mekong delta homestay

Cambodia secrets a wealth of natural beauty and culture that has yet to be discovered by a world of tourists still only obsessed with Angkor. The city of Phnom Penh functions not only as the capital of modern Cambodia but also serves as a spring board to the surrounding natural and cultural attractions. A simple boat ride from Phnom Penh along the Mekong River will bring you to the isolated tracts of Mekong Island, a popular tourist destination that is home to a vista of untouched natural beauty and authentic Cambodian homesteads.

At this remarkable island, travellers find a place where time stands still. Many people find the culture to be wonderfully simple without the trappings of modernity, the island denizens enjoying a very easygoing, uncomplicated lifestyle in close-knit village communities. The people of the island engage in traditional industries such as fishing and silk-weaving, with homes built on stilts to protect the interiors in case of floods. Although the villages are very much self-contained, the locals are very welcoming; travellers have described their hospitality as heart-warming, embracing one into the community with ease and familiarity.

Many people come back regularly just because they love the peace, beauty and the incredible culture that has made mekong tour ho chi minh Island so unique. Many nature enthusiasts take Mekong Island tours along the Mekong River to revel in the peace, tranquillity and serenity of the water and woodlands. It is the ideal recipe to soothe away the cares of urban life and provide an escape from the pressures of modernity while immersing oneself in the atmospheric charm of unsullied nature.

If you’re looking for a hotel Phnom Penh to stay at while touring the many wonders along Mekong River, the Raffles Hotel Le Royal must top your list of choices. An elite luxury hotel Cambodia, this establishment provides you the best of Khmer accommodation and hospitality.

Thailand cracks down on migrant workers as anti-immigration feeling…

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat

mekong toursBANGKOK, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Thailand is cracking down on migrant workers from neighbouring countries, saying they are “stealing jobs from Thais”, amid fears that anti-immigrant sentiment is rising as Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy stagnates.

In an operation led by the Thai labour department, police and troops on Wednesday raided a fresh produce market in Bangkok and arrested 14 people, most of them from neighbouring Myanmar.

“We have received many complaints about illegal immigrants working in markets including Vietnamese and even South Asians who were stealing jobs from Thais,” Thai immigration police chief Nathorn Phrosunthorn told Reuters.

“They should be doing the jobs that Thais don’t want to do like work as house cleaners,” he said.

Under the terms of a 2015 memorandum of understanding Vietnamese citizens are restricted in their employment in Thailand and can work only as manual labourers in Thailand’s fishing or construction sectors.

Cambodians also have been nabbed in the raids, along with people from Myanmar and Vietnam.

ANTI-IMMIGRATION FEELINGS

More than 3 million migrants work in Thailand, the vast majority from neighbouring Myanmar, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Thailand became wealthy compared to its neighbours when its economy boasted annual growth rates of over 7 percent in the 1980s and 1990s, drawing migrant workers from across the Greater mekong tours Delta region and other parts of Asia. They mostly did jobs Thais tend to spurn, including backbreaking work in the fishing and construction sectors.

But, more than two years after the military government seized power and with Thailand’s economy on shaky ground, rights groups also see rising resentment against immigrants in Thailand, mirroring such sentiment elsewhere in the world.

“There seems to be a surge of national sentiment in Thai immigration policy claiming migrants from Vietnam, for example, are taking jobs that are reserved for Thai nationals,” Sunai Phasuk from Human Rights Watch told Reuters.

“We haven’t seen this kind of rise in anti-immigrant sentiment for decades. This has a lot to do economic concerns.”

Sanit Choklamlert, a shop keeper in Bangkok’s Silom business district, said migrants are seen as competitors for some Thais.

“There are too many Myanmar people here now and they’re fighting for the same jobs as us,” he said. “We need to send some back.”

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Thailand’s economy is on course to grow 3.0 percent in 2016 after expanding 2.8 percent in 2015 and only 0.7 percent in 2014.

Nathorn said the crackdown was not driven by an anti-immigrant policy. “We still need migrant labour. We just want to keep some order,” he said.

The raids have targeted fresh markets, restaurants, supermarkets and shopping malls. Around 153 immigrants were rounded up between Sept. 1 and Sept. 26, according to labour department figures. Those caught face up to five years in prison, a fine of up to 3,000 baht ($100) or deportation.

Migrants are often at risk of falling into the hands of human trafficking rings, who sell them into virtual slavery on plantations, timber mills and fishing boats, human rights groups say.

Thailand was removed from the bottom rung of the U.S. State Department’s annual list of worst human trafficking offenders this year despite what the department described as “widespread forced labour” in the country’s vital seafood industry.

(Additional reporting by Jutarat Skulpichetrat; Editing by Bill Tarrant)

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA) kicks off Mekong Delta and Angkor Wat tours in Vietnam and Cambodia

mekong delta tour with homestayFirst and second day, travelers take a city tour to see the different faces of this bustling city on a full day tour with extensive visits to the Re-Unification Palace, the Central Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Jade Emperor Temple and the Ben Thanh market. Then travelers drive to the famous Cu Chi underground tunnel system to experience how the Viet Cong lived and fought during the American War.

Third day, travelers drive to Cai Be travelers board a boat for a journey through the towns floating market. Travelers see how river life goes on, trading between merchant ships and local farmers and cruise through secluded canals and over the Mighty mekong delta homestay to island where travelers stop to enjoy seasonal fruit.

Mekong and Angkor Wat Tour map

Fourth day, travelers take a boat trip to Cai Rang floating markets, one of the most lively and colorful markets in Southeast Asia. After the market travelers cruise back to town. Travelers will try a xe loi, the local colonial-era cab pulled by motorbike, to see the town.

Fifth day, travelers go head Phnom Penh. The boat approaches Vinh Xuong border gate where passengers complete entry procedures. Continue to Cambodia cruising on Tone Le Sap River, travelers would reach Phnom Penh International Port (Sisowath Street) around12.30.Travelers take a short city tour of Phnom Penh visiting to the National Museum where travelers would see the worlds most wondrous collection of Khmer sculpture.

Sixth day, travelers take an excursion to Tonle Batie, which is 40 km from Phnom Penh, visiting to a pair of old Angkorian-era temple of Ta Prohm and Yeay Poev. In the afternoon, travelers visit the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum before continuing to the Killing Field of Choeung Ek where prisoner from Security Prison 21 travelers re taken for execution. It is grim afternoon, but essential for understanding just how far Cambodia has come in the intervening years.

Seventh day, travelers take a short fly to Siem Riep.Then travelers visit to the world wonder of Angkor Wat include Southern Gate of Angkor Thom and the unique temple of Bayon. It is a collection of 54 Gothic towers decorated with 216 coldy smiling, enormous faces glaring down from every angle. Travelers continue to the Baphoun temple, which would have been one of the most spectacular of Angkors temples in its heyday. Travelers move on to the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. Complete the day with sunset watching from Phnom Bakheng Hill.

Eighth day, travelers continue to the enchanting temple of the Banteay Srei, the travelers in the crown of Angkorian art. Banteay Srei means Citadel of the Women and it is said that it must have been built by a women, as the elaborate carvings are too fine for the hand of a man.
In the afternoon, travelers visit the Banteay Samre, which dates from the same period as Angkor Wat. The temple is in a fairly healthy state of preservation due to some extensive renovation work and continues to visit the monuments of Rolous, which served as Indravarman Is capital.

Last day, travelers continue to discover Angkor Wat. In the morning travelers visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers and Pre Rup temple, East Mebon temple, and Neak Poan temple. In the afternoon, travelers visit to Krovan temple, Royal Bath of Srah Srang and Banteay Kdei temples.

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