'This is pong [eggs]. This is chake [bananas], and charouk [pork], the offerings for the deities," Wipa Putthong used several Khmer words as she demonstrated a folk ritual to her audience.
Thai and Cambodian students on a field trip led by Col Surat Lertlam, front right, and Im Sokrithy, front, second right, part of the Heritage Education Programme aimed at promoting mutual understanding. CHAMLONG BOONSONG
Although Wipa's Khmer accent was far from perfect, the audience, many of who were Cambodian students, loved it. They showered the girl, a Mathayom 4 student at Sa Kaeo-based Tappraya School, and her team with loud applause at the end of the presentation of the final activity of the Asean Youth Research Programme (Thai-Khmer) under the Heritage Education Programme for Students.
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