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Glamping @ The Jungloo, The Kabiki, Phnom Penh

Hey ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป What’s glampingโ“โ‰๏ธ

It means for glamorous camping ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ•โ›บ๏ธ, aka camping โ›บ๏ธ๐Ÿ•in glamorous style ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has participated for the Jungloo project at The Kabiki hotel ๐Ÿข during her holidays at Phnom Penh, Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ earlier. It was her 1๏ธโƒฃst glamping ๐Ÿ•โ›บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ, awesome stay๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปโœŒ๐Ÿปโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜

A nice ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป experience being welcome by its friendly staff named Mr. Pisey ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ & he was very politely & patiently explain the tourist destinations๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“, what to do/ explore around The Kabiki (Where she has opted for her glamping stay) with a map ๐Ÿ—บ

Do reading ๐Ÿ“– till the end as she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป also sharing about her stay with The Kabiki ๐Ÿข in a Superior Double room with private terrace. She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป also will share her enjoyable complimentary ๐Ÿ†“ sunset ๐ŸŒ… cruise โ›ด with Le Tonle wooden boat from her stay with beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ sunset ๐ŸŒ… of the day ๐Ÿ˜Š

Also the 1๏ธโƒฃst Jungloo which currently located ๐Ÿ“in the gardens ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒณ of The Kabiki ๐Ÿข, the next one will be soon available at Templation๐Ÿ˜€

Not just that, it will be also available at Mekong Bungalows – Floatation๐Ÿ˜€

If you wish to enjoy a Jungle Igloo stay, more choices soon available within Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ with MAADs Asia ya ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ƒ

What’s the Junglooโ“โ‰๏ธ

It means the Jungle Igloos which are being designed specially for the tropical environments of South East Asia (SEA) ๐ŸŒŽ Jungloo with their shape & structure aims as an advanced natural climate control solution for very hot ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ”† & humid weather settings. The Jungloos are quick to deploy & eco-friendly ๐Ÿ’š i.e. in line with the glamping travel style which currently trending & high โฌ†๏ธ demanding across the SEA region ๐ŸŒŽ


It’s an option being created for semi temporary & at remote sites, the Jungloos are with low โฌ‡๏ธ investment, low โฌ‡๏ธ impact, easy to install & mobile around. This definitely a secure & sustainable ๐Ÿ’š approach to hospitality development for areas๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“previously considered unthinkable / inaccessible ๐Ÿค—

It’s built with natural materials i.e. bamboo๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‹, wood ๐Ÿšช& rope as well as with natural colour scheme. Brown, orange ๐Ÿงก & green ๐Ÿ’š colours are used to complement the nature & then to add to the jungle ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ nature feel for this modern & glamping-style accommodation ๐Ÿ›Œ

Do check out the below clip ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅ to learn more about the Jungloo structure concept ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ


SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป really loves ๐Ÿ’— & had an amazing stay ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿšฟ๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค with The Jungloo, an eco-glamping ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ•โ›บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ Really cooling to sleep ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค in this pioneering, bio-climatic tent with air-conditioning as well as air-flow control ๐ŸŒฌ๐Ÿ’จ, ceiling fan & bathroom ๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿšฟ

Do click in for her IG photos album to enjoy more beautiful photos ya ๐Ÿ˜

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Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ #throwback #PhnomPenh trip, @siennylovesdrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป had a great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป nature ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ’š quiet ๐Ÿคซ #glamping ๐Ÿก๐Ÿก with @thejungloo in @kabikiphnompenh by @maadshotels #kabikiphnompenh #maads #asia . . Swipe left โžก๏ธ to enjoy this whole photo album ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ of her likes โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’— from this #thejungloo #junglooproject #maadsglamping ๐Ÿ˜ . . โœ… Complimentary ๐Ÿ†“ breakfast๐Ÿนโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿณat her private poolside ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ of her jungloo stay . . โœ… Rain โ˜”๏ธ๐ŸŒง drops on her jungloo which very much similar like #camping ๐Ÿ• in the jungle ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ . . Full vBlog ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ“น via her YouTube channel named #siennylovesdrawing & #blogging ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ up later today at #WordPress, #blog link at profile for your reading ๐Ÿ“– pleasure ya ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜ . . Definitely worth a #glamorous camping stay ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’คto #livingcambodia & enjoy #metime & reenergise ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ƒ 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 ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป also have a private pool ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ by herself & right in front of her Jungloo โ›บ๏ธ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ, she has enjoyed her morning ๐Ÿ”…๐Ÿ”† & evening ๐Ÿ™ swims ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ as well as quiet ๐Ÿคซ reading ๐Ÿ“– by the pool side ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง

Just so so relaxing ๐Ÿ˜Œ , definitely a money ๐Ÿ’ฐ can’t buy me time moments ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปโœŒ๐Ÿป

Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ

She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป rarely left the Jungloo once checked-in ๐Ÿ” except for lunch & dinner ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿด

She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป spent her time enjoyed the nature surrounding ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ as well as comfy interior of the Jungloo โ›บ๏ธ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ


Do enjoy her vlog ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ“ captured from SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป’s 1๏ธโƒฃst glamping stay ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿšฟ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ•โ›บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ at The Jungloo with a short testimonial shared as below,

Highly recommended ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿป& you have to experience glamping ๐Ÿ•โ›บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉonce too, do exploring for your discovery stay ya ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿšฟ๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค



SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป also had a great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป nature ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ’š quiet ๐Ÿคซ stay ๐Ÿก๐Ÿกย in a Deluxe Double room with The Kabiki ๐Ÿข, Phnom Penh, Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ

The Kabiki ๐Ÿข is a family-friendly garden ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณhotel ๐Ÿข located ๐Ÿ“ in a quiet corner of Phnom Penhโ€™s historical district. It’s within walking ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ distance to the Royal ๐Ÿ‘‘ Palace, Wat Botum โ›ฉ, the Riverside ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’งetc.
It’s in aย historic colonial houseย ๐Ÿก on Oknha Peich Street & with 3.5k sqm of a landscape grounds & with approximately 500ย treesย ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณbeing planted around this hotel๐Ÿข Many of the trees ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณare being labelled with descriptive tags to help all its guests ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ to identify & learnt more about the greens ๐Ÿ’š
Do click in for her IG photos album to enjoy more beautiful photos ya ๐Ÿ˜

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Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ @siennylovesdrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป had a great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป nature ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ’š quiet ๐Ÿคซ stay ๐Ÿก๐Ÿก with @kabikiphnompenh by @maadshotels #kabikiphnompenh #maads #asia @mytefl_teachntravel . . Swipe left โžก๏ธ to enjoy this whole photo album ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ of her likes โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’— from this short stay ๐Ÿ˜ @girlslovetravel . . โœ… Located at a historic district with its well maintained restored properties ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ“ . . โœ… With a security guard house outside the street lane to ensure privacy & safety . . โœ… Planted with more than 5๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ trees ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณat its surroundings. Definitely a secret mini forest ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ within Phnom Penh City ๐ŸŒ†๐Ÿ™ Spot the little red โค๏ธ elephant ๐Ÿ˜โ“โ‰๏ธ . . โœ… Complimentary breakfast ๐Ÿนโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿณat poolside ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ & next to the Kabiki tree ๐ŸŒณ . . โœ… Antique lovers can opt for airport transfer with its Jaguar with a fee . . Full vBlog ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ“น via her YouTube channel named #siennylovesdrawing & #blogging ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ soon up at #WordPress, #blog link at profile . . Definitely worth a stay ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’คto #livingcambodia & enjoy #metime & reenergise ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ƒ 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 ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป loves ๐Ÿ’— to opt for a quiet ๐Ÿคซ comfy ๐Ÿ˜Œ stay during her travels to re-energise, having good rest ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค & great me time ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜

Do enjoy her vblog ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ“ captured from SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป’s comfy relaxing ๐Ÿ˜Œ stay ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค as shared below,

Wow ๐Ÿ˜ฒโ€ผ๏ธ During her stay, she got to know about the Aquagym @ The Kabiki ๐Ÿข, it happens every Monday & Thursday to rejuvenate in the pool ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿป with the trained instructors ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Ohh ya…From 1๏ธโƒฃ Jan 2018, The Kabiki guests ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ are entitled for a complimentary ๐Ÿ†“ sunset ๐ŸŒ… cruise โ›ด (With a voucher ๐Ÿ”– upon your hotel ๐Ÿข check-in ๐Ÿ”). The guests ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ will board to Le Tonle, a wooden traditional rice boat to cross over to Floatation Lounge & to enjoythe nice breezesss ๐ŸŒฌ๐Ÿ’จ, the beautiful sunset ๐ŸŒ… view, an experience of enjoying drink ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿป๐Ÿท & snacks ๐Ÿฅœ๐ŸŒฐ (With fee ๐Ÿ’ณ๐Ÿ’ฐ) while cruising โ›ด / having a dinner ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿด right where the Tonle Sap & Mekong Rivers join their majestic flows ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’งduring the beautiful sunset ๐ŸŒ… moment ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

This boat โ›ด departs twice a day i.e. 5๏ธโƒฃpm & 7๏ธโƒฃpm from the Phnom Penh main passenger port โš“๏ธ However, guests ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ are required to be at the Jetty โš“๏ธ for it on own expense, โŒ no pick up or shuttle ๐Ÿš๐Ÿš– from The Kabiki ya ๐Ÿข

Do enjoy her vblog ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ“น๐Ÿ“ captured from her beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ sunset ๐ŸŒ… cruise โ›ด with Le Tonle as shared below,





Hmm…If you’re planning to travel to Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ , do planning to have your comfy stay ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค experience with MAADs Asia via ๐ŸŒ

Also welcomeย ๐Ÿค—ย to check out SiennyLovesDrawingย ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปย โ€™s top contributorย ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿปย account viaย ๐ŸŒยย forย her recent reviews about the Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญย โ€™s tourist attractions, food & accommodation stay yaย ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“

#TheJunglooย #MaadsHotelsย #JunglooProject #Maadsย #MaadsGlamping #Cambodia #KabikiPhnomPenh #LivingCambodiaย #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

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawingย ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปย is gonna sharing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ here about her impressive ๐Ÿคฉ & unforgettable experience gained from the annualย Cambodianย ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง Festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ, Phnom Penh, Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ

So, it was all started withย a short queue to get her ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป cheap โฌ‡๏ธ flight ticket โœˆ๏ธ during the AirAsia BIG Xchange & BIG Fest event โค๏ธ in Sept (as shown in the short clip ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅbelow). It was with only a limited choice of destinations๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“available

She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has chosen โœ… for Phnom Penhย ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ under Lane B with a very 1๏ธโƒฃst intention to meet & visit 1๏ธโƒฃ of her girlfriend ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ who is working there as an expatriate currently. However, sadly ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ that her friend ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ wasn’t around โŒ Phnom Penh ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ during her travel dates ๐Ÿ—“ Sigh…From a friend visit๐Ÿ‘ญ, then she had it as 1๏ธโƒฃ of her annual solo travelsss ๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿงข๐Ÿ•ถ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ

๐Ÿ’— ~ Everything Happens For A Reason ~ ๐Ÿ’—

Also initially she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป did plan to let go this solo trip because of a clash to a tourism event ~ MITA Sarawak, Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ that she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has always supporting ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸปโœŒ๐Ÿปthe tourism authority ๐Ÿ˜Š in Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ๏ธ

Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ

Her trip is gonna be during the annualย Cambodian ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง Festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠย named Bon Om Toukย in local Khmer language ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ from 21 Nov to 23 Nov 2018 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ It also known as The Pirogue ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Racing Festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠย or Water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง & Moon ๐ŸŒ‘ Festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ & Boat Racing ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

It was really a coincidentโ€ผ๏ธ Once she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปย has decided โœ… to stay with this solo travel ๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿ•ถ๐Ÿงข๐Ÿ‘Ÿ due to the complicated & difficult flight change ๐Ÿ˜Ÿโœˆ๏ธย Also this gonna be her 1๏ธโƒฃst visit to Phnom Penh, Cambodiaย ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ

This biggest celebrationย marks a 12th century naval victory with boat ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ racing along the Sisowath Quay ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง with the boat ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ racing on the Tonle Sap River, in particular the area stretching from street 104 to street 178 of Phnom Penh city centre ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ

Many hostels ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜, hotels ๐Ÿข, restaurants ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿด & bars ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿป๐Ÿธaround this area ~ Very convenience for all visitors ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ

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In the morning ๐Ÿ”…๐Ÿ”† & before the race ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ starts during this 3๏ธโƒฃ-day festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ€, the riverside & streets were much more peaceful ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Once the race starts around ๐Ÿ”Ÿam, the huge crowd ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ at the riverside will be observed ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

However, in 2015 this celebration ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ was cancelled โŒ due to the low โฌ‡๏ธ water level ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง

Hurrayโ€ผ๏ธย She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป always wanna appreciating & experiencing a country’s tradition culture during her travels โœˆ๏ธ๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿ•ถ๐Ÿงข๐Ÿ‘Ÿย This is just so a lovely ๐Ÿ’“ coincidenceย ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, what’s this water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง festival ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰ all aboutโ“โ‰๏ธ

It’s a 3๏ธโƒฃ days non-religious celebration ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ & symbolised as an ancient appreciation ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป for centuries to the river ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’งfor providing a source of livelihood to the farmers ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ & fishermen ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŽฃ

Hmm…It’s a kind of local Khmers ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ thanksgiving ๐Ÿ™ celebration ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ

The Cambodian boat crews ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ were face forward. Many of the boat crews ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ were complemented with a colorfully-costumed lady ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธat the prow dancing to the beat of the drums ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ

However, from her observation, majority of the boats now don’t really practising this tradition though. Hmm…From her 2๏ธโƒฃ days visits to the festival, she only noticed for 2๏ธโƒฃย boats with a colorfully-costumed lady ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ at the front of the boat ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

For the 1๏ธโƒฃst 2๏ธโƒฃ days, races ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ are run with 2๏ธโƒฃ boats ๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿ›ถ each, with the big race ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ happening on the last day, when all the boats ๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿ›ถ take to the river ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง to compete ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

There were carnival, rides, traditional music ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต performances, dances ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ•ด๐Ÿปetc. in the evening ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒƒ๐ŸŒŒ

There were many stall vendors, definitely food ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฅ˜๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿด& drink ๐Ÿฅค๐Ÿป๐Ÿท๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿธ๐Ÿนoverflow on the streets, Khmer pop bands ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽตentertaining the crowds ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ etc.

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Personally, she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป was impressed how the local vendors actually earn their living ๐Ÿ’ฐby selling drinks ๐Ÿฅค& snacks ๐Ÿฅก๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฅง๐Ÿฅช to the huge crowds ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ at the riverside during the boat racing ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

There were approximately 300 boats ๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿ›ถ with 19k pax of boat rowers ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Wow!!

Hmm…๐Ÿค” How about the huge crowd ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ฌattended for this 3๏ธโƒฃ-day festival celebration ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ in Phnom Penhโ“โ‰๏ธ


It was about 4.5million people ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ including expatriates, foreign visitors, local Khmers from all provinces etc. as shared at the closing ceremony ๐Ÿ˜

Ohh yeahโ€ผ๏ธ This year, 2018 i.e. The 3rd great successfull year with Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ has handbuilt the world ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ—บ ‘s longest rowing boat ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ at 87.3m long & 1.99m wide with cost of $60k. It was completed successfully ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป in Sept by more than 14k local Khmers ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ in 192 days ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ

Another Guinness World ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ—บ Record ๐Ÿ† won (It’s the 5๏ธโƒฃth one) by Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ as this long dragon boat ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ is capable of carrying 179 boat rowers ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ on itโ€ผ๏ธ Wowโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฒ This great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป news was anounced on 12 Nov at Prey Veng province of Phnom Penh ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ

From her own experience, a few points ๐Ÿ“Œ๐Ÿ“Œ to note if you’re interested to be at Phnom Penh or Siem Reap for this great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป annual celebration ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰

Ohh ya…A pair of comfy shoes ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ is essentials โœ…ย because itย was vehicles free ๐Ÿ†“ย i.e. No public transport โŒ๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿš•๐Ÿš— ๐Ÿš being available to theย festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ ground๐Ÿ“, more details via ๐ŸŒ

In this connection, the only option would be just getting around by your own foot ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป got her sun โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒž protection from theย ๐Ÿ†•ย Petal Velvet Sunawayย SPF50 ordered & purchased ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ›’ fromย Althea Koreaย ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท You must remember to put up your sunscreen to avoid sunburn

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Next, do bring an umbrella ๐ŸŒ‚โ˜‚ (You may loan it from your hotel, it can be a weapon if needed)/ wear a cap ๐Ÿงข

Do dress up in a light modest clothing ๐Ÿ‘š to enjoy the boat ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ race cheerings with the local Khmers ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ at the riverside under the hot sunny ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜€๏ธ day

Ohh ya…Do remember your refillable water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง bottle to avoid dehydration ya ๐Ÿ˜Œ

She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป was with the local Khmers ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ on her 1๏ธโƒฃst visit & then 2๏ธโƒฃnd visit the next day at the designated area by Tourism Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ for the foreign tourists ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญย (Served with free ๐Ÿ†“ flow of drinks๐Ÿฅค๐Ÿฅคavailable)

The riversides ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง were extremely packed & crowded ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ with both the local Khmers ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ & foreign tourists to cheering for their favorite โค๏ธ boats๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ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 ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ


Hmm…You never know whether you will be being targetted by any pick-pockets/ bag-snatchers ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ‘ฟ whom may just roaming around the crowded festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ riversides ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง& streets. So, even thoughย this festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ is a free ๐Ÿ†“ celebration ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ , however it can get really expensive if you make a mistake by carrying valuables into the crowds ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ

Always better be safe then sorry ya โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‰

There were several types of rowing ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ styles observed from her visits, i.e. sitting down & manual rowing, standing up & manual rowing, standing up & auto rowing etc. She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป is curious ๐Ÿค” how the marks will be allocate within each different styles as well as the determining factors of winning ๐Ÿ†๐ŸŽ– tooโ“โ‰๏ธ

Perhaps logically the shortest time ๐Ÿ•› of completion from the start till end time of each boat at the finishing line (The 2๏ธโƒฃ red โค๏ธ boats ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ as captured in the photo ๐Ÿ“ธ & vBlog ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅbelow)

There were live announcement during the boat racing ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ, however in local Khmer ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ language & โŒ no English translation. It would be good to have a live English announcement in the next year festival onwards ya ๐Ÿ˜Š

The King Norodom Sihamoni ๐Ÿคด๐Ÿป, Prime Minister Hun Sen ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผ& some senior officials ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ have all attended the closing ceremony on the last day of this festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has observed from the TV screen ๐Ÿ“บ at the foreign visitors designated booth

Ohh ya…She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has enjoyed the longest & the pretty ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ fireworks ๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ‡ so far from the closing ceremony of this water festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ

Really amazing beautiful ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ & with the boats ๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿ›ถ decorated with LED lighting๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ’กscreens represented by each relevant authorities of organising & managing this water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง festival ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰ e.g. Tourism, Justice, Ministry of Art & Handicrafts etc. to name a few noted ๐Ÿ˜‰

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has captured a vBlog ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅ for sharing here, do click in to enjoy it ya ๐Ÿค—

Ohh ya…Some of the eateries ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿด & shops ๐Ÿ›’๐Ÿ›may close โ›”๏ธ during this water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ (All 3๏ธโƒฃ days) & resume their operation then ๐Ÿค—

This festival ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰ also ended with lots of clean up & tidy up at the riverside by the local Khmers ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ฌ

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SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป was blessed ๐Ÿ˜‡ that she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป stay with her decision to continue with this solo travel & really enjoyed this water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง festival celebration ๐ŸŽŠ ๐ŸŽ‰ & highly recommended ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿปto all travellers that would like to appreciating & participating local heritage & cultures celebration. Definitely worth your time to learn the unique local Khmers๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ’ lifestyle better

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Also welcomeย ๐Ÿค—ย to check out SiennyLovesDrawingย ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปย โ€™s top contributorย ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿปย account viaย ๐ŸŒยย forย her recent reviews about the Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญย โ€™s tourist attractions, food & accommodation stay yaย ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“

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Plastic Free

Continued ๐Ÿ”› from SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป ‘s earlier blogging ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“, from her recent attendance โœ… to Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 (MTF2018),ย an awesome go green ๐Ÿ’š, paperless & plastic free conference

Bravo ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป for the great effortโ€ผ๏ธShe has learnt much more about being plastic free ๐Ÿ†“, not just during travels, but daily lifestyle too

There are plenty of unfavourable ๐Ÿ˜Œ cum shocking ๐Ÿ˜ฑ bad news being shared relating to the plastic damages to the environmental which contributed by mostly human being ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ, yesโœ…, being you & herself, SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป


She always a go green ๐Ÿ’š supporter, so she is really blessed ๐Ÿ˜‡ that she has attended โœ… this go green ๐Ÿ’š conference & learnt a lot more about being plastic free, in fact zero 0๏ธโƒฃ plastic

Some of the practical tips are being shared during the conference e.g. how to being plastic free ๐Ÿ†“ in daily lifestyle as well as a frequent traveller too

Let’s pledge โœ‹๐Ÿป together gather to reducing โฌ‡๏ธ single use plastic by our own self Hmm…Why notโ“โ‰๏ธ




There are 7๏ธโƒฃRs being shared in the forum,


Then, she has googled ๐ŸŒ & read ๐Ÿ“– more about being plastic free ๐Ÿ†“ to be a more go green ๐Ÿ’š & tourism responsible traveller

Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ

There is a campaign happening now ~ Plastic Free ๐Ÿ†“ July ๐Ÿ—“, let’s participateโœ…She has been practising less โฌ‡๏ธ plastic usage in her travels, now she has learnt more about zero 0๏ธโƒฃ plastic…yesโœ…, not just being plastic free ๐Ÿ†“

Hmm…July will be a good start, let’s continue after yaย ๐Ÿค—โ˜บ

From her research ๐ŸŒ & reading ๐Ÿ“–, lots of stuff actually all of us, yesโœ…, you & herself ~ SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป can do to contribute go green ๐Ÿ’š effort together gather by reducing โฌ‡๏ธ the plastic usage respectively

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

Let’s refuse by saying NO โŒ to single use plastic & work together ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ to try something small today by refusing straws & plastic bagsโ€ผ๏ธ

So, some of the go green ๐Ÿ’š travel tips she wishes to suggest here to reduce โฌ‡๏ธ single use plastic/ paper during trips or on the go,

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

2๏ธโƒฃ. Reuse/ Refuse: Love ๐Ÿ’— coffee โ˜•๏ธ / tea๐Ÿต/ juices ๐Ÿฅค/ smoothies๐Ÿน? Bring your own reusable cup. This definitely reduce โฌ‡๏ธ lots of single use paper cups & plastic cover lids (hot โ™จ๏ธ drinks) / plastic cups (cold๐Ÿฅคdrinks)

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

4๏ธโƒฃ. Refuse/ Rethink/ Respect: Suggesting to conference/ forum not to use cover plastic badges

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Just a cardboard name tag is good ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป ~ SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป ‘s media tag from Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 attendance recently

5๏ธโƒฃ. Refuse/ Rethink/ Respect: Request for water ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง to be served in glass bottle & cups from hotel ๐Ÿข/ hostel๐Ÿ˜/ guest house๐Ÿก By requesting, you actually have sharing an alternative ways to them to reduce โฌ‡๏ธ single use plastics. Or why not boil your own drinking water with the kettle provided in the hotel room?


Amazing great effort!! Bravo toย

6๏ธโƒฃ. Refuse: Say NO โŒ 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๏ธโƒฃ. Reuse/ Rethink: If possible, choose to dine in ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿดany stalls, shops, restaurants etc. instead of packing ๐Ÿฅกyour meals. This will sure reduce โฌ‡๏ธ single use of plastic containers, plastic folks, plastic spoons etc.


8๏ธโƒฃ. Reuse/ Rethink: If really in the rush & require to pack ๐Ÿฅก 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 ๐Ÿ’š & responsible individual cum traveller today to avoid landfill, reduce our eco-footprint & to protect our ocean ๐ŸŒŠ from anymore plastic pollution

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