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The Beauty of Battambang City

Have you ever visited Battambang province? What are your places of interest?

Battambang located in the northwestern of Cambodia which contains 14 districts, 92 communes, and 800 villages. It is the second most popular city in the country after Phnom Penh. The provincial capital, also Battambang, has always been a popular destination for its nearby ancient temples, French colonial architecture, bamboo train, traditional Cambodian houses, Khmer Rouge period killing fields, and Buddhist shrines. Th town is at the heart of Cambodia's 'rice bowl', and it maintains an untouched, bucolic feel.

Places of interest include Phnom Sampeu, a hill with caves of Buddha statues; the 12th Century Prasat Snung, Wat Banan, an Angkorian temple now occupied as a Buddhist shrine; Wat Baydamram where thousands of fruit bats reside, Wat Ek Phnom, Kamping Puoy reservoir, and Banan grape-wine farms, according to the official tourism of Cambodia.

To show you as mentioned above, I have found two videos that showed the beauty of this city through normal and drone videography:

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Video #1  titled 'The City of Battambang - Memory of the Old Time' that made by @homePhotography & Media Professional Studio. The places were highlighted such as Maison Wat Kor Boutique Hotel, Provincial Hall, Provincial National Bank, Sangke River, Phsar Nath Market, Grape Farm, and Bamboo train, Nori. Watch it out!


Video #2 titled 'Battambang Adventures by Drone' that made by MyAirControl. The highlighted places include Lok Ta Dambang Kronhoung, Sangke River, Provincial Hall, Phsar Nath Market, Rice Field, Banan Temple, Phnom Sampov, Wat Damrey Sor, and Bamboo train, Nori. Watch it out!


Sharing the beauty of city through words and videos are not enough, so you should go and get experienced there by yourself.

SEE ALSO: The First Flea Market in Cambodia

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The Beauty of Battambang City [Video]

SunFair

Are you looking for a place or a space to sell your used materials? Do you want to buy second-hand materials? Do you want to make donation through giving away of your used stuff to the community?

What you are looking for, now you can do it. Join the first flea market, SunFair, in Cambodia on August 7, 2016 (every Sunday) from 8:00 am to 12 pm at Olympic Stadium.
SunFair is a modified flea market where you can enjoy selling or buying many kinds of goods. The goods include used stuff sold with reasonable prices, Khmer products, Organic vegetable/fruits, and it also includes education such as First aid help (CPR), Right way of brushing the teeth, Japanese 5S implementation, and along with the entertainment such as Khmer traditional music, Various musical instrument played by different groups of students, and Children playground etc.
Original term: Flea Market (or swap meet) is a type of bazaar that rents space to people who want to sell or barter merchandise. Used goods, low-quality items, and high-quality items such as collectibles and antiques are commonly sold. - Wikipedia

SEE ALSO: The Top 10 Cambodian Websites

The event is organized by Mottainai Club Cambodia, and the income will go to: 5% for Akihge Project, 5% for Kantha Bopha Hospital, 25%  for Eang Foundation, 25% for Olympic Stadium committee, and the left for organizers.


SunFair Poster
Are you ready to clean up your used stuff? Let's join this first ever flea market in Phnom Penh in order to get some profit and have a chance to contribute to the community.

SunFair - The First Flea Market in Cambodia

Top 10 Cambodian Websites

With the increasing number of internet users year by year especially on mobile phones, Cambodian presently are willing to know more about the world through online medias beside relying on the traditional ways, televisions, and radios. So, the website is playing more important role in delivering this kind of news to them.

You will ask for what are the top 10 websites in Cambodia?

If you want to find the 10 most popular websites in Cambodia, the top 4 go to foreign sites (#1 Facebook, #2 Youtube, #3 Google, #4 Google.com.kh - domain name in Khmer). Here, I would like to share only the list consists of top 10 websites that belong to Cambodian companies, collected data from Alexa (rank), SimilarWeb (traffic overview), Google PageSpeed (page speed for website), and Facebook (number of fans).

Note: All the websites are available in Khmer language and in news portal (8 sites mostly focus on entertainment,  1 site converts from the paper-based news, and another one specifies on health news).

The Top 10 Most Viewed Cambodian Websites

1. Sabay.com.kh

[Screenshot] Sabay Digital

Sabay Digital Corporation is a leading digital media and entertainment group in Cambodia which formerly known as CIDC Information Technology was formed in 2007. Of course, young Cambodian will know this company by brand name 'Sabay' on its entertainment contents (Sabay News and Sabay Leng or Sabay Games, I could say that). Most traffic sources come from sharing on social medias, I think this reason why recently Sabay News portal has extended the channel to spread news on different categories using Facebook pages (Sabay News Entertainment, Sabay News Technology, Sabay News Social, and Sabay News Sport).

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 2 million on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 75.92%, Vietnam 17.64%, USA 1.99%, Thailand 0.93%, and South Korea 0.70% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 41.82%, Direct 35.82%, Referrals 12.79%, and Search 9.06%
  • Page speed: 40/100 on mobile and 57/100 on desktop (tested on Sabay News, May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 698K (# of likes, May 2016)

2. Khmerload.com

Screenshot of Khmerload

Khmerload was established in late 2011 by  a group of young Cambodians who believe in the role of Information Technology in advancing the society. For me, I think this website firstly gained popularity through spreading the hot sexy news, so-called 'Bekthlay' in Khmer language, on social media, Facebook. Since the visitors and popularity had gained enough, it gets the stand for business oriented such today.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 3.8 million on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 75.20%, Vietnam 20.02%, Hong Kong 1.12%, Canada 0.85%, and USA 0.82% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 43.77%, Direct 35.69%, Referrals 13.84%, and Search 5.06%
  • Page speed: 55/100 on mobile and 63/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 886K (# of likes, May 2016, the page was verified by Facebook)

SEE: Mobile Phones and Internet in Cambodia 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

3. Freshnewsasia.com

Screenshot of Fresh News

Fresh News was founded in May 2012 by a group of the expert from news and IT sectors. The initial idea was to send the most breaking news to people by the smart devices, and then the company introduced the first version of Android app in May 2014, and later they have been launched web version in early of 2015. Most of the contents focus on social issues.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 400.80K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 72.06%, Vietnam 20.43%, USA 2.62%, French 1.00%, and South Korea 0.93% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 60.75%, Direct 31.77%, Referrals 4.46%, and Search 2.71%
  • Page speed: 63/100 on mobile and 51/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 551K (# of likes, May 2016)

4. Kohsantepheapdaily.com.kh

Screenshot of Koh Santepheap Daily

Koh Santepheap Daily is an online news portal of Koh Santepheap Newspaper which is one of the popular Cambodian newspapers for a decade ago. The contents focus on breaking, national, world, sport and business updates featured from its newspaper.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 761.90K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 70.65%, Vietnam 18.87%, Australia 2.68%, French 2.46%, and USA 2.20% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 63.90%, Direct 19.78%, Referrals 11.70%, and Search 3.93%)
  • Page speed: 56/100 on mobile, and 70/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 1,241K (# of likes, May 2016 , the page was verified by Facebook)

SEE: Inflation rate in Cambodia 2020

5. Khmeread.com

Screenshot of Khmeread

Khmeread is a website that created by a youth team who has experienced in IT, reporter,  and translation fields with the aim to disseminate general knowledge. The contents focus on society, sport,  entertainment, lifestyle, health, and technology. For me, I think most of the news quoting from foreign websites.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 415.70K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 67.67%, Vietnam 25.35%, USA 1.73%, South Korea 1.01%, and French 0.96% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 91.70%, Direct 5.99%, Referrals 1.29%, and Search 0.83%
  • Page speed: 66/100 on mobile and 79/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 72K (# of likes, May 2016)

6. Khmerscoop.com

Screenshot of Khmerscoop

Khmerscoop is a new website that focuses on health, successful path, social & lifestyle, and entertainment but some contents get from foreign websites and Sabay News.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 81.80K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 68.07%, Vietnam 22.42%, USA 3.96%, French 1.92%, and India 1.30% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 91.70%, Direct 5.99%, Referrals 1.29%, and Search 0.83%
  • Page speed: 50/100 on mobile and 60/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 82K (# of likes, May 2016)

SEE: How to Register Your Business Online in Cambodia

7. Health.com.kh

Screenshot of Health

Health is a popular online health website in Cambodia that created and run by a group of from-abroad-educated Cambodian doctors with high commitment to make Cambodian healthier and help medical field better than today. The contents focus on the woman, man and child's health, sexual health, general disease, first aid, health recovery, and medicines.  

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 221.70K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 76.20%, Vietnam 17.26%, USA 1.46%, South Korea 1.09%, and France 0.92% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 87.56%, Search 5.51%, Direct 5.07%, and Referrals 1.67% 
  • Page speed: 33/100 on mobile and 9/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 237K (# of likes, May 2016)

8. Khmer-note.com

Screenshot of KhmerNote

Khmer-Note is an online news which was founded on September 9, 2012, focusing on national news, knowledge, entertainment, technology, sport, and social life.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 141.40K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 70.45%, Vietnam 22.65%, USA 1.98%, Philippines 0.55%, and South Korea 0.52% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 88.17%, Direct 9.22%, Referrals 1.37%, and Search 1.05% 
  • Page speed: 72/100 on mobile and 54/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 697K (# of likes, May 2016)

9. Khmer-press.com

Screenshot of Khmer-press

Khmer-press is an online news portal that was founded on August 9, 2014, with the contents focusing on knowledge, social life, health, love, technology, and sport.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 156.20K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 70.64%, Vietnam 24.37%, USA 0.90%, Thailand 0.55%, and France 0.46% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 88.17%, Direct 9.22%, Referrals 1.37%, and Search 1.05% 
  • Page speed: 48/100 on mobile and 42/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 441K (# of likes, May 2016)

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10. Vow-news.com

Screenshot of Vow-news

Village of Wonder is an online news website providing knowledge about health, technology, education, architecture, and celebrity. The contents, some get from foreign websites and Sabay News.

Here is a brief statistics:
  • Total visits: 168.60K on desktop & mobile web in April 2016
  • Traffic by countries (top 5): Cambodia 68.66%, Vietnam 21.74%, France 4.03%, USA 2.43%, and Philippines 1.31% on desktop in the last 3 months (Feb - Apr, 2016)
  • Traffic sources (top 5): Social 87.16%, Direct 5.64%, Search 3.68%, and Referrals 3.38% 
  • Page speed: 54/100 on mobile and 63/100 on desktop (May 2016)
  • Facebook fan: 128K (# of likes, May 2016)
If you wish to read these websites in English or other languages, you can use Google Translate for help.

In conclusion, most visitors of all the top 10 websites above come from Cambodia and Vietnam through social media, Facebook is the main source. I hope that the list of websites with some data statistics will be a useful guide for one of your clues on the digital marketing strategy.

Do you know other top websites in Cambodia / top sites in Cambodia? If so, please share it in the comments.

The Top 10 Cambodian Websites

ReachMorePayLessDigitalMarkeingSeminar

Are you searching for a digital marketing seminar in Cambodia? If so, you absolutely find the right place to answer your query.

Cambodia IASTSS Alumni Association (CIAA) in cooperation with Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) will organise an online marketing seminar "Reach More Pay Less in Digital Edge Marketing" on May 21, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the Angkor-Kizuna Hall, CJCC in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Who should attend?
  • Entrepreneurs
  • IT experts 
  • Marketers and sales
  • Senior university students in business, marketing, or IT fields

What will you get?
  • Tips for effective online marketing
  • Benefits of using social medias
  • Maximize resources in marketing
  • Opportunity to apply for the special training program in Japan

SEE ALSO: The First E-Business Workshop in Cambodia

Who are keynote speakers?
  • Mr. Khem David, Chief Operations Officer, Sambat Finance
  • Ms. Vorn Sreymao, Marketing Manager, IDP Cambodia
  • Mr. Muon Chamnan (myself), Co-manager, Google Business Group Phnom Penh

Find more on the official poster below:

Reach More Pay Less in Digital Edge Marketing Poster

I will be attending the seminar and also be a part of panel discussion. Are you interested in joing this event? Book your seat here. See you at the event!

Reach More Pay Less in Digital Edge Marketing

Cambodian Action Film 'Jail Break'

For recently years, Cambodian movie industry has gained more popularity among the country after the Ministry of Information ordered bans the broadcast of any foreign-made film between the hours of 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and was intended “to restore Cambodian culture and Khmer movies”, according to Radio Free Asia.

Seeing this trend, local filmmakers have been working hard to produce the qualified movies to fit national and international markets. If asking you what kind of Cambodian movies would you expect to watch: documentary, drama, comedy, adventure, romance, history, action, crime, horror, thriller etc.? For me, I like watching action films (Hollywood-made, Chinese-made, and Thai-made …), and this chance I wish to watch Cambodia-made ones as well.

Luckily, I had watched one film, Hanuman, produced by Kongchak Pictures – it is the Cambodia’s first action movie. So, what will be the next one to watch in the upcoming year, 2017?

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Kongchak Pictures in association with Puprum Entertainment, a new startup company founded by two biggest film distributors: Sabay Digital Corporation and Westec Media Limited, have worked together for the action comedy adventure, JAILBREAK, which may do well for Cambodia comparing to regional neighbors.
What started as a simple escort mission will soon turn to chaos as the prisoners of Koh Kla take over the prison grounds. Five special task force officers trapped in the building will have to fight their way out for survival, as they wait for backup to come.
The film will be casting by Dara Our, star of Khmer first action movie Hanuman as well as Father’s Treasure, Before the Fall and The Forest Whispers. His co-lead is the Hollywood-level Jean Paul Ly, his action credits include stunt and fight work on Lucy, Now You See Me 2, Grimsby, 24, Streetfighter and more, recently Cuckoo. The other casts include Tharoth Sam, the first female Bokator Fighter to make it into the MMA League and winner of the One FC MMA Tournament in 2014, and Savin Phillip, who is also cast in Hanuman. It will be directed by Jimmy Henderson with estimated release in 2017.

For more information about this movie, please keep in touch on the official Facebook page here.

Can not wait to watch its official trailer, and what you will expect from the movie? Please share your thoughts below!

The Cambodian Action Movie 'Jailbreak' You Should Watch

Cambodian New Year Card 2016
Khmer New Year Card 2016 by Chamnan
Time is fast to move from one year to one year. The angel of the year of the Goat 2015 will transfer her duties to the angel of the Monkey 2016 that will be celebrating on April 13, 2016. To take this valuable chance, I would like to say Happy Khmer New Year 2016 to all Cambodian people and the rest of the world, and wish you all the best for the upcoming Cambodian New Year 2016 to all my friends, colleague, families, beloved readers, and people in the world. Please, the Year of the Monkey's angel wishes all be blessed with a peaceful and prosperous living for the whole year through.
The holiday lasts for three days beginning on New Year's Day, which falls on April 13 this year, which is the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labor before the rainy season begins. Khmers living abroad may choose to celebrate during a weekend rather than just specifically April 13 through 15. These three days called Maha Songkran for first day, Virak Wanabat for second day, and Virak loeurng Sak for final day.
Where Will You Plan to Visit?
Before the New Year, most Cambodian, including myself, will travel to homelands to meet families, relatives, and friends. And after they do good things for their families, they will plan to visit nearby tourism sites or interesting points. The most provinces where they plan to spend their 3-day holidays are: 
  • Temple trip: Siem Reap is the best place to visit temples such as Angkor Wat and biggest cultural event so-called Angkor Sankranta, and Battambang and Pailin are also under their considerations for a waterfall, mountain, and rice field views.
  • Coastal/Seaside trip: Sihanoukville, Kampot, Kep, and Koh Kong – these are good choice to visit nice beaches, island, and fresh seaside.
  •  Nearby Phnom Penh City: Some of the people who has families in Phnom Penh, they consider to eat out nearby restaurants or visit the waterfall in Kirirom resort in Kampong Speu province, and sometimes they go to seaside trip too.

Are you looking for a whole year of Cambodian public holiday 2016 or other ASEAN countries? If so, please check out this article.

I think not only Cambodian who plan to visit Angkor Wat but also foreigners, so I share with you about Angkor Sankranta (អង្គរសង្ក្រាន្ត) as the following: 

Angkor Sankranta  is an event of Khmer New Year organized by the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC) which is held in Siem Reap province from 13–16 April. Angkor Sankranta is an opportunity for all Cambodians as a united Khmer Family and for foreign friends to receive unforgettable and exquisite experiences during Khmer New Year in Cambodia. Keep updates on the official Facebook page.

SEE ALSO: Happy Khmer New Year 2015

What is My Message for This Year?
Almost every year, I always keep some messages for myself as well as for my beloved readers. So, what is it?
  • Keep doing goodness for society even it is not seen: I always tell myself that human is different so please don’t try others to be yours – just keep trying to solve a social problem for society. Others may not see what you have done good things for your beloved country but you yourself can see it.
  • Never give up on what you love to do: It is true that people have to do what they love, so even though she or he faces any problems, they still keep trying. Sooner or later, you will get what you need.

The message is still the message to keep thinking but the action is a must to do!
សួស្តីឆ្នាំថ្មី Soursdey Chnam Thmey! Have a safe trip wherever you go!
Do I miss any places or points not to mention above? Please share your idea below.

Happy Khmer New Year 2016 [Greeting Card]

 
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