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My first visit to Angkor was 14 years ago (this was our pretty pink ride around the complex!). Getting to Siem Reap from Laos was not easy at all - the journey started with a boat ride requiring you to wear a motorcycle helmet since the four person boats crossing the border were so unsafe (90% crash rate was discussed 😬) and this set the precedent for our continued adventure to reach Angkor.
Today the city of Siem Reap and the country have changed so much. I recently saw a post saying Cambodia's infrastructure is poor, that it's people were unfriendly and it's not worth visiting. This is far from the truth, in the years since my first visit the countries infrastructure has improved dramatically, it's relatively easy and comfortable to get around by plane and by bus and the people are some of the friendliest and most genuine I have ever met.
In any case, travel should not always be easy, my best travel stories all come from backpacking through Asia before the luxury of mobile phones and wifi everywhere. We had a Lonely Planet, a little faith and almost always everything worked out in the end!
I made a connection with this country when I was just a child (another story) and I am so happy to have explored it all over again. I have 9 more days left to savour Cambodia and then I will be sharing tonnes of information on why you should visit too! 📷 from 2003 ☺️
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