About Cambodia, Srok Khmer: Facts, Fun, and Photos: A Guide To Cambodian Culture

Kingdom of Cambodia

My Personal Interest In Cambodia

Well, to be honest, I knew little about Cambodia until I met my wife a few years ago. My wife moved here when she was 12 and she has told me many stories about how she lived as a refuge before coming to America and her story of growing up here. Well, let's just say that she's "30-Something" now, and I am very lucky to have met her! Although I have never been there, I hope that someday I will be able to travel to Cambodia, and perhaps spend my retirement there along with my wife.

As I befriended my wife, she told me about the land, its people and its beauty. Cambodia has a long and interesting history, including one of the worst atrocities to ever happen to a single country (Khmer Rouge , discussed later.) I will later share some pictures that my wife took on her last trip in 2007.

Pictures My WIfe Took While Visiting Her Homeland

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Working in the fieldBuddhist MonksElephant Ride!My Beautiful Wife!Ancient hand-carved statuesTempleTemple ReconstructionAncient Temple
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Buddhist Monks
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Ancient hand-carved statues
Ancient hand-carved statues | Source
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Temple Reconstruction
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Ancient Temple
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Ancient Temples

I can only imagine the mystique when you are standing in front of these Ancient Temples. I have to say that I am mostly motivated to take the 23 hour flight to Cambodia, just to see these amazing structures. The photos below are photos of some of the Temples at Angkor Wat that my wife took herself. It is truly breathtaking-and I would venture to say that these Temples are if not better, definitely close to the mysteries of the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids.

There are many things to do in Cambodia. Touring the ancient cities is one of them. There are ancient statues, temples, markets, and so much more. Check out the pictures!

Interesting Facts About Cambodia


  • Main Language: Khmer
  • Main Religion: Buddhism (Theravada)
  • Population: 14.8 million (UN, 2005)
  • Ethnic group: Khmer, Vietnamese and Chinese minorities
  • Monetary unit: 1 riel = 100 sen
  • Climate: tropical humid climate: rainy (monsoon) season (May to November) and dry season (December to April)
  • Capital: Phnom
  • Major Cities: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanouk Ville, Koh Kong
  • Independence: 9 November 1953
  • GNI per capita: US $380 (World Bank)
  • Major Exports: Garments, Fisheries Products, Rubber
  • Major Imports: petroleum products, construction materials, vehicles and motorcycles, clothing
  • Direct Flight: from Bangkok, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Vientiane, Kuala Lumpur, and Guangzhou

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superwags 5 years ago from UK

I hope you get a chance to get out there soon mate, I was blown away by the place. Never expected it to be half as fun and beautiful as it was. I only left cos my visa expired!

The Ankor temple complex could make for a month's holiday all by itself. I've never been anywhere where the people are so laid back and friendly.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, superwags! I am definitely going to go but I have to wait a few more years until my children are older and I can afford it! I have in-law relatives that visit there often so I always get to see tons of photos. Before I know it, I'll be there! Thanks for the comment!

JSMatthew~


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very interesting hub! I enjoyed reading the information and looking at the photos. There are many places that I'd like to travel to if I had the time and the money, but I think that Cambodia would be an especially fascinating place to visit. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to get there one day!


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks for stopping by AliciaC! I can't wait to go myself! There are so many beautiful destinations out there to visit. I hope you get to visit them all!

JSMatthew~


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

Cambodia...the greatest place to visit. You made me missed srok khmer. When my honey showed me around srok khmer using his webcam, the beauty and nature is beautiful. I want to ride an elephant...and the ox...my fiancé mother got kicked by an ox one time and broke her front tooth. LOL...that happen last two years. haha...she complain to me on the phone and I just laugh. I think I should write about it. :)


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Chanroth, you mentioned the video your fiancé created while he was visiting Srok Khmer. Maybe you should consider writing a Hub about Cambodia and share the video! You are doing really well on HubPages and I am glad to follow you and I appreciate you commenting on my Hubs! Thank you.

JSMatthew~


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Amy Ka 5 years ago from Phnom Penh

Beautiful hub about Cambodia! By the way, another recent direct fly by air france from Europe attracts many tourists to Cambodia as well.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks Amy Ka! Thanks for sharing the flight information via France. I appreciate you commenting on my Hub!

JSMatthew~


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E Padro 5 years ago from United States

Great Hub and the photos are beautiful. I'm sure it can be a great place to go. I hope you don't have to wait till retirement to go with your wife and have a good time and a chance to learn more about the culture and the place where your beautiful wife come from. I'm sure she'll love it. Stop by and check my new hubs. Have a wonderful day.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello E Padro! Yes, the photos are lovely! I really can't wait to go. We are saving and planning on going in a year or two. I can't wait to take my own photos and write a Hub about them. I'll check out your new Hubs. Thanks for stopping by!

JSMatthew~


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States

J.S. one of my friends in the military married a Cambodian woman. He spent time among the Northern people. He also commented on their laid back style of living. He talked me into requesting a station change to Korea which never came though. His thoughts were from Korea it wouldn't be far to other places of interest in that area. Cambodia being one of them. In his mind a person hasn't lived until they have experienced Cambodian culture.

Voted up awesome and SHARING on my facebook fan page.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello wheelinallover! Cambodian woman can be tough but they are very loving! lol I am very happy and much in love with my Cambodian wife. Everything in Cambodia is laid back mostly because of the heat and the culture. It is not a rushed society by any means (unless you are in the market!) Thanks for sharing your friend's experience. I appreciate your comment, votes and for SHARING!

JSMatthew~


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sunbun143 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Thank you for linking to my traditional khmer weddings hub! I really wish you luck in saving up and getting to visit Cambodia. My parents are lucky enough to go every year. I've been there once for only 2 weeks...we jammed our itinerary with seeing the countryside as much as possible. Siem Reap was especially beautiful and I wish we could have stayed there longer. Maybe I'll dig up my pictures and write a hub? :)


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello sunbun143! You're welcome for the link! It really is a great Hub with awesome photos and video! My in-laws travel back and forth every year too. I really can't wait to go! I'll be looking forward to reading your next Khmer Hub! Let me know when it's published! Thanks for another great comment!

JSMatthew~


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Missing Link 4 years ago from Oregon

Hello, I enjoyed your hub. Did you have to pay a dowry in order to marry your Cambodian wife?


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello Missing Link! No, I did not have to pay a dowry to marry my wife. She was brought here in the 80's during the Khmer Rouge Killing Regime and was granted refuge status and became a citizen. Dowries are still common in some areas of Cambodia but not as popular as it used to be. Cambodia is going through a modernization period right now and the economy is growing because of increased tourism. Many Cambodians wear modern clothes like we do here and it seems that it is the older generation that continues to keep tradition. Interesting question! Thanks for asking.

JSMatthew~


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Missing Link 4 years ago from Oregon

J.S. Matthew,

Thanks much! I appreciate your feedback. I had a Cambodian girlfriend years ago that I really cared for and her request for a dowry was a turn off for me. I also did not fully grasp or understand it. I understand it better now per the internet. The failure of the relationship was mostly my fault--long story. The dowry still turns me off but I would pay it now. I am 43. Then I was in my mid 20s and paying other bills and 10K seemed like a HUGE amount. Is paying a dowry a separate expense from the wedding or is the dowry used to pay for the wedding? I think they are separate but don't know for sure. If separate, and per a traditional Cambodian wedding, who pays for the wedding---(not asking about yours) Thanks!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello again Missing Link! I know that the Dowry system is a bit different from what we as Westerners are used to but it is actually commonplace in many areas of the world. Sometimes the bride receives it, sometime the groom. There are so many differences in so many different cultures!

It sounds like you had an interesting relationship with your Cambodian girlfriend. I can understand your discomfort with paying the Dowry. If my wife's parents had asked, I am not sure what I would have done since I didn't have the money either!

To answer your other question, many times the Dowry is used to pay for the wedding and many times it is not! It depends on the agreement between the 2 families.

As for me and my wife, we were married at city hall with my family as witnesses. My mother in law (mai kamake) came to the US a few months later (she is a dual citizen and travels back and forth) and she gave us her blessing. We had a special ceremony (sign) lead by a Buddhist Elder and he offered us blessings and good luck. It was quite interesting!

If you are looking for an expert on Cambodian Weddings, please check out this Hubber http://hubpages.com/@sunbun143 and read her Hub about her own Traditional Wedding: https://pairedlife.com/relationships/Traditional-C...

She may be able to answer any questions you have that I can not! Trust me, check out her Hub and look at the photos and videos! It is really cool!

I appreciate your interest and for sharing your thoughts and experiences. Cambodian woman are the pearls of the Southeast! Thanks again for stopping by!

JSMatthew~


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Missing Link 4 years ago from Oregon

Thanks J.S.

I really appreciate your information. Yes I had already found that other hub you refer to and have since studied it in detail. Will give you good marks per this hub, etc. Best wishes!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

I appreciate the conversation Missing Link! Thanks for coming back!

JSMatthew~


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scraw 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

Hello fellow hubber, I have had trouble trying to visualize what life in this country is like. I plan on going backpacking in Thailand and Cambodia and now have a better idea thanks to your photos. These ancient temples seem to attract alot of people I wonder if they were built on actual energy sites. (Think of the Great Pyramid and Stonehenge). Reasons why I ask is because I desire to visit them, meditate and tap into the subtle energies.


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J.S.Matthew 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello again scraw. Life is different in Cambodia. A bit simpler if you ask me. With 125 degree heat there's not much to be done most of the day. Angkor Wat is awesome as you saw in the photos. I have not been yet but my wife was born there and she has visited a few times. I am sure that if you are receptive to energy you will feel it on these ancient and sacred sites. I hope you have a great journey and I look forward to following it. Let me know before you go! Thanks for stopping by!

JSMatthew~

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