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Shadow Puppets

The Sovanna Phum group is a non-profit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia aimed at preserving and promoting traditional Khmer culture that was nearly wiped out by the Khmer Rouge (Shadow Puppet Theater, Classical Dance, Folk Dance, Traditional Music and Circus). When we went they were performing a story from the Ramayana with live musical accompaniment using shadow puppets – very very cool. Definitely worth a visit.

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Friends The Restaurant

Friends the Restaurant is a venture of Mith Samlanh Friends, one of my favorite organizations – I aspire to working with them in the future. Aside from the fact they do such amazing things for street kids and their families, the food and service was excellent – best meal we had in Cambodia. Learn more about Mith Samlanh Friends and they awesome things they do.

We stayed at La Noria when Lisa, Sam and I visited Ankor Wat a little while back. It’s v reasonable (30USD/night), clean with a nice pool in a good location. Rooms are grouped into bungalows in the middle of a lush garden AND the majority of the staff is hired from local orphanages once they reach 18 and need to leave. Good hotel, good location, good cause. The hotel restaurant is a bit overpriced but directly next door is a “cheap as chips” great local place.

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