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Natural Therapy at Hanchey Bamboo Resort

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On the banks of the Mekong in the heart of Kampong Cham province, a secluded resort made of bamboo offers a natural, spiritual retreat from the hustle of city life, with a sustainable, socially conscious ethos.

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Discover the Sosoro Museum in Phnom Penh

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In April this year, a museum dedicated to the history of money in Cambodia opened up in Phnom Penh’s old colonial district. In a renovated building that shares a block with the National Bank of Cambodia and the building of the former Banque de l’Indochine, sitting just north of Preah Ang Duong Street, the Sosoro Museum sets out to describe 2000 years of Cambodia’s monetary history.

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Gone Fishin'

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There is a saying in Khmer, “mien tuk, mien trey”, which translates as “where there is water, there is fish”. Suffice to say, Cambodia has a lot of water. There is first of all the extensive river system, including the legendary Mekong, criss-crossing the country nourishing everything in its path. And then at the heart of it all, there is the Tonle Sap lake, a vast waterway whose unique “pulse” makes it the most productive inland fishery in the world, accounting for one quarter of the world’s global freshwater catch and feeding tens of millions of people.

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The History of Chopsticks

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For hundreds of years, Chinese cooking has been defined by the intermingling of flavours through fine chopping. The product of a frugal peasant culture, chopping ingredients to small enough pieces that the flavours of each ingredient can meld with the others and the pieces could cook quickly in order to make the most of scarce fuel has led to the creation of a unique vocabulary for styles of cutting and the shapes it can produce. It also meant that Chinese culture never had to develop the cumbersome utensils with which Westerners hack and saw away at larger lumps of meat and vegetables. An elegant pair of chopsticks were more than adequate to the task.

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