Sunday, January 5, 2014

Cambodian Cultural Village - Siem Reap (Cambodia)

By far, the least hectic sightseeing day (Artisans' d'Angkor, Restaurant Cambodian Kitchen & Wat Thmey/The Killing fields), in the afternoon we were at Cambodian Cultural Village. The first one hour or so, in the  museum showcasing Cambodian history, culture artifacts and prominent leaders, basically, we walked from one section to the other and then adjourned for the Cultural show at the theatre.

By the time we walked into the theatre, it was like mad house. Jam packed, hot, stuffy and literally no space to even stretch our legs, the show started interestingly with the traditional dressed and doll-up ladies, later, an audience was coax to participate, and music to portray a Cambodian wedding, Actually, at this point, I felt like running out because I was bored as well as profusely sweating. But with hardly any space to walk out, I stayed put. When the show was over, I think I was the first person to dash out for some air. Next, to the open air arena to watch the dancing, stunts and acrobatic show. Again, a promising start, then back to as though the same thing over and over, honestly, the show dragged. Out of boredom and to quench my thirst, I walked to the stalls across the road.

Sipping the canned drink, as I contemplated if I should get some snacks,  that's when I saw the lady grilling some meat and the "Pong Tia Koon/Cambodian Balut or fertilized duck embryo. The embryo I've read is eaten by cracking the shell and sucking up whatever is inside with a dash of salt. Oh no!! adventurous I may be but no thanks in case I get the "runs". Honestly, I didn't dare and looking at how dusty the whole place was, all the more I didn't dare risk my health.

So the show ended and we journeyed to Hanoi for dinner. 

Up next Pho 24 (Hanoi)

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  1. Its just absolutely fantastic to see various cultures which u r framing out as ur memories to us :) really nice Thanks for sharing dear!

  2. Wow its a lvely ceremony is related to ours and the embryo quite interesting

  3. Such a treat to see your photos, Nava. I'm glad you shared so many of them.I had seen the duck embryos on TLC (I think). That's something I wouldn't try.

  4. Some of the statues in the museum look so real. It's interesting to know about the different cultural practises across the globe. I couldn't stop laughing at your description of being stuck at the show. Great pictures as always!

  5. Thanks for giving the virtual tour to Cambodian village!! Great pictures!!

  6. I just love your post, it is fun to know about new places, their culture and food. Museum looks beautiful and realistic.

  7. Love the wedding ceremony part and aerobics part.. The wedding ceremony and their dress resembles old Indian way..

  8. Guess what? My son tried the duck embryo when he was in Vietnam. Yucks! He was telling me there were bits of bones & feathers inside as well. Lol!


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