When A Cambodian Makes Landmine Jokes – Herald On Sunday Cambodia Article 2008

Angkor Wat.

Below is a link to another old Herald On Sunday travel article of mine which had previously been unavailable on The Roxborogh Report, this one about my first trip to Cambodia in 2008. Two years later I explored Cambodia in much greater detail and got to the scratch more than just the surface of places like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, as well as towns like Kampot, Kep and Sihanoukville.

That first trip was just five days, but together with the 15 days from 2010, Cambodia became one of the most compelling countries I’ve ever visited. If you click here, you can link to a another piece I wrote, this from 2010 about the country’s emerging middle-class.

Our host, possibly mid-joke.

This article, much like the article I featured in my previous post on Malaysia, was written in the style of a 26 year old. Which is fine because at the time, I was indeed a 26 year old, but five years on a couple of things jar. Namely the part where I claim Cambodian cuisine puts even Thai and Vietnamese to shame. Let’s be honest, that may’ve been a fraction towards the hyperbolic, though I don’t want to detract anything from our chefs in 2008. They must’ve cooked some stirling dishes.

Here is the link to my 2008 New Zealand Herald article all about Siem Reap, the temples of Angkor and a local host who shocked his guests (us) with his love of landmine jokes.

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