Each year, the weeklong Angkor Photo Festival hosts exhibitions and outdoor slideshows, many at The FCC Angkor, by celebrated international and emerging Asian photographers in Siem Reap.

The temples of Angkor become a hub for photographers to gather in a spirit of creativity and sharing.

The strong educational goal of the Angkor Photo Festival sets it apart from other photography events.

Half Marathon Siem Reap Cambodia

Angkor Half Marathon in Siem Reap is held in December every year. The route of this race is stretched around the temples. There is no age limit of the participants, eight to eighty, everybody can run. Winning or losing does not matter at all here, as the objective is not only fun but also to collect money for the physically challenged.

Apart from the Half Marathon and a 10 kilometre Run for Men and Women, there is a 21 kilometre Wheelchair Race, and a 3 km Fun Run.

Night Market Siem Reap Cambodia

Night markets are not a natural thing in Siem Reap or even to Cambodia.

In 2007, the Angkor Night Market was set up, a few years later a second market opened, the Noon Night Market.

Both are entirely geared towards tourists and as a result, almost all stalls are souvenir shops.

What is missing are local food stalls - something of which gives night markets a local feel.

Once little more than a humble shack, Aki Ra's Land Mine Museum has been reincarnated into the Cambodia Land Mine Museum & Relief Facility.

It is a registered Canadian-based organisation and opened in April 2007 with the aim of building and developing the original museum's vision.

The new centre includes an expanded museum, a dormitory residence for up to 30 amputee children and a school.
The new museum has an admission fee of US$1.

A nice educational supplement to the history of Angkor if you visit the park without a tour guide, although don't confuse this with the National Musuem in Phnom Penh.

The Angkor National Museum in Siem Reap is composed of eight separate galleries, all connected by a vaulted corridor with a series of fountains and lined with what seems like all the Angkorian limestone lion and demon heads missing from statues at the temples.
After an explanatory film screening called Story behind the legend, you're pointed toward the galleries.

Siem Reap (meaning ‘Victory over Siam’) in northwest Cambodia is primarily the gateway to the famous Temples of Angkor.

The town has changed dramatically over the past twenty years. Not too long ago a sleepy backwater, Siem Reap now has large five-star hotels and resorts, fine-dining options aplenty, and the kind of good services, shops, galleries, and spas, that make the little city a new oasis of luxury.

The town has grown exponentially, but Siem Reap retains some of its charm, especially around Psar Chas (Old Market) and in the French Quarter.

Koh Kong may be without the spectacular temples or much-improved tourist infrastructure of other areas of Cambodia, but officials say they are counting on tourism to develop the southwestern province.

Tourists are expected to increasingly taking advantage of the eco-tourism opportunities the province's natural beauty provides, while officials are also anticipating a US$5 billion large-scale Chinese tourism development now under way, according to Koh Kong Deputy Governor Sun Dara.

So, how do you find orginal branded clothes in Phnom Penh? My advice here is to dig-dig-dig. My mom being a QA for one of the garment factories in Cambodia taught me how to spot the original. For shirts, make sure that the stitches inside are thick and clean.

While Cambodia's Angkor Wat temples are its biggest tourist draw, beach-bound tourists — particularly those looking for more than the backpacker-on-a-shoestring itinerary — are waking up to the unexplored beauty that this country has to offer.

Rose Condominiums Phnom PenhWithout doubt the most obvious change to Phnom Penh in the last ten years is the building boom that is literally changing the face of the city.

There is construction work going on everywhere

The most eye catching buildings are the numerous skyscrapers going up, and not all stylish (see to the left, these Rose Condominiums would fit perfectly in North Korea).

Smaller five to ten story apartment blocks are going up in virtually every street of the Cambodian capital.

Kirirom, a relaxing retreat from Phnom PenhInitially established as a holiday resort and tourist city in 1945, the area was named Kirirom namely"Mountain of joy"by the King at the suggestion of a monk from Phnom Penh. A hill of 700m covers an area of 35,000 hectares.

Especially interesting is the Chambok Ecotourism site.

New Khmer Architecture Chaktomuk Theatre Phnom Penh
In the 1950s en 1960s Prince Norodom Sihanouk gave the impulse to an enlightened development policy encompassing the whole of the kingdom with the construction of new towns, infrastructure and architecture of the highest standard. Undoubtedly, the most talented architect was Vann Molyvann, who completed more than a hundred buildings in just 15 years time. He contributed largely to the unique and authentic style of the New Khmer Architecture.