Travel Theme: Rhythm ~ Cambodia

This week’s travel challenge is “Rhythm” thanks to Alisa at  http://wheresmybackpack.com/ 

Monk Reading Under a Tree

Monk In Temple

South East Asia has a slow rhythm that is rich with cultural heritage.  Each country has a distinct flow and Cambodia is peppered with forgiveness, reverence, patience and contemplation. The pace of the country is laid back and peaceful yet exciting and exotic. The first two photos reflect the rhythm of daily life in Cambodia~ Monks in quiet reflection.

Child in a Cooking Pot “Boat”

This photo reveals the rhythm of the Mekong River. After spending a day exploring a floating river village, we had a line of chattering children following us in cooking pots. Towards the end of the day, their mothers called out to them and the children paddled home so the evening meal could be cooked!

Land Mine Victim Music Group

The land mine victims in Cambodia were a heart-wrenching vision! And yet true to the humbleness of the culture the victims gathered in musical groups to play at many of the temple sites playing melodic rhythm on local instruments. The music set the tone of the historical sites which deserve to be honored and respected as some of the greatest pieces of architecture and history.

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25 Comments

  1. ailsapm said,

    June 2, 2012 at 1:22 am

    A beautiful homage to Cambodia’s rhythm, Anni, and the land mine music group is truly moving. xxx Ailsa

    • globalanni said,

      June 10, 2012 at 1:19 am

      Thanks!! It was one of the most moving experiences I have had.

  2. pommepal said,

    June 2, 2012 at 6:07 am

    These photos show a very interesting
    Cross section. I hope to visit Cambodia in July. What is the weather like then?

    • globalanni said,

      June 10, 2012 at 1:20 am

      Extremely hot and this is coming from someone who lives in the tropics! Drink tons of water and rest often. It is beautiful though!!

  3. June 2, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I did an article for Cambodia, and it truly is a haven for people who seek tranquility..

    • globalanni said,

      June 10, 2012 at 1:20 am

      Yes, it is. I feel that way about Laos too!

  4. Marianne said,

    June 2, 2012 at 8:34 am

    We had a great time in Cambodia earlier in the year. We particularly enjoyed the Landmine victim bands at the entrances to most of the Temples in the Angkor Wat complex. Very moving.

    • globalanni said,

      June 10, 2012 at 1:21 am

      They added such a serene touch to the whole temple experience.

  5. June 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

    A lovely series and my favourite is the monk under the tree. I love all that green and then the splash of orange. 🙂
    I want to visit this part of the world sometime.
    All the best to you
    🙂

    • globalanni said,

      June 10, 2012 at 1:18 am

      The monks were just so beautiful and peaceful.

  6. June 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I can’t wait to get to Campodia before we leave Asia, as I am teaching here. I want to see the temples, but you have shown there is so much more to see too!

    • globalanni said,

      June 10, 2012 at 1:18 am

      As a teacher I highly recommend two things. 1. there are so many beggars that I wanted to help especially the children. Instead of giving to all, bring a bag of school supplies like pencils, paper, … and donate them to a local school. 2. Visit the floating village and ask to see the floating school. They welcomed us and they shared a greeting and a song. It was an eye opening experience!

      Enjoy it. Cambodia is AMAZING!

      • June 10, 2012 at 2:06 am

        I hear it is great. We went to Vietnam in April and I loved it. The people were so friendly. Thanks for the tips I will have to pick your brain once we book a trip there. Hopefully next school year.

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  8. June 4, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Of all my years living in Southeast Asia I actually never made it over the border to Cambodia. However, my brother just got back from a trip there. Really enjoyed this post!

    • globalanni said,

      June 10, 2012 at 1:13 am

      It is worth the trip! Cambodia is an amazing country! I am glad you enjoyed the post.

  9. frizztext said,

    June 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

    heart touching land mine victims musicians!
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    • globalanni said,

      June 10, 2012 at 1:14 am

      Thanks for stopping by.

  10. June 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

    landmine victims music group, oh sad – and a great idea to try to enjoy life!
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    • globalanni said,

      June 10, 2012 at 1:14 am

      a very talented bunch of people too!

  11. Jo Bryant said,

    June 6, 2012 at 6:30 am

    the landmine victimd music group really touches the heart

    • globalanni said,

      June 10, 2012 at 1:12 am

      The musicians are really very talented. They added so much beauty and culture to the already stunning temples.

  12. June 11, 2012 at 4:39 am

    I certainly hope the child in the cooking pot boat isn’t going to be cooked! lol


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