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Beautiful Places around the World

Siem Reap, Cambodia
siem reap

Koh Kong & Sihanoukville, Cambodia
kohkong kps

Takeo, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Kratie, Cambodia


Other province, Cambodia

other provinces


Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
kuala lumpur



 Hong Kong








Dubai, the United Arab Emirates


Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates

Moscow, Russia


St. Petersberg, Russia

Istanbul, Turkey


Corum, Turkey

Athens, Greece

Malta, Malta

Victoria, Malta

Rome, Italy & Vatican City

Le Cinque Terre, Italy

Pisa, Italy

Florence, Italy


Padua, Italy


Venice, Italy


Vicenza, Italy

Verona, Italy


Milan, Italy

Trento, Italy

Feltre & Pedavena, Italy

Feltre and Pedavenaa

Ferrara, Italy
castello estense-ferrara

Cittadella & Marostica, Italy

Rhine Falls, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Heidelberg, Germany

Speyer, Germany

Munich, Germany

Bled, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Graz, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Paris, France

Belgrade, Serbia

Budapest, Hungary


The United States of America

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

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Top Places to Visit in Phnom Penh

Have you ever considered coming to Cambodia? Hmm….some may say yeah only with some obvious reluctance. When in Europe, I met quite a few people, always getting asked or telling where I was from. Some responded with quite a surprise, some receiving it normally, and a few with a frown not knowing where on earth Cambodia is, whether in Africa or somewhere so remote where everyone still live in small cottages with no electricity, no modernization of any sort and so on.

While in the airport in Treviso (Aeroporto di Treviso), just before Easter holiday a few years ago, I met a fellow Erasmus student. He’s from England and the minute he heard I was from Cambodia, he told me how much he wanted to experience some travelling in Cambodia, saying that that part of the world was like a dream destinations for him and his people, the Brits or the European.

People from the West usually know much more about and are more interested in Vietnam and especially Thailand, our neighbouring countries, which have done amazingly well with publicity that presents many positive and attractive images to the world. Cambodia, although less developed and with little being advertised to the world, has similar things to offer. Definitely, there’s a lot other people can explore when coming to Cambodia. From developed world where all are well in place, with high-rise buildings, all the modern technology and better standard of living, exploring Cambodia can be an exciting different experience. We have the culture, the history, and the way of living that can really fascinate foreigners. Although its features may not be absolutely fascinating for some, for those who enjoy exploring differences and gaining new exciting experiences, some days in Cambodia can be truly amazing.

Maybe not for now, but if you have any intention of coming to Cambodia in the future, its Capital City, Phnom Penh, shouldn’t be excluded from your list of places to visit. Besides being the economic and political centre of the country, Phnom Penh is also home to many other varieties, from the Royal Palace where our king resides and the Prison S21 concentration camp, remaining of the notorious Khmer Rouge Regime, to many different types of exotic foods and a growing number of western-influenced pubs and clubs for westerners as well as the local to enjoy.

And here are the top places everyone should include in their must-visit places when in Phnom Penh. Continue reading Top Places to Visit in Phnom Penh

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Kratie, Cambodia

I didn’t realize I was going to visit one of the most beautiful places I have been to in Cambodia and even in the world. On the morning of December 29, I took the bus with my colleagues and friends at work from Phnom Penh to a rather remote province in the further northern part of Cambodia, where the biggest, and arguably the only, attraction is the Mekong Dolphin (or Irrawaddy Dolphin). The trip wasn’t that exciting until some ten hours later when I was in the boat enjoying watching dolphins and the view around.

Getting the ticket checked at the checkpoint of the bus station, I was told the trip from Phnom Penh to Kratie was going to last only for 5 hours, so I was expecting to be there at around 12 or 1pm.

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Water Festival, Cambodia

Water Festival is one of the biggest, most important spectacles in Cambodia. Every year somewhere around November, everyone can enjoy 3 days of holidays and Phnom Penh City is packed day and night with people especially from other provinces, coming for the celebrations around the Riverside.

This year, from Nov 20-22, at the Riverside, along the streets around the main park, as well as on the Diamond Island City, there are hundreds of small commercial stalls having many products displayed and sold mostly at promotion rates. All these 3 days throughout, the place will be undoubtedly overcrowded; although all the streets around the area will be limited to only pedestrians, the number of people will be so crazy that it can be really stressful going among the crowd. Other than that, it can be such a wonderful time for shopping and there’ll be big stages for concerts with a lot of star appearances and performances, in addition to the boat races during the day time and the display of fireworks and illuminated boats (or Bro Tyb in Khmer) on the river.



Every year, hundreds of boats representing Khann and Srok (districts) of provinces all over the country sign up to participate in this competition. The tournament lasts for 3 days and is usually broadcast live on more than one national TV; the champion is to be found at the end of the third day. And usually the King is among the live audience of the race.

Over the past years, the Water Festival celebrations have become bigger and bigger; more and more attractions have been designed and set up exclusively for the event. It is also a great holiday for everyone. The city dwellers may not pin down the riverside as one of the places to go to but escape to enjoy their free time outside Phnom Penh in other cities and other provinces. However, this is definitely the time for non-Phnom Penh residents to come and enjoy such colorful and flashy event in the capital.

This celebration is so big and there are so many people that every time after it’s over, the beautiful and green area around the riverside becomes so dirty with trashes and with leaves and grass turning yellow, leaving a lot of work left to be done by our sanitation workers. It does take a while for the whole thing to recover and regain its beauty, tidiness, and freshness as a great escape from the ever-busy Phnom Penh.

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Nightlife in Siem Reap

So where have I been in Cambodia at night? Once in Rock, once in Fly, once in Darling, once in River House and that’s it, and all are in Phnom Penh. It was only a few times so who am I to judge how good nightlife in Cambodia is?

Recently, when in Siem Reap joining in an amazing AIESEC conference, I, with quite a number of AIESECers, went out one night to have all the fun, in Pyramid, which is probably the biggest nightclub in the city, also the biggest I’ve been to. The minute I walked in, I was like “Oh, damn!” It was big, it was pleasantly cosy, the inside looked cool, and there were so many people. Oh damn, even the clubs that I’ve been to in Padova, Athens, Corum and Istanbul had nothing to compare with this one.

After a while, the entire dance floor was almost completely occupied by our aiesers. 😀 Honestly, I had the most fun dancing there. Some of the music weren’t great; they had this crazy mixture of some korean, thai, and cambodian music. They still had some freaking awesome English music, though. For the first hour, I danced like crazy and had so much fun (I can feel the thrill, just thinking about that moment). One reason of such enjoyment, other than the music, the coolness and the atmosphere in the club, was probably the fact that there were quite a number of people the company of whom I enjoyed. I got nothing to hide, just to let loose and dance like that had been the last night. 😀

And from time to time, they had also some live performance by some singers/band. It’s cool, as we all could rest from all the energetic dance moves, to retrieve some energy before going on the next rounds 😉

In fact, AIESECers weren’t the only people to make the club busy; there were also many other people. There were many young Cambodians and some expats. People were just dancing, drinking, not-so-much talking, fooling around, and dancing…… Bloody awesome!

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The Best Food in Taiwan

The first night in Taiwan was magical. With such a great and beautiful Taiwanese host, I and a friend was brought to the city centre, a square whose name I don’t remember, and we spent a couple of hours exploring a small part of the Taiwanese night life. One of the things I remember very clearly about Taiwan that night was how full I felt.

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