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From rats to riches in southern Cambodia

As we approached the island, I had that sinking feeling when you know reality is not going to meet expectations.  At first glance, it was clear that our “resort” was a little more rustic than I had anticipated.  

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Getting a Vietnamese Visa in Cambodia

A visa is required to enter Vietnam, and none of the Cambodia/Vietnam land border crossings issue them on arrival. Sihanoukville, a small town on the southern coast of Cambodia is known for beautiful beaches and easy Vietnam visas, a well earned reputation on both counts based on our recent visit to the area.

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The Khmer Rouge – a black spot on Cambodia’s history

Phnom Penh has been the capital of Cambodia since the country was colonized by the French.  In the 1920’s, it was known as the “Pearl of Asia” and was considered one of the prettiest French-built cities in Indochina.  

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Inspiration in rural Cambodia

On the 4-hour bus ride from Siem Reap to Battambang (on a comfortable bus even though it was old and dirty), we stopped twice for refreshments. Ladies with  trays of roasted crickets were eagerly awaiting our business.  

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Out of Power in Siem Reap, Cambodia

I awoke early Thursday morning sweating profusely.  It only took a moment before I realized the fan wasn’t working because we had no electricity.  This meant no water either as our budget (US $10/night for fan room) guest house (Bayon Garden) uses a water reservoir with a pump that is run by electricity.  

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Angkor Wat – an architectural wonder and historical treasure

The Temple of Angkor Wat is perhaps the most famous and most recognizable religious monument in the world.  It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and a source of great pride to Cambodians.  

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