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Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
A trio of giant Buddhas in lotsu pose

In the 1920’s, shortly after World War I, the Southern Railway was constructed in Thailand, allowing people to travel overland from Bangkok to the Malaysian border. Almost immediately, the town of...

Exterior of Nern Chalet Beachfront Hotel with infinity pool

My visit to Cambodia was simultaneously intoxicating and exhausting. Each morning, rested and ready to tackle a new day in no-holds barred Phnom Penh, crumbling Battambang, or mind-boggling Angkor Wat, I...

Priest blesses worshipers by sprinkling them with holy water

I’m a sucker for Buddhist temples. The sometimes subtle, sometimes not-so-subtle¬†design differences from country to country fascinate me and the pagodas of Cambodia were no exception. In contrast to the lavish...

Pre Rup, the second capital of the ancient Angkor kingdom

Ever since I visited the Angkor Wat Ruins in Siem Reap, Cambodia in 2007, I’ve been itching to go back. Back then, I was on a six-month around-the-world journey and I...

Breaking down car to let oncoming traffic pass on Bamboo Train near Battambang, Cambodia

Cigarette dangling from his mouth, our wiry Cambodian engineer yanked the starter rope on a small motor mounted to the rear of our open-air rail car. The engine sputtered momentarily, then...

Tuol Sleng, the notorious Khmer Rouge prison camp in Phnom Penh known as S-21

The ocean of tuk tuks, motorcycles, and pedestrians in downtown Phnom Penh parted around me like the Red Sea. An uneasy feeling niggled; something wasn’t quite right but I couldn’t put...