This postcard is sent by my friend David a softspoken Irish, but who knows when it’s time to have some fun. I met him during my last visit to Laos when he made a brief stop on his journey across South East Asia. Here is a small part of what happened to him during his great adventure ….
This picture was taken at a sports day at Support Self Help Community Center(SHCC) Kro bei Cambodia riel.The Sports Day turned into a giant water fight, where we drained the well dry! and was probably the best day I’ve had in Asia. I voluntereed in this school for a few weeks as an English teacher. The kids and the local villagers are the most amazing ,creative and genuine people I have met on my travels. It was a sad day when I had to leave.
Editor’s note: It reminds me of my adventure in koh chang and Children’s Day Kids School
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap is the capital of Cambodia, near the mystical Angkor Khmer temple located about 314 km north-northwest of the capital Phnom Penh. Siem Reap has colonial-style architecture with Chinese influences due to its important role during Indochina French colonial campaign. The city offers many cultural events: Aspara dance festival, craft shops, silkworm farm, ricefields, fishing villages and bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap lake.
The boom of the city economy is powered by its new international tourism industry. Most tourists want to immerse themselves in the temples of Angkor since the end of many wars have stopped the isolation of the country from the rest of the world. Tourism has sharply increased since the 2000s. Many vacation spots have been built and others are under construction due to the contribution of foreign capital. Many establishments are concentrated around the Old Market, while the most expensive hotels are located between the airport and the city of Siem Reap along National Highway 6.
It’s a fun place, but it’s sill a city ; with heavy traffic, multiple motorcycle taxis, scooters, traffic lights and the omnipresence of advertising. Just a few miles away the RICE still grow.
References and other interesting links
Self Help Community Centre (SHCC) Is a registered Non Government Organization That Provides Educational and Vocational Opportunities “as well as activities to over 400 récréatif Disadvantaged Rural Children and young adults in Puok District, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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