Ten Interesting Facts About Cambodia

Author: , May 7th, 2015

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During our 3 weeks travelling between Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, the Kingdom of Cambodia and its super friendly people stole our hearts in many ways. Here’s our 10 interesting facts about Cambodia:

#1: The (gay) Kingdom of Cambodia

We were welcomed to the “Kingdom of Cambodia” as we touched down at Phnom Penh international airport. Cambodia has a constitutional monarch as head of state, elected by the Royal Throne Council.

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Nomadic Boys – Discover Phnom Penh’s Gay Scene With a Local

Author: , April 29th, 2015

Stefan - Nomadic BoysIn Phnom Penh we met local gay boy, Aaron, who we travelled around Cambodia with. Aaron spent his childhood living on the streets of Phnom Penh for 8 years until he managed to develop a better life for himself and his family. As well as learning about the gay scene of Phnom Penh with him, we were also really touched and humbled by his story.

#01 Soustei Aaron, where are you from and what do you do?

Hi boys. My name is Darun Un, nickname, Aaron. I’m 27 years old, originally from Sihanoukville city. I am a drag show performer and manage the shows at the 2 Colours gay bar in Phnom Penh.

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Globetrotter Girls – Lazy Beach Day in Cambodia

Author: , March 29th, 2015

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I spent the majority of the past week on the beaches of Cambodia. After enduring the relentless heat that takes over Cambodia in March (and even increases in April), it was time to finally hit the coast. And it was the perfect way to enjoy the last few days in one of my favorite countries in the world as my time in Cambodia was coming to an end already.

During my whirlwind tour of Cambodia, I was happy to discover that the people were still just as friendly as I had remembered them, the food was still as delicious, and the beaches were just as gorgeous as I recalled them. Otres Beach remains my favorite, and I didn’t spend much time in Sihanoukville (I did spend long enough there to check out Shoka Beach, pictured above), and rented a bungalow in Otres, about five kilometers outside of town.

By Dany – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Cambodia Gay Travel Resources

Globetrotter Girls – Back in Cambodia

Author: , March 20th, 2015

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This week’s Polaroid is coming to you from Cambodia! If you’ve read my travel plans for March you might recall that they did not include any plans to visit Cambodia, and I am supposed to be in Indonesia right now, not in Siem Reap, close to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat.

However, sometimes things don’t go according to plan, and when I wanted to check into my flight to Bali last week, I was told I couldn’t get on the plane because of the state my passport was in. My jaw dropped. I had taken four flights within Thailand over the past few weeks and five flights in the Philippines (and from there to Thailand!), and no official ever mentioned that I might have problems being allowed into a country with my passport. I have to admit that it does look more … used… than your average passport, but I am still shocked that I wasn’t allowed on a plane because of it – a first in all my years of travel.

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Why Not Cambodia?

Author: , March 13th, 2015

Cambodia - Kyle ValentaThailand is fantastic, and they say Vietnam is everything, too, but I’m telling you straight up: Cambodia has everything an LGBT traveler would love. In fact, I’m counting the days until I can go back. My boyfriend and I spent five days in Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, and Phnom Penh this January, though the country deserves a lot more time. Check out the 10 things I learned as a gay man passing through, and move Cambodia to the top of your “Must See” list right now.

1. Phnom Penh is just gay enough.

It’s not New York or Bangkok, but nightlife in Phnom Penh is an easy, laid-back affair. At Blue Chilli, just west of the National Museum on Street 178, you might catch an event like Miss Blue Chilli Queen International. The monks living at Wat Sarawan across the street got an earful (and possibly an eyeful) as these queens representing countries from around the world hair-flipped, split, and high-kicked their way through formalwear, swimwear and talent portions of the competition.

Set up on a stage right in the middle of the road, these ladies weren’t afraid to show the whole city what they’re working with–even if the lip-sync game got a little loose from time to time. On regular nights, Blue Chilli is a smaller affair, though it hosts regular drag shows, as do Rainbow Bar (136 Street) and 2 Colours (Street 13).

By Kyle Valenta – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Cambodia Gay Travel Resources

100 March for Cambodia Gay Pride

Author: , May 17th, 2014

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About 100 people turned out to march in the capital city of Phnom Penh on Friday. The march was held inside the Phnom Penh National Olympic Stadium as activist Srun Srorn of Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK) told Gay Star News its permit for a parade is restricted to stadium grounds.

A ‘Pride Aerobics’ event was held later in the day at the prominent riverside area in downtown Phnom Penh.

The 6-day Cambodia gay pride festival includes workshops on family acceptance and LGBT issues and film screenings throughout the week; and a Buddhist blessing ceremony at Wat Somrong, fashion show, and a concert and closing party on Saturday.

By Sylvia Tan – Gay Star News | Cambodia Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Cambodia’s Angkor Wat – Center of the Universe

Author: , March 24th, 2014

Angkor Wat - CambodiaThe national symbol of Cambodia, Angkor Wat, blew my mind away. There lies the diverse symbols of the cosmic, mythical and religious world-assembled together in one place of wonder.

Perhaps, the only reason why tourists flock to Cambodia is to see one of the 7 world wonders, that is Angkor Wat, popularized by Angelina Jolie’s blockbuster film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. It’s been said that while shooting the movie here, she was enamoured by the country that she decided to adopt a Cambodian child who she named Maddox.

The hostel owner where I stayed at in Siem Reap told me that the best thing to capture Angkor Wat in its breathtaking beauty is by sunrise. So, the tuktuk cab driver that I hired for a day ($20, circa 2008) picked me up at 4:30 in the morning. We were the first one to enter the temple gate and he promised me that it was going to be a real good day. I took his words heartily and was very excited to see the famed, postcard-perfect view of the Angkor Wat backdropped by the sunrise.

Authored By Alain – See the Full Story at the Sojourner

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Golden Banana Boutique Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Author: , May 3rd, 2013

Golden Banana Boutique Hotel, Siem Reap, CambodiaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Unique Venue with a Very Personal Touch: Suites & Villas in traditional pagoda style built in a tropical garden setting around two salt water swimming pools with waterfall, cocktail bar and tasteful restaurant. Only 3 minutes walk from old market area; heart of Siem Reap. Visiting the temples of Angkor Wat is a unique experience. Staying at our lovely hotel or resort will make that experience unforgettable!

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Cambodia Gay Pride Begins May 12th

Author: , April 25th, 2013

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Gay pride is coming back to Cambodia next month, and Rainbow Tourism has the details:

Phnom Penh’s Gay Pride Week has become very busy, yet organisers have added new events this year, including a sports day and incorporating films into workshops. The event runs 12-19 May. Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK), one of many local resources and Pride Week coordinators, is focused on a grass roots level this year, leaving other businesses and associations organise events of interest to international visitors.

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Gay Life in Siam Reap, Cambodia

Author: , December 28th, 2011

It wasn’t so long ago that gay life throughout Cambodia played out under a tree after nightfall. Or perhaps in the darkest corner of a public pool’s changing room.

In much of the country, it still does. “Maybe it’s by the river, maybe it’s in the park,” said Sopheara You, who is 38, Cambodian and openly gay. “Everyone knows the secret places.” But in Siem Reap, the fastest-growing city in this hardscrabble kingdom, the secret is out.

Once a dingy outpost, the town has built cachet as an emerging travel hot spot for gay men. And the influx of a Western-style gay scene, replete with cocktail bars and all-male bathhouses, is beginning to nudge the local gay scene out of the shadows of a society where Buddhist open-mindedness is tempered by societal concerns about marriage and reproduction.

Full Story from The Global Post

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