Where history comes alive

While Cambodia is a stunningly beautiful country, it is also steeped in a varied history which will fascinate visitors, writes Nicola Cooke.

19th May, 2012
The main temple at Angkor Wat.

They say patience is a virtue; what they don't say is that it's a virtue needed in volumes while travelling on tuk-tuks in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

While the city was developed in a grid by the French, the non-existent numbering "system' places route 77 alongside 13, and 24 across from 96. Despite our tuk-tuk driver insisting that he knew his way, it took several stops and 25 minutes to reach our hotel.

The Cambodians smile instead of...

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