Thousands of Cambodians descended on the small village of Vihear Suor (Kandal Province) on October 4 to cheer on the annual water buffalo race that marks the end of the 15-day festival for the dead (Pchum Ben), the most important Cambodian religious event.
The race, that has very ancient roots, is organised for the entertainment of the spirits who have come to Earth during the Pchum Ben and is also be followed by wrestling and khmer boxe matches.
After 4 years of self-exile and with just one week left before the elections, CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) leader Sam Rainsy starts a seven days campaign tour travelling through 15 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces.
I followed Rainsy (and vice president Kem Sokha) for 2 days together with Cambodia Daily‘s journalists Phorn Bopha and Zsombor Peter in Kompong Speu, Takeo, Kampot and Sihanoukville.
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