So this is Christmas in Cambodia

Oh Christmas Twig,   oh Christmas Twig how beautiful are your branches… hmmm doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but that is the norm for a Christmas tree twig here in Cambodia. We did see a few trees around, small table top size, for sale at a shop for travelers. A random few large ones have been spotted too at local restaurants, but mostly they are twigs. I guess real evergreens in the jungle are a pretty rare or impossible find.

A Christmas twig with dead leaves and garland tinsel.

A Christmas twig with dead leaves and garland tinsel.

The festive twigs have mostly been spray painted white. They are then placed in pots and left as are, while others have lights added which at night does give it a Christmas tree appearance –at a distance. Others have tacky tinsel added and some even ornaments, but that is rare. We even spotted this one on Pub Street with added snow cotton balls.


Christmas dinner  in Cambodia-tacos and cocktails

Christmas dinner in Cambodia-tacos and cocktails

Lights adorn the trees and these lights across the main street sparkle in rows and rows down the entire road every few feet. They shine with the outline of Angkor Wat. It certainly is an untraditional Christmas. This is what Christmas dinner looked like: Christmas tacos, beer and cocktails. The weather was warm and employees wore Santa hats and said Merry Christmas with giggles. Either they didn’t understand why they were saying it, or laughed that we were eating tacos instead of the traditional turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. 😦  Some hotels and fancier restaurants offered Christmas dinner at a large and hefty price. I think we had better luck with cheap beer and tacos then dry expensive turkey.

The weather has been unseasonably cool and most days it has been at least comfortable. One day since we arrived (on Sunday) was hot, but lacking the dreaded humidity, so in the shade it is comfortable.

I apologize for the missing photos, for now you must use your imagination. The internet is too slow to upload

Christmas tree with snow and all ;)

Christmas tree with snow and all 😉

photos, so I will add photos once we get a faster internet connection, which may be once we get back to Shanghai. Bite my tongue… I always complain about poor internet in Shanghai. Who thought there would be something slower? Now we are back in Shanghai I have been able to add the pictures. Did they live up to your imagination?

This is what Christmas looked like in Siem Reap, Cambodia for us this year. How did you celebrate?

Stay tuned…

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20 thoughts on “So this is Christmas in Cambodia

  1. It sounds like your Christmas meal brought a smile to your face. Our’s was a traditional Canadian Christmas with laughter and family.

    • It was too tacky and silly. We skyped home too, so at least we got to see everyone. Internet was poor, so only briefly. Good we got to though. My parents are finally getting into technology and liked Skype. I told my parents they should get an iPad. Maybe Santa should bring them one next year 😉

  2. Freda Goulet

    Ours was a traditional turkey with all the trimmings too…and calling Ronda who was working, at 3 am! We had a white Christmas this year…which added to the traditional feel of Christmas. Enjoy the rest of your unusual holiday!

  3. Hmm. Storing this in the back of my mind for the day I may have to flee the frenzy of Christmas.

  4. That is beautiful. Christmas comes alive whenever hearts believe in its pureness and miracles. Back in the Philippines, ice candy plastic bag are filled with different colored liquid and placed on trees. Simple yet full of joy around it. Merry Christmas and a great New Year to you & family.

    • Oh that would be cool decorations. Here I think they do it for us and they really don’t understand the whole thing. They are such sweet people and it made it a very special Christmas.
      Wishing you all the best for the New Year.

  5. I’m glad you enjoyed it even if it was very different from usual!

  6. I too am glad you had a good time. The people are what really make this time of year special. Hope your New Year is fun and that 2014 is full of only good things.

    • Thanks Jo New Years looks like it will be crazy. Slowly a few tourists has turned into crowds. It should be a fun event. It was hard the first Christmas away, but the new people we met and things we experienced we amazing that few people may ever get to witness. Still that doesn’t replace family.

  7. Merry Christmas CTB, and all the best in 2014 whatever you decide to do!!! Here’s to more adventures 🙂

    • Thanks Tina. Can’t wait to sort the photos and post some of the great things we saw. Never thought I would think our internet in China was fast until I came here 😉 we leave tomorrow, so hopefully will post something before the weekend. Happy new year to you both. Happy travels in 2014 🙂

  8. Happy 2014! We were traveling between Texas and CA during the Holidays, just came back yesterday…

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