The Villagers: Phnom Bakheng community and its heritage

The Villagers from World Monuments Fund on Vimeo.

In this series, WMF demonstrates its commitment to both the physical conservation of Phnom Bakheng, one of Angkor’s oldest and most visited temples, as well as its relationship with the local villagers who are integral to the sustainability of all WMF projects at Angkor. WMF began working at Phnom Bakheng in 2004 and its commitment to the heritage conservation program at the site has enabled the employment of more than 100 full-time workers, most of whom live in the villages within Angkor Archaeological Park. These videos highlight the deep and lasting connection between the community and its heritage. This video project was funded by the. U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh.‎ Support for WMF's work at Phnom Bakheng is provided through the U.S. Department of State Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.

Meet Nang Arn, team leader in a light manufacturing factory in Cambodia

WTO accession has helped Cambodia enjoy a more stable, predictable trading environment. As the country’s economic landscape continues to develop, the population of Cambodia is benefiting from new employment opportunities.
Nang Arn tells us how she moved from working in the agricultural sector to managing a team of workers in a factory that exports electric wiring systems.

Trade Starts Here is a video series produced by the WTO. It showcases people who have benefitted from trade in different parts of the world and with diverse backgrounds.

Cambodia: Kingdom of public holidays?

Asia Senitel’s David Van writes: “A fragile country can’t afford such largesse”.

The Cambodian government just released its official list of public holidays for 2016, beating past years’ record by increasing the number of public holidays for 2016 to be 28 days notwithstanding when holidays fall on a weekend (Saturday-Sunday) the following Monday is off as compensation.

Add to that mandatory annual leave of 18 days, people basically work fewer than 10 months a year in a country where productivity is lowest among the region and minimum wages (applicable only in the garment Industry) kept rising due to social pressure from mainly Donors and NGOs.

Google Cloud Camp Cambodia

The first Google Cloud Camp in Cambodia will be taking place in less than a month, Saturday 31 October from 8am to 4pm, at Northbridge International School Cambodia (NISC). These events regularly take place around the world and are a wonderful hands on professional development opportunity that focuses on supporting educators on how to best use a variety of web tools.

There are 3 strands aimed at supporting beginner, intermediary, and advanced users. We have negociated a special deal to allow participants to attend for $149 for the whole day (lunch and coffee/tea breaks included). Speakers and trainers will be flying in from countries around the region to provide us with a whole day of learning, discovery & fun! This is a unique opportunity to get valuable professional development from the best Google trainers right here in Phnom Penh!

Join us for a whole day of learning, discovery & fun!

Online career portal is now live in Khmer, Cambodia’s fastest growing career portal, has officially launched its platform in Khmer. The translation enables job seekers and employers to register, create their professional profile, post their job listings and browse more than 3,300 career opportunities in local language.

“Since Khmer is the mother tongue of 97.5% of the Cambodian population, launching the website in Khmer is a logical step for everjobs. By offering our website in the local language we are able to reach every internet user in Cambodia and give them the opportunity to find their dream job. In addition to this we aim to enhance the overall experience of both job seekers and employers offering the content of our platform in the language they are most comfortable with.” says Anne Rose Dingemans, Co-Founder and Managing Director at

The translation of into Khmer coincides with the introduction of a live chat function in the platform, an online instant service that provides visitors immediate answers to their questions in real time and with precision. Job seekers can have a professional HR recruiter walking them through the online registration and job application processes and companies can have detailed information on all the services that everjobs provides for organisations. The live chat function allows visitors to easily multi-task and interact with the website while receiving feedback from the everjobs team.

Email from our reader: Traveling the Cambodian Genocide


I recently published the ebook, Traveling the Cambodian Genocide, which is a collection of essays and photographs that takes readers to the unexplored sites that the Khmer Rouge had once used to commit acts of genocide. The book, however, is really a story of the people–the survivors and the next generation–showing how the atrocities of the ’70s can and still effect them today. It also examines the problems with the country’s educational system, the consequences of a repressive government, and the paradox of victims coexisting with perpetrators. Despite all this, the book portrays the optimism of the Cambodian people. I’m working with a charity on this project and one-third of all proceeds are being donated to help improve the lives of young Cambodians.

I write the travel blog Somewhere Or Bust. My travel writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Economist, the Chicago Sun-Times, Islands Magazine, Draft Magazine, and elsewhere, including numerous blogs and in-flight publications. I’ve written about genocide for the Jerusalem Post Magazine, Tikkun, and the Faster Times, where I had a column for three years that addressed issues related to hate. I’m completing a novel about an infant survivor of the Cambodian Genocide, as well as a memoir about my grandparents’ lives in the concentration camps and my journey to uncover those stories.

If you’re interested in learning more about the project and charity, click the below link:

If you’d like to write about the project or arrange an interview, I’d be happy to send you a copy of the book.

Here’s the link on Amazon, in case you were interested:

I’m looking forward to your reply.



20 apps for smart travelers and digital nomads

1. Docady
Snap a photo of all the important documents you don’t want to carry around. The app will help you arrange the paperwork into relevant categories and safely store everything you might need on your travels.

2. PandaDoc
There’s no need to send your proposals or contracts via snail mail. You can easily create, share, and sign documents with legally binding electronic signature software.

3. Docracy
There’s also no rush to look for a lawyer every time you need a simple contract. Use this amazing open database of legal documents instead.

4. CrashPlan
Protect your data and back up all your valuable files (music, photos, documents) to an external drive or cloud. You can access them from anywhere, at any time.

5. Hola
In some countries, your popular websites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube…) may be blocked. For such cases, it’s good to have a solid VPN installed before you cross the borders, so you can browse the Internet without censorship.

6. Sunrise
Plan your days with a calendar that connects to your favorite apps, including Facebook, Evernote, or Trello.

7. Trello
Keep track of your daily tasks and collaborate with your team on any project with this free and simple board-like app. No more endless email threads or missed deadlines.

8. Wunderlist
Organize your to-dos, set due dates, and reminders. You can also share your lists with other people and possibly assign the tasks to someone else.

9. Solo
If you work as a freelancer, most project management apps probably don’t address your specific needs. Solo will not only help you get stuff done, it will also assist with monitoring your performance, tracking your time and expenses, generating invoices, or managing clients.

10. WudaTime
Easily track the time you spend on individual tasks with the help of this free browser-based tool.

11. Gorgias
Save some minutes every time you send an email. This app will help you create nifty templates and shortcuts so you fly through your inbox super fast.

12. Momentum
Self-discipline is the main challenge when being your own boss. This app will help you create new habits, track your daily progress, and achieve your goals.

13. Freedom
Block distracting websites and apps to skyrocket your productivity.

14. Pie
Stay connected with your remote coworkers via an effortless team chat app. Share messages, images, GIFs, videos, music, and files. Find anything with a top-notch search function and sync everything between all devices.

15. Speak
Those who prefer to speak face-to-face can complement chatting with team video calls.

16. Clarity
Schedule a call with an experienced entrepreneur and get expert advice on your business no matter where in the world you are.

17. Meetup
Meet new people at events organized by local communities all over the globe.

18. Idealist
If you wish to combine work, travel, and making the world a better place, check one of many volunteer opportunities here.

19. Entrain
Those who often suffer from jet lags will make good use of this free app. It will tell you when to seek dark or light to adjust faster to new time zones.

20. PackPoint
This smart packing list app will check the weather, note the length of your stay, and consider the purpose of your trip, so you don’t forget anything important.

New book: Phnom Penh Sights Beyond the Guidebooks

King Norodom’s Head: Phnom Penh Sights Beyond the Guidebooks
Author: Boswell, Steven W.;

King Norodom’s Head deals with sights in and about Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city that are rarely – if at all – dealt with in guidebooks and other works about the city. This is not, therefore, a guidebook with walking tours of the town. The reader will find no detailed descriptions of the Royal Palace, the National Museum, or the Khmer Rouge’s infamous S-21 detention-cum-torture centre, though all these places make appearances in the book. Rather, the reader will learn among other things like the whereabouts of the gold of King Ang Duong and of Madame Chum’s infamous opium den, the story behind the mysterious Frenchman buried on Wat Phnom’s hill, and the secret reason behind Jackie Kennedy’s 1967 trip to Cambodia. Each chapter centres on a site that can be visited, someplace or something that can be seen and often touched. The hope is that together these chapters will give the reader an appreciation of a number of the more obscure or little reported places in the city and of the stories and history associated with them. If this book encourages visitors to spend an extra day or so in the city and if it inspires residents to stroll their city’s streets more than they normally would, it will have achieved its purpose.

The best of Pchum Ben: Cambodia’s Ancestors’ Day

In honor of Pchum Ben, Ambassador William Heidt and Mrs. Heidt paid a visit today to Wat Ounalom.The U.S. Embassy…

Posted by U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Friday, 9 October 2015

Best wishes from the Embassy of Sweden to all people of Cambodia on the occasion of the celebration of Pchum Ben. The Embassy will be closed on Monday and Tuesday 12-13 October 2015.

Posted by Embassy of Sweden in Phnom Penh on Thursday, 8 October 2015