Category Archives: Cambodia

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Departure for Cambodia, Hong Kong China. 10 May 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk STATEMENT AND PRESS CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE PRIOR TO HIS DEPARTURE FOR CAMBODIA, HONG KONG, AND CHINA [Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 | 10 […]

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet wave to the reception party upon their arrival at the Phnom Penh International Airport in Cambodia on May 10, 2017 for the President’s attendance to the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN 2017 on May 11. This is the first foreign trip of the President where he is […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Arrival from Cambodia, Singapore. 16-17 Dec 2016

Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk ARRIVAL STATEMENT OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE FOLLOWING HIS STATE VISITS TO CAMBODIA AND SINGAPORE [Delivered at Davao International Airport, Davao City| 16 December 2016] Kindly sit down. Thank you. Alam mo sa totoo lang, I’m a guy that’s not really up to traveling. I hate to travel. If […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Royal Banquet, Cambodia. 14 Dec 2016

Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk REMARKS OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE ROYAL BANQUET HOSTED BY HIS MAJESTY NORODOM SIHAMONI, KING OF CAMBODIA [Delivered at Reception Hall, Preah Reach Damnak Serei Mongkol, Royal Palace | 14 December 2016] Your Majesty, Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of the Kingdom of Cambodia; […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Filipino community in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 13 Dec 2016

Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING HIS MEETING WITH THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY IN PHNOM PENH, KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA [Delivered at Grand Ballroom 1, Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra Hotel | 13 December 2016] Kindly sit down. Maupo po kayo. Salamat po. At nandito lang naman tayo. I’d like to […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Departure for Cambodia. 13 Dec 2016

PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE PRESIDENTIAL NEWS DESK DEPARTURE SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE ON HIS STATE VISITS TO CAMBODIA AND SINGAPORE [Delivered at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2, Pasay City | 13 December 2016] Kindly sit down. Thank you. The endless trips outside that because we are hosting the ASEAN Summit next year, I […]

Duterte off to Cambodia, Singapore: 11th and 12th country to be visited

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 December) — President Rodrigo Duterte is off to Cambodia and Singapore this week, the 11th and 12th country he will visit since he assumed the Presidency on June 30. The Presidential News Desk (PND) quoted Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose as saying during a pre-departure briefing in Malacanang on Friday […]

Angkor in One Day

Sure, Angkor can be done in one day. Though a lot of travel bloggers would most likely warn you against it but with a good list of your personal must-sees, you are set to go. We arrived Siem Reap late afternoon already after a long transit from Bangkok.   THE PUB STREET We were supposed to watch an Apsara show that night but since the bed is more inviting, we caught a nap and head to Pub Street instead. This is where most travelers from all walks of life dwell at night. Lined with local bars and restaurants and foreign as well, one would surely have a hard time choosing one where to spend one dear night in Siem Reap. Ignore the invitations and freely walk from one pub to the other as you fit the ambiance that suits you the best. The food, music, people and of course the bill must all come complementing each other. Pub Street can be noisy, fun filled and at all angles entertaining yet that all depends on how you personally deal with touts as there are plenty swarming in that area at night. And if you’re up for a night of inexpensive food trip in Siem Reap, head to the end of the Pub Street and there is an array of small local stalls serving great cheap local food. You might come across a range of interesting and exotic snacks offered by street vendors, the most exotic I find, being the fried insects. Yes, insects like grasshoppers, crickets and beetles from various sizes. They look crunchy though but since we only have a day ahead, I don’t wanna risk it with a bad tummy.   The nest of superb remnants of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th centuries scattered in about 400 square kilometers including forested area. It is of course impossible to pack all these magnificent remains in one day. Unless you’re a hard core archaeologist or an anthropologist whatsoever studying for that kind, this UNESCO World Heritage site can be filled in a week, 3 days is recommended and a day is possible.ANGKOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK I, admittedly, underestimated the entirety of Angkor Archaeological Park and its complexity. LOL. My OC level was not worse enough to take note of the travel time and the distance of one temple to the other. So better discuss your route with you driver as they know better. In maximizing Angkor in a day these are the must-sees in your list:   I. The Angkor Wat Best done early in the morning for a glimpse of sun rise. As the largest Hindu temple in the world expect to share the view  with a handful of travelers. So it pays to wake up early to rest your tripod at its best angle. It takes forever to fully satisfy ones overwhelming feeling of reverence and admiration. Of all the ancient ruins and temple that I have come to visit, Angkor Wat is sublime. A tear almost fell the first time I laid my eyes on it. You would prolly worry to take much of your time in this breath-taking structure since this is the grandest of all, but the trick here is to plan your steps so you won’t get to traipse same line of bas reliefs and make sure your path leads to the central courtyard of the wat.     II. Ta Phrom Who would want to to miss this famous Tomb Raider site? The intertwined roots of century-old trees wrapping parts of the temple is indeed picturesque. One could just imagine how these relics were uncovered from the ground revealing intimacy of nature and ancient works of human. Careful with exploratory moves though for large sections of the temple are unstable rubble and have been cordoned off, as they are in real danger to fall off anytime.   III. Angkor Thom Angkor Thom is a huge complex with numerous delights. It is said to be an ancient walled city with population of over a million during 12th century. However, without demeaning other temples in Angkor Thom, the Bayon and the Baphoun deserve to be in a Angkor in One Day list. Bayon is much known to its towers with four face each. And since there are 54 towers, you do the math on how many faces are there in this temple. The face is unknown to whom it belongs though. Bayon consists of 3 levels, the outer, the second level and the topmost is the central sanctuary, almost endless with bas reliefs of ancient lifestyle, historical events, mythical figures and stories. Ah the entire structure is not neat as the rocks are spontaneous but how come in Bayon, I felt more like.. alive? Baphoun spells strength, one of the largest and grandest structures in Angkor. But unfortunately, we only had a glimpse of it from a far […]