Ugly Buildings in Phnom Penh

I have read articles about pretty and ugly buildings in the world. I thought I should inspire this topic to write on my blog and now I do.

There are 9 buildings in Phnom Penh that I think their design are not pretty.

1. Vattanac Building

In Khmer word, this building is called ‘weird universe’ but in my opinion it is ugly universe. The ugliest part of this building is the small port on the top; it is liked a peak of bird.

2. Himawari Hotel

It is good design but the color, it annoys me the most. It would be pretty if the designer did not put green in.

3. Vanda Institute

This building was designed with yellow color. The citizens, especially young people, call it ‘Poop in the middle of Phnom Penh’.

4. Asia Pacific Bank (APD Bank)

It is funny color building. I want to know who the designer is. At first, I thought it was kindergarten but it is bank.

5. La Varenne Hotel

This hotel is pretty design but it becomes strange when the window is blue sky color. One more thing, the shape of hotel is looked like a half of moon. It is not ugly but I think this hotel lacks something.

6. Rokku

It is Japanese restaurant. It becomes ugly because of the black color mix with glass. Don’t you think so?

7. Phnom Penh Daegu Gyeyong Buk Culture, Tourism & Trade Promotion Center (PGCT)

It looks ugly. I don’t like the design. Now it becomes messy with a lot of labels.

8. Naga World 2

I know that the designer used gold color to represent money/gold; it is the identification icon of Naga World. But I want to say honestly that it is not pretty.

9. First Investment Specialized Bank

It is bank but it is liked jail in my eyes.

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3 Days 74 Accidents

Khmer New Year 2017 began from April, 14-16.

During 3 days, according to local news website DAP news, there were accidents in total 74 cases and caused 29 people dead.

Accidents is a big worry for Cambodia. It makes people die more than disease. I hope all drivers take care seriously when they drive and please respect to traffic lights and traffic rule.

IBBY Book Fair 2017

Picture from IBBY Cambodia facebook page

IBBY Cambodia is local organization working on promoting and developing reading in Cambodia.

This Saturday, 25 March, the organization will launch reading day or call 5th IBBY Book Fair. The event will be in Chaktomok Theater, Phnom Penh, Cambodia from morning till evening.

Actually, I don’t wish to attend the event but my friend asked me to help her. So I will present in the event selling books for my friend, Domrei Sor organization.

Welcome Cambodian and others to the event.

Recommend Two Foods

I want to recommend two recipes of food in Phnom Penh.

First, tum yam noodle with seafood, you can find in Tea Pot restaurant.

Second, rice with tum yam chicken, you can find in Lucky Burger.

When you visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia, try it.

Complain about 2nd National Reading Day

People thought it was good to have event about reading/book. It was reason of the National Reading Day, but there were a lot of complaint from book sellers.

Most of book sellers said they paid for booth, 50$ (for one day). It was not expensive but they were unhappy because there were few visitors. They brought a log of books and sold less than 3 percents of the whole numbers. So, 50$ became big amount for them.

Moreover, the booth was bad. It was used by dirty cloth and not comfortable. It was careless.

It was hot season. The organizer should know so they should prepare fans for the sellers but they did not. The sellers had to stay under the heat.

In conclusion, they did not care about the sellers. They just collected money and left the sellers alone. Even thought, they were afraid to hear true comment; who said good about them, they would note down.

The sellers were so disappointed and angry. They said that the organizer should promote the event to attract the visitors and also they should take care of the sellers because they gave money to them not got the booth for free.

The sellers said they wasted much but they got nothing.

I also visited the event and I thought what the book sellers complain was right. The sellers told me that they felt that the event was made to get money and fame but not to encourage, promote and help reading and book publisher like they spoke.

The sellers expressed last words that if the organizer did not show care to sellers, they would not join in event next year.

2nd Cambodian National Reading Day

Tomorrow will be National Reading Day of Cambodia. It is second year.

The event is supported by ministry of Cambodian government, other institutes and relevant stakeholders.

2nd National Reading Day will be held in National Institute of Education, located at North-West of Independent Monument, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The event will start from 8am till 5pm, free enter.

Last time, I missed but this year, I will attend the event for sure. Why? Because my friends selling book there and they asked me to help them. 🙂

Phnom Penh’s vs Bangkok’s Cinema


I like watching in cinema.

I have been to cinema in Bangkok and also in Phnom Penh. There were things I liked and disliked in cinema of both countries.

Cinema in Phnom Penh

I liked because:

  1. it was clean.
  2. it had no smell.
  3. it was cool.

I didn’t like because:

  1. it was dark (they switched off all lights as the movie began).
  2. restroom was not clean 100%.

Cinema in Bangkok

I liked because:

  1. it was big.
  2. it was cool.
  3. it was clean.
  4. it had no smell.
  5. there was a small light (during the movie time).
  6. rest room was clean.

I didn’t like because:

  1. it had long advertisement.
  2. restroom was little bit far from the hall.

Even thought, I enjoyed the movie.