Feb 102009

Two week’s holidays in Cambodia, a delightful country which reminds me strongly and perhaps not surprisingly of Myanmar (Burma). Getting there is easy but protracted: Geneva – Paris – Ho Chi Minh – Siem Riep. The second leg is 12 hours going and 13.5 returning, not exactly pleasant when you’re travelling cattle-class.
This is quickly forgotten on arrival. The people are gentle, friendly, always ready to help and wear a permanent and engaging smile. Siem Riep is home to hundreds of temples dating back as far as the 7th century, many in remarkable condition. Angkor Wat is the most famous satelite view of Angkor but not my favourite. Despite the astonishing monuments around Siem Riep, home to Angkor Wat, the country has not been tainted by excessive tourism. The food is superb, perhaps my only gripe is the state of the roads, riddled with potholes. Pictures

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