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Monks walking
The unbridgeable gap

June 13th 2015
It's the same all over again. It's the same, so much the same that sometimes you wonder whether or not you are in the Truman Show. The same tables, the same chairs, the same menus, hell, even the same people sitting all around you! It's the backpackers' safest haven and the backpackers' worst nightmare. It's so annoying that it can transform every anti-tourist in a mass tourist and, on the other h ... read more
Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang

Cambodian Flag Most Cambodians consider themselves to be Khmers, whose Angkor Empire extended over much of Southeast Asia and reached its zenith between the 10th and 13th centuries. Subsequently, attacks by the Thai and Cham (from present-day Vietnam) weakened the ... ... read more
28th August 2015

Thanks for the warning!
I thought perhaps it was a language barrier that kept everyone segregated, but it sounds deeper than that. That you stayed in those backpacker areas even with your Vietnamese girlfriend is a big indication of the problem we seekers of the 'authentic' would find. And as a connoisseur of street food, but fortunately a vegetarian, I'd hope that the veggie and fruit offerings wouldn't be so awful (nightmarish images you provided). Wow--pretty far from your sojourn in Texas, eh?
1st September 2015

Seems to be mainly culture though! Thanks for reading 😊

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