Howdy, my friends.

Please excuse my absence. I just got back from a successful surgical mission in Poipet, a border town northwest of Cambodia. Operation Smile Cambodia and its team of local and international volunteers traveled to Poipet for eight days to provide free surgeries to children and adults alike born with clefts and other deformities.

Poipet is an 8-hour bus drive from Phnom Penh, passing through provinces such as Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, and Battambang. The statue below is known as Lok Ta Dambang Kranhoung.

Lok Ta Dambang Stick King

The statue of Lok Ta Dambang Kranhoung sits in the roundabout of Battambang along National Road 5.

Lok Ta” means grandfather, “Dambang” means stick, and “KraNgoung” refers to a kind of black wood which is very precious and strong.

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