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review 8 Feb 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Riding the crazy streets of Phnom Penh on the first day, like you're in a computer game. Eating a power bar on a river bed after a two-hour push through mud. Seeing a small girl rowing a bath tub in a floating village on the Tonlé Sap. Beef loc lac. Fish amok. A chorus of hellos from children in every village. Hoem, the support van driver's laugh. Angkor Thom with no one there. Twin massage in Siem Reap. Water buffalo. Macaques. Iced coffee with condensed milk. The ice-cream man who came out of nowhere on his bike. Standing up on the pedals to ride the bumps. Houses on stilts. The gentle voice of the audio guide at S-21 and the Killing Fields. Meeting passionate NGOs who work with Cambodia's most vulnerable people. A photograph a minute. Brett (who runs the tour)'s passion and spirit of adventure.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do a bit of training before you go. I didn't, and managed it, but I'd have loved to have been a bit more fit to start with. My thighs were like rocks by the end. Padded cycling shorts, padded saddle, gloves. Take dollars, it's basically the currency. You'll get your change in riels. Power bars in your satchel bag. Sun block. Drink the young sweet coconuts. Learn your Khmer greetings. Crickets taste like crisps. Tarantulas are surprisingly tasty. Slow worms taste like s**t.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I can't think of a better way to be a tourist. We learned about how to be a responsible visitor. We ate locally. We supported a couple of NGO-run restaurants. We slept locally. We cycled. We visited four NGOs across the country and learned about their work with children, desperately poor villagers, young people in prisons. And everyone makes a donation at the end - there's a big discussion at the last meal as to which NGO the money should go to.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I've never had a holiday like it. I went by myself and wasn't lonely for a minute. I loved Cambodia and seeing it like that was a privilege I'll never forget.

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