Perspectives of our trip

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Cambodia - absolutely charming country, would love to revisit and even consider working there for a few years. The people are poor and desperate for money, making the beggars and shop keepers a bit pushy, but everyone is friendly and speaks at least a little English.

Siem Reap - nice little town with spectacular ruins at Angkor. One of the pleasures of South East Asia.

Phnom Phen - depressing museums in the Killing Fields and Tol Sloeng in no way prevent people from being happy here. It is wonderful seeing all the families come out to the riverfront every night as the city takes on a festive feel, although perhaps it would be a little less charming if we went to the other parts of the city at night, which our guide Claire said she would never do for fear of trouble.

 

Thailand - a tourism dissapointment. Nothing here that I don’t think you could find better somewhere else. The people were richer than Cambodia by far, but also less friendly.

Chiang Mai - nice city, with a really enjoyable Night Bazaar. The hill tribe trek was a lot of fun with Cimi and Tee. The hill tribes were interesting, but touristy. The jungle trek was good, but empty of the wildlife I saw in Borneo. The elephant ride was also enjoyable, but marred by the treatment of the elephants. Enjoyable definitely, but perhaps better in another country? Borneo had a similar thing which was still more authentic, perhaps Burma, Laos or Vietnam would have been better.

Bangkok - no thanks. Nothing to see you can’t see anywhere else. Same Wats as Chiang Mai or Cambodia, just bigger. Everyone trying to rip you off or just hassle you. Most Tuk Tuk drivers feigned lack of English to take us to places where they get commission (our fault for not speaking Thai, but still painful).

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