Category Archives: Cambodia

Sharing of her travel journeys & own travel experiences at Cambodia

Most of her blog banners are her own hand drawn art/ illustrative app design by Sienny Yong aka SiennyLovesDrawing

Vlog via https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2itJEPsMjDQH0qNACTjqFQ

Travel Light Lover with a Gaston Luga Backpack

Updated 21 Jan 2021 @ 3pm

Yeah‌ As a travel light lover, SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 would like to sharing 👩🏻‍💻📝 about her travel essentials/ must have in a Gaston Luga backpack ⚫🎒 & will continue adding on this list, so do come back to revisit again from time to time ya

Yes ✅, she 👩🏻 loves 💗 black ⚫ colour when come to travel items so that all remained neat & clean from her journeys 🚶🏻‍♀ 

~ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 is a typical travel light travel lover ~

Also she 👩🏻 loves 💗 to travel with backpack 🎒 no matter how long her trip, always max with 2⃣ backpacks 🎒🎒 on her shoulders, back & front to walk around🚶🏻‍♀

Guess what❓⁉

Often she 👩🏻 tries to limit her luggage weight to hand carry luggage while packing her lugagge. Yes ✅, she rarely checked in her luggages whenever on flight journeys 🛫🛬

So, what are her travel essentials/ must have in a Gaston Luga backpack ⚫🎒❓⁉

Gaston Luga Backpack ⚫🎒

She 👩🏻 has chosen ✅ Praper Black model ⚫🎒 because it’s with the biggest capacity ie. 18L & with a laptop 💻 compartment when she shopped online 🌐🛒🛍 Yes ✅, she will carry her laptop 💻 along for her trips sometimes 🛬🛫🚂🚌

Also a more durable canvas materials, she loves 💗 to squeeue her backpack 🎒 to fit in more & more items from her trips, lol…😂🀣😆

Yes ✅, #anywherewithGL #walkswithGL with GastonLuga backpack ⚫🎒 or accessories, a 15% off code with “SIENNY” ⬇ till 21 Jan 2021. Not to miss the free shipping & extended free returns until 31 Jan 2021

More of her user experience IG stories highlight album 📞📹🎥named #GastonLuga via 🌐 https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17850717938171979/

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://gastonluga.com/my/praper-black-black

Gaston Luga Travel Accessories

She has ordered her travel accessories & just received them from Gaston Luga, do check out her exciting unboxing clip ya

The spacious elegant limited edition Gaston Luga PU leather GL Toiletry bag (Black) to fit in her doodle booklet, health supplements, personal care, beauty items etc.

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://gastonluga.com/my/gl-toiletry-bag-black

The durable PU leather Börs (Brown) to fit in 4 cards, coins, cash & keys with the robust zipper to keeping the valuables secure & safe. The detachable strap can attach it to the backpack or slip over the wrist during travel journey

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍  https://gastonluga.com/my/bors-brown

Yes ✅, #anywherewithGL #walkswithGL with GastonLuga backpack ⚫🎒 or accessories, a 15% off code with “SIENNY” ⬇ till 21 Jan 2021. Not to miss the free shipping & extended free returns until 31 Jan 2021

Sling Bag

She 👩🏻 loves 💗 to use a simple design & light sling bag to keep her travel documents, personal ID 💳, face mask 😷 , handphone📱 etc. during her trips

It’s with an easy adjustable & removable strap attached to 2⃣ carabina hooks that allow to use it as a stand alone sling bag or to attach it as a pouch 👝 bag to a backpack 🎒 as an external compartment space

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://www.lazada.com.my/products/ryz-convenient-sling-pouch-bag-black-i795190484-s1847624853.html

Sunglasses 😎🕶

Just pack a sunglasses 🕶 to suit your travel dressing style for a sun 🌞 protection to your eyes 👀 & an accessories for your travel OOTD

Do enjoy reading her sunglasses 🕶 shopping & user experience stories via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/sunglasses-shopping-with-vision-care-services-maz-optometrist/

Glasses & Sunglasses 😎🕶 Cleaner

Highly recommended this Sterilization Cleaner for Electrolytic Water Glasses “Eco Freshwater” (50ml x 6 units) to keeping glasses/ sunglasses hygience clean during trips

Her cleaner user experience stories via 🌐https://siennylovesdrawing.medium.com/have-you-clean-your-glasses-sunglasses-for-comfy-wearing-f89258e13202

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://ac.buy109.com/fe3adt45045et157/cl/?bId=5f1bcN73

Reusable Cloth Face Mask 😷

SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 is a go green & environmental friendly supporter 💚 & has opted for cloth mask 😷 with below,

(i) We Auri to support its community-powered initiative, more of her user experience IG stories highlight album 📞📹🎥 named #WeAreAuri via 🌐 https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17867423329842334/

(ii) Hajarose handmade fabric face masks, more of her user experience IG stories highlight album 📞📹🎥named #Hajarose via 🌐 https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17868310342996453/

Fabric mask 😷 fits nicely 👍🏻 with a comfy cloth materials for long hours wearing

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://weareauri.com/products/reusable-cotton-face-mask & https://shp.ee/jcaxuai (Refer Hajarose official shop)

Shape Wear & Wellbeing Care

Do pack your shape wear to enjoy perfect body shape for your travel OOTD. Her user experience stories via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2019/04/16/save-our-rainforest-race-2019/ & 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/not-boring-exciting-stayhome/(Item 6)

Highly recommended its new overnite sanitary panties & award winning wellness bra. Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://shp.ee/jcaxuai (Refer Shapeemy official shop)

Waist Watch ⌚

She 👩🏻 prefers to travel with a light weight waist watch ⌚& must set with the local time zone of her destinated country 🗺

Why❓⁉

A backup plan to avoid herself miss out any travel timing due to the local time zone change, handphone no ❌ auto time zone change & out of battery 🔋 etc. upon arrival

More of her waist watch user stories via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/tawaf-timepiece-with-arabic-numeric/ & 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2019/03/09/all-nippon-airways-ana-business-class-in-flight-menu-tasting-experience/

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://www.tawaf-watches.com/ OR via 🌐🛒🛍 https://www.xgear.hk/ , RM30 off code “SLDLoveXG

True Wireless Earbuds

She 👩🏻 loves 💗 Xround Versa for her travel journeys, do read her user story via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2021/01/19/user-experience-xround-versa-true-wireless-earbuds/

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://my.xround.co/products/versa

Beauty & Personal Care

She 👩🏻 loves 💗 her toothcare travel kit from Althea Korea 🇰🇷, also the Althea Abloom facial masks

More of her beauty & personal care user stories via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2020/04/14/user-experience-althea-abloom-sheet-masks-from-korea/

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://shp.ee/jcaxuai (Refer Althea Korea official shop)

Personal Medical 💊Supplies, including Hair Supplements

If she 👩🏻 travels within states in Malaysia 🇲🇟 & a short trips ie. less than 10 days, she may not pack in her backpack 🎒

If overseas & a long journey, she definitely refill & bring along her personal medical 💊 supplies

Do feel free to enjoy reading her hair supplement user experience stories via 🌐  https://siennylovesdrawing.medium.com/revitalise-hair-strands-from-within-82d94b2f206c

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://www.biolife.com.my/

Lipcare 👄💄

Lip 👄 treatment is important to avoid dry lips while travelling around especially if you’re heading during winter season

Do check out her lipcare user experience stories via,
🌐  https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2021/01/12/user-experience-herlovito-original-lip-balm-tea-tree-blemish-serum/
🌐  https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2020/07/14/user-experience-heal-series-of-herbbies-skincare/
🌐  https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/user-experience-legend-age-lipstick/

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://www.herlovito.com/

Sunscreen 🌞😎

Sun protection is important whenever exploring & travelling around. Especially UV defence drink to obtain sun 🌞 protection

Do feel free to enjoy reading her sun protection stories via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2020/08/18/user-experience-nuvit-malaysia/ & https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2017/12/17/sun-protection-from-inside-out/

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 http://www.nuvit.com.my/

Sleeping 💀 Bag

She 👩🏻 personally will carry her light weight sleeping 💀 bag if she knows she will be on a hiking 🥟 , camping ⛺ & budget long trips. Her sleeping 💀 bag user stories via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/unique-ways-of-using-a-sleeping-bag/

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://www.pttoutdoor.com/

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Ultra Light Down Jacket 🧥

SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 will bring along her own jacket 🧥 whenever on a long trips to keep her warm especially the cold air condition bus 🚌 , train 🚂 etc.

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://www.uniqlo.com/my/store/women-ultra-light-down-jacket-4197760030.html

Personalised Keychain

A personalised keychain with her blog name as her name tag on her backpack 🎒 or hang her cap 🧢 when she is not wearing it

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://www.instagram.com/bypijot/

Hand 🖐🏻🀚🏻 Sanitiser

Must carry a bottle in your backpack 🎒 as a self hygience towards COVID19 pandemic prevention

Personally she 👩🏻 loves 💗 the aloe vera gel contains hand sanitiser from Hajarose, it cares for her hands 🖐🏻🀚🏻 Her user experience IG stories highlight album 📞📹🎥named #Hajarose via 🌐 https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17868310342996453/

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://shp.ee/jcaxuai (Refer Hajarose official shop)

Cap 🧢

A cap/ hat 🧢 to suit your travel dressing style in your backpack 🎒 to enjoy a sun 🌞 protection & as an accessories for your travel OOTD

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://shp.ee/jcaxuai

Travel Clothing 👚👗👖

Quick dry, cool fit & comfy Gaya Travel T-Shirt. Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://shp.ee/jcaxuai (Refer Gaya Travel official shop)

Digital devices 📱📞 🀳

Each of us have different digital needs & preferences for travel journeys. A light weight smart phone 📱 , sport camera 📞 , tripod, selfie stick etc. must pack in her backpack 🎒

Online shopping through the brand official store via 🌐🛒🛍 https://shp.ee/jcaxuai

Collapsible Cup

Let’s bring your own cup whenever you go & stop single use plastic ~ A simple step that all can start to contribute & being environmental friendly

It’s with actual size of 90*128 (mm) & . collapsible size of 90*68 (mm). Weight of 160g for 350ml volume. Specially made with BPA free silicone & food grade PP for temperature range from -50°C to 200°C

Online shopping via 🌐🛒🛍 https://shp.ee/jcaxuai (Refer AikCheong official shop). Do check out how to use tutorial TikTok clip captured,

Hmm…What’s your travel must have❓⁉

Welcome to share yours in the comment section below

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Glamping @ The Jungloo, The Kabiki, Phnom Penh

Hey 👋🏻 What’s glamping❓⁉

It means for glamorous camping 😍🀩🏕⛺, aka camping ⛺🏕in glamorous style 💗😍🀩

SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 has participated for the Jungloo project at The Kabiki hotel 🏢 during her holidays at Phnom Penh, Cambodia 🇰🇭 earlier. It was her 1⃣st glamping 🏕⛺😍🀩, awesome stay👍🏻✌🏻‌😃😁

A nice 👍🏻 experience being welcome by its friendly staff named Mr. Pisey 🙋🏻‍♂ & he was very politely & patiently explain the tourist destinations📍📍, what to do/ explore around The Kabiki (Where she has opted for her glamping stay) with a map 🗺

Do reading 📖 till the end as she 👩🏻 also sharing about her stay with The Kabiki 🏢 in a Superior Double room with private terrace. She 👩🏻 also will share her enjoyable complimentary 🆓 sunset 🌅 cruise ⛮ with Le Tonle wooden boat from her stay with beautiful 😍 sunset 🌅 of the day 😊

Also the 1⃣st Jungloo which currently located 📍in the gardens 🌿🌱🌳 of The Kabiki 🏢, the next one will be soon available at Templation😀

Not just that, it will be also available at Mekong Bungalows – Floatation😀

If you wish to enjoy a Jungle Igloo stay, more choices soon available within Cambodia 🇰🇭 with MAADs Asia ya 👍🏻😃

What’s the Jungloo❓⁉

It means the Jungle Igloos which are being designed specially for the tropical environments of South East Asia (SEA) 🌎 Jungloo with their shape & structure aims as an advanced natural climate control solution for very hot 🌞🔆 & humid weather settings. The Jungloos are quick to deploy & eco-friendly 💚 i.e. in line with the glamping travel style which currently trending & high ⬆ demanding across the SEA region 🌎

It’s an option being created for semi temporary & at remote sites, the Jungloos are with low ⬇ investment, low ⬇ impact, easy to install & mobile around. This definitely a secure & sustainable 💚 approach to hospitality development for areas📍📍previously considered unthinkable / inaccessible 🀗

It’s built with natural materials i.e. bamboo🎍🎋, wood 🚪& rope as well as with natural colour scheme. Brown, orange 🧡 & green 💚 colours are used to complement the nature & then to add to the jungle 🌳🌳 nature feel for this modern & glamping-style accommodation 🛌

Do check out the below clip 📹🎥 to learn more about the Jungloo structure concept 😍🀩

SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 really loves 💗 & had an amazing stay 👍🏻🛌🚿🚜😎💀 with The Jungloo, an eco-glamping 💚🏕⛺😍🀩 Really cooling to sleep 🛌😎💀 in this pioneering, bio-climatic tent with air-conditioning as well as air-flow control 🌬💚, ceiling fan & bathroom 🚜🚿

Do click in for her IG photos album to enjoy more beautiful photos ya 😍

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Yeah‌ #throwback #PhnomPenh trip, @siennylovesdrawing 👩🏻 had a great 👍🏻 nature 💚🌳🌿🌱🍃🌳💚 quiet 🀫 #glamping 🏡🏡 with @thejungloo in @kabikiphnompenh by @maadshotels #kabikiphnompenh #maads #asia . . Swipe left ➡ to enjoy this whole photo album 📞📞 of her likes ❀💗 from this #thejungloo #junglooproject #maadsglamping 😁 . . ✅ Complimentary 🆓 breakfast🍹☕🍳at her private poolside 🏊🏻‍♀ of her jungloo stay . . ✅ Rain ☔🌧 drops on her jungloo which very much similar like #camping 🏕 in the jungle 🌳🌳 . . Full vBlog 🎥📹 via her YouTube channel named #siennylovesdrawing & #blogging 👩🏻‍💻📝 up later today at #WordPress, #blog link at profile for your reading 📖 pleasure ya 🀗😁 . . Definitely worth a #glamorous camping stay 😎💀to #livingcambodia & enjoy #metime & reenergise 👩🏻😃 from your hectic #lifestyle during #travelling to @visit__cambodia @capturing_cambodia @tourismcambodiaasia . . @tourismcambodia #Cambodia #CambodiaTourism #tourismcambodia #solotravel #backpacker #phnompenhtrip #travel #travels #bloggers #influencers #BluincIWD2019 @officialtravel360

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She 👩🏻 also have a private pool 🏊🏻‍♀ by herself & right in front of her Jungloo ⛺🏕😍🀩, she has enjoyed her morning 🔅🔆 & evening 🏙 swims 🏊🏻‍♀ as well as quiet 🀫 reading 📖 by the pool side 🏊🏻‍♀💊💧

Just so so relaxing 😌 , definitely a money 💰 can’t buy me time moments 👍🏻✌🏻

Guess what❓⁉

She 👩🏻 rarely left the Jungloo once checked-in 🔐 except for lunch & dinner 🍜🍎

She 👩🏻 spent her time enjoyed the nature surrounding 💚🌳🌳 as well as comfy interior of the Jungloo ⛺🏕😍🀩

Do enjoy her vlog 📹🎥📝 captured from SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻’s 1⃣st glamping stay 🛌🚿😌🏕⛺😍🀩 at The Jungloo with a short testimonial shared as below,

Highly recommended 👍🏻👆🏻& you have to experience glamping 🏕⛺😍🀩once too, do exploring for your discovery stay ya 🛌🚿🚜😎💀

Website🌐: https://maads.asia/jungloo

FB: https://www.facebook.com/TheJungloo/

SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 also had a great 👍🏻 nature 💚🌳🌿🌱🍃🌳💚 quiet 🀫 stay 🏡🏡 in a Deluxe Double room with The Kabiki 🏢, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 🇰🇭

The Kabiki 🏢 is a family-friendly garden 🌳🌳hotel 🏢 located 📍 in a quiet corner of Phnom Penh’s historical district. It’s within walking 🚶🏻‍♀🚶🏻‍♂ distance to the Royal 👑 Palace, Wat Botum ⛩, the Riverside 💊💧etc.
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It’s in a historic colonial house 🏡 on Oknha Peich Street & with 3.5k sqm of a landscape grounds & with approximately 500 trees 🌳🌳being planted around this hotel🏢 Many of the trees 🌳🌳are being labelled with descriptive tags to help all its guests 👫👭👬 to identify & learnt more about the greens 💚
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Do click in for her IG photos album to enjoy more beautiful photos ya 😍

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Yeah‌ @siennylovesdrawing 👩🏻 had a great 👍🏻 nature 💚🌳🌿🌱🍃🌳💚 quiet 🀫 stay 🏡🏡 with @kabikiphnompenh by @maadshotels #kabikiphnompenh #maads #asia @mytefl_teachntravel . . Swipe left ➡ to enjoy this whole photo album 📞📞 of her likes ❀💗 from this short stay 😁 @girlslovetravel . . ✅ Located at a historic district with its well maintained restored properties 👍🏻📍 . . ✅ With a security guard house outside the street lane to ensure privacy & safety . . ✅ Planted with more than 5⃣0⃣0⃣ trees 🌳🌳🌳at its surroundings. Definitely a secret mini forest 🌳🌳 within Phnom Penh City 🌆🏙 Spot the little red ❀ elephant 🐘❓⁉ . . ✅ Complimentary breakfast 🍹☕🍳at poolside 🏊🏻‍♀🏊🏻‍♂ & next to the Kabiki tree 🌳 . . ✅ Antique lovers can opt for airport transfer with its Jaguar with a fee . . Full vBlog 🎥📹 via her YouTube channel named #siennylovesdrawing & #blogging 👩🏻‍💻📝 soon up at #WordPress, #blog link at profile . . Definitely worth a stay 😎💀to #livingcambodia & enjoy #metime & reenergise 👩🏻😃 from your hectic #lifestyle during #travelling to @visit__cambodia @capturing_cambodia @tourismcambodiaasia . . #Cambodia #CambodiaTourism #tourismcambodia #WaterFestival #solotravel #backpacker #phnompenh #phnompenhtrip #trip #travel #travels #bloggers #blogger #influencer #influencers @officialtravel360

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Once in a while, she 👩🏻 loves 💗 to opt for a quiet 🀫 comfy 😌 stay during her travels to re-energise, having good rest 👍🏻😎💀 & great me time 😃😁

Do enjoy her vblog 📹🎥📝 captured from SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻’s comfy relaxing 😌 stay 🛌😎💀 as shared below,

Wow 😲‌ During her stay, she got to know about the Aquagym @ The Kabiki 🏢, it happens every Monday & Thursday to rejuvenate in the pool 🏊🏻‍♀🏊🏻 with the trained instructors 👍🏻

Ohh ya…From 1⃣ Jan 2018, The Kabiki guests 👬👫👭 are entitled for a complimentary 🆓 sunset 🌅 cruise ⛮ (With a voucher 🔖 upon your hotel 🏢 check-in 🔐). The guests 👬👭👫 will board to Le Tonle, a wooden traditional rice boat to cross over to Floatation Lounge & to enjoythe nice breezesss 🌬💚, the beautiful sunset 🌅 view, an experience of enjoying drink 🥂🍻🍷 & snacks 🥜🌰 (With fee 💳💰) while cruising ⛮ / having a dinner 🍜🍎 right where the Tonle Sap & Mekong Rivers join their majestic flows 💊💧during the beautiful sunset 🌅 moment 😍😁

This boat ⛮ departs twice a day i.e. 5⃣pm & 7⃣pm from the Phnom Penh main passenger port ⚓ However, guests 👭👬👫 are required to be at the Jetty ⚓ for it on own expense, ❌ no pick up or shuttle 🚐🚖 from The Kabiki ya 🏢

Do enjoy her vblog 🎥📹📝 captured from her beautiful 😍 sunset 🌅 cruise ⛮ with Le Tonle as shared below,

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Website🌐: https://maads.asia/destinations

FB: https://www.facebook.com/KabikiPhnomPenh/

Hmm…If you’re planning to travel to Cambodia 🇰🇭 , do planning to have your comfy stay 👍🏻🛌😎💀 experience with MAADs Asia via 🌐 https://maads.asia/

Also welcome 🀗 to check out SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 ’s top contributor 👆🏻 account via 🌐 https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/members/siennylovesdrawing for her recent reviews about the Cambodia 🇰🇭 ’s tourist attractions, food & accommodation stay ya 👩🏻‍💻📝

#TheJungloo #MaadsHotels #JunglooProject #Maads #MaadsGlamping #Cambodia #KabikiPhnomPenh #LivingCambodia #PhnomPenh #hotel #stayvacation #holiday #holidays #metime #accommodation #luxurycamps #blog #blogging #blogger #bloggers #siennylovesdrawing #influencer #influencers #travel #travels #travelling #Asia #SEA #SouthEastAsia #travelogue #sunset #MAADsAsia #LeTonle #HandcraftingHospitality

Impressive Bon Om Touk ~ Cambodian Water Festival 2018

Yeah‌ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 is gonna sharing 👩🏻‍💻📝 here about her impressive 🀩 & unforgettable experience gained from the annual Cambodian 🇰🇭 Water 💊💧 Festival 🎉🎊, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 🇰🇭

So, it was all started with a short queue to get her 👩🏻 cheap ⬇ flight ticket ✈ during the AirAsia BIG Xchange & BIG Fest event ❀ in Sept (as shown in the short clip 📹🎥below). It was with only a limited choice of destinations📍📍available

She 👩🏻 has chosen ✅ for Phnom Penh 🇰🇭 under Lane B with a very 1⃣st intention to meet & visit 1⃣ of her girlfriend 🙋🏻‍♀ who is working there as an expatriate currently. However, sadly 😟 that her friend 🙋🏻‍♀ wasn’t around ❌ Phnom Penh 🇰🇭 during her travel dates 🗓 Sigh…From a friend visit👭, then she had it as 1⃣ of her annual solo travelsss 🎒🧢🕶👟

💗 ~ Everything Happens For A Reason ~ 💗

Also initially she 👩🏻 did plan to let go this solo trip because of a clash to a tourism event ~ MITA Sarawak, Malaysia 🇲🇟 that she 👩🏻 has always supporting 💪🏻✌🏻the tourism authority 😊 in Malaysia 🇲🇟

Guess what❓⁉

Her trip is gonna be during the annual Cambodian 🇰🇭 Water 💊💧 Festival 🎉🎊 named Bon Om Touk in local Khmer language 🇰🇭 from 21 Nov to 23 Nov 2018 😃😁 It also known as The Pirogue 🚣🏻‍♂🚣🏻‍♀ Racing Festival 🎉🎊 or Water 💊💧 & Moon 🌑 Festival 🎉🎊 & Boat Racing 🚣🏻‍♀🚣🏻‍♂

It was really a coincident‌ Once she 👩🏻 has decided ✅ to stay with this solo travel 🎒🕶🧢👟 due to the complicated & difficult flight change 😟✈ Also this gonna be her 1⃣st visit to Phnom Penh, Cambodia 🇰🇭

This biggest celebration marks a 12th century naval victory with boat 🚣🏻‍♀🚣🏻‍♂ racing along the Sisowath Quay 💊💧 with the boat 🚣🏻‍♀🚣🏻‍♂ racing on the Tonle Sap River, in particular the area stretching from street 104 to street 178 of Phnom Penh city centre 🇰🇭

Many hostels 🏡🏘, hotels 🏢, restaurants 🍜🍎 & bars 🥂🍻🍞around this area ~ Very convenience for all visitors 👫👭👬

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In the morning 🔅🔆 & before the race 🚣🏻‍♂🚣🏻‍♀ starts during this 3⃣-day festival 🎉🎀, the riverside & streets were much more peaceful 😌

Once the race starts around 🔟am, the huge crowd 👭👬👫 at the riverside will be observed 😃👏🏻🙌🏻

However, in 2015 this celebration 🎉🎊 was cancelled ❌ due to the low ⬇ water level 💊💧

Hurray‌ She 👩🏻 always wanna appreciating & experiencing a country’s tradition culture during her travels ✈🎒🕶🧢👟 This is just so a lovely 💓 coincidence 😉

So, what’s this water 💊💧 festival 🎊🎉 all about❓⁉

It’s a 3⃣ days non-religious celebration 🎉🎊 & symbolised as an ancient appreciation 🙏🏻 for centuries to the river 💊💧for providing a source of livelihood to the farmers 👚🏻‍🌟👩🏻‍🌟 & fishermen 🐟🎣

Hmm…It’s a kind of local Khmers 🇰🇭👫👭👬 thanksgiving 🙏 celebration 🎉🎊

The Cambodian boat crews 🇰🇭🚣🏻‍♀🚣🏻‍♂ were face forward. Many of the boat crews 🚣🏻‍♀🚣🏻‍♂ were complemented with a colorfully-costumed lady 💁🏻‍♀at the prow dancing to the beat of the drums 🥁🥁

However, from her observation, majority of the boats now don’t really practising this tradition though. Hmm…From her 2⃣ days visits to the festival, she only noticed for 2⃣ boats with a colorfully-costumed lady 💁🏻‍♀ at the front of the boat 🚣🏻‍♀🚣🏻‍♂

For the 1⃣st 2⃣ days, races 🚣🏻‍♀🚣🏻‍♂ are run with 2⃣ boats 🛶🛶 each, with the big race 🚣🏻‍♂🚣🏻‍♂ happening on the last day, when all the boats 🛶🛶 take to the river 💊💧 to compete 😃

There were carnival, rides, traditional music 🎌🎶🎵 performances, dances 💃🏻🕺🏌👯‍♀👯‍♂🕎🏻etc. in the evening 🏙🌃🌌

There were many stall vendors, definitely food 🍛🍲🥘🍜🍎& drink 🥀🍻🍷🥂🍞🍹overflow on the streets, Khmer pop bands 🎌🎹🎧🎶🎵entertaining the crowds 👭👬👫 etc.

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Personally, she 👩🏻 was impressed how the local vendors actually earn their living 💰by selling drinks 🥀& snacks 🥡🍰🥧🥪 to the huge crowds 👭👬👫 at the riverside during the boat racing 🚣🏻‍♀🚣🏻‍♂

There were approximately 300 boats 🛶🛶 with 19k pax of boat rowers 🚣🏻‍♀🚣🏻‍♂ Wow!!

Hmm…🀔 How about the huge crowd 👭👫👬attended for this 3⃣-day festival celebration 🎉🎊 in Phnom Penh❓⁉

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It was about 4.5million people 👭👬👫 including expatriates, foreign visitors, local Khmers from all provinces etc. as shared at the closing ceremony 😁

Ohh yeah‌ This year, 2018 i.e. The 3rd great successfull year with Cambodia 🇰🇭 has handbuilt the world 🌍🗺 ‘s longest rowing boat 🚣🏻‍♀ at 87.3m long & 1.99m wide with cost of $60k. It was completed successfully 👍🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 in Sept by more than 14k local Khmers 🇰🇭👭👬👫 in 192 days 😲😃

Guess what❓⁉

Another Guinness World 🌍🗺 Record 🏆 won (It’s the 5⃣th one) by Cambodia 🇰🇭 as this long dragon boat 🚣🏻‍♂ is capable of carrying 179 boat rowers 🚣🏻‍♂🚣🏻‍♀ on it‌ Wow‌😲 This great 👍🏻 news was anounced on 12 Nov at Prey Veng province of Phnom Penh 🇰🇭

From her own experience, a few points 📌📌 to note if you’re interested to be at Phnom Penh or Siem Reap for this great 👍🏻 annual celebration 🎊🎉

Ohh ya…A pair of comfy shoes 👟 is essentials ✅ because it was vehicles free 🆓 i.e. No public transport ❌🚌🚕🚗 🚐 being available to the festival 🎉🎊 ground📍, more details via 🌐 https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50551697/city-hall-issues-vehicle-ban-for-water-festival/

In this connection, the only option would be just getting around by your own foot 👣

Yeah‌ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 got her sun ☀🌞 protection from the 🆕 Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF50 ordered & purchased 👩🏻‍💻🛒 from Althea Korea 🇰🇷 You must remember to put up your sunscreen to avoid sunburn

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Next, do bring an umbrella 🌂☂ (You may loan it from your hotel, it can be a weapon if needed)/ wear a cap 🧢

Do dress up in a light modest clothing 👚 to enjoy the boat 🚣🏻‍♀🚣🏻‍♂ race cheerings with the local Khmers 🇰🇭👭👬👫 at the riverside under the hot sunny 😎☀ day

Ohh ya…Do remember your refillable water 💊💧 bottle to avoid dehydration ya 😌

She 👩🏻 was with the local Khmers 🇰🇭👫👭👬 on her 1⃣st visit & then 2⃣nd visit the next day at the designated area by Tourism Cambodia 🇰🇭 for the foreign tourists 👬👫👭 (Served with free 🆓 flow of drinks🥀🥀available)

The riversides 💊💧 were extremely packed & crowded 👬👫👭 with both the local Khmers 🇰🇭👫👭👬 & foreign tourists to cheering for their favorite ❀ boats🚣🏻‍♂🚣🏻‍♀during the races, so suggest you to bring only the bare necessities & hold on tight to what you have. Also being alert with your surroundings too while in the huge crowd 👭👬👫

Why❓⁉

Hmm…You never know whether you will be being targetted by any pick-pockets/ bag-snatchers 😈👿 whom may just roaming around the crowded festival 🎉🎊 riversides 💊💧& streets. So, even though this festival 🎉🎊 is a free 🆓 celebration 🎉🎊 , however it can get really expensive if you make a mistake by carrying valuables into the crowds 👭👬👫

Always better be safe then sorry ya ☺😉

There were several types of rowing 🚣🏻‍♀🚣🏻‍♂ styles observed from her visits, i.e. sitting down & manual rowing, standing up & manual rowing, standing up & auto rowing etc. She 👩🏻 is curious 🀔 how the marks will be allocate within each different styles as well as the determining factors of winning 🏆🎖 too❓⁉

Perhaps logically the shortest time 🕛 of completion from the start till end time of each boat at the finishing line (The 2⃣ red ❀ boats 🚣🏻‍♀🚣🏻‍♂ as captured in the photo 📞 & vBlog 📹🎥below)

There were live announcement during the boat racing 🚣🏻‍♂🚣🏻‍♀, however in local Khmer 🇰🇭 language & ❌ no English translation. It would be good to have a live English announcement in the next year festival onwards ya 😊

The King Norodom Sihamoni 🀎🏻, Prime Minister Hun Sen 👚🏻‍💌& some senior officials 🙋🏻‍♂💁🏻‍♂ have all attended the closing ceremony on the last day of this festival 🎉🎊 She 👩🏻 has observed from the TV screen 📺 at the foreign visitors designated booth

Ohh ya…She 👩🏻 has enjoyed the longest & the pretty 😍🀩 fireworks 🎆🎇 so far from the closing ceremony of this water festival 🎉🎊

Really amazing beautiful 😍🀩 & with the boats 🛶🛶 decorated with LED lighting💡💡screens represented by each relevant authorities of organising & managing this water 💊💧 festival 🎊🎉 e.g. Tourism, Justice, Ministry of Art & Handicrafts etc. to name a few noted 😉

SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 has captured a vBlog 📹🎥 for sharing here, do click in to enjoy it ya 🀗

Ohh ya…Some of the eateries 🍜🍎 & shops 🛒🛍may close ⛔ during this water 💊💧 festival 🎉🎊 (All 3⃣ days) & resume their operation then 🀗

This festival 🎊🎉 also ended with lots of clean up & tidy up at the riverside by the local Khmers 🇰🇭👬👬👬

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SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 was blessed 😇 that she 👩🏻 stay with her decision to continue with this solo travel & really enjoyed this water 💊💧 festival celebration 🎊 🎉 & highly recommended 👍🏻👆🏻to all travellers that would like to appreciating & participating local heritage & cultures celebration. Definitely worth your time to learn the unique local Khmers🇰🇭👬👫👭’ lifestyle better

More details,

🌐 https://www.tourismcambodia.com/tripplanner/events-in-cambodia/water-and-moon-festival.htm?fbclid=IwAR32x21NsTrdH3CScoy8ayDq4oyS0T0bRYkXBh-TAOKoARcCXNc8d7_2P5k

Also welcome 🀗 to check out SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 ’s top contributor 👆🏻 account via 🌐 https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/members/siennylovesdrawing for her recent reviews about the Cambodia 🇰🇭 ’s tourist attractions, food & accommodation stay ya 👩🏻‍💻📝

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Plastic Free

Continued 🔛 from SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 ‘s earlier blogging 👩🏻‍💻📝, from her recent attendance ✅ to Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 (MTF2018), an awesome go green 💚, paperless & plastic free conference

Bravo 👏🏻👍🏻 for the great effort‌She has learnt much more about being plastic free 🆓, not just during travels, but daily lifestyle too

There are plenty of unfavourable 😌 cum shocking 😱 bad news being shared relating to the plastic damages to the environmental which contributed by mostly human being 👫👭👬, yes✅, being you & herself, SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻

 

She always a go green 💚 supporter, so she is really blessed 😇 that she has attended ✅ this go green 💚 conference & learnt a lot more about being plastic free, in fact zero 0⃣ plastic

Some of the practical tips are being shared during the conference e.g. how to being plastic free 🆓 in daily lifestyle as well as a frequent traveller too

Let’s pledge ✋🏻 together gather to reducing ⬇ single use plastic by our own self Hmm…Why not❓⁉

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There are 7⃣Rs being shared in the forum,

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Then, she has googled 🌐 & read 📖 more about being plastic free 🆓 to be a more go green 💚 & tourism responsible traveller

Guess what❓⁉

There is a campaign happening now ~ Plastic Free 🆓 July 🗓, let’s participate✅She has been practising less ⬇ plastic usage in her travels, now she has learnt more about zero 0⃣ plastic…yes✅, not just being plastic free 🆓

Hmm…July will be a good start, let’s continue after ya 🀗☺

From her research 🌐 & reading 📖, lots of stuff actually all of us, yes✅, you & herself ~ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 can do to contribute go green 💚 effort together gather by reducing ⬇ the plastic usage respectively

Yes✅, she is believing in starting something small as each individual, then greater impact will achieve collectively then

Let’s refuse by saying NO ❌ to single use plastic & work together 👭👬👫 to try something small today by refusing straws & plastic bags‌

So, some of the go green 💚 travel tips she wishes to suggest here to reduce ⬇ single use plastic/ paper during trips or on the go,

1⃣. Reuse/ Refuse: Bring along a reusable bag whenever on the go especially weekend shopping & say no ❌ to plastic bag packaging from your purchases. Suggest to opt for a foldable, then it can keep in clothes pocket/ bag on the go. This definitely reduce lots of single use plastic bags especially during shoppings

2⃣. Reuse/ Refuse: Love 💗 coffee ☕ / tea🍵/ juices 🥀/ smoothies🍹? Bring your own reusable cup. This definitely reduce ⬇ lots of single use paper cups & plastic cover lids (hot ♚ drinks) / plastic cups (cold🥀drinks)

3⃣. Reuse/ Rethink: To avoid dehydration during on the go/ travels? Do bring a reusable bottle/ flask whenever travelling, this definitely reduce ⬇ your chance to buy bottle mineral water, can beverage, packet beverage etc.

4⃣. Refuse/ Rethink/ Respect: Suggesting to conference/ forum not to use cover plastic badges

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Just a cardboard name tag is good 👍🏻 ~ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 ‘s media tag from Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 attendance recently

5⃣. Refuse/ Rethink/ Respect: Request for water 💊💧 to be served in glass bottle & cups from hotel 🏢/ hostel🏘/ guest house🏡 By requesting, you actually have sharing an alternative ways to them to reduce ⬇ single use plastics. Or why not boil your own drinking water with the kettle provided in the hotel room?

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Amazing great effort!! Bravo to https://www.pressreader.com/malaysia/the-borneo-post-sabah/20180210/281676845368494

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6⃣. Refuse: Say NO ❌ to straw when being serving with beverages in any stalls, shops, restaurants etc. You can still enjoy any beverage without straw or opted to buy a reusable straw made with bamboo / metal / pasta

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7⃣. Reuse/ Rethink: If possible, choose to dine in 🍜🍎any stalls, shops, restaurants etc. instead of packing 🥡your meals. This will sure reduce ⬇ single use of plastic containers, plastic folks, plastic spoons etc.

 

8⃣. Reuse/ Rethink: If really in the rush & require to pack 🥡 your meal, do bring along your reusable container, folk & spoon while packing your meals from stalls, shops, restaurants etc.

So, let’s start small as a go green 💚 & responsible individual cum traveller today to avoid landfill, reduce our eco-footprint & to protect our ocean 🌊 from anymore plastic pollution

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