The Ministry of Tourism has the great honor to inform the public and tourists that after millions of viewers all over the world electing an ancient temple as the magnificent historic building site by the website of TripAdvisor Co. Inc., Cambodia’s Angkor Temple is ranked first of the world’s magnificent historic building sites for 2017.

This is the fourth year that the Angkor Temple has been elected by viewers all over the world, and it has been ranked first consecutively by the different famous websites. In 2014, the Angkor Temple was ranked first of the world’s most famous archeological and historical sites by the website of ArchaeoMadness Co. In the early year of 2015, the Angkor Temple was ranked first of the world’s most famous historic sites by the website of TripAdvisor Co. In 2016, the Angkor Temple was ranked first of the world’s most popular cultural tourist sites by the website of Lonely Planet Co.

Let me inform you that in May 2016, Mr. Anton Caragea the President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade and Mr. Mircea Constantinescu the Chairman of the European Tourism Academy declared Cambodia the World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2016 and the Favorite Cultural Tourist Destination for 2016 as the Kingdom of Cambodia has been deemed to be `Kingdom of Wonder’ based on five elements:

  • Marvels of culture, especially Angkor Temple – the masterpiece of Khmer people and all humanity, and marvels of nature;
  • The large Tonle Sap Lake in Asia with the returning flow of water, unparalleled In the world;
  • The feature of Cambodian Buddhism, not only teaching humans to become disciples but also advising them to do good deeds;
  • The charming smile of Cambodian people; if you want to see the true smile of humans, please come to Cambodia; and
  • The wise and brilliant leadership of Samdech Techo HUN SEN the Prime Minister who has combined tourism with culture to develop the country.

Moreover, the European Tourism Academy has unanimously elected Samdech Techo the Prime Minister as the Honorary Member of the European Tourism Academy by virtue of his great heroism in the development of the whole country from zero until prosperity recognized in the national and international arenas. The European Tourism Academy has also named Samdech Techo the Prime Minister as the ‘Man of Action, Man of Dialogue and Man of Reflection’.

This outcome is very suitable for Cambodia, and the consecutive acceptance of first-class awards truly reflects success of the Royal Government of Cambodia under the haven of peace and the wise leadership of Samdech Akira Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, who is the constructor of the win-win policy and the open-sky policy to develop our beloved country.

On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, we appeal to the public and tourists to maintain peace and protect our ancestral heritage in order to develop green tourism and the green economy on the golden land of Cambodia — Kingdom of Wonder — Feel the Warmth.

Source: Press Release of Ministry of Tourism of Kingdom of Cambodia on June 29th, 2017

Press Release - Cambodia's Angkor Temple-the World's Magnificent Historic Building Site for 2017Press Release - Cambodia's Angkor Temple-the World's Magnificent Historic Building Site for 2017

CAMBODIA Is An Exhilarating Experience in Southeast Asia.

You’ll find some of the world’s most awe-inspiring and mysterious ruins in Angkor Wat and fascinating history, undoubtedly Cambodia’s main tourist draw. Still, this nation has so much more to offer from exploring ancient cities to shopping or eating in outdoor markets.

The Temples of Cambodia

Angkor is a region in Cambodia that served as the seat of the Khmer Empire, the largest empire of Southeast Asia that flourished between the 9th and 15th centuries. This ancient and revered Cambodian province is home to astonishing and enduring architectural evidence of the Khmer Empire’s Hindu and Mahayana Buddhist beliefs; the temples of Angkor are awe-inspiring reminders of what was the largest preindustrial urban center in the world, larger than modern day New York.

Angkor Wat

While there are over 100 stone temples scattered throughout the Angkor region, the 5 listed here are the definite must-sees. Unquestionably topping this list is the temple at Angkor Wat, built by Suryavaram II to honor the Hindu god Vishnu. The enormous temple consists of 5 concentric rectangular walls and moats, symbolizing a cosmic chain of mountains and ocean. Angkor Wat is the best-preserved temple in Angkor; it appears on the country’s national flag and is the prime attraction for tourists.

The construction of Angkor Wat lasted at least 37 years. The main tower of the central temple represents the mountain Meru, the center of the Hindu and Buddhist universe. When touring Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples and religious monuments, it’s also possible to visit nearby Siem Reap, a small colonial town just north of Southeast Asia’s largest lake, Tonle Sap. If you’d like to stay a day or 2 to bask in the Angkor’s spiritual sanctity, Siem Reap has many hotels offering reasonable prices.

Ta Prohm

The Khmer monarch completed the construction of this royal monastery in the 12th century and dedicated the grounds both to his mother and the goddess of wisdom, Prajnaparamita. The central stone pillar, called a foundational stele, chronicles the dedication and urges successors to protect the revered site. The location of the temple, set amidst the lush Cambodian jungle, makes it extremely popular for tourists.

Ta Prohm was home to more than 12,500 people, and the temple served as a place of worship for thousands of souls in surrounding villages. Now this peaceful town stands as a reminder of Cambodia’s early spirituality and religious beliefs.

Bayon

Another of Angkor’s sacred temple sites is Bayon is a walled capital city known especially for its jungle of face towers. These towers bear massive stone carvings depicting the face of the king and a message of spiritual worship. This is a place where the teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism exist in a unique spiritual balance, most visibly evident in the massive stone faces carved into Bayon’s many towers.

To explore these sacred Cambodian sites, it’s possible to book a temple tour. History and spirituality combine in this ancient land where mythology and religion share the same stone face, and cultural customs wait to be discovered at every turn.

Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei, or the Temple of Women, has been called a jewel of Khmer art. Its great reliefs depict many mythological Hindu events including the duel between the monkey princes, Bali and Sugreeva; Narasimha’s slaying of the demon Hiranyakasipu; and the burning of Khandava Forest. Banteay Srei is unique among Angkor’s noble temples because it was built by a wealthy courtier and scholar who served as an advisor to the Cambodian king, and not the monarch himself.

Banteay Srei was dedicated to the Hindu god, Siva in 967; the temple is therefore considerably older than the other Angkor sites. The grounds, buildings and layout at Banteay Srei are small, contrasting with the monumental scale of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. While the buildings may be compact, they don’t feel crowded, and the structural layout enhances the narrative relief carvings covering Banteay Srei’s red sandstone walls and passageways.

Preah Khan

Preah Khan is another of King Jayavarman’s creations and an inscription on the temple suggests he built it on the site where he defeated invaders from Champa, a region that is now Southern Vietnam. The successive rectangular galleries surrounding the Buddhist sanctuary have largely been left untouched.

This large complex not only functioned as a monastic house of worship, it was also a university including elements of Buddhist, Vaishnava and Shaiva worship. When visiting this hallowed ground, make sure to explore the Prasat Preah Stung, a central tower with 4 ornate Bayon-like carvings. Once inside, meander through the galleries and 2 libraries. This is another Angkor site you can explore while staying in Siem Reap. The Preah Khan hotel takes its name from the site and offers guests modern luxuries near this enduring cultural landmark.

 

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It can make you more grateful—and generous.

This story originally appeared on Realsimple.com

You’ve probably heard about the health benefits of practicing gratitude—how it can boost your mood, help you treat others better, improve physical health, and keep stress and fear at bay. Now, here’s a little trick for how to automatically infuse more gratitude into your life: Spend more money on experiences, and less on material objects.

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“Think about how you feel when you come home from buying something new,” Thomas Gilovich, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Cornell University and co-author a new study on gratitude, said in a press release. “You might say, ‘this new couch is cool,’ but you’re less likely to say ‘I’m so grateful for that set of shelves.’”

“But when you come home from a vacation, you are likely to say, ‘I feel so blessed I got to go,’” he continued. “People say positive things ab­­­­out the stuff they bought, but they don’t usually express gratitude for it—or they don’t express it as often as they do for their experiences.”

Gilovich’s new study shows that people not only express more gratitude about events and experiences than they do about objects; it also found that this kind of gratitude results in more generous behavior toward others.

To examine these patterns, Gilovich and his colleagues looked at 1,200 online customer reviews—half for purchases made for the sake of doing (like restaurant meals, show tickets, or vacations), and half for purchase made for the sake of having (like furniture, jewelry, and clothing). They weren’t surprised to find that reviewers were more likely to bring up gratitude in posts about the former than the latter.

“People tend to be more inspired to comment on their feelings of gratitude when they reflect on the trips they took, the venues they visited, or the meals they ate than when they reflect on the gadgets, furniture, or clothes they bought,” the authors wrote in the journal Emotion.

First author Jesse Walker, a psychology graduate student at Cornell, says that experiential purchases may elicit more gratitude because they don’t trigger as many social comparisons as material possessions do. In other words, experiences may foster an appreciation of one’s own circumstances, rather than feelings of falling short or trying to measure up to someone else’s.

The researchers also performed several experiments with either college students or adults recruited from an online database. In one experiment, 297 participants were asked to think about a recent purchase over $100, either experiential and material. When asked how grateful they were for that purchase on a scale of 1 to 9, the experiential group reported higher scores (an average of 7.36) than the material-possessions group (average 6.91).

In a similar experiment, participants also said that the experiential purchase made them happier than the material one, and represented money better spent—findings that echo previous research on this topic.

Finally, the researchers performed two exercises to determine how purchase-related gratitude might affect how people behave toward others. In both, participants were asked to think for a few minutes about a meaningful purchase, either experiential or material. A few minutes later, they were given a seemingly unrelated task of dividing $10 between themselves and an anonymous recipient.

Which group was more charitable? Those who had been tasked with remembering an experience or event gave away about $1 to $2 more, on average, than the material group.

Co-author Amit Kumar, Ph.D., a researcher at the University of Chicago, says that this link between gratitude and altruistic behavior “suggests that the benefits of experiential consumption apply not only to the consumers of those purchases themselves, but to others in their orbit as well.”

These findings can certainly apply to individuals looking to be more grateful in their everyday lives, Gilovich says, but they may have implications for communities and governments, as well.

“If public policy encouraged people to consume experiences rather than spending money on things, it would increase their gratitude and happiness and make them more generous as well,” he says. Funding organizations that provide these experiences—such as public parks, museums and performance spaces—could be a good start, he adds.

If you’re looking to express more gratitude as you spend time with family, shop for gifts, and juggle your packed schedule this upcoming holiday season, you can keep the researchers’ advice in mind.

“All one needs to do is spend a little less on material goods and a little more on experiences,” the wrote in their paper. “In addition to enhancing gratitude, experiential consumption may also increase the likelihood that people will cooperate and show kindness to each other.”

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From the views from the Golden Gate Bridge to the most famous archeological site in South America, these are the 10 landmarks TripAdvisor users voted the best in the world.

There are some sights that are best seen in person. TripAdvisor polled its users on their favorite landmarks in the 2015 Travelers’ Choice awards. From the infamous Alcatraz Island to the structural wonder that is Machu Piccu, there’s a site to see in every part of the world. Dig into the first ten—you can see the whole list here—and start planning your adventure.

No. 1: Angkor Wat

no-1-angkor-watBuilt in the 12th century, this Cambodian religious monument started out as a Hindu temple and was eventually converted to a Buddhist temple. The site—which also appears on the Cambodian national flag—is surrounded by a 650-foot moat. Fun fact: the temple’s bricks are bonded by a vegetable compound instead of the more commonly used mortar.

No. 2: Machu Picchu

no-2-machu-picchuMuch of Machu Piccu is still undiscovered (including how it was constructed), yet it still clocks in as the more famous archeological site in South America. Built around 14000, the landmark was built along two of the Earth’s fault lines and has remained relatively intact for hundreds of years.

No. 3: Taj Mahal

no-3-taj-mahalThe Taj Mahal took nearly 22 years to build, features more than 28 types of precious and semi-precious stones, and has since been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. If the same structure were to be built today it would amount to more than one billion dollars.

No. 4: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

no-4-sheikh-zayed-grand-mosqueLocated in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grande Mosque Center was built between 1996 and 2007. The entire structure houses 82 marble domes, 1,000 columns, the world’s largest chandelier, and the largest hand-knotted carpet.

No. 5: La Sagrada Familia

no-5-la-sagrada-familiaGaudi’s masterpiece is one of the most well-known attractions in Barcelona, with its incredibly intricate exterior and impressive stained-glass windows. However, the construction for La Sagrada Familia is ongoing—in fact, it’s not expected to be completed until 2026 (building began in 1882). Make sure to make the trip to the very top for exceptional views of the city.

No. 6: St. Peter’s Basilica

no-6-st-peters-basilicaAs if artwork by Michelangelo weren’t enough of a temptation, the view from the top of St. Peter’s Basilica is well worth the staircase climb to the top. Measuring in at more than 240,000 square feet, it also claims the title of the world’s largest church.

No. 7: Milan Cathedral

no-7-milan-cathedralOne of the most recognized pieces of architecture in Italy, Milan’s Northern Gothic cathedral boasts rooftop views of the Italian Alps on a clear day.

No. 8: Alcatraz Island

no-8-alcatraz-islandThe roster of this former prison is impressive, including names like Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone. Aside from housing criminals, the island is also home to the West Coast’s first lighthouse, which began its operations in 1854.

No. 9: Cristo Redentor

no-9-cristo-redentorClearly a tourist favorite, Christ the Redeemer was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. The statue lives on the Corcovado Mountain—2,300 feet above Rio de Janeiro—and is quite a sight to see at night when it’s lit up. And while the statue has been struck by lightening several times, it remains intact, with minimal damage to the fingers, head, and eyebrows.

No. 10: Golden Gate Bridge

no-10-golden-gate-bridgeWhile the best view of the bridge may be hotly debated (some say it’s below at Fort Point, and others at Vista Point in Marin), there’s no denying the bridge as a world icon. Fun fact: Golden Gate Bridge was painted orange to blend in with the local setting.

 


Source: Travel&Leisure & TripAdvisor

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Discover what makes Cambodia a special civilization and why you must have it on your top travel list.

Cambodia is continuously gaining recognition with its tourism industry, offering numerous attractions for tourist including the globally renowned temple complex, the Angkor Wat. Despite the fact that Cambodia is not an undiscovered country, you may still find many undiscovered components to this country. Travel to Cambodia to encounter a piece of intoxicating history, meet the extremely favorable Khmer people and take-in the nation’s stunning pure beauty. The ever present Khmer smile is celebrated, as is Cambodia hospitality. Let yourself lots of time to research and you will be excited to see everything that Cambodia has to provide. Through Cambodia Travel dip yourself in the country’s distinctive culture and lifestyle. Map of Cambodia

Cambodia is a nation of sunshine and tone, rising from its bloody history with undoubted strength and dazzling energy. Cambodia Journey comprises Grand temples and byzantine monuments showcase the formidable monuments of the mighty Khmer empire while stylish bars, contemporary buildings and the brightness of its individuals bring us into the present. The ancient ruins of Angkor rank among the world’s most spectacular archaeological sites. The capital city Phnom Penh oozes history, as well as offers up some exceptional dining and a complete on nightlife. As yet unspoiled islands scatter the Cambodian shore and quaint small provincial towns sit among strikingly beautiful countryside.

Daily Excursion in Phnom PenhCambodia is a comparatively little country encompassed by Vietnam to the north east, Thailand to the North West along with Laos to the north. It is a relatively new and evolving tourist spot to go for the Western world, but the nation now has opened its doors wide to show off its excellent treasures. Through Cambodia Travel, the most popular view is Angkor Wat, situated just outside the tourist town of Siem Reap. Cambodia is a very inexpensive travel location, even by Southeast Asian requirements. It isn’t hard to find comfortable hotel at a reasonable cost. Food is also quite inexpensive and in the major tourist cities there are numerous restaurants keen to please the visiting crowds.

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Siem Reap Angkor

Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap of CambodiaSiem Reap’s hottest attractions consist mainly of ancient ruins in the Angkor area, a World Heritage listed site. There are more than 1, 000 important temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park from the ninth to 15th hundreds of years, set among woods and farmland. The most famous of those is Angkor Wat, a twelfth century temple considered the world’s biggest religious construction. You’d be amiss not also seeing the huge Angkor Thom, home to numerous Hindu monuments and gates, staggering in their size. When investigating the Angkor Archaeological Park, don’t pass up on seeing Phnom Bakheng, among the oldest temples in Angkor.

Constructed in the late-ninth to early-10th century, Phnom Bakheng sits atop a stone development with carvings of Hindu deities. Another distinguishing sight at Angkor that has to be experienced is the Terrace of the Leper King. This 7 metre stage with a nude sexless statue is regarded as one of the region’s great enigmas. Back within the city of Siem Reap, another popular draw is the Cambodian Cultural Village. A mix of theme park and cultural website, CCV shows the conventions of 11 hamlets including activities, a wax museum and miniature buildings. If you would like a distinctive experience, a cruise throughout the Floating Village on Tonle Sap Lake must be on your Siem Reap itinerary.

Known as the Venice of the East this village is totally built over the water with homes, markets, fisheries, schools, hospitals, basket ball courts and much more sitting on top of stilts. For buying traditional Cambodian items, you have got to visit the Old Market, which sells quality artisan goods like instruments and clothing amidst a local atmosphere. After the sun sets, you will find a lot of places to drink and communicate with locals along Pub Street. For a more laid back night excursion you must visit the night market area for a wide range of handicrafts and street food vendors. Painting at Artisan D'Angkor

Siem Reap has progressed into a tourist town, catering to the considerable amounts of visitors it receives every year by providing a surplus of hotels, resorts, hostels and guesthouses. You are best basing yourself within the city that has lots of restaurants, shops, bars and places to keep you occupied on days when you are not visiting Angkor or outer city draws. Siem Reap isn’t a big city, so you will always be close to transportation and tour operators no matter where you are staying. It is additionally possible to walk to the majority of Siem Reap’s draws within the city area.

Tonle Sap Lake

Tonle Sap Lake in Siem ReapTonle Sap Lake situated South of Siem Reap City is just the biggest lake in Cambodia and plays an essential part in the environmental balance of the country. At the dry season it is a low lake which drains throughout the Tonle Sap River into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh. However, this changes in the June – Nov monsoon season when the high water degree of the Mekong River causes a reverse flow up the Tonle Sap River into the lake region. The influx increases the size of the lake from its low of 2500 sq kilometre to over 10, 000 sq kilometres.

This makes the lake the biggest freshwater lake in the South East Asia throughout the wet season. The awash mangrove woods plains are home to over 100 types of water birds including a number of endangered or endangered species. There are over 200 types of fish in its waters as well as crocodiles in maroques otters and turtles. The lake is populated with floating hamlets inhabited by both Cambodian and Vietnamese communities. The person hamlets are an incredible view with their floating homes, marketplaces, schools and churches. The villagers earn an income from fishing with their large fish traps catching enough to provide Cambodia with 50{5c751442e5d0d6acc168756d9dce2d619bfe823b65c2fd7441c3af909dfa0cf7} of its fish consumption.

Floating Village on Tonle Sap LakeOne of more prominent floating hamlets is Chong Khneas. It is 12 kilometers south of Siem Reap and is a departure\/arrival point for the Phnom Penh ferry service and also Tone Sap lake tourist trips. While this floating village is just a well known landmark, while less tourist orientated hamlets of Kampong Pluk and Kampong Khleang gave more of an insight into lake life. Both these hamlets are south of Chong Khneas on the eastern side of the lake. Kampong Khleang is in fact the largest floating community on Tonle Sap.

This Vietnamese negotiation also offers a thriving pottery business as there were piles of clay pots in front of majority of the houses. To the west of Chong Khneas at the north end of the lake is just the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary. This reserve is and it has been called the most crucial breeding ground in South East Asia for big water birds. Species like the Black headed ibis, spot billed Pelican, Grey headed Fish Eagle, Painted Stock and Millet Stork nest in the region. The refuge is most widely used with bird watchers in the dry season months when flocks of migratory birds visit the region.


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Cambodia’s Three Distinguished Towns Attempt for UNESCO List

Three rising visitor destinations in Cambodia could make it to the UNESCO World Heritage list in five years time. Data on the World Heritage applications revealed at the end of the Mekong Tourism Forum, held 5 to 7 July in Sihanoukville.

An itemized arrangement delineating the strides required for Battambang, Kratie and Kampot to accomplish World Heritage status, under the substantial society classification ought to be affirmed by the Prime Minister’s office as right on time as this September.

UNESCO partner master urban legacy, Serge Reny, affirmed the underlying arranging procedure was currently in progress, however focused on the result would be dictated by what the groups themselves suggested in each of the three towns.

A definite exchange with nearby groups is the initial step to pick up backing and criticism in a convoluted and extensive procedure to record three applications with UNESCO. The procedure would take no less than five years before the towns were put on a short rundown for definite thought. Reclamation work in the three towns would need to be finished as a component of the application procedure inside the five years.

“Without their criticism and duty, there is the danger of the towns transforming into galleries with no pertinence to today’s social surroundings. That is not the target we need the towns to mirror a living society,” Reny clarified.

Battambang

Buddhist Temple in Battambang

Battambang lies west of Siem Reap on the national road 5 from Phnom Penh to Poipet, the bordertown confronting Aranyapathet in Thailand. It is best known for its Buddhist sanctuaries and verifiable and social connections to Thailand. Battambang is Cambodia’s second most crowded town and a mainstream vacationer destination due its 40 antiquated sanctuaries and previous royal residences, Buddhist altars and a bamboo train. It is additionally the capital of Battambang region.

Kampot

Activity in Kampot

Kampot which was a common seat of the pilgrim French organization, lies a one-hour drive east from the waterfront town of Sihanoukville. Kampot is a peaceful riverside town, only a couple km up waterway from the Gulf of Thailand. It is known for its well-known dark pepper, which is broadly accessible in Cambodia and a fare thing. The town’s engineering is a blend of pilgrim going back to the French and cutting edge Cambodian now and again known as  known as Sihanouk or independence architecture.

Kratie

Mekong Dolphin in Kratie

Kratie, situated on the banks of the Mekong River, upper east of Phnom Penh, is home to around 20 Irrawardy dolphins who live on a 190 km stretch of the stream south of the outskirt with Laos. Situated in the upper east, on expressway 7, Kratie is a residential community on the banks of Mekong River. A stretch of stream north of town is home to uncommon Irrawaddy dolphins. The dolphins are the town’s principle vacation destination, which is likewise the begin of the Mekong Discovery Trail.

Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism worldwide participation chief, Thok Sokhom, prior in the year, was cited saying, the service had distinguished the three towns as potential destinations for World Heritage status with UNESCO.

The nation as of now has two World Heritage destinations; Angkor Wat and Preah Vihear. Every UNESCO World Heritage site must demonstrate that it speaks to a perfect work of art of human inventive virtuoso, display vital great expressions, or normal scenes, bear a one of a kind affirmation to a social custom, or be an exceptional case of engineering, as indicated by the determination criteria.

It will take no less than five years for government authorities to group enough proof to meet UNESCO’s determination for each of the three urban areas. Reny said the five-year process with studies and rebuilding work at the three towns would cost an expected USD50 million. It would include financing and ability from the World Bank, USAID and Germany GIZ.

“The main test is to pick up a comprehension of the groups and their personality, while perceiving the impact of the diverse periods, for example, 1953 to 1970 the freedom time and how it affected on craftsmanship and engineering,” the UNESCO master emphasized.

Cambodia World Heritages List

 

Source: ttrweekly

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