“The terror, the terror” in 21st century Cambodia was mainly related to an airplane landing amidst a monsoonal storm; a private boat ride that came close to end up a swim with alligators; airport officials demanding to approach the visa bench “one by one” in such a way that couples wouldn’t even think of approaching together; oh, and temple warning signs that read “do not leave the trail, danger of mine explosion”.

Big deal, we say. The true Apocalypse about Cambodia lied in its people. The people of a nation that’s been through seriously rough historical times, were constantly helpful, smiling and kind. We couldn’t get enough interaction with them the same way the camera sensor couldn’t help turning enough pixels into green.

Riding up a river of exquisite monuments, cuisine and natural beauty, light-years away from the sterile wombs of Western civilization.
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