Category: Cambodia

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Going for a Ride on the Battambang Bamboo Train

When I was a kid, my mom tried to deter my sister and I from begging for carnival rides by telling us that they were built by drunk, lazy men who don’t like to read instructions. I imagined bearded, potbellied men rummaging around a pile of...

The best way to tour Battambang, Cambodia is to do it via the back of a motorbike 6

A Day With Bun in Battambang

I didn’t get a good vibe from the man that the hotel designated as my tour guide. I didn’t like the way his eyes looked through mine, as if my head was transparent. His mind seemed to be working – plotting – like a villain in...

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This is What Cambodia Commands

At home, I have the problem of talking too much. My words have a tendency to dominate conversations and oftentimes I’ll have an epiphany of embarrassment mid-sentence. My mind will scream, “Oh no, oh no. HIT THE BRAKES, CHANTAE! BEFORE YOU BULLDOZE ALL OF THESE INNOCENT...

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A Day With Our Tuk Tuk Driver in Siem Reap

A crowd of tuk tuk drivers gathered around Collette, two newly befriended travelers, and me. Even though we already declared our loyalty to Lomrond, our tuk tuk driver for the day, others clustered around us partially hoping to make a stray buck but mostly because they...

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The Abandonment and Rediscovery of the Temples of Angkor

Nobody really knows why the ancient temples of Angkor were abandoned. Was it because the area was overthrown in an invasion? It would explain why the many of the statues of Angkor had migrated to other regions. Was it because the people stopped believing in Hinduism?...

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Hello Cambodia! Traveling to Phnom Penh

I travel solo often, though it rarely ever feels that way. Usually, I brace myself for noisy hostel lounge rooms, short term friendships formed at bus stops, rogue locals looking to mingle with foreigners, and the inevitable weirdo that always – always –seems to target me as the...