|Dany with a copy of To Cambodia With Love|
On the way out of Cambodia en route to Thailand, I popped into the Monument Books shop at the airport and remarkably, they still have copies of To Cambodia With Love on sale. The PPCFC academy manager So Dany kindly acted as my model to show you the evidence. The book is retailing there for $30.
If you weren't aware, To Cambodia With Love
a guidebook with a difference, was published at the end of 2010. I
edited the book, with contributions from over sixty fellow lovers of
Cambodia, and over 120 stories to get your teeth into. Below is my
introduction to the book. I think it says it all.
Andy Brouwer's Introduction to To Cambodia With Love
Excerpted from To Cambodia With Love: A Travel Guide for the Connoisseur, available from ThingsAsian Press.
do I describe my love of Cambodia? I'm not the world's greatest
wordsmith, so I'll keep it simple. In 1994 I came to this country for
five of the most exhilarating, nerve-jangling, and frightening days of
my life-and that was it. I was hooked, completely, by a country and a
people who've subsequently enriched my life to a degree I never thought
possible. Those five days sparked a passion that grew with each of my
annual visits, culminating in my migration here three years ago. I truly
feel at home, I belong, I love every day of my life here, and I want
to share my passion for this country with everyone. To Cambodia With Love
is the perfect vehicle to do just that.
you don't have to read my inadequate prose to understand the essence
of Cambodia. I've joined forces with more than sixty contributors who
know this country as well as I do-better in many instances-and who I'm
convinced will inspire you to come and see for yourself why this
beautiful land is so alluring. Whether it's acclaimed memoirist Loung
Ung eating chive rice cakes in the Russian Market in Phnom Penh,
journalist Karen Coates exploring a bird sanctuary in Preah Vihear
Province, pioneering guidebook author Ray Zepp riding a traditional norry
along countryside railway tracks, or scholar and Angkor historian Dawn
Rooney explaining her favorite time to visit Cambodia's most
celebrated temple, there are essays to feed your obsession if you're
already hooked, or spark a love that will continue to grow after your
I urge you to discover and unearth Cambodia's
secrets, some of which you will find within these pages, others you
must find for yourself-and you will, I assure you. Wander amongst the
crowded maze of its markets, absorb the slow pace of village life in a
rural landscape where few travelers venture, discover the unique
lifestyle along the Mekong River, and above all, appreciate a culture
and setting that spawned the incredible temples of Angkor, the jewel in
Cambodia's crown. Fifteen years ago, I was blessed to see the Angkor
temples without the crowds, to experience sunrise over the pineapple
towers of Angkor Wat in glorious solitude, and for that I will be
eternally grateful. Though the secret of Angkor is now well and truly
out in the open-it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in
the world-there are still many opportunities to grasp your own special
memories and lock them away forever, as I have ... beginning with a few
suggestions in this book.
I know it's a bit of a tired cliché
that it's the people of this and that country that make it such a
wonderful place, but the truth is, they really do. Cambodia is no
different. After weathering decades of bloodshed and civil war,
poverty, and instability, the Khmer have proved their incredible
resilience, and their smile remains as bewitching as it has throughout
time. The friendships I've developed over the years will last forever.
No one will leave Cambodia without a large chunk of admiration and
fondness for the people they encounter. You have my guarantee.
is not a definitive guide to Cambodia. Far from it. It is about
inspiration, discovery, sharing, and above all else, a love and a
respect for a country that has changed my life forever, as I hope it
will change yours.
Editor, To Cambodia With Love
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