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Fah Thai Magazine Sep/Oct 2017

"FAH THAI" is the in-flight magazine of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited and is edited and published by MPMI Group Ltd.

HAPPENINGS CAMBODIA

HAPPENINGS CAMBODIA PHNOM PENH / SIEM REAP PICTURE PERFECT A renowned figure and authority on photography across Cambodia, John McDermott has carved a reputation as one of the region’s best lens men. His stunning monochromatic photos are unmistakable and can be found in numerous places across the country, such as airports as well as popular restaurants. McDermott’s passion and keen eye has seen him amass an impressive collection of photos since he first set foot in Cambodia in the mid-90s to photograph Angkor Wat. For visitors eager to view his photos and take in a unique perspective of the country, McDermott has a permanent gallery at the historic Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor. His works can also be viewed at the FCC Angkor. For budding photographers who are keen to learn from the master and to also view and experience Angkor Wat from his unique perspective, McDermott also hosts photography tours as well as workshops. Open 10am-10pm daily, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, 1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle facebook.com/McDermott Gallery A TASTE OF HISTORY For over two decades, the FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club) Phnom Penh has been the meeting place in the Cambodia capital. From the very first day of operations in 1993, the FCC has catered to intrepid adventurers, locals and visitors; many of whom go to partake in good food, revelry and to swap stories about their travels. Offering a colonial-styled decor with an extensive food and beverage selection, the FCC Phnom Penh, like its branch in Siem Reap, offers the ideal setting for great meals and greater conversations. The FCC prides itself on offering delicious Khmer dishes like the Fish Amok, Cambodia’s national dish alongside mainstay international favourites such as beer-battered fish and chips. The bar area delivers a stunning view of the Tonle Sap river and is highly popular for its sunsets. In recent years, the FCC Phnom Penh has branched into offering accommodation yet remains the go-to place with regular art and photography exhibitions and music events and parties. Open daily, 363 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, fcccambodia.com SPOTLIGHT Honouring Ancestors Phchum Ben is considered one of Cambodia’s most important festivals. Celebrated across 15 days, the Khmer religious festival sees Cambodians visiting pagodas and temples to honour their ancestors with food and various offerings. The word ‘Ben’ in Khmer means to collect; ‘Ben’ also means to cup or mould cooked rice into portions. ‘Phchum’ on the other hand means to congregate and meet; as such the festival often sees a huge number of worshippers throng temples and pagodas across the country during the duration of the festival. The festival culminates on the last day with pagodas packed with followers, all of whom offer alms to monks; of rice dumplings and traditional cakes which are shared amongst the masses. For visitors, Phchum Ben also provides an ideal opportunity to mingle and interact with the locals, as well as to savour some traditional delicacies which are unique to this festival. September 19- 21, tourismcambodia.com 108

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