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The National Museum is a distictive dust-red building situated beside the Royal Palace. It displays more than 5000 objects including Angkorian era statues, lingas and many others.
Entrance Fee : USD$3 per person
Address: Next to Royal Palace
The lotus-shaped Central Market is one of the major landmarks of Phnom Penh. The market was constructed in 1935-37. The Central Market has merchants selling from t-shirts to bags to jewellery.
Directions: Middle of Phnom Penh. Walking distance from Riverside.
Signage of Land Mine Museum
"You won't find signs leading you to this seemingly impromptu museum; Cambodian officials prefer their own rhetoric to that of the owner and curator, Mr. Akira. The museum itself is just a corrugated-roof area stacked high with disarmed ordnance and detailed data about the use, effects, and statistics about UXO (unexploded ordinance) in the country. Most interesting is the small grove out back, an exhibit of how mines are placed in a real jungle setting. The museum is a call to action for demining in the country. Resist any temptation to volunteer (unless properly trained), but you're sure to have a chance to chat with Mr. Akira, peruse his recent book on the subject, and sign a petition (he's hoping to achieve NGO status). It's an interesting visit."
- quoted from Frommers.com
Entrance Fee : Free
Directions: On the main road to the temples, just before the checkpoint.
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Founder of Museum, Mr Aki Ra
Aki Ra's Background
Aki Ra's parents were both killed by the Khmer Rouge for committing very simple crimes when he was only five years old and since then, he was brought up by the Khmer Rouge to work in the Khmer Rouge army. Aki Ra was taught to lay mines, fire guns, rocket launchers and make simple bombs. He had his first gun at the age of ten.
At the age of thirteen his village was overthrown by the Vietnamese and he was given the option of joining them or he would be killed. Aki Ra was then conscripted into the Vietnamese army and went on to fight against the Khmer Rouge.
He stayed with them until 1990 when they eventually pulled their troops out of Cambodia and Aki Ra went on to join the Cambodian Army still fighting the Khmer Rouge who had a very stronghold in Siem Reap the area.
In 1993, the United Nations had peace keeping forces in the province and Aki Ra worked for them, helping them clear the many mines that had been laid over the years by the various fighting forces.
Aki Ra now works solely for the people of Cambodia, going regularly into the rural areas to help clear the remaining mines.
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If you are keen to volunteer at the museum in order to make your trip to Siem Reap more meaningful, please feel free to contact them as they require volunteers to run the museum.
Donations will also be welcome by the Museum.
Also known as the Apsara Dance, you may want to watch a few Apsara dance performances. These performances are usually staged in buffet restaurants. I watched it in one of the restaurants in Siem Reap (see Restaurant Tip). The dance moves were graceful and nicely choreographed.
Vitnamese Floating Village
If you are travelling from Siem Reap to Battambang, your jouney could be made so much more enjoyable by taking a boat. You will get to see so much more.
At Siem Reap, the boat departs from the jetty at the Vietnamese Floating Fishing Village in the early morning.
I will be building tips on the Cambodian people who lives along the Tonle Sap River under "Local Customs".
Situated along the Tonle Sap, Battambang is Cambodia's 2nd largest town. The place is famous for its French colonial architecture alongside with the traditional Khmer ones. Most of the buldings are low and there is no skyscraper at all.
Right smacked in the middle of the town of Battambang lies the central market. Most of the households items, jewelery, fabrics, garments and fresh food are sold there. It is al "under one roof". It was quite interesting to see fresh food sellers starting their business only in the evening. Normally in other places, is usually in the early morning. Overall, worth the visit.
Picture : The banana shoots are favourite items the Cambodians eat. Usually steamed and eaten with chilli paste.
Walk around and you will see French Colonial houses spreaded within the town. Most houses are very old.
Tip : Walk from the central market towards the riverside and back, making it a loop.
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