fun and we will also extend Happy Hour ALL day 🙂

On September 19th, 2016 by RVM

Beautiful accommodations, delicious Khmer food, and a friendly environment

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"Beautiful accommodations, delicious Khmer food, and a friendly environment”

I arranged to stay for one week and ended up staying for four weeks. There are so many reasons to choose this place. I'll start with my favorite-- the food! Len's cooking is dynamite! You don't need another place for food. Okay. You're on vacation, so you'll want to try other restaurants. But I KNOW that Len's food is the best. Generous helpings at a reasonable price AND absolutely delicious. Breakfast is good. It's breakfast. But it's the Khmer food that you have to try at River Village Manor. Len's Green Curry is loaded with fresh vegetables and so damned GOOD. Cha Kdaw is phenomenal. And the Fried Red Fish. I ate at in the cafe there every single day and was NEVER disappointed. And of course, I never got sick. That's a a big plus, but it speaks volumes. The food handling practices are excellent and Len goes out every day to get the freshest ingredients. She never leaves anything to chance.

The rooms are VERY clean. The whole guest house is spotless. The two house keepers are constantly polishing the wood and cleaning the floors. Nice hot showers.

I upgraded and stayed in the room with the King sized bed and it was a wonderful experience with the balcony overlooking the river. The AC works like a champ!

They do a very good job of controlling the mosquitoes, too!!!! It's amazing that they have so many systems to keep the mossies at bay. They burn lemongrass oil in the halls so the place smells amazing and they use incense sticks outside. On the couple of occasions that I left my balcony doors open, they came in and sprayed my room because quite a few had gotten in. But that only happened twice in over 30 days. Not a bad track record.

Dale, Len's husband, is super helpful with helping you figure out how to spend your day and how to navigate Siem Reap. Both he and Len are really friendly and accommodating. They clearly have a vision to provide their guests excellent comfort in a beautiful environment. They're doing a great job and I highly recommend this guest house.

A couple of other things that I found important: The wifi is EXCELLENT. If you're into livestreaming, no problem! I had three feeds going at once without a glitch. Hahahahaha! I travel for work, so these things are important to me!! Anyway, in case you were wondering, the wifi is da bomb! Thank Dale for that!

They have bikes for you to borrow at no charge, which was also really helpful and fun. This place is really close to the Angkor Wat road, which is super convenient for exploring the temples. You could easily ride the bike there and explore... if you can handle the heat! Hahahaha!

There's also a saltwater pool!
Okay. I think that about covers it. DID I MENTION THE FOOD???? The food is amazing. Hahaha! Honestly, while I was there, I watched a bunch of people become convinced. They were making trips back home for lunch and dinner because it was that good. AND the menu is varied enough to keep you stimulated and able to sample the different flavors of Khmer culture. They also have a nice variety of Cambodian beers that are served really cold in a frosty glass. NICE!

Thank you for the great review Crystal Lynn B

On August 18th, 2016 by RVM

Siem Reap Water Festival 13th, 14th and 15th November 2016

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THE TRADITION OF THE WATER FESTIVAL Not to be confused with Songkran in Thailand, the Water Festival in Cambodia, which is called Bon Om Tuk (also spelt Bon Om Touk) in the Khmer language, is a traditional celebration that dates back to the Khmer Empire and reign of King Jayavarman VII.

On August 16th, 2016 by RVM

Take a Tuktuk to Banteay Srei Temple after Breakfast

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Why not take a tuktuk to Banteay Srei Temple after Breakfast? Banteay Srei is a Temple sometimes missed by tourists on a short stay in Siem Reap and is a little more than 24Km north of River Village Manor. I would suggests starting the day with one of our Full Breakfast setting you up for the day before heading out with one of our Tuktuk drivers.

On August 1st, 2016 by RVM

Siem Reaps most charming Guesthouse

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River Village Manor guesthouse is located on the Siem Reap River, and is an easy 20-minute walk or 5-minute tuk-tuk ride along the tree-lined river into town, or a short 20-minute drive to Angkor Wat.

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Discover the Kingdom of Wonder where Cambodia’s unique Indian-influenced Khmer culture has remained very much intact. Discover legacy left behind by the once mighty Khmer Empire in the Temples of Angkor.

Explore the streets of Siem Reap Old Market area with a mixture of boutique shops, restaurants, bars and spa's. Visit the Art & Night Markets. 

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